Energy & Utilities UK | Modern Power Systems | 01 September 2011

Skills for a new nuclear age

Finding the skills and leadership to deliver planned nuclear new build is a major challenge. Arthur D. Little states that over 40 countries are said to be intending to implement a nuclear programme within the next two decades. Plans are in place that would almost double the circa 450 nuclear power stations currently operating globally.

TIME UK | Financial Times | 29 August 2011

CEE: TVs on

Central European Media Enterprises is set to launch a new channel in the Czech Republic targeting young men.  Karim Taga, Managing Director of Telecom and Media Viewpoint at Arthur D. Little, explains how citizens in European countries are getting wealthier, enabling them to spend more money on their TV sets. However, smaller companies that fail to make profit are being swallowed UP by bigger players. To succeed, Taga says companies like CME will have to branch out into other platforms – such as the internet or mobile phones.

Automotive Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 22 August 2011

Leasing: hammer-drill and grinding machines

Whether it is whole machines or modern IT-systems, leasing instead of buying has become a major trend. For small and medium-sized company companies, leasing models are desirable as it enables costs to be calculated more easily. This is particularly apparent with commercial vehicles: 64 per cent of all these vehicles are leased. But, considering the satisfaction with the leasing company, there seems to be a critical mass: Experts say there is a minimum of 25 vehicles necessary to make the leasing company strive to satisfy the customer. In general, a rule of thumb applies saying the smaller the vehicle fleet, the more dissatisfied the customers are likely to be with the services of the leasing-company. This is one of the findings of a recent Arthur D. Little analysis.

Travel & Transportation UK | Financial Times | 26 July 2011

China rail groups hit by fatal crash

A high speed train crash has lead to a drop in Chinese railway shares. James Catmur, Analyst at Arthur D. Little says the crash would have ‘severe implications’ for China’s plan to sell its rail technology abroad as they will have to convince people how they can solve these issues.

TIME UK | Total Telecom Plus | 01 July 2011

FTTH Business Models

Although Fujitsu reached headlines in April after announcing a plan to invest up to £2 billion to lay fibre to five million homes in rural areas of the UK; operators continue to question the current need to invest in largescale fibre-to-the-home (FTTH).  Analysis shows that consumers are moving away from broadband usage to mobile usage. A report released by Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas, ‘Superfast broadband: catch up if you can’ explains how operators face a challenge raising demand for fibre services. “There is no clear demand for faster Internet access and superfast broadband does not come with a specific killer app.”

Energy & Utilities Germany | Manager Magazine | 22 June 2011

Pressure due to shrinking nuclear market

The catastrophe in Fukushima turned all calculations of those planning to build a nuclear power plant into disarray.  "This is due to the tougher conditions to fund these power plants because the risk is priced differently“, says Michael Kruse, nuclear expert at Arthur D. Little.  Notwithstanding the fact that all western manufacturers have a problem because their respective governments are disembarking from nuclear power development.  In general though, the market remains attractive.  The issue: the manufacturers’ position is connected to references in their domestic market.

UK | Future of Business (blog) | 21 June 2011

Future of Innovation Management

This blog post from The Independent’s Roger Trapp discusses innovation and the extensive use of this term within business; suggesting that the term innovation is ‘messy’, but companies who wish to prosper in the future will have to grapple with it.

Public Services UK | Sunday Telegraph | 19 June 2011

Transforming the City Landscape

Discusses the implications for smart technology in relation to government public policy decisions; this is linked to an Arthur D. Little report which suggests that cities with a higher level of ICT maturity are significantly better at managing issues such as environmental management, infrastructure and education. It is further suggested that ICT plays a huge role in utilising a city’s economic assets and talents. Furthermore, the article discusses the considerable “buzz” around the implementation of smart meters in households over the following years which will transmit instant usage information to the energy providers which allows them to analyse demand and allow more accurate bills to be compiled. Both Erik Almqvist and Wilhelm Lerner are substantially quoted.

UK | Innovation | 09 June 2011

Focus on New Business Areas will Increase Dramatically

This article is a write-up of Arthur D. Little’s Prism article: The Future of Innovation Management: The Next 10 Years that questions the future of innovation management. Based around the recent global survey of CIOs and CTOs undertaken by Arthur D Little, the survey’s main findings are discussed, including that the unit cost reductions achieved through innovation expected to increase by 50% in the next ten years and that the most important area for innovation investment will continue to be a deeper understanding of the customer. Integrating innovation across functions and innovating in and for emerging markets are also set for significant investment increases in the next ten years. A small company profile is provided at the end of the article.

TIME Germany | Spiegel Online | 03 June 2011

South Korea: Faster to Digital Land

There is almost no other country as mobile online as South Korea.  Although the smartphone boom came relatively late, by the end of 2011 more than 20 million South Koreans will be online with them.  Moreover, a number of applications ease the daily grind of people’s lives.  No wonder Seoul, Singapore and Stockholm rank at the top of Arthur D. Little and Ericssons’ Networked Society Index showing that these large cities are the best digitally cross-linked.

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