The $360 Billion Revenue Question
By: ALAN FULLERTON

The way you recognize your company’s revenues is about to change.

In particular, the way companies recognize revenue for licenses and long-term contracts, including those traditionally measured under a “percentage-of-completion” method, will be affected by changes FASB has planned to make effective January 1, 2017. The total amount of deferred revenue on the books of the S&P 500? $360 billion. That includes over $50 billion for Boeing, Microsoft and IBM combined. The new rules may impact the timing of recognizing hundreds of billions of dollars of revenues.


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Why Do You Do What You Do?
By: PETER ALTERNATIVE

The primary purpose of this blog post is to ask you if you can articulate WHY you do what you do. If you can’t, I‘d suggest you take a few moments to check out this link to Simon Sinek’s Ted talk. He is the author of “Start with WHY”, which discusses how starting with the WHY as opposed to WHAT and the HOW will inspire greatness.


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Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014
By: BRUCE BOES

Overall, 2014 was a strong year for M&A in Manufacturing Automation Software. 2014 transactions were led by predominantly the same companies that were buyers in 2013, with application acquisitions dominating (75% of transactions); often driven by the move to the cloud. At the same time we saw an uptick in services (17%) transactions as consolidation of System Integrators became a prevalent trend.
 

Why Corporate Citizenship Matters to the Bottom Line?
By:
JAMIE GRANT

The impact of Corporate Citizenship initiatives, also referred to as “Corporate Social Responsibility” is big, and it’s growing. Although some may still dismiss the notion as window dressing, and I admit that I was once among them, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the tremendous potential of corporate engagement making a difference in people's lives.


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In this Issue:
The $360 Billion Revenue Question

Why Do You Do What You Do?

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014

Why Corporate Citizenship Matters to the Bottom Line?


Mirus Participates in Boston Medical Device Shark Tank
Patrick West, Partner, participated in last month's "Shark Tank" pitch event sponsored by Mintz Levin. Held in Boston, the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) brought together five Boston angel investors and five startup companies.

The five medical device companies competing for funding at the pitch event were Admetsys, Carepoint Solutions, Sunsprite, MedSentry and Vivonics.  
Read more about this exciting event.

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