Travel & Transportation UK | Railway Gazette International | 01 May 2015

The Urban Realm

An article about the Asia Pacific Rail conference in Hong Kong which discusses the importance of close integration between railways and the wider urban realm in both transport and urban planning. Arthur D. Little’s report on the Future of Urban Mobility is discussed, as Hong Kong currently holds first place in the Urban Mobility Index for public transport accessibility across the world’s leading cities. Although this is regarded as good news locally, Hong Kong only scored 58%, which reflects the poor state of urban public transport elsewhere.

TIME Austria | Niederösterreichische Nachrichten | 30 April 2015

Ninety-four percent of entrepreneurs demand broadband deployment

The University of Applied Sciences in Wieselburg has published a survey that examines entrepreneurs’ satisfaction with their Internet offerings. The scientists found that more than three-quarters of 1,000 enterprises dealt with Internet speeds of less than 17 Mbit/second. More than 50% of these entrepreneurs already required speeds of 50 Mbit/second. Ninety-five percent demanded deployment of new broadband technology, and 90% asked for faster connection within the next three years. The study shows that Austrian companies face a big gap between requirements and reality. An Arthur D. Little study pointed out that an increase in broadband technology can lead to economic growth of around 1%. That is why Austrian economic organizations claim that further extensions of networks are an urgent necessity to keep Lower Austria an attractive location.

TIME UK | European Communications | 24 April 2015

How to extract maximum value from big data initiatives

Big Data is an invaluable strategic lever for telecom operators to reverse the revenue decline trend affecting markets worldwide. The emergence of Big Data technologies enables telcos to capture, analyze and monetize enormous volumes of customer information and interaction data across multiple touchpoints in real time. This provides them with a unique strategic advantage to improve the performance of their core business by offering more targeted products and services and differentiated customer experience. The most valuable customer insight can be monetized, and an array of enabling data and business intelligence services can be offered to companies in a range of industries. In this article, a guest feature written by Lokesh Dadhich and Vikram Gupta at Arthur D. Little, the authors highlight how to extract maximum value from big data initiatives.

Austria | Wirtschaftsblatt | 17 April 2015

Zalando adapts to the Austrian market

German e-commerce company Zalando performed well in the first months of 2015. A Zalando spokesman commented that the company was going to adapt to the different local markets to improve its internationalization efforts. Customers across Europe have different preferences, and therefore require varied marketing, payment and sales strategies. Lars Riegel, Arthur D. Little retail expert, points out that Zalando is the number-one e-commerce company in the fashion segment in Austria. Austria is a more difficult e-commerce market than Germany because Austrians put less trust in online offerings and payment methods. Nevertheless, the adapted campaigns have been successful. Riegel explains that the free return of goods is a particularly competitive advantage compared to other companies in the market. He emphasizes that Zalando’s success is related to the broad product range and cheap prices. The company’s success in Austria was the kick-off for a widespread internationalization strategy. Zalando is already operating in 13 European markets.

Energy & Utilities UK | Gas International | 15 April 2015

Beating the Dealer

The factor of uncertainty is usually included by adding lump-sum contingencies or calculating multiple scenarios using different assumptions. But even with risk-adjusted metrics, the possibility of neglecting huge upside and downside potential is still there. This might crucially affect the final decision, especially in changing and complex environments such as the energy sector. In this article, a guest feature written by Evgeni Kochman, Fabian Sempf and Michael Kruse at Arthur D. Little, the authors discuss a strong but pragmatic approach to the assessment of risks associated with business decisions. The approach is illustrated using a real case example in which a business case for a large-scale power plant was developed.

Technology & Innovation Management UK | | 13 April 2015

Arthur D. Little encourages development of “breakthrough innovation”

Finding the right approach for effective serial breakthrough (radical) Innovation has become the “holy grail” for today’s companies. However, a survey conducted by Arthur D. Little of over 80 large organizations shows that there is still a long way to go before companies’ efforts match their aspirations. In this article, a guest feature written by Fredrik Härenstam, Ben Thuriaux-Alemán and Richard Eagar at Arthur D. Little, the authors discuss some important key factors for success.

TIME Germany | | 09 April 2015

The cloud – an American business?

Arthur D. Little recently published an analysis of the global cloud market, and the findings are disillusioning for European competitors. Twenty-five American companies control 60% of the global cloud market, whereas around 100 competitors in Europe share approximately one-quarter of the global cloud traffic. Nevertheless, the growing market is still attracting new players. Arthur D. Little experts consider the huge competition a problem for these players because it makes it almost impossible for them to develop the clout necessary to survive in the global market – this is the case for many European carriers. They will have to find new paths, such as alliances with other players. Arthur D. Little experts recommend that instead of copying the big players, these smaller carriers offer more specialized services to avoid economic competition with the giants of the Internet.

Healthcare Germany | Handelsblatt | 08 April 2015

Germany – dragging digitalization

Digital health has been a well-promoted vision for several years now. But current studies show that the ambitious plans seem to be stuck. Only 3.1% of German start-ups are in the e-health sector. Less than one-quarter of German doctors actually use electronic sharing tools – the average in the EU is 36%. Globally, Germany’s health system ranks number five among the most expensive systems. The new methods and technologies may offer a chance to decrease the spending. Experts demand that the government put more effort into extending digitalization in Germany. Therefore, nationwide laws and rules are required. However, there is still little doubt that e-health and medtech are important future markets. Arthur D. Little experts expect a market size of $233bn in 2020. For companies managing to develop innovative and popular new solutions, there is an abundance of chances.

Automotive Switzerland | Neue Zürcher Zeitung | 02 April 2015

Automobile stocks are in the fast lane

European automobile manufacturers have seen a very successful first quarter of 2015. The impairment of the euro caused price hikes in the stock market. Among the big winners of the last few months are Fiat Chrysler, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault. The expansive monetary policy of the European Central Bank is advantageous to companies that are strong in exports. Weaker producers from the south of Europe have seen price gains of 40–60% in recent months. Other big winners are German premium brands Audi, Daimler and BMW. The demand for cars in Europe is slowly rising again, after recovering from the financial crisis. Furthermore, Arthur D. Little experts foresee opportunities from the intercontinental free trade agreement between Europe and North America. A quick agreement will cause another increase in demand for European cars. On the other hand, ADL’s experts see a slowdown for the Chinese market.

Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 01 April 2015

Smart services follow up digital production

Connectivity and smart solutions are the current big economic trend topics. Critics in Germany complain that the proceeding of Industry 4.0 is by far too unstructured. While most small businesses declare that industry 4.0 (smart production) is a completely new challenge for them, large-scale industry already proclaims to be in the post-industry-4.0 era. Markus Achtert, leader of the Competence Center Engineering & Manufacturing of Arthur D. Little, points out that industry 4.0 must no longer be considered only a technical or production topic. The new methods need to be implemented in all distributions of a company, such as marketing, research and development, and services. In general, the new technologies create a whole new field of services for companies to invest in. On the other hand, many German producers are afraid of the competitors that are growing around the digitalization topic. An example involves recent rumors about Apple's plans to design a car.

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