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Power to low-power

Low-power wide-area networks as enabler for smart ecosystems

As of today, smart ecosystems are limited to reaching their full potential based on the underlying connectivity technologies, such as fiber, cellular and Wi-Fi. Due to their insufficient capabilities with respect to high energy consumption, cost of network roll-out and (hardware)...
Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME)

What is next for petroleum downstream?

New business models are critical in a sector in which the supply of energy for mobility is changing

Petroleum downstream has been adapting to increasing competition and challenging regulations, and is suffering from lower returns than the upstream segment. Industry challenges will intensify, and new energy sources for mobility will impact the entire fuel value chain. Downstream players...
Oil & gas

Battery Electric Vehicles vs. Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

A United States-Based Comprehensive Assessment

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) do not consume gasoline or produce tailpipe carbon emissions, placing the promise of an environmentally sustainable driving experience within reach of the average consumer. However, the question remains: “Do BEVs truly offer an environmental advantage with respect...
Automotive

E-Learning – A tool for successful change

How to leverage e-learning for knowledge sharing in the manufacturing industry

Today’s global trends, such as high speed of innovation and technological change, require manufacturing companies to be agile and quickly implement sustainable changes to survive. To do so, companies need to continuously train employees to ensure they possess the right skills and know-how...
Industrial goods & services, Operations management

Corporate leadership beyond the gates

Extending governance of safety risk to off-site transportation

The corporate leadership agenda has become busier over the last decade as the world’s largest firms come under increasing scrutiny from a broader range of stakeholders. Beyond legal obligations, risks and opportunities for corporate reputation arise from matters such as carbon, water and community...
Risk

Procurement 4.0 in the digital world

Transforming procurement into an agile, linked innovation leader and catalyst

In the digital world procurement will increase its corporate value as an innovation "catalyst" by linking essential external knowledge and competencies with internal business partners to ensure technology and market leadership of the own enterprise, despite decreasing in-house value-add and related...
Digital company transformation, Operations management

Demand Side Management

Untapped multi-billion market for grid companies, aggregators, utilities and industrials?

In times of energy transition, when intermittent decentralized generation is on the rise and large traditional generation assets are retiring, electricity systems increasingly need flexible solutions to ensure security of supply. Demand side management (DSM) is one such solution which energy firms...
Utilities & alternative energy

The future of higher education

Transforming the students of tomorrow

Executive summaryGlobal higher education (HE) is a $3 trillion-per-year market that is expected to grow at 9% annually over the next five years.1 This market is transforming rapidly, with nine major trends changing the educational landscape and posing challenges for universities that wish to remain...
Public services, Strategy

Time to dare: Reinvent the home butler

From device-based smart-home to service-based smart-life solutions

After years of decline, telecom operators are being lured by promising opportunities around the smart-home. But empirical experience reveals that product-focused activities struggled to contribute to top line growth, and will continue to do so, whereas end-to-end smart-life services seem to be the...
Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME)

Digital Inclusion in public services

Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion in public services

Despite investments and efforts, the performance in “connectivity” of different European regions is not homogenous. Moreover, our analysis shows two meaningful trends: first, the more confident individuals are with technology, the more they interact online with public authorities; second, the more...
Public services, Digital company transformation