July 25, 2017 | Jilson Schlachter

How to Use a Custom Shape (SHP) File and Map in Tableau

Visualizing information via a map provides valuable insight that may not otherwise be obvious. Tableau maps provide excellent layers to amplify data discovery. Even with the geospatial context discussed in an earlier Tech Tip, additional information will make a map relevant. Read on »

July 25, 2017

​Boulder Sweetened Beverage Tax Enacted

Distributing a single 12-ounce can of soda in Boulder, Colorado, now costs an extra $0.24. Effective July 1, 2017, the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Product Distribution Tax (SSB) levies a $0.02 per ounce excise tax on the distribution of beverages with added sugar in the city of Boulder. Read on »

July 20, 2017 | Kreg Brown and Ken Berkeley

​Taking Advantage of IC-DISC: How Exporters Can Reduce Their Tax Bill by 15%

Income tax incentives for export manufacturers have largely disappeared, but one remains in the form of the interest charge domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC) incentive. While every other export income tax incentive has been ruled a subsidy by the World Trade Organization (WTO), and subsequently disallowed, the IC-DISC has remained. Yet many companies overlook this potentially significant source of tax savings. Read on »

July 12, 2017 | Gabriel Cisneros

Cyber Warfare and What it Means to You

As anticipated, there has recently been another major cyber warfare attack. It is still early, but at this stage it appears it may be related to WannaCry (the Petya malware) and is similar in its exploitation of Microsoft vulnerabilities. Read on »

July 12, 2017 | Mary Sherman

Integrating Google Maps with IBM Cognos 10.2.2

In this Tech Tip, EKS&H Senior Consultant Mary Sherman explains how to integrate Google Maps with IBM Cognos 10.2.2. Read on »

July 12, 2017 | By Adams Price, EKS&H Capital Advisors LLC, and Kreg Brown, EKS&H LLLP

Expected Uptick in 2017 and 2018: How Manufacturing Buyers and Sellers Can Thrive in an Expanding M&A Market

Within the U.S. manufacturing sector, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed slightly in 2016. This downturn was not unexpected and was partially due to uncertainty related to the elections, which delayed transaction decisions. Post-election, investor optimism has increased with promises from the new administration to strengthen U.S. manufacturing through reduced taxes and regulations.  Read on »

July 12, 2017 | Michael DePrima

Addressing Tax Exposure in an M&A Transaction: a Primer on Tax Due Diligence

Every transaction has tax consequences. These consequences can be incredibly costly and implicate a broad array of tax types, including income, sales and use, payroll, and even unclaimed property. Not properly planning for potential tax exposure as a buyer can result in unanticipated and significant liabilities following the transaction. Read on »

July 11, 2017 | Elizabeth Snow-Trenkle

How to Deliver a Compelling Software Demonstration

As we grow in our professional careers, we will likely be asked to build something that we can show to team members, peers, or other users. While it’s sometimes appropriate to show what has already been built within the organization, other times the demand has different requirements. For example, the most common request I have heard recently is “what is possible? What can business intelligence do above and beyond what is already in place at my organization?” Read on »

July 7, 2017 | Karla Whittenburg

Why Investment Firms Are So Susceptible to Cyber-Attacks — and 3 Ways to Prevent Them

Cyber-attacks pose an increasing risk for companies all of types around the world. The recent WannaCry attack affected multiple industries in more than 100 countries and caused major disruption. The attack caused enough alarm to prompt the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) to send out a national cybersecurity risk alert. Read on »

July 7, 2017 | Elizabeth Snow-Trenkle

Cognos Team Content Security

Determining the organization of folders for Team Content in IBM Cognos can be a daunting task. In general, companies choose a functional structure aligned with their business structure and then create folders and subfolders within Team Content to ensure users have access to only areas they are approved to access. One client recently asked if it was possible to set security on Public Folders so when new folders were created they would default to being visible only to administrators. Read on »

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