We decided to write this book when we discovered that a majority of the companies
we talked to had dysfunctional and low-value added processes for budgeting, fore-
casting, and financial reporting. And, as financial executives come and go, typically
little is done to streamline these processes. Even when large amounts of money are
invested in new financial software, the solutions are usually put in place based on
the old, inefficient routines.
Written by two foremost researchers in the field, this book studies the local times of Markov processes by employing isomorphism theorems that relate them to certain associated Gaussian processes. It builds to this material through self-contained but harmonized 'mini-courses' on the relevant ingredients, which assume only knowledge of measure-theoretic probability. The streamlined selection of topics creates an easy entrance for students and for experts in related fields.
Activiti in Action is a comprehensive tutorial designed to introduce developers to the world of business process modeling using Activiti. Before diving into the nuts and bolts of Activiti, this book presents a solid introduction to BPMN 2.0 from a developer's perspective.
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Project management is a relatively new concept. In the 1950s, a conscious effort was
made to devise specialized tools for managing the complex weapon systems being built
for the Department of Defense. These tools are now widely used in all industries, both
public and private. Project management involves a methodological approach to planning
and guiding project processes from start to finish. It is further defined as a carefully
planned and organized effort to accomplish a specific one-time task, such as constructing
a building or implementing a new computer system. ...
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster is one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The resulting
crude oil and Corexit (dispersant) in the Gulf of Mexico can cause harm to humans and the environment
When discussing the effects of the oil spill, use of the term toxic causes difficulty in that it can describe
either toxic to humans, toxic to nature or both.
The emergence of the WWW as the main source of distributing content opened the floodgates of information. The sheer volume and diversity of this content necessitate an approach that will reinvent the way it is analysed. The quantitative route to processing information which relies on content management tools provides structural analysis. The challenge we address is to evolve from the process of streamlining data to a level of understanding that assigns value to content.
This framework and tool helps regional leaders prioritize public investments in economic development. For a
region to prosper, a relatively small number of well-placed public investments can unlock the region’s
strongest economic potential. They can open up and leverage new possibilities for private sector investment,
the key driver of any region’s success.
Leaders in successful regions think and act strategically, but they do not necessarily follow lockstep a
traditional strategic planning process. Instead, they improvise within a clear strategic framework.
Moreover, the concept of \multimedia social networks" can be applied into
the ¯eld of signal and image processing. If each pixel/sample is treated as a user,
then the whole image/signal can be regarded as a multimedia social network. From
such a perspective, we introduce a new paradigm for signal and image processing,
and develop generalized and uni¯ed frameworks for classical signal and image prob-
lems. In this thesis, we use image denoising and image interpolation as examples
to illustrate how to use game theory to re-formulate the classical signal and image
When designing an internal audit function, strategy must drive tactics, not the inverse. Too often, the
start-up is in response to an immediate tactical need. In a rush to implement a response, key strategic
issues can be overlooked. The result can be a tactical internal audit function in search of a strategy.
To help companies design and implement a strategically focused internal audit function,
PricewaterhouseCoopers developed a 10-step start-up framework. This framework is proven through
PricewaterhouseCoopers’ work with companies of all sizes.
Another of ICI’s key missions is to promote public understand-
ing of funds and their investors. To that end, we stepped up
our outreach to the media and the public. Two key develop-
ments were the launch of ICI Viewpoints, a forum providing our
commentary on key issues as they emerge, and our increased
proﬁle in the broadcast media. Through these and other
means, we have achieved some success in informing coverage
and shaping opinions on key policy questions.
This new level of eort across so many fronts produced tan-
Risk management has attracted increased attention in recent years. Many advisers have recently
reevaluated, or are currently reevaluating, their organizational structures and other practices
relating to risk management. In many cases, they are adopting more formal risk management
practices. Fund boards also have been reevaluating their risk management oversight practices,
including the structures and mandates of board committees and the format and frequency of
board reports. Practices in the industry continue to evolve. ...
Obviously, another feature that we hope is more student-friendly is the exercises,
of which we have a substantial amount. These range in type and level, from those
which you can use to check your understanding of the text, to those which get you to
think about things which follow from the text, but which are not necessarily discussed
there. Some are easy and some will make you think. A fairly unique aspect of the book
is that it also ...
If your business facility was built or altered in the past 20 years in compliance with the 1991
Standards, or you removed barriers to specific elements in compliance with those Standards,
you do not have to make further modifications to those elements—even if the new standards
have different requirements for them—to comply with the 2010 Standards. This provision is
applied on an element-by-element basis and is referred to as the “safe harbor.
As a result, the retailer cannot keep the sum
of prices equal to their joint reservation value and start decreasing one of them to compete
for the captives as by doing so she induces the captive consumers to buy only the
cheaper good. Not only the retailers are not able to earn additional prots through
discriminating the two groups of consumers but also they will earn lower prots than
they would if all of them were selling only the bundle. When forcing consumers to buy
both goods together retailers disallow an implicit competition between the two goods
within their store.
Moreover, due to the complicated pyramidal and cross-holding ownership structures
typical in East Asian companies, a significant number of controlling owners in the region
actually possess more control than their equity ownership indicates, which further
exacerbates the entrenchment effect.2 The entrenchment effect of the ownership structure
potentially affects firms’ financial reporting.
Clearly indicated throughout this report are the very important free and open discussions and objective
analysis of perceived issues, concerns, and alternative approaches, including various mission concepts,
among all of the competent technical and management members of the internal staff, even if those discus-
sions might indicate differences of opinion regarding planned approaches. This interchange was certainly
strongly encouraged and pursued by Bob Seamans.
The new information incorporated into the database also resulted in virtually no changes in
the reasons for the restatements that we originally reported (see table 1, enclosure I). The
most notable changes involved restatements that we had originally classified as ìother.î
Additional information allowed us to reclassify numerous restatements from the ìotherî
category. As a result, the ìcost or expenseî and ìrestructuring, assets, or inventoryî
categories, which had originally included 15.7 percent and 8.9 percent of the 919
restatements, respectively, rose to 16.
I hope that what is meant by this admittedly vague contention will become clearer
through the course of this essay. It might be thought too easy to have recourse to
‘everyday usage’, for probably any definition at all can be supported by judicious
selection from the flux of everyday language. I am able, however, to adduce here non-
specialist usages of ‘aesthetic’ and its cognates by three of the authors whose writings on
the peoples of the Southern Sudan are drawn on in this essay. These authors do not
discuss aesthetics as such, but make passing references which I find...
Google is also investing huge funds in data centres. Already nowadays Google
provides word processing and spreadsheet applications online, while software and
data are stored on the servers. Google App engine allows software developers to
write applications that can be run for free on Google’s servers.
these controls achieve a SO-percent reduction in the annual phosphorous
load from nonpoint sources, the trading authority may make any excess
reduction available to sewage treatment plants in the form of a pollution
credit. Additional phosphorous credits will be available as a result of
nonpoint source projects implemented by the authority and financed by
the proceeds from member assessments, a reservoir user fee, and other
fees and taxes.
As of January 1992 project officials ...