This article about the wave of innovation in digital health and its effect on healthcare features input from Arthur D. Little’s recent study, “Principles of Winning Digital Strategies”. Thilo Kaltenbach, a partner in ADL’s Healthcare practice, explains how, due to the fact that the initiative is unlikely to yield dividends right away, pharma companies have been slow to develop digital health strategies, but that more than half of the study participants considered it crucial to have a digital strategy in place by 2015.
This article is based on Arthur D. Little’s recent study, “Future of Urban Mobility 2.0”, and discusses the growing need around the world for improvements in transportation. As economic migration continues, the demand for improved public transportation grows in major world cities such as London, Munich, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The article highlights the differences between the cities that are best and least equipped to handle the increased demand on public transportation. It also discusses several steps that transportation organizations are recommended to take to improve their networks, such as establishing a sustainable mobility core, rethinking the entire system, and approaching transportation service with the mindset of delivering solutions rather than just delivering transportation.
Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) transforms mobile calls into data packages and thereby reduces the network capacity necessary for the call. Further advantages of LTE technology include lower operating costs and new economies of scale. "On top of that, VoLTE can free up mobile telephony capacities formerly occupied by GSM or 3G for data services with higher margins," says Christian Niegel from Arthur D. Little. By 2019, Niegel expects 20-30% of all mobile customers in Europe to use VoLTE.
The rocky island at the southern Chinese coast invests heavily in its infrastructure. But the city is forced to invest in public transportation because there is no other way to efficiently get people to work. Streets in Hong Kong have always been built too narrow, not to mention parking spaces are a curiosity down there. Due to the city`s constraints on space, it has always counted on unconventional modes of public transport. No wonder global management consultancy Arthur D. Little recently awarded Hong Kong the first rank in its Urban Mobility Index.
In the 1960s they were still a rather odd way of doing business, but consulting services nowadays are a global standard. With the opening of the markets in the 1960s, several American consulting companies came to Germany – among them McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Booz Allen Hamilton and Arthur D. Little. Since then, these firms have helped companies with new business models, ideas and technologies to survive and extend their footprints.
High costs, new competitors, strategic omissions, governmental interference endanger Germany`s welfare. Cost pressure forces companies like Airbus to cut jobs and optimize sourcing. This in turn squeezes aerospace suppliers. According to a recent Arthur D. Little publication, the suppliers are still profitable as they can continue to sell either to Boeing or to Airbus – but these options are short-term.
Although economically irrational, there is a political risk that Russian gas delivery to Europe could cease. Manager magazine developed a scenario together with international gas experts from Arthur D. Little. “One option for Germany would be to switch gas demand to liquefied natural gas (LNG)”, says Dr Matthias von Bechtolsheim. “Although Germany does not have a LNG-terminal at its disposal, there are several bordering counties with re-gasification plants – most of them are 80% unused.”
Spain overtook Norway last month to become the region’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas but Spain’s gas use dropped eight per cent last year. “Spanish demand for the gas probably won’t recover any time soon” predicts Stephen Rogers, a partner at consultancy Arthur D. Little in London. “It is likely to be many months, or possibly years, before Spain needs all of the gas that it has contracted for use in powering its own economy” he added.
If your employees have come up with a promising innovation, a separate venture may be the best home for it. Some companies invest a lot of time and money in innovation in the hope that their staff will come up with profitable ideas. It doesn’t necessarily follow, however, that they should develop those ideas themselves. Rick Eagar, partner at Arthur D. Little says “Parents naturally want to retain some interest in the spin-out, such as minority share ownership, royalties on the transferred intellectual property or opportunities to be a supplier to the new business. These are all reasonable and normal, and perfectly sensible if done carefully. But too much ownership and interference in the spin-out’s operations, heavy initial royalties – choking the spin-out’s cash flow – and tight restrictions on its freedom to choose other suppliers…are all good ways to ensure early failure.”
By 2050, over 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities - but how will people move from one place to another? To answer this question the global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has researched the mobility range of 84 cities around the globe. Only 11 of these cities are positioned well enough to master the challenges of tomorrow's mobility. The overall winner is Hong Kong; Stockholm and Amsterdam follow; midrange is Copenhagen, Vienna, Singapore, Paris and Zurich; lagging desperately behind are Hanoi and Baghdad.