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7 Ways to Determine if You Need a New Job Infographic

Posted in Advisory | Agriculture | Careers | Construction | Government | Healthcare | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services on April 2, 2015

Are you happy and fulfilled in your career? Have you considered another role, company or industry? [More]

Should NULLS Be Removed from Fact Tables?

Posted in Business Consulting | Supply Chain | Agriculture | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Technology | Business Intelligence | Strategic Technology on March 18, 2015

A common question among BI developers is whether it is appropriate to have NULLS in a fact table. NULLS can create problems in programming, so it seems natural they should be removed to avoid unexpected results. Unfortunately, like everything in BI, the right answer is “it depends.” [More]

Don't Get Caught Off Guard with Windows Server 2003 End of Life

Posted in Supply Chain | Agriculture | Construction | Healthcare | Managed Services | Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Strategic IT Planning on March 10, 2015

Companies and organizations running Windows Server 2003 need to start thinking and acting on plans to upgrade their systems. [More]

5 Job Search Myths Debunked

Posted in Recruiting and Onboarding | Staffing | Agriculture | Careers | Government | Healthcare | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services on February 27, 2015

We created a list of job search myths we have been told through the years and picked our top five to share with you [More]

Leveraging Technology to More Effectively Manage Your Oil and Gas Company

Posted in ERP & CRM Software | Accounting & ERP Software | Microsoft Dynamics NAV & NAV-X | Oilfield Services | Technology on February 25, 2015

The oil and gas industry faces another period of economic uncertainty. The dramatic drop in oil prices in 2014 has many oil and gas companies cutting back on capital exploration programs and production spending, and industry leaders, such as Halliburton, continue announcing significant layoffs. While the market has begun to act favorably as the price of oil is slowly rising, it’s unknown when it will fully recover. [More]

Are You Burning Money with Unrealistic RPOs and RTOs?

Posted in Agriculture | Construction | Government | Managed Services | Managed IT Services | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Technology | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Strategic IT Planning on February 13, 2015

What happens when a major event or catastrophe happens to your organization’s network? It’s time to follow the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) protocols. [More]

Hydraulic Fracking: The Debate Thickens as Communities Ban Together

Posted in Oilfield Services on February 13, 2015

The recent debate over hydraulic fracking deepens, as drilling moves closer to residential areas, resulting in operational setbacks and communities demanding bans on fracking. [More]

New Illinois Law Furthers Protection for Pregnant Women in the Workplace

Posted in Advisory | Human Resources | Human Resources Consulting | Recruiting and Onboarding | Staffing | Government | Healthcare | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Real Estate | Retail | Technology on February 4, 2015

Public Act 98-1050 protects employees who are pregnant, have recently given birth or have a medical or common condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. [More]

The Demand for U.S. Petroleum is on the Rise

Posted in Oilfield Services on January 30, 2015

Last month, total deliveries of U.S. petroleum increased by 5.1 percent from December 2013, averaging nearly 20 million barrels per day (b/d), according to the American Petroleum Institute (API). Compared to the same period in 2013, total U.S. petroleum deliveries gained 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter. [More]

How Microsoft Dynamics GP is Preparing Users for Affordable Care Act Reporting

Posted in Supply Chain | Agriculture | Construction | ERP & CRM Software | Accounting & ERP Software | Microsoft Dynamics GP | ERP Software | Government | Healthcare | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services on January 21, 2015

While some play catch up after the hectic holiday season, many employers have turned their attention to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how they will prepare themselves for the mandatory reporting requirements. These requirements should necessitate the attention and preparedness of employers sooner rather than later. [More]

Energent Group: Improving Proactivity with Intelligence on the Oilfield

Posted in Oilfield Services on January 20, 2015

The price of oil is certainly a hot topic for most executives working in the oil and gas industry. However, an opportunity around efficiency is out there for those with the vision to get smarter. They will see this as a chance to increase efficiency and be smarter in how they run their businesses. [More]

IRS Pronouncements Tighten Rules Surrounding Foreign Transactions

Posted in Accounting, Audit and Tax | Accounting Services | Audits | Tax | International Tax | Supply Chain | Agriculture | Construction | Government | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Real Estate on January 12, 2015

As foreign countries continue reducing their tax rates, the pressure is on domestic companies to either repatriate foreign earnings through complex transactions or consider inversion. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently issued two notices that tighten the rules surrounding any cross-border transaction that could be perceived as abusive. [More]


Are You Ready to Gift Family-Owned Business Stock Before 2014 Ends?

Posted in Accounting, Audit and Tax | Financial Reporting | Employee Benefit Compliance | Advisory | Business Consulting | Agriculture | Construction | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Real Estate | Retail on December 29, 2014

The end of any year is a prime time for families to think about matters that have traditionally been quite sensitive—compensation and ownership transfer, for example. If this is the time for you to consider transferring ownership of your family-owned business, one way to do so is through gifting of the business’ stock. [More]

How to Conquer Your Career Goals in the New Year

Posted in Advisory | Staffing | Construction | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services on December 23, 2014

As much as I do not like waiting until the first of the year to start anew, the New Year makes it easier to stop or start a new habit and create personal and professional goals for the year ahead. The key for many of us is to set something attainable (but not easy), rather than something far-reaching. [More]



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