Business Megatrends and their implications

The world is changing at a breathtaking pace. Never before has (r) evolution occurred in such short periods of time. There are several key trends acting together. They are inescapable and they are here now. Successful organisations will be the ones who can adapt to these trends and discover how to treat them as opportunities. We invite you to review these trends and consider how you will adapt and thrive.

In Focus Today

CEOs are gaining confidence about their ability to grow in the current market conditions
Bob Moritz, PwC U.S. Chairman and Senior partner, discusses findings from PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey in an interview with CNBC Squawk Box.

CEO confidence
Job growth
Incentive to keep up with innovation

Watch the CNBC Squawk Box interviewDownload the 2014 US CEO Survey report

In focus: Technological Breakthroughs

Is your business prepared for the New Digital Ecosystem Reality?

PwC has identified nine key technological, economic, and political trends for CEOs to consider. That so many trends are cresting at the same time only complicates the challenges CEOs face. But by looking at how they affect companies, and understanding how they can prepare to meet these challenges, CEOs can increase their chances for success.

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In focus: Climate change and resource scarcity

Are you creating business value through eco-efficiency?

Resource scarcity and climate change, urbanisation and demographic changes consistently feature in the top three megatrends set to transform business, according to CEOs - hopefully in a positive way. Coupled with increasing CEO confidence in the global economy, will these opportunities translate not only into growth opportunities, but also sustainable business and good growth?

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In focus : Shift in Global Economic Power

The changing global footprint

In our 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, nearly one third CEOs say their main opportunity for growth lies in existing markets, compared to just 14% who say the same for new geographic markets. Many leaders are also reviewing their portfolio of top overseas markets. This year CEOs see the US, Germany and the UK as more attractive than some of the BRICS markets, compared to last year. And they’re turning to newer markets to find growth as well – in particular Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand and Vietnam.

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In focus : Accelerating Urbanization

Cities of Opportunity

Looking to the future of 27 cities at the center of the world economy. In this fifth edition of Cities of Opportunity, PwC and the Partnership for New York City again examine the current social and economic performance of the world’s leading cities. We also add a future dimension that probes the shape of city economies to come.

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Bob Moritz, PwC US Chairman and Senior Partner

In Focus Today

CEOs are gaining confidence about their ability to grow in the current market conditionsBob Moritz, PwC U.S. Chairman and Senior partner, discusses findings from PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey in an interview with CNBC Squawk Box.

CEO confidence
Job growth
Incentive to keep up with innovation

Watch the CNBC Squawk Box interviewDownload the 2014 US CEO Survey report

In focus: Technological Breakthroughs


Is your business prepared for the New Digital Ecosystem Reality?

PwC has identified nine key technological, economic, and political trends for CEOs to consider. That so many trends are cresting at the same time only complicates the challenges CEOs face. But by looking at how they affect companies, and understanding how they can prepare to meet these challenges, CEOs can increase their chances for success.

Download the report

In focus: Climate change and resource scarcity


Are you creating business value through eco-efficiency?

Resource scarcity and climate change, urbanisation and demographic changes consistently feature in the top three megatrends set to transform business, according to CEOs - hopefully in a positive way. Coupled with increasing CEO confidence in the global economy, will these opportunities translate not only into growth opportunities, but also sustainable business and good growth?

Download 10 Minutes on eco-efficiency

In focus: Shift in Global Economic Power

The changing global footprint

In our 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, nearly one third CEOs say their main opportunity for growth lies in existing markets, compared to just 14% who say the same for new geographic markets. Many leaders are also reviewing their portfolio of top overseas markets. This year CEOs see the US, Germany and the UK as more attractive than some of the BRICS markets, compared to last year. And they’re turning to newer markets to find growth as well – in particular Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand and Vietnam.

Download the report

In focus: Accelerating Urbanization


We the urban people

The demographic view on 30 world cities

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Through the investor lens: perspectives on risk and governance—PwC's 2013 Investor Survey

Investors are a diverse group, often with divergent views. Is it possible to understand what “investors” think about any topic? The answer is yes. And while sometimes investors do not always agree, there are many topics around which strong consensus exist. Nearly all investors believe that risk management—as a topic and a skill—should be a primary focus for most boards. Similarly, most investors are dissatisfied with the current state of corporate disclosures.

 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication: How life insurers can streamline incentive compensation for their producers

Life insurance carriers should reduce the overall number of plans offered before replacing the underlying systems supporting incentive compensation. Without simplification before system transformation, carriers will re-platform legacy problems and miss out on many possible benefits.

 

10Minutes on talent priorities

Talent continues to top the list of executive concerns. Company leaders are focusing on how talent can help them achieve the following four strategic priorities: power growth, realize ROI, manage risk, and enable transformation.

 

Growing in Asia-Pacific

PwC's report, building on a survey of more than 370 business leaders and interviews from across the region, confirms the necessity of regional cooperation for our companies' futures.

 

10Minutes on the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis

As Europe continues to grapple with sovereign debt problems, austerity measures, and recession, the Eurozone is changing and will likely emerge from the ongoing crisis looking quite different from the one we know today. Because the world is so interconnected, virtually every company will be affected and needs to figure out the impact on their companies worldwide - from strategy and operations to execution - and start preparing now.

 

Tech Forecast, Issue 3, 2013

This issue of the Technology Forecast examines the future of enterprise applications. Our starting assumption was that many high-value “business activities” are actually cognitively challenging mental processes, not unlike chess.

 

Cities of opportunity

What factors make a city a global powerhouse? PwC analyses the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, intellectual capital and/or manufacturing and examines future trends.

 

Behind the numbers 2013

This PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) report looks at the projected increase in the cost of medical services for 2013. Read how medical cost trends affect your business.

 

PwC's 2014 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

09 September 2014

What does the corporate board of the future look like? Diversity, shareholder relations, communication with management, effective IT governance, fair executive compensation, and agile risk response are cited in PwC's Annual Corporate Directors Survey.

 

Revenue recognition

19 March 2014

After much deliberation, the FASB and IASB are set to release a final global revenue recognition standard in the coming months that will do away with current industry-specific accounting and instead apply a single set of principles to all revenue transactions. Changes to practices, processes and systems could ripple through your business. 10Minutes on revenue recognition provides information about the standard as well as insight into ways in which some companies are preparing for the broader impact.

 

Data privacy

25 February 2014

Data protection and privacy is an urgent issue for both consumers and businesses. As customers increasingly worry whether their personal information is secure and used appropriately, companies are also concerned about protecting data and their brand. This 10Minutes highlights the importance of viewing consumer privacy from more than just a compliance lens and developing a strategy and action plan that will help businesses lead on data privacy by building customer trust and enhancing their brand.

 

Resolution planning: Category 3 debrief

23 January 2014

The public portion of Category 3 US resolution plans reveal strikingly similar strategies.

 

Resolution planning: FDIC’s single point of entry

19 December 2013

The FDIC's proposal contains little new information, but shines light on the outstanding key issues even if only by its silence.

 

Resolution planning: Bail-in debt rule slowly taking form

25 October 2013

A bail-in debt proposal is expected from US regulators in the coming months.

 

Resolution planning: A public peek into the plans

11 October 2013

Regulators released the public sections of the 11 Category 1 firms' annual resolution plans.

 

Whistleblower reform

15 July 2013

Whistleblower reform is having significant impact. The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower has one full year of operation under its belt, and with it 3,001 tips and two awards to date. Leading companies are looking closely at the Office’s first-year report and drawing lessons for building stronger ethics and compliance programs. They’re also considering what it takes to create a highly ethical culture. This 10Minutes highlights the importance of having an ethical culture at the workplace.

 

Shaping the Boardroom Agenda

27 February 2013

This 10Minutes outlines key points from PwC’s 2012 Annual Corporate Directors Survey that illustrate how boards are working to improve their oversight.

 

To the point: Current issues for boards of directors

25 January 2013

This edition of To the point: Current issues for boards of directors, reviews guidance from the SEC and DOJ about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and policy updates from the ISS on executive compensation, board response to proposals with majority shareholder support, hedging of company stock, and what directors should know about data security and cyberattacks.

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: 2012 election results point to continued divisions over tax policy

07 November 2012

Can compromises be reached before the end of this year to avoid the 'fiscal cliff' effect of scheduled tax increases and spending reductions

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: IRS explains key definitions for complying with healthcare law

02 October 2012

The IRS recently released guidance addressing some of the very technical issues facing employers as they implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

Download PwC's 2012 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

12 September 2012

Download PwC's 2012 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

 

IT oversight

10 September 2012

An increasing number of directors are spending more of their board hours discussing information technology (IT) risks and opportunities, specifically associated with social media and mobile computing. Technology and media experience are desirable qualities among qualified board members, as boards grapple with the risks associated with IT.

 

2012 Current developments for directors: Finding direction in uncertain times

30 June 2012

This annual publication focuses on the critical governance issues directors and senior executives face, offering information, insights, and practical guidance to help directors meet the demands of their role and enrich boardroom discussions.

 

2011 Current developments for directors: Charting the right course

29 June 2012

The 2011 edition of Current developments for directors includes a section on factors that are influencing companies' growth plans. Also discussed are how global trends are affecting companies' operations and international expansion opportunities and covers key developments in regulatory reform, financial reporting, and tax reform.

 

2010 Current developments for directors

29 June 2012

The key issues that stand out in 2010 for directors include business challenges given the state of the economy, the impact of global tax trends, financial reporting and regulatory developments, major ongoing legislative issues, and a special focus on government involvement in business.

 

Effective audit committees

10 May 2012

Audit committees, management, and auditors work together to meet the information needs of the capital markets and to ensure quality audits and financial reporting. The leading practices in this 10Minutes may help audit committees continue to improve their oversight of auditors and management, thereby enhancing the quality of audits and financial reporting.

 

Seeking shared agendas with governments

11 July 2011

By helping create jobs in the private sector and by investing in infrastructure, governments can help create an environment conducive for growth. In fact, almost half of CEOs surveyed say that improving the country’s infrastructure and fostering a skilled workforce should be government’s top priorities. But how can CEOs enter strategic and collaborative relationships with governments to pursue their own growth agendas?

 

Resolution planning: Category 3 debrief

23 January 2014

The public portion of Category 3 US resolution plans reveal strikingly similar strategies.

 

Resolution planning: FDIC’s single point of entry

19 December 2013

The FDIC's proposal contains little new information, but shines light on the outstanding key issues even if only by its silence.

 

Service provider transparency

09 December 2013

Businesses depend on service providers to handle confidential data, run essential business processes, and manage critical technology. This can leave businesses vulnerable to service provider breakdowns. The result can be the providers’ clients violating regulations and even losing customer trust. Yet many businesses may know less than they realize about their service providers’ controls. This 10Minutes discusses how SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports can give businesses the picture they need to have solid confidence in their service providers.

 

The mindful CIO

11 November 2013

Extend your core applications, data, and infrastructure to better serve the cognitive processes of knowledge workers.

 

The future of enterprise apps: Moving beyond workflows to mindflows

11 November 2013

Empower the human factor through mindful apps.

 

Technologies that enable mindful apps

11 November 2013

Emerging techniques and technologies that enable enterprises to design, develop, and deploy mindful apps.

 

Transforming the tax function

11 November 2013

It’s an opportunity hidden in plain sight. In 10Minutes on transforming the tax function, we discuss how the tax function is often overlooked as an area for improvement, unlike more obvious choices such as supply chain or business services. However, shining a light on the tax group can reveal untapped opportunities where changes in technology, process, people, and data can lead to benefits for the broader business.

 

Resolution planning: Bail-in debt rule slowly taking form

25 October 2013

A bail-in debt proposal is expected from US regulators in the coming months.

 

Resolution planning: A public peek into the plans

11 October 2013

Regulators released the public sections of the 11 Category 1 firms' annual resolution plans.

 

Strategic supply chain management

30 September 2013

New research shows that high-performing supply chains can achieve sales and revenue growth while managing costs. That sounds like a tall order, but there are things you can do now to manage your supply chain as a strategic asset to boost performance and profitability. This 10Minutes highlights how the supply chain can move your business strategy forward and set you apart from the competition.

 

PwC 2013 APEC CEO Survey

30 September 2013

PwC's report, building on a survey of more than 370 business leaders and interviews from across the region, confirms the necessity of regional cooperation for our companies' futures.

 

Drug value

24 July 2013

Pharmaceutical companies stand ready to be tested in a world where a drug’s success is more closely tied to its performance. The challenges mount with competition from generics and growing pressure to reduce costs. Now, insurers and integrated providers are driven by models that reward health outcomes and cost savings. For success, drug makers are exploring real-world evidence, new payment models, and the right partnerships.

 

2015 Medical Cost Trend

18 June 2013

This PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) report looks at the projected increase in the cost of medical services for 2014. Read how medical cost trends affect your business.

 

Medical Technology Innovation report

18 June 2013

Medtech companies should create an innovation engine that enables service and business model innovation to find new sources of revenue and meet changing customer and consumer demands.

 

Lease accounting

03 June 2013

After three years of outreach and deliberation, the IASB and FASB recently issued a revised proposal to overhaul the rules on accounting for leases, a move that could significantly boost US companies' reported debt.

 

Conflict minerals

09 May 2013

10Minutes on conflict minerals provides insight into the strategic benefits and risks companies will want to focus on as they comply with the SEC's conflict minerals rule. The rule is effective for 2013 calendar year operations, so regardless of whether companies view conflict minerals as a supply chain opportunity, risk to their brand or another regulatory to-do, they should act now to prepare.

 

Harnessing customer demand to drive growth

19 April 2013

Consumer-packaged goods (CPG) companies, retailers, and their business partners often tout the ways they put customers at the center of their strategies. But while many companies do a good job of understanding their customers, perhaps not as many create demand by coordinating across marketing, sales, and innovation—functions and activities that now encompass the demand chain. This 10Minutes explores ways companies can capitalize on knowing their customer with demand functions pulling in the same direction.

 

CIO leadership in post-transaction relationships: IT’s role in customer engagement

31 March 2013

By evolving IT to focus on the end customer, CIOs have the opportunity to be key partners in helping their businesses break new ground.

 

Using technology to help customers achieve their goals

31 March 2013

Businesses that embed capabilities to understand usage in their products in service of customers’ goals stand to reap unparalleled value.

 

Internet of Things

31 March 2013

This issue of the Technology Forecast examines the impact of Internet of Things trends on businesses and the IT organization. It analyzes how businesses now have the ability to continue the relationship with customers after the sales transaction by helping them achieve the goals for which they buy the products.

 

Building the customer-centered organization

06 February 2013

What does a customer-centered organization look like? What investments are needed to take you there, and what might that journey look like? This 10Minutes discusses these questions and how companies who focus on creating a customer-centered organization may reap real dividends.

 

Supply chain flexibility

17 January 2013

Volatility has become a fact of life in today’s business landscape. Yet, after years of global expansion, many companies’ supply chains are brittle, unable to respond to frequent fluctuations in demand and supply. This 10Minutes explores strategies companies can deploy to make their supply chains more agile and adaptable.

 

Creating value from Global Business Services

03 January 2013

In 2013, company leaders are looking for value creation from their operations. To achieve this goal, organizations are moving beyond shared services and outsourcing to a Global Business Services (GBS) model. GBS helps provide those intangibles by focusing on customer needs and business strategy first and foremost.

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: IRS examines whether manufacture of packaging qualifies for section 199 deduction

29 November 2012

Section 199 domestic manufacturing deduction does not apply to a taxpayer that repackages and labels pills that it did not manufacture

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: Tax issues and opportunities in technology litigation judgements and settlements

02 October 2012

An increasing number of lawsuits are being filed by technology companies surrounding patent infringement, unfair competition, fraud, and breach of contract.

 

Business continuity management

23 March 2012

The best disaster survival manual may be obsolete if it doesn’t anticipate major disruptions to the supply chain or at outsourced operations. As a result, business continuity management programs are being designed to continually assess— as well as counter—risks stemming from the interdependencies integral to running a business.

 

Elevating tax function productivity with an "efficiency dividend"

01 August 2011

PwC's latest thinking about how companies can leverage technology already embedded in the broader finance organization to transform a high-pressure environment into an integrated ecosystem that drives improvements in productivity, quality and risk.

 

Combating cybercrime: The general counsel’s role

11 July 2011

Cyberattacks aren’t just an information technology matter. Legal obligations, damages to the organization, and business relations with customers all come into play. Often the last to know, it is imperative that general counsel be the first on the cybercrime scene. They can play a pivotal role in protecting an organization if they act promptly when a company’s systems have become compromised.

 

Defining a new CEO agenda

11 July 2011

As shown by the results of our 14th Annual Global CEO Survey,¹ about half of all CEOs are confident about revenue growth going forward. But how will they achieve it? Here PwC's Tom Craren outlines eight key strategies for seizing the opportunities at hand.

 

How credible is your sustainable reporting?

11 July 2011

CEOs and boards know the benefits of corporate responsibility reporting included increasing profitability, reducing supply chain risks and costs, and garnering sustainability ratings and recognitions. Overall, companies need this information to drive operational efficiencies and facilitate innovation. Ultimately though, to win stakeholders’ trust, companies need to be credible with respect to sustainability. How do they achieve it?

 

Rebooting Your IT Strategy: Using IT to Accelerate Your Business

18 April 2011

How are financial services firm CIOs tapping IT organizations to build benefits and cue-up competitive advantage? We'll show you how here and now.

 

Downloads: We the urban people

16 June 2014

Downloads: We the urban people

 

Service provider transparency

09 December 2013

Businesses depend on service providers to handle confidential data, run essential business processes, and manage critical technology. This can leave businesses vulnerable to service provider breakdowns. The result can be the providers’ clients violating regulations and even losing customer trust. Yet many businesses may know less than they realize about their service providers’ controls. This 10Minutes discusses how SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports can give businesses the picture they need to have solid confidence in their service providers.

 

The mindful CIO

11 November 2013

Extend your core applications, data, and infrastructure to better serve the cognitive processes of knowledge workers.

 

The future of enterprise apps: Moving beyond workflows to mindflows

11 November 2013

Empower the human factor through mindful apps.

 

Technologies that enable mindful apps

11 November 2013

Emerging techniques and technologies that enable enterprises to design, develop, and deploy mindful apps.

 

Transforming the tax function

11 November 2013

It’s an opportunity hidden in plain sight. In 10Minutes on transforming the tax function, we discuss how the tax function is often overlooked as an area for improvement, unlike more obvious choices such as supply chain or business services. However, shining a light on the tax group can reveal untapped opportunities where changes in technology, process, people, and data can lead to benefits for the broader business.

 

PwC 2013 APEC CEO Survey

30 September 2013

PwC's report, building on a survey of more than 370 business leaders and interviews from across the region, confirms the necessity of regional cooperation for our companies' futures.

 

Drug value

24 July 2013

Pharmaceutical companies stand ready to be tested in a world where a drug’s success is more closely tied to its performance. The challenges mount with competition from generics and growing pressure to reduce costs. Now, insurers and integrated providers are driven by models that reward health outcomes and cost savings. For success, drug makers are exploring real-world evidence, new payment models, and the right partnerships.

 

CIO leadership in post-transaction relationships: IT’s role in customer engagement

31 March 2013

By evolving IT to focus on the end customer, CIOs have the opportunity to be key partners in helping their businesses break new ground.

 

The Thing Stack: Technologies that guide customers to their goals

31 March 2013

Emerging technologies continue to bring down the cost and complexity of adding networked sensors to products and services, accelerating their integration and driving new customer value....

 

Using technology to help customers achieve their goals

31 March 2013

Businesses that embed capabilities to understand usage in their products in service of customers’ goals stand to reap unparalleled value.

 

Internet of Things

31 March 2013

This issue of the Technology Forecast examines the impact of Internet of Things trends on businesses and the IT organization. It analyzes how businesses now have the ability to continue the relationship with customers after the sales transaction by helping them achieve the goals for which they buy the products.

 

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

10 October 2012

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

 

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

10 October 2012

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

 

Closing the loop on sustainability information

09 March 2012

We’ve identified four key emerging information technology areas that directly affect enterprise sustainability. These areas span the lifecycle of information—from where it is created to where it is reported.

 

How does one tax the cloud?

16 February 2012

From a tax perspective, client service professionals must stay informed about potential changes in state tax policies regarding the tax treatment of the various cloud computing platforms.

 

Raising your digital IQ: PwC's 4th Annual Digital IQ Survey

31 January 2012

The 4th Annual Digital IQ Survey includes respondents from nearly 500 US companies about the current state of their technology-related activities and plans for the future.

 

Protecting your brand in the cloud: Transparency and trust through enhanced reporting

17 November 2011

Cloud computing is making deep inroads into the marketplace, but organizations are concerned about risks regarding security, privacy, availability, data protection and retention. Any one of these could damage a company’s business and its brand. How can the risks impact companies’ brands and how can third-party assurance provide a solution?

 

WSJ CEO Council: New approaches to global health

14 November 2011

Improving health conditions and offering greater access to care around the world will require a new set of tools, including public-private partnerships, emerging technologies and evolving regulation.

 

WSJ CEO Council: Encouraging and protecting business innovation

14 November 2011

From the education of global talent pools, to national immigration policies, regulation and international intellectual property protections, the public policy issues on the new innovation landscape are abundant and complex.

 

Sustainability: Moving from compliance to leadership

08 November 2011

Sustainability is moving from “something that’s nice to have” to one of the most important strategic initiatives enterprises will undertake in the coming decade—a practice deeply embedded in the organization.

 

The CIO’s next leadership opportunity: Sustainability

08 November 2011

CIOs can demonstrate natural leadership with sustainability—by surfacing information that can educate, motivate, and catalyze decision-making, and by using metrics and other IT tools to embed sustainability practices throughout the organization.

 

The CIO’s role in social enterprise strategy

15 September 2011

Social technology offers considerable promise, but CIOs and business units are struggling to figure out how to use it effectively. A key reason is that most social media outside the enterprise is just pure communication. Making the same use of these tools inside the enterprise only imposes more channels on already overwhelmed staff. What alternatives exist to help alleviate communications overload?

 

Enterprise success with emerging social technology

15 September 2011

Mention social technology or social networking, and most people think of consumer-driven applications such as Twitter or Facebook. But some organizations realize that Facebook, Twitter, and their secured equivalents inside the enterprise are just a catalyst for deeper changes that must be made to collaboration tools and methods. So what are the changes companies need to make to improve things?

 

The anytime, anywhere business opportunity

11 July 2011

No longer viewed as a strictly consumer phenomenon, smart devices enabled by wireless data networks are getting down to business. Companies operating within all kinds of value chains are embracing them to improve processes, enhance collaboration, and reduce costs. But those benefits are only the beginning. Where do the real payoffs come from for companies using them?

 

Making over healthcare

11 July 2011

While there’s still a great deal of uncertainty around the specifics of healthcare reform, one thing’s clear: The healthcare industry in the US will never be the same. And 2011 is shaping up to be a makeover year for healthcare providers, health insurers, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, and employers. But what are the most significant issues in play? A recent report identifies six.

 

The technology powering business mobility

11 July 2011

Operating systems, devices, wireless networks, and other IT components all comprise business mobility. But the real power lies in the convergence of the technologies and in how each organization applies them to redefine the way it works. While the chief information officer will lead the charge here, it's important that the rest of the leadership team understand the choices and issues that pertain to the following technology building blocks.

 

Striking the innovation balance

11 July 2011

History is littered with companies that have failed to innovate, but innovation is now climbing to the top of the CEO agenda as a primary strategy for achieving profitable growth in a post-crisis economy. Is your company innovating to its full potential -- and what are the tensions that most affect a company’s ability to innovate successfully?

 

Measuring innovation

11 July 2011

What is innovation? And how do you measure and benchmark it in your organization, be it private, public or academic?

 

Rebooting Your IT Strategy: Using IT to Accelerate Your Business

18 April 2011

How are financial services firm CIOs tapping IT organizations to build benefits and cue-up competitive advantage? We'll show you how here and now.

 

Building a business case for your global sourcing strategy. Benefits of a data driven approach.

24 March 2011

What does a proper business case look like and what should you be doing to avoid the pitfalls? Where do you begin, and why is a comprehensive, fact-based evaluation of the organization and rigorous due diligence on the global sourcing alternatives available so important? Here, we guide you through the answers to these questions.

 

The quarter close: Publication and video perspectives

08 August 2014

This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q1 publication and view our new video perspectives.

 

Revenue recognition

19 March 2014

After much deliberation, the FASB and IASB are set to release a final global revenue recognition standard in the coming months that will do away with current industry-specific accounting and instead apply a single set of principles to all revenue transactions. Changes to practices, processes and systems could ripple through your business. 10Minutes on revenue recognition provides information about the standard as well as insight into ways in which some companies are preparing for the broader impact.

 

Resolution planning: Category 3 debrief

23 January 2014

The public portion of Category 3 US resolution plans reveal strikingly similar strategies.

 

Resolution planning: FDIC’s single point of entry

19 December 2013

The FDIC's proposal contains little new information, but shines light on the outstanding key issues even if only by its silence.

 

Resolution planning: Bail-in debt rule slowly taking form

25 October 2013

A bail-in debt proposal is expected from US regulators in the coming months.

 

Resolution planning: A public peek into the plans

11 October 2013

Regulators released the public sections of the 11 Category 1 firms' annual resolution plans.

 

Derivatives: Global convergence becomes global confusion

09 September 2013

The CFTC offers a road map and timeline for cross border derivatives regulation, but much uncertainty remains.

 

The widespread reach of FATCA: How will it affect your business?

13 August 2013

Understanding its impact and the path forward for nonfinancial multinational businesses.

 

Draft FATCA-related IRS forms: A snapshot of those released so far

17 June 2013

A closer look at the significance of recently released drafts of certain FATCA-related forms.

 

BMF announces the release of the German Intergovernmental Agreement for implementing FATCA

17 June 2013

This Newsbrief provides an overview of the key elements of the German-U.S. IGA and how it compares to the Model 1 IGA.

 

European Commission seeks to expand automatic information exchange between EU Member States

17 June 2013

Understanding the effects of the European Commission’s proposed amendments to the automatic exchange of information (“AEOI”) between EU Member States.

 

Lease accounting

03 June 2013

After three years of outreach and deliberation, the IASB and FASB recently issued a revised proposal to overhaul the rules on accounting for leases, a move that could significantly boost US companies' reported debt.

 

Conflict minerals

09 May 2013

10Minutes on conflict minerals provides insight into the strategic benefits and risks companies will want to focus on as they comply with the SEC's conflict minerals rule. The rule is effective for 2013 calendar year operations, so regardless of whether companies view conflict minerals as a supply chain opportunity, risk to their brand or another regulatory to-do, they should act now to prepare.

 

Applying FATCA to captive insurance arrangements: Surprising results may occur

13 April 2013

In this Newsbrief, we take a closer look at the potential impact of FATCA on the global captive insurance market.

 

IRS releases draft FATCA registration forms and additional information regarding FFI lists

09 April 2013

Form 8957, when issued in final form, may be used by foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to register for FATCA purposes.

 

The insurance industry and FATCA – Moving from assessment to implementation: Top 13 in ’13

14 March 2013

The final FATCA regulations released in January brought clarity on some issues the insurance industry had identified in the proposed regulations. While some provisions in the final regulations attempt to simplify the impact on the insurance industry, other provisions have ultimately complicated FATCA's impact.

 

Hearing provides insight on regulatory timetable: But uncertainty remains the norm

20 February 2013

The US Senate Banking Committee held oversight hearings on the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. The hearing provided an update on the regulatory timetable.

 

To the point: Current issues for boards of directors

25 January 2013

This edition of To the point: Current issues for boards of directors, reviews guidance from the SEC and DOJ about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and policy updates from the ISS on executive compensation, board response to proposals with majority shareholder support, hedging of company stock, and what directors should know about data security and cyberattacks.

 

Derivatives reform for non-financial services companies

05 December 2012

For non-financial services companies, regulations introduced by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Basel III will result in significant changes to the derivatives market. Every aspect of a corporation using derivative to manage risk will ultimately be affected—from risk strategies and corporate funding to operations and accounting. This 10Minutes provides insight on the impacts of new regulation on corporate entities and what those entities need to do now in order to meet impending reform deadlines and ensure they're well equipped to manage increased costs and compliance responsibilities.

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: IRS issues guidance related to final "repairs" regulations and delay of effective date

20 November 2012

Final regulations regarding deduction and capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property (the final repairs regulations) are expected to be released in 2013.

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: New IRS/Treasury "business plan" calls for important research credit guidance

20 November 2012

The government is working on guidance to address three important and long-standing topics related to the section 41 research credit.

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: 2012 election results point to continued divisions over tax policy

07 November 2012

Can compromises be reached before the end of this year to avoid the 'fiscal cliff' effect of scheduled tax increases and spending reductions

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: UN transfer pricing guidance for developing countries could increase burdens on multinationals

18 October 2012

UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (the Subcommittee) approved the current unedited version of the UN Transfer Pricing Manual

 

Washington National Tax Services Insight: Court rejects research credit claim for customization and configuration of software

03 October 2012

US v Davenport judgment to the government with respect to the taxpayers' claims for research credits related to certain software customization

 

Eurozone sovereign debt crisis: Minimizing surprises despite Eurozone uncertainties

30 July 2012

How will the effects of the European debt crisis impact US businesses? PwC shares its views on what companies can do to manage the changes that lie ahead.

 

Point of view: Mandatory audit firm rotation: Why other changes would be better for investors

24 May 2012

Objectivity, independence, and professional skepticism are fundamental to audit quality. Mandatory audit firm rotation would not enhance audit quality.

 

Point of view: PCAOB Proposed Auditor Reporting Model Changes: Evaluating auditor assurance on information outside of the financial statements

09 May 2012

PwC examines, and shares our views on, the PCAOB's concept release on the auditor's reporting model including auditor assurance on information outside of the financial statements.

 

Point of view: PCAOB Proposed Auditor Reporting Model Changes: Evaluating expanded use of emphasis paragraphs

08 May 2012

PwC examines, and shares our views on, the PCAOB's concept release on the auditor's reporting model including the expanded use of emphasis paragraphs.

 

Is It Time for the United States to Consider the Patent Box?

30 March 2012

PwC Tax leaders examine the patent box regimes adopted by six EU countries and consider key issues to be addressed in designing a similar tax regime for intellectual property (IP) in the United States that would attract and retain domestic IP development and ownership.

 

PwC 2012 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study

07 March 2012

PwC’s 8th annual examination of the internal audit profession, focuses on this rising importance of risk management and internal audit's contribution by taking a closer look at how stakeholders and board members view critical risks and the role internal audit could be playing.

 

Making over healthcare

11 July 2011

While there’s still a great deal of uncertainty around the specifics of healthcare reform, one thing’s clear: The healthcare industry in the US will never be the same. And 2011 is shaping up to be a makeover year for healthcare providers, health insurers, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, and employers. But what are the most significant issues in play? A recent report identifies six.

 

Seeking shared agendas with governments

11 July 2011

By helping create jobs in the private sector and by investing in infrastructure, governments can help create an environment conducive for growth. In fact, almost half of CEOs surveyed say that improving the country’s infrastructure and fostering a skilled workforce should be government’s top priorities. But how can CEOs enter strategic and collaborative relationships with governments to pursue their own growth agendas?

 

How credible is your sustainable reporting?

11 July 2011

CEOs and boards know the benefits of corporate responsibility reporting included increasing profitability, reducing supply chain risks and costs, and garnering sustainability ratings and recognitions. Overall, companies need this information to drive operational efficiencies and facilitate innovation. Ultimately though, to win stakeholders’ trust, companies need to be credible with respect to sustainability. How do they achieve it?

 

First take: Supplementary leverage ratio

10 September 2014

Key points from the final US supplementary leverage ratio.

 

First take: Liquidity coverage ratio

09 September 2014

Ten key points from the final US liquidity coverage ratio.

 

First take: Uncleared margin re-proposal

05 September 2014

Ten key points from the US prudential regulators’ re-proposed uncleared margin rule.

 

First take: Resolution plan guidance to largest firms

07 August 2014

Ten key points from regulators’ feedback to Wave 1 filers.

 

First take: SEC’s money market reform

24 July 2014

Ten key points from the SEC’s final money market rule

 

First take: Capital Plan rule

13 June 2014

The Fed proposes changes to the Capital Plan rule

 

Mortgages: What you don’t know about “Know Before You Owe”

29 April 2014

Meeting the challenges of the CFPB's new rule.

 

Integrated reporting

28 April 2014

Investors have been showing increased interest in the correlations between financial performance and sustainability factors like resource scarcity, environmental performance and corporate governance when assessing a company’s future risk and growth opportunities. Is your company ready to respond? This 10Minutes highlights insights and benefits companies can glean into these issues by integrating their thinking to develop a better understanding of impacts to their businesses, allowing them to tell a more holistic value creation story.

 

Stress testing: A look into the Fed’s black box

24 April 2014

Making sense of the results from CCAR 2014.

 

First take: Supplementary leverage ratio

09 April 2014

Ten key points about the new supplementary leverage ratio.

 

First take: CCAR stress testing

27 March 2014

Ten key points from the Federal Reserve’s 2014 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR)

 

First take: DFAST stress testing

21 March 2014

Stress test first take: Ten key points from the Federal Reserve's 2014 Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST)

 

First take: SEC’s cross-border derivatives rule

21 March 2014

Ten key points from the SEC’s final cross-border rule

 

Revenue recognition

19 March 2014

After much deliberation, the FASB and IASB are set to release a final global revenue recognition standard in the coming months that will do away with current industry-specific accounting and instead apply a single set of principles to all revenue transactions. Changes to practices, processes and systems could ripple through your business. 10Minutes on revenue recognition provides information about the standard as well as insight into ways in which some companies are preparing for the broader impact.

 

Data privacy

25 February 2014

Data protection and privacy is an urgent issue for both consumers and businesses. As customers increasingly worry whether their personal information is secure and used appropriately, companies are also concerned about protecting data and their brand. This 10Minutes highlights the importance of viewing consumer privacy from more than just a compliance lens and developing a strategy and action plan that will help businesses lead on data privacy by building customer trust and enhancing their brand.

 

Stress testing: First at bat for midsized firms

05 February 2014

Regulators will scrutinize midsized firms first stress testing submissions this spring.

 

Service provider transparency

09 December 2013

Businesses depend on service providers to handle confidential data, run essential business processes, and manage critical technology. This can leave businesses vulnerable to service provider breakdowns. The result can be the providers’ clients violating regulations and even losing customer trust. Yet many businesses may know less than they realize about their service providers’ controls. This 10Minutes discusses how SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports can give businesses the picture they need to have solid confidence in their service providers.

 

Transforming the tax function

11 November 2013

It’s an opportunity hidden in plain sight. In 10Minutes on transforming the tax function, we discuss how the tax function is often overlooked as an area for improvement, unlike more obvious choices such as supply chain or business services. However, shining a light on the tax group can reveal untapped opportunities where changes in technology, process, people, and data can lead to benefits for the broader business.

 

Stress testing: Failures on the horizon?

06 November 2013

Regulators released capital stress testing guidance that continues to raise the bar for large firms and signals that more failing grades are likely in the future.

 

Strategic supply chain management

30 September 2013

New research shows that high-performing supply chains can achieve sales and revenue growth while managing costs. That sounds like a tall order, but there are things you can do now to manage your supply chain as a strategic asset to boost performance and profitability. This 10Minutes highlights how the supply chain can move your business strategy forward and set you apart from the competition.

 

Stress testing: Midterm results improved, but it's all about the final

23 September 2013

Firms release their mid-cycle stress testing results.

 

Stress testing: Getting to credibility - Firms between $10 and $50 billion

22 August 2013

Analysis of the banking regulators' guidance on the Dodd Frank Act's stress testing requirements for firms between $10 and $50 billion.

 

Whistleblower reform

15 July 2013

Whistleblower reform is having significant impact. The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower has one full year of operation under its belt, and with it 3,001 tips and two awards to date. Leading companies are looking closely at the Office’s first-year report and drawing lessons for building stronger ethics and compliance programs. They’re also considering what it takes to create a highly ethical culture. This 10Minutes highlights the importance of having an ethical culture at the workplace.

 

Top 2013 Insurance Risks: Insurance Banana Skins US responses

01 July 2013

What are the most critical economic, financial, and operational risks facing insurance companies in the US? Insurance company executives shared their responses in the 2013 edition of Insurance Banana Skins, conducted by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and sponsored by PwC.

 

Conflict minerals

09 May 2013

10Minutes on conflict minerals provides insight into the strategic benefits and risks companies will want to focus on as they comply with the SEC's conflict minerals rule. The rule is effective for 2013 calendar year operations, so regardless of whether companies view conflict minerals as a supply chain opportunity, risk to their brand or another regulatory to-do, they should act now to prepare.

 

Stark realities of cybersecurity

11 April 2013

This 10Minutes discusses why cybersecurity is more than an IT challenge—it’s a business imperative. New technologies, well-funded and determined adversaries, and interconnected business ecosystems have combined to increase your company’s exposure to cyberattacks. Critical digital assets are being targeted and the potential impact to your business has never been greater. In order to sufficiently protect the business, future cash flows, and shareholder value, your approach to cybersecurity must keep pace.

 

Environmental and social risk

31 October 2012

Environmental and social issues are posing greater commercial risks than ever. In this 10Minutes we'll explore what's changing and how companies can take a more forward-looking risk approach.

 

Eurozone sovereign debt crisis: Minimizing surprises despite Eurozone uncertainties

30 July 2012

How will the effects of the European debt crisis impact US businesses? PwC shares its views on what companies can do to manage the changes that lie ahead.

 

Business continuity management

23 March 2012

The best disaster survival manual may be obsolete if it doesn’t anticipate major disruptions to the supply chain or at outsourced operations. As a result, business continuity management programs are being designed to continually assess— as well as counter—risks stemming from the interdependencies integral to running a business.

 

Risk in review 2012: Rethinking risk management for new market realities

14 March 2012

Companies everywhere are rethinking risk management in the light of new market realities, according to PwC’s 2011 global risk survey, which also breaks down results by region.

 

PwC 2012 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study

07 March 2012

PwC’s 8th annual examination of the internal audit profession, focuses on this rising importance of risk management and internal audit's contribution by taking a closer look at how stakeholders and board members view critical risks and the role internal audit could be playing.

 

WSJ CEO Council: Addressing scarcity and growth

14 November 2011

For companies able to manage risks, resource scarcity will create opportunities.

 

Combating cybercrime: The general counsel’s role

11 July 2011

Cyberattacks aren’t just an information technology matter. Legal obligations, damages to the organization, and business relations with customers all come into play. Often the last to know, it is imperative that general counsel be the first on the cybercrime scene. They can play a pivotal role in protecting an organization if they act promptly when a company’s systems have become compromised.

 

Organizational DNA

18 July 2014

Ever wonder why some companies consistently deliver while others disappoint? Faced with the same market, stocked with similar talent, one organization flourishes, while the other flounders. By understanding what makes your organization tick and where there might be breakdowns to address, you and your employees can truly deliver on your strategic intent.

 

Downloads: We the urban people

16 June 2014

Downloads: We the urban people

 

Integrated reporting

28 April 2014

Investors have been showing increased interest in the correlations between financial performance and sustainability factors like resource scarcity, environmental performance and corporate governance when assessing a company’s future risk and growth opportunities. Is your company ready to respond? This 10Minutes highlights insights and benefits companies can glean into these issues by integrating their thinking to develop a better understanding of impacts to their businesses, allowing them to tell a more holistic value creation story.

 

Managing your wealth: Guide to tax and wealth management

25 April 2014

PwC’s 2014 year-end guide to tax and wealth management offers guidance for strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other topics.

 

PwC 2013 APEC CEO Survey

30 September 2013

PwC's report, building on a survey of more than 370 business leaders and interviews from across the region, confirms the necessity of regional cooperation for our companies' futures.

 

APEC CEO Videos

30 September 2013

APEC 2013 CEO Summit: Interviews: PwC

 

Drug value

24 July 2013

Pharmaceutical companies stand ready to be tested in a world where a drug’s success is more closely tied to its performance. The challenges mount with competition from generics and growing pressure to reduce costs. Now, insurers and integrated providers are driven by models that reward health outcomes and cost savings. For success, drug makers are exploring real-world evidence, new payment models, and the right partnerships.

 

2015 Medical Cost Trend

18 June 2013

This PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) report looks at the projected increase in the cost of medical services for 2014. Read how medical cost trends affect your business.

 

Medical Technology Innovation report

18 June 2013

Medtech companies should create an innovation engine that enables service and business model innovation to find new sources of revenue and meet changing customer and consumer demands.

 

Harnessing customer demand to drive growth

19 April 2013

Consumer-packaged goods (CPG) companies, retailers, and their business partners often tout the ways they put customers at the center of their strategies. But while many companies do a good job of understanding their customers, perhaps not as many create demand by coordinating across marketing, sales, and innovation—functions and activities that now encompass the demand chain. This 10Minutes explores ways companies can capitalize on knowing their customer with demand functions pulling in the same direction.

 

Using technology to help customers achieve their goals

31 March 2013

Businesses that embed capabilities to understand usage in their products in service of customers’ goals stand to reap unparalleled value.

 

Internet of Things

31 March 2013

This issue of the Technology Forecast examines the impact of Internet of Things trends on businesses and the IT organization. It analyzes how businesses now have the ability to continue the relationship with customers after the sales transaction by helping them achieve the goals for which they buy the products.

 

Building the customer-centered organization

06 February 2013

What does a customer-centered organization look like? What investments are needed to take you there, and what might that journey look like? This 10Minutes discusses these questions and how companies who focus on creating a customer-centered organization may reap real dividends.

 

Getting past the hype of gamification

10 December 2012

How to get past the hype of gamification and convince leadership of the benefits of implementing the methodology.

 

Improving the customer and employee experience with gaming technology

10 December 2012

The many benefits behind incorporating gaming techniques into business processes include...

 

Elements of effective game-based emotion design

10 December 2012

Bill Fulton of Ronin User Experience describes his empirical yet emotional approach to game design and how it relates to customer engagement.

 

A game publisher’s view of gamification

10 December 2012

Learn about how game developer and publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has applied what it has learned about gaming to its internal training. Its training platform, called EA University.

 

Employees seeing business through a CEO’s eyes

10 December 2012

Milt Riseman describes how business simulation at Advanta Mortgage Services was effective, even before the web.

 

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

10 October 2012

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

 

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

10 October 2012

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

 

US Manufacturing Resurgence

04 October 2012

Signs point to a potential surge in domestic manufacturing, and US companies are carefully watching seven key factors that are impacting the trend. They also need to consider what a potential move or expansion of manufacturing facilities to the US could mean for all aspects of their business.

 

Retailing 2020: Winning in a polarized world

27 September 2012

Retailing 2020: Winning in a polarized world identifies economic drivers that will shape the future US retail landscape and success factors winning retailers and suppliers will likely need to manage to drive growth in the retail landscape of 2020.

 

Academic medical centers

31 July 2012

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are the nucleus of the U.S. health system, yet they face multiple challenges.

 

Eurozone sovereign debt crisis

30 July 2012

As Europe continues to grapple with sovereign debt problems, austerity measures, and recession, the Eurozone is changing and will likely emerge from the ongoing crisis looking quite different from the one we know today. Because the world is so interconnected, virtually every company will be affected and needs to figure out the impact on their companies worldwide - from strategy and operations to execution - and start preparing now.

 

Eurozone sovereign debt crisis: Minimizing surprises despite Eurozone uncertainties

30 July 2012

How will the effects of the European debt crisis impact US businesses? PwC shares its views on what companies can do to manage the changes that lie ahead.

 

Point of view: Beyond the bid: The legacy of mega-events in intellectual capital

22 July 2012

Intellectual capital abounds at mega-events; capturing that legacy allows all stakeholders to benefit from one another’s skills, knowledge, and innovation.

 

Business continuity management

23 March 2012

The best disaster survival manual may be obsolete if it doesn’t anticipate major disruptions to the supply chain or at outsourced operations. As a result, business continuity management programs are being designed to continually assess— as well as counter—risks stemming from the interdependencies integral to running a business.

 

View issue 15

22 March 2012

In this issue of PwC's View, companies can learn how to keep pace with change, and design a fiercest competitor as part of the strategy. Other articles look at cyber security and doing business in emerging markets.

 

Gaining ground: As the APEC region grows, talent shortages rise

21 March 2012

The latest APEC CEO survey reveals that business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region are eager to grow but must adapt their talent strategies in an increasingly competitive environment

 

All in the family: Private companies voice their challenges and opportunities

21 March 2012

Family-owned businesses face challenges like competition, government policies and market conditions

 

Health industry goldrush

21 March 2012

The healthcare industry is innovating itself into four categories: fixers, connectors, retailers, implementers

 

Cybersecurity: The new business priority

21 March 2012

Biggest cyberthreats and how companies can protect themselves

 

Designing your fiercest competitor: Mastering change by making it real

21 March 2012

Imagining a scenario that would destroy your business enables a company to outlast and outsmart the competition

 

Navigating the risks and opportunities in emerging markets

21 March 2012

The rate of growth in emerging markets for the past decade and a half has been twice that of advanced countries, and this trend is unlikely to abate anytime soon.

 

Beyond the BRICS: How to succeed in emerging markets (by really trying)

21 March 2012

Emerging markets offer cost-effective investment opportunities for businesses eager to grow globally—now

 

Are you designing a disruptive business model to keep your fiercest competitor at bay?

21 March 2012

Designing a disruptive business model to keep your fiercest competitor at bay.

 

Ranking business-friendly cities

21 March 2012

PwC ranks the cities that are most business-friendly, as well as what characteristics make them ideal.

 

Capital projects and infrastructure: The next test for nuclear

21 March 2012

Nuclear power may be the solution of the future for global electricity needs.

 

Embracing a new dynamic: Foresight and risk taking in a changing global marketplace

21 March 2012

Bob Moritz's insights of Asian and developed word CEOs about business growth and risk.

 

Technology Forecast: Reshaping the workforce with the new analytics

15 March 2012

This edition of Technology Forecast explores the impact of the new analytics and a culture of inquiry enterprises can foster with the help of emerging data analysis tools and services.

 

Message from the editor

15 March 2012

Message from the editor

 

The third wave of customer analytics

15 March 2012

The third wave of customer analytics

 

How CIOs can build the foundation for a data science culture

15 March 2012

How CIOs can build the foundation for a data science culture

 

Natural language processing and social media intelligence

15 March 2012

Natural language processing and social media intelligence

 

The art and science of new analytics technology

15 March 2012

The art and science of new analytics technology

 

WSJ CEO Council: Addressing scarcity and growth

14 November 2011

For companies able to manage risks, resource scarcity will create opportunities.

 

WSJ CEO Council: Building a US export economy

14 November 2011

Increasing US exports may be crucial to the resolution of global economic imbalances and the ability of US firms to capitalize on the rise of emerging economies. But US firms are struggling to extend their domestic competitiveness to export markets. Executives are looking to improve education and regulation to change that dynamic.

 

WSJ CEO Council: Forging a stronger US-China relationship

14 November 2011

The US-China relationship has been pivotal to global economic stability, providing significant benefits to both nations. Today the relationship hangs in a balance.

 

WSJ CEO Council: New approaches to global health

14 November 2011

Improving health conditions and offering greater access to care around the world will require a new set of tools, including public-private partnerships, emerging technologies and evolving regulation.

 

WSJ CEO Council: Encouraging and protecting business innovation

14 November 2011

From the education of global talent pools, to national immigration policies, regulation and international intellectual property protections, the public policy issues on the new innovation landscape are abundant and complex.

 

The CIO’s role in social enterprise strategy

15 September 2011

Social technology offers considerable promise, but CIOs and business units are struggling to figure out how to use it effectively. A key reason is that most social media outside the enterprise is just pure communication. Making the same use of these tools inside the enterprise only imposes more channels on already overwhelmed staff. What alternatives exist to help alleviate communications overload?

 

The anytime, anywhere business opportunity

11 July 2011

No longer viewed as a strictly consumer phenomenon, smart devices enabled by wireless data networks are getting down to business. Companies operating within all kinds of value chains are embracing them to improve processes, enhance collaboration, and reduce costs. But those benefits are only the beginning. Where do the real payoffs come from for companies using them?

 

Making over healthcare

11 July 2011

While there’s still a great deal of uncertainty around the specifics of healthcare reform, one thing’s clear: The healthcare industry in the US will never be the same. And 2011 is shaping up to be a makeover year for healthcare providers, health insurers, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, and employers. But what are the most significant issues in play? A recent report identifies six.

 

Seeking shared agendas with governments

11 July 2011

By helping create jobs in the private sector and by investing in infrastructure, governments can help create an environment conducive for growth. In fact, almost half of CEOs surveyed say that improving the country’s infrastructure and fostering a skilled workforce should be government’s top priorities. But how can CEOs enter strategic and collaborative relationships with governments to pursue their own growth agendas?

 

The technology powering business mobility

11 July 2011

Operating systems, devices, wireless networks, and other IT components all comprise business mobility. But the real power lies in the convergence of the technologies and in how each organization applies them to redefine the way it works. While the chief information officer will lead the charge here, it's important that the rest of the leadership team understand the choices and issues that pertain to the following technology building blocks.

 

Striking the innovation balance

11 July 2011

History is littered with companies that have failed to innovate, but innovation is now climbing to the top of the CEO agenda as a primary strategy for achieving profitable growth in a post-crisis economy. Is your company innovating to its full potential -- and what are the tensions that most affect a company’s ability to innovate successfully?

 

Measuring innovation

11 July 2011

What is innovation? And how do you measure and benchmark it in your organization, be it private, public or academic?

 

Defining a new CEO agenda

11 July 2011

As shown by the results of our 14th Annual Global CEO Survey,¹ about half of all CEOs are confident about revenue growth going forward. But how will they achieve it? Here PwC's Tom Craren outlines eight key strategies for seizing the opportunities at hand.

 

Downloads: We the urban people

16 June 2014

Downloads: We the urban people

 

Sustainability goes mainstream: Insights into investor views

17 May 2014

What do investors think about sustainability? Are they incorporating environmental and social issues into investment practices and strategies, and will they in the future? We asked investors about these issues to learn more about their perspectives.

 

Integrated reporting

28 April 2014

Investors have been showing increased interest in the correlations between financial performance and sustainability factors like resource scarcity, environmental performance and corporate governance when assessing a company’s future risk and growth opportunities. Is your company ready to respond? This 10Minutes highlights insights and benefits companies can glean into these issues by integrating their thinking to develop a better understanding of impacts to their businesses, allowing them to tell a more holistic value creation story.

 

What do leading companies and investors really think about climate change?

20 September 2013

What do companies and investors think about climate change? Results from the Carbon Disclosure Project point to an increased focus on embedding sustainability into the business, measuring the results, and taking a holistic approach to business strategy and operations.

 

Key sustainability trends driving business value in the real estate sector

26 July 2013

This article originally appeared in “US Real Estate Insights”, we highlight key drivers spurring action among real estate asset managers and how leaders are creating value for their funds.

 

Eco-efficiency

25 June 2013

Eco-efficiency can reduce costs for your company. And there are broader benefits, too: a stronger brand, greater productivity, and mitigated risk. Still, opportunities to save money while reducing your company’s use of energy, transportation fuel, waste, water, forest products or chemicals are often short-changed. Why? It’s most likely due to overlooked-but-valuable information.

 

Sustainability valuation: An oxymoron?

18 December 2012

Considering both direct and indirect valuation methods helps quantify sustainability's value and the impact it makes for shareholders.

 

Environmental and social risk

31 October 2012

Environmental and social issues are posing greater commercial risks than ever. In this 10Minutes we'll explore what's changing and how companies can take a more forward-looking risk approach.

 

Toward a common approach to reporting water issues: Corporate water disclosure guidelines

10 October 2012

As companies face escalating risks related to water, these new guidelines and publication from the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate provide examples and tools for assessing water risks and opportunities, developing a corporate water profile, and better water management strategies and solutions.

 

The sustainability executive: Profile and progress

10 October 2012

The role of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) is evolving based on input from CSOs in 25 leading sustainability companies. The research identifies trends on how companies organize sustainability, the work agenda, key success factors, and the challenges ahead.

 

Sustainability goals 2.0: An evolving landscape

10 October 2012

Setting sustainability goals are essential to a company’s sustainability strategy but they don’t always drive the change that’s needed. PwC reviewed goals set by 126 companies identified as top sustainability performers and presents and analysis and implications for setting effective sustainability goals.

 

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

10 October 2012

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

 

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

10 October 2012

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

 

Resilience: Sustaining the supply chain

24 July 2012

Companies need to protect the integrity of their supply chains to avoid damage to their reputations. In this report, we outline strategies for environmental and social issues in the supply chain. A resilient supply chain requires combining both ‘play not to lose’ and ‘play to win’ strategies.

 

Driving CO2 out of the supply chain and off retailers’ shelves

20 July 2012

This PwC report discusses how global retailers are beginning to work more collaboratively with suppliers to eliminate millions of tons of carbon emissions from their global and local supply chains, giving them a direct stake in how their suppliers source, design, manufacture, and deliver products.

 

Five management principles from companies modernizing our vehicles, buildings and electric grids

27 April 2012

AutoDesk, Cisco Systems, Facebook, General Electric, IBM, Johnson Controls, Microsoft, General Motors, PG&E, Boeing, CBRE, FedEx, Ford, and Jones Lang LaSalle talk to PwC about their roles in accelerating efficiency in our energy, information, building and transportation systems. Stressing the importance of systems thinking, collaboration skills, and innovation capabilities needed for growth, these companies are capitalizing on both technology change and business model innovation to achieve breakthroughs in business and environmental performance.

 

Sustainable packaging: myth or reality

10 March 2012

While public views on the usefulness of packaging are notoriously difficult to shift, the industry has made significant steps in creating improved packaging solutions across the packaged goods value chain.

 

Closing the loop on sustainability information

09 March 2012

We’ve identified four key emerging information technology areas that directly affect enterprise sustainability. These areas span the lifecycle of information—from where it is created to where it is reported.

 

Do investors care about sustainability?

09 March 2012

A review of investor research reveal a trend that more investors are using corporate sustainability reporting to inform investment strategies. Sustainable investing outpaces the growth rate of conventional investment assets under professional management.

 

WSJ CEO Council: Encouraging and protecting business innovation

14 November 2011

From the education of global talent pools, to national immigration policies, regulation and international intellectual property protections, the public policy issues on the new innovation landscape are abundant and complex.

 

Sustainability: Moving from compliance to leadership

08 November 2011

Sustainability is moving from “something that’s nice to have” to one of the most important strategic initiatives enterprises will undertake in the coming decade—a practice deeply embedded in the organization.

 

The CIO’s next leadership opportunity: Sustainability

08 November 2011

CIOs can demonstrate natural leadership with sustainability—by surfacing information that can educate, motivate, and catalyze decision-making, and by using metrics and other IT tools to embed sustainability practices throughout the organization.

 

Factoring sustainability in IPO planning

04 October 2011

Those looking to become a part of the renewed vigor in the IPO market may be unprepared for the public scrutiny they are likely to encounter. Mounting interest in companies' nonfinancial disclosures, such as sustainability and corporate responsibility, leads to a simple question: Is your company prepared?

 

CDP S&P 500 Report 2011

19 September 2011

For the first time, a majority of S&P 500 responding companies report they are now integrating climate change into their core business strategy, according to the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Report.

 

How credible is your sustainable reporting?

11 July 2011

CEOs and boards know the benefits of corporate responsibility reporting included increasing profitability, reducing supply chain risks and costs, and garnering sustainability ratings and recognitions. Overall, companies need this information to drive operational efficiencies and facilitate innovation. Ultimately though, to win stakeholders’ trust, companies need to be credible with respect to sustainability. How do they achieve it?

 

Sustainable growth: 14th Annual Global CEO Survey

06 June 2011

PwC surveyed more than 1,200 senior executives to share their perspectives on "good growth: - growth that is financially, environmentally, and socially more sustainable. From their responses, five key challenges emerged.

 

PwC 2013 APEC CEO Survey

30 September 2013

PwC's report, building on a survey of more than 370 business leaders and interviews from across the region, confirms the necessity of regional cooperation for our companies' futures.

 

How technology companies can use workforce planning strategies for a smarter business

12 December 2012

Technology company CEOs are changing their approach to talent management and retention because they foresee the available qualified talent pool shrinking. Each company must approach talent management that supports its corporate culture and aligns with business objectives.

 

Talent priorities

05 October 2012

Talent continues to top the list of executive concerns. Company leaders are focusing on how talent can help them achieve the following four strategic priorities: power growth, realize ROI, manage risk, and enable transformation.

 

Global talent mobility

20 June 2012

In this edition of 10Minutes we talk to leading edge companies about what is driving new mobility patterns and their current talent mobility practices, both from a short and long-term strategy perspective.

 

New solutions to close the skills gap

17 April 2012

According to PwC’s annual survey of global CEOs, an inability to find enough skilled talent is the number one concern of business executives around the world.