By Jennifer Warawa, Executive Vice President of Partners, Accountants and Alliances at Sage

 

As technology continues to disrupt industries and reshape conventional work methodologies, the world of accounting as we know it has evolved as well. Transformation is rampant and shifting client requirements today mandate accountants to provide an expanded range of services. As the profession takes on a whole new dimension, so too must accounting firms adopt new ways of working to ensure their businesses keep one step ahead of their competitors.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 09:30

Hacks for Organising Your Home

Words by Anjali Goel, Head of Design of La Sorogeeka Associates

 

With our hectic daily schedules and family members rushing in and out of the door, it can sometimes result in our homes becoming less than organised than we'd like them to be. In fact, come dinner time our family living quarters may, in fact, have descended into a state of disarray. Luckily, there are a few easy hacks that you can implement into your home to help create organisation. Here, Anjali Goel, Head of Design of La Sorogeeka Associates, provides her top tips for organizing the home:

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By Paige Marie Morse, Chemicals Industry Lead, AspenTech

 

The chemicals sector continues to grow strongly across all regions and we expect that strength to continue during 2019. Specialty chemicals have been performing particularly well in recent times. Bulk chemicals markets are growing well too, especially in Asia where demand is strong and there is a clear drive towards self-sufficiency, and in the US, where there is a feedstock advantage. Indeed, access to cheap feedstocks continues to provide North American chemicals manufacturers with a significant cost advantage. We have already seen a huge wave of new capacity and we expect a second wave to emerge in the 2021-2024 timeframe.   

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By Morey J. Haber, Chief Technology Officer, BeyondTrust

 

Privileged attack vectors and stolen personally identifiable information (PII) obtained have been a constantly paired news item throughout 2018. In 2019, expect privileged attack vectors to continue to reign as the number one root cause of breaches for both consumer and business data theft.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:19

5 Questions a Buyer Should Ask on a Viewing

Viewing a property which could potentially turn into a home can be very exciting! In all the excitement buyers can often forget some very important questions to ask their real estate agent. Lewis Allsopp, CEO of Allsopp & Allsopp has put together a list of five questions that a buyer should ask to get the most information on a viewing.

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 10:06

Strength in Diversity at Xerox

By Hervé Tessler – President, International Operations, Xerox


The extent of human diversity is difficult to fathom. Of the 7.6 billion people inhabiting our planet, no two individuals are exactly alike. As a species, we speak nearly 7,000 distinct languages, come from 195 different countries, and each of us possess a specific genetic code of mind-boggling complexity. Diversity is one of humanity’s defining characteristics and its greatest strengths.

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WorkSpace Commerce reveals its top tips to increase productivity


Companies across the United Arab Emirates often report a decline in productivity during the summer months. With temperatures soaring, Dubai-based WorkSpace Commerce (WSC) is on hand to offer some useful and insightful advice, centred around its wealth of knowledge of building successful coworking office environments. The WSC team have a combined 50 years plus of experience in coworking, property, shared office management, and a track record of building successful start-ups.

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Roger Wilson, Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio, explains how master planning is a key component to future proofing return on investment for developers:

 

Perkins+Will approaches master planning as more than the creation of traditional, static documents. Its master plans serve as an operational platform to drive future development and responds to change over time. At the same time, a master plan should capture the uniqueness of place and project a strong voice and vision for the future, so that it becomes a tool for creating identity and authenticity. The result is a living plan that generates momentum towards implementation, and ultimately, a built project with lasting presence. Delivered well, a master plan can transform a site, release capital, provide for the future and utilise buildings and external space more effectively.

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By Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa

 

As consumers, millennials are commanding the marketplace. They are telling businesses what they want, how they want it, and how much they want to pay – and this phenomenon spans virtually every industry, including telecommunications. For providers, as well as telcos themselves, this presents equal challenges and opportunities to harness the potential of the millennial market. It’s important to be able to cater to the specific needs of millennials; but it is not always easy to do so because millennial expectations come in varying forms and are perpetually evolving.

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By Vikas Panchal, Business Head at Tally Solutions in the Middle East, a leading international accounting and compliance software provider which has recently introduced Value Added Tax (VAT) software Tally.ERP 9 Release 6 to help businesses comply with VAT protocol and procedures

 

For many decades, the UAE and India have had very good ties, especially in trade and commerce, and the ties between the two countries have only got better with similar laws and regulations implemented by both countries. While Value Added Tax (VAT) is a thing of past in India, the UAE recently introduced the new tax regime to drive economic development of the country. 

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