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Improving the bottom-line is a growing priority for Southeast Asia executives, according to our latest Capital Confidence Barometer report. A separate Capital Insights report also discusses how companies are optimizing their capital agenda to seek growth with minimal risk.

These sentiments are understandable in light of the continued global uncertainty. Even one of Asia's giants, China, is not spared as the country and companies operating in it are focusing on productivity to manage declining revenue growth and rising costs.

Meanwhile, in a new Beyond Asia report, we examine how global competition – and opportunities – are changing with Asian multinationals expanding overseas. To thrive in a fiercely competitive global marketplace sometimes involves radical changes to the business. A structured approach to business model innovation can provide companies with the necessary winning edge.

Operating in multiple locations also brings about increased risk, including exposure to catastrophic events. We share how organizations can plan for effective responses that minimize damage to the business. IT is a critical enabler to business continuity in many of such scenarios. For this and reasons beyond, the role of a CIO should not be underestimated. We highlight how CIOs must be a valued strategic partner to the business and the attributes that define the role.

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With this, here's wishing you a pleasant read.

Thank you.
Max Loh
Country Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Thought leadership publications
Southeast Asia Capital Confidence Barometer: October 2012 - April 2013 Southeast Asia Capital Confidence Barometer
October 2012 - April 2013

With continued global uncertainty, Southeast Asian companies are focused on bottom-line improvements and smart capital allocations rather than growth activities like M&As.
Beyond Asia: developed-markets perspectives Beyond Asia: developed-markets perspectives

New multinationals are now fanning out across the globe. They are capitalizing on a platform of strong domestic markets, government support and readily available capital to become major players in international business.
China's productivity imperative China's productivity imperative

Raising productivity is critical for China's economic future as the experience of other East Asian economies shows that capital-driven growth is not sustainable. What does the future hold for companies in China?
Innovating for growth: a spiral approach to business model innovation Innovating for growth: a spiral approach to business model innovation

For the most innovative companies today, innovation is not a linear process but a continuous cycle with ups and downs, inputs from different places, repetitions, failures and many steps back and forth.
The DNA of the CIO: Opening the door to the C-suite The DNA of the CIO
Opening the door to the C-suite

For many years, Chief Information Officers have been talking about becoming a true partner to the business. But relatively few have come out of their comfort zones to become one. This report offers insights into the aspirations and skills of those on the job.
Responding to a 'Black Swan' - Principles and protocols for responding to unexpected catastrophic events Responding to a "Black Swan"
Principles and protocols for responding to unexpected catastrophic events

A "Black Swan" event is unexpected and catastrophic. The damaging nature of a "Black Swan" event necessitates a robust and flexible set of principles and protocols to minimize its impact and enable a rapid recovery.
Capital Insights: broadening horizons - Q3 2012 Capital Insights: broadening horizons
Q3 2012

Are we seeing a growing trend for corporate collaboration as more companies seek to expand while minimizing risks? This latest issue examines these two complementary business trends.
Regular publications
Spotlight on Business - Issue 3, 2012 Spotlight on Business

The changing business landscape is presenting multifarious challenges and opportunities for companies. Get perspectives on fraud and governance, information security, and tax and capital management in this issue.
Click here to access the current and past issues.
Board Matters Quarterly: Issue 13, September 2012 Board Matters Quarterly

We look at how Lemon Law might affect revenue recognition, and the background of the Airocean case in which the directors are cleared of disclosure offences.
Click here to access the current and past issues.
XYZ Holdings (Singapore) Limited 2012 edition XYZ Holdings (Singapore) Limited 2012

This yearly publication illustrates the annual financial statements of a Singapore-incorporated listed company whose activities include manufacturing, property development and investment holding.
Click here to access the current issue.
Events calendar
Here are highlights of some of our upcoming events. For the full list of events, please click here.
Practical Complexities in a Simple Goods and Services Tax (GST) Practical Complexities in a Simple Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Thursday to Friday
18 to 19 October or 15 to 16 November

Learn how to address common GST issues pertaining to recovery of expenses, transfer of going concern and deeming of output tax, among others. Also, know what to focus on when preparing your GST returns and the errors to avoid to protect your business against costly penalties.

EY Asean Art Outreach program: To the sea - 28 August 2012 to 25 January 2013 EY Asean Art Outreach program:
To the sea

28 August 2012 to 25 January 2013

Presenting the 12th exhibition of the Asean Art Outreach program, To the sea is a collection of paintings by Malaysian artist Kow Leong Kiang who tells a nostalgic story of Malaysia's history and its current state through the eyes of a wistful young girl.

The exhibition runs from 28 August 2012 to 25 January 2013 in our office gallery at One Raffles Quay. The paintings are for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit three charities in Singapore as part of our corporate responsibility program.

Public viewing of the exhibition is by appointment only.
Call +65 6535 7777 to make an appointment at least three days in advance.

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