Transparency is king: How the tax compliance culture is evolving in the data analytics era


Posted by Beth Mueller on April 13, 2017

Talk about a full-court press. Tax authorities, tax fairness activists, and to some extent, a discontented public have driven tax law changes and new standards for financial reporting for tax purposes in the years since the 2008 financial crisis. They seek greater certainty that companies are paying their fair share of taxes. A new tax compliance culture—on both sides of the tax reporting equation—is the result, and data and analytics are at the heart of that change.

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Exponential technologies are about to change the way tax professionals work


Posted by Beth Mueller on April 7, 2017

Digital technology is disrupting all manner of knowledge work, and tax is no exception. In tacit admission of this trend, taxpayers and regulatory authorities have been stepping up their efforts to collect and analyze tax data. On the horizon? Machine intelligence—part of a group we call exponential technologies because of its rapidly compounding power.

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Do-it-yourself IoT: May the force(s) be with you!


Posted by Guru Kashyap on March 23, 2017

Thanks to a do-it-yourself Internet of Things (IOT) project I was working on a few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to reflect on the rapid pace of technology and innovation.

Over the last 25 years, four fundamental forces representing computing concepts and movements have gained momentum. Together, they helped integrate hardware, software, and the physical environment in a way that is intuitive and accessible to a do-it-yourself audience. These forces are:

The supply chain shift: Digital supply chain networks can enable transformative decisions


Posted by Ashwin Patil on March 23, 2017

There are lots of moving parts to a digital supply chain network. Think of it as a constellation of interlinking stars that provide transparent value to all. Those stars linked to speed of delivery, for example, share information smoothly and instantly. As a result, transformative strategic decisions are enabled faster and with greater impact. Supply chains are shifting from linear, sequential operations to a new interconnected, open system of supply operations–called a digital supply network (DSN). This shift lays the foundation for how companies will likely compete in the future. “The rise of the digital supply network” explores this new frontier by examining four key areas:

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Beyond AI: Machine intelligence ushers in a new value-creation era


Posted by Nitin Mittal on March 16, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be in the headlines today, but machine intelligence is the future of advanced analytics. Machine intelligence is the collective term for cognitive computing capabilities that create value by augmenting employee performance, automating complex workloads, and developing human-like “cognitive agents.” Machine intelligence should be on your radar, because your competitors are probably all over it.

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Analytics and the art of management


Posted by Ben Stiller on March 9, 2017

Analytics, including cognitive technologies, is taking hold in every functional area of business, and in industries ranging from aerospace to tech, media, and telecom. But there’s one area where analytics is just starting to gain momentum. What if analytics could offer insights to executives so that their days could be more engaging, productive, and outcome-oriented? The next significant breakthroughs will be in time management, team collaboration, and performance tracking—and it’s not that far away.

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I need it now!

Managing customer service levels to meet the “Amazon effect”

Posted by Sam Pearson on March 2, 2017

As consumers, we’ve become used to the “Amazon effect.” We order products online, tailored to our preferences, and receive them when and where we choose. Inevitably, these consumer-driven practices are now influencing B2B markets and industrial customers are demanding faster delivery of products and higher levels of service.

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