From Back Office to Offshore

Globalization of key back-office and business processes in finance is expected to see strong growth over the next three years, with companies predicted to increase their use of offshore resources by more than 50% in these areas.

The Hackett Group’s 2008 Globalization Performance Study, which surveyed almost 50 companies, most with revenue exceeding $5 billion, also found that globalization remains largely a cost-driven process. While process improvement, the ability to focus on the core business, and quality were all cited as “important” decision drivers, only cost was identified by the study group as being “very important.”

Source: The Hackett Group’s 2008 Globalization Performance Study,


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.