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Andersen Signs on With Telemate.Net

Arthur Andersen just announced that it has signed on with Telemate.Net to beef up the Big 5 firm's technology and e-Business risk consulting services.Telemate.Net offers software that tracks Internet usage.
Practice Management

Accounting Firm Profitability

This is the fourth in a series of editorials by Results Accountants' Systems.MAKING YOUR PRACTICE MORE PROFITABLEAccounting businesses are mature industry. There is intense competition for clients which is typical when the principal services offered in the industry have a very generic look and feel about them. Clients are able to drive prices down because switching costs are relatively low.Accounting firms have very similar cost structures to their intra-industry competitors.
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Clothes Make Arthur Andersen a Dotcom Player

Everyone and his mother are vying for attention on the Internet, and Arthur Andersen is no exception.The latest entry for the firm in the dotcom consulting marketplace is to consult for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers--a popular mainstay in men's and women's clothing--when the retailer takes its clothing onto the Web with its new site, www.josbank.com.Andersen, along with CommercialWare and InterWorld, will provide services in e-Commerce and general e-tailing venues to smooth the e-Commerce transition.
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Former AmEx Exec Joins 1st Global

Tony Cord, formerly Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions for American Express Tax & Business Services, Inc., has joined 1st Global as Director of National Business Development.Mr. Cord was a key player in the accounting firm consolidation efforts of American Express over the past few years. 1st Global, Inc., is a development partner for leading CPA and tax firms seeking to successfully integrate a comprehensive financial services business into their accounting practice. As Director of National Business Development for 1st Global, Mr.
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PWC Picks up Huge Nortel Contract

The wave of outsourcing is still a hot commodity, and PricewaterhouseCoopers has capitalized on making outsourcing a key part of its business strategy.This week, Nortel awarded PWC a five-year, $625 million contract to handle the company's business process outsourcing. The international telecommunications giant rationalized the outsourcing process as a way to increase its own productivity by having another entity handle routine business practices.
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Busy Season Stress Busters

Looking for ways to ease your firm through the next two weeks of busy season with minimal stress? AccountingWEB invited members to share their ideas in an online workshop on busy season stress busters, and got some pretty good ideas!Read through the transcripts of the session for details, or scan through some of the best ideas below. Either way, be sure to tap into the brainpower of the AccountingWEB community and finish up tax season with a smile on your face! 
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E&Y Partners Overwhelmingly Support Merger

Ernst & Young partners overwhelmingly support a merger of the firm's consulting division with consulting giant Cap Gemini, according to published reports.With a 98% approval vote of E&Y Partners, the road has been paved to create a worldwide consulting firm consisting of 58,000 employees with annual revenues over $7.5 billion.The $11 billion merger would free E&Y from independence issues faced by the accounting firm, and would create the mechan
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Eighth Largest UK Accounting Firm Chooses CMS Open

For more information contact Jobst ElsterTallahassee, FL- March 6, 2000 -- Solution 6 Holdings Limited (ASX:SOH), the world’s leading provider of IT solutions to professional service firms, today announced that Pannell Kerr Forster, the eighth largest firm of accountants and business advisors in the UK, has purchased CMS OPENâ for use throughout all of its UK offices. CMS OPEN is the global practice management and time and billing software system produced by CMS/Data Corporation, which was acquired by Solution 6 in October 1999. P
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The Keys To Differentiation

Suzanne Lowe, President of Expertise Marketing, recently led a workshop for AccountingWEB entitled Differentiation: The Key to Success For Accounting Firms.The workshop was based on the results of the firm's study "Differentiation: How Are Professional Service Firm
Technology

PWC Says 'No' to SEC Big Brother Campaign

PricewaterhouseCoopers has said this week that the firm definitely would not participate in a bid process identifying firms that could help the Securities and Exchange Commission monitor Web sites.PWC said the SEC's online version of 'wire tapping' might invade the privacy of otherwise innocent people. The accounting firm, along with more than 100 other companies, were invited in January to submit a bid on an automatic surveillance system.The SEC is collecting data from online chat rooms, Web sites and forums to identify potential fraud schemes.
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CPA/Client Confidentiality Preserved in Colorado

A few months ago, AccountingWEB followed with interest the question before the Colorado legislature about CPA-client privelege.
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Consolidators in UK: Tenon Closes In

While the United States has its own success stories and horror stories about consolidators like American Express and H&R Block, the United Kingdom is witnessing its first wave of a business model similar to these giants.The Tenon Group has been formed to acquire accountancy practices and advisory services' practices, and plans to build the business into a powerhouse with revenues greater than $100 million pounds.But the real news lies in the fact that Tenon will be a publicly traded stock--a real departure for the U.K.
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Micro Vision Signs Deal for Financial Services

Micro Vision Software, a longtime player in the accounting software marketplace, and LM Financial Partners, have signed an agreement to make it easier for accountants to enter the financial services arena.The new company is called ProAdvisors Financial Services, and is designed to help Micro Vision's 6,000 clients/accountants make a transition to financial services offerings by providing securities registration capabilities and marketing of products.
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Illinois Firms Overlook 150-Hour-Rule

Remember the controversy surrounding the 150-hour-requirement several years back when states began implementing the rule to sit for the CPA Exam?In Illinois, when the five-year-plan becomes reality in January 2001, CPA firms who hire recent graduates say they will continue hiring graduates regardless if the potential employee has 150 hours or not.This and other opinions were revealed in a new survey conducted by the Illinois CPA Society and Illinois College.
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EY Sues Washington, D.C. Law Firm

Many people probably remember last year's high profile case when Ernst & Young settled a suit with Merry-Go-Round retail giant for $185 million. Merry-Go-Round alleged that EY caused problems with a turnaround attempt based on improper accounting procedures.Now, EY is having its day in court. The firm has taken the D.C.
Technology

PWC Reports 400 percent Increase in E-Business

PricewaterhouseCoopers reports a staggering 400 percent increase in revenues for this past fiscal year in its e-Business practice. This amounts to $1.6 billion in revenues.Perhaps even more surprising is PWC's comment that it expects all business in its management consulting services practice to be related to the very lucrative, yet very new, area of e-Business.
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'Clean Your Closet' With Arthur Andersen

Arthur Andersen is cleaning out its closets.The firm is once again sponsoring "Clean Your Closet Week," March 18-25, in conjunction with Dress for Success, a non-profit group helping low-income women make a transition into the workforce by providing business clothing for interviews and future assignments.The firm will organize a suit drive in 37 cities across the United States and Canada. The firm's sponsorship is an outgrowth of its own "Growth and Retention of Women" (GROW) program.
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PWC Promotes 'Net Incubator to Staff

Everyone working overseas for PricewaterhouseCoopers are about to be drawn in to an internal promotions effort designed to promote new e-businesses and encourage staff to create their own Internet start-ups. Known as PWC's e-business incubator service, the firm even is providing staff a three-month sabbatical to work on their proposals.The firm's service also is available to external clients as well, and is designed to develop the next big Internet concept using PWC's services and consultation.
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KPMG Tests its Staff on Web Savvy

KPMG has taken a proactive approach to practicing what it preaches. The Big 5 firm's staff is undergoing a special training program to ensure they know the ins and outs of the same services delivered every day to a strong e-client base.The class is known as "Internet 101," and as simplistic as that sounds, it's really a basic course in some of the more detailed, technological aspects related to the Internet.Everyone is required to attend the class as a conduit to support the firm's increasing consulting revenues.
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Andersen Plans Ahead for Internal Changes

There's nothing like being proactive, and Arthur Andersen is exhibiting signs that it plans to restructure itself internally in order to defend itself against potential mishaps. The goal, though, is to keep the firm in tact.Why? For starters, Andersen does not want to face independence issues like the ones that surfaced late last year for Big 5 rival PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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