Healthcare Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 02 July 2014

Doctor’s office will come to your home

Among experts, one thing is certain: digital health will sooner or later start its triumphal march. Patients’ demand for respective applications rises, and technology-driven doctors incite the development even further. “Companies now need to equip their devices with apt digital components,” Dr. Thilo Kaltenbach from Arthur D. Little says. The consultancy expects a global market potential for digital health products and services of US$200 billion in 2020.

Austria | Wirtschaftsblatt | 30 June 2014

Alibaba outclasses Amazon

The Chinese trading platform Alibaba is an emerging company that outpaces its competitors including the US online trading giant Amazon. Lars Riegel, a trading expert at Arthur D. Little, illustrates Alibaba’s potential and ambitions: “In B2B-Business, Alibaba accomplished a monopoly and dominates about 80 percent of the Chinese online trade. European and American exporters cannot sell their goods disregarding Alibaba if they want to establish themselves on the Chinese market. Alibaba also establishes itself increasingly as an internet service company particularly in the sector of advanced search engines and payment services. The Alibaba internet payment service Alipay for example is more than a hundred times bigger than Ebays Paypal. The Chinese trading platform will keep growing in B2B just as in B2C. It’s only a matter of time when Alibaba will expand into new markets” Riegel concludes.

Energy & Utilities Germany | Energie & Management | 27 June 2014

Building a bridge to better results

In a professional article, Dr. Matthias von Bechtolsheim explains in detail what local power supply companies can do to increase their results. Often classical bottom-up approaches to change projects do not reach fossilized structures. On the other side, top-down approaches mostly lack the possibility of implementation. A new bridging approach combines the advantages of both methods. The author identifies five topic areas that often feature significant potential for improvement: portfolio, real net output ratio, third-market services, organizational design and IT.

Information Management Germany | Handelsblatt | 16 June 2014

Mobile IT-strategies to fight imprudence

Smartphones and tablets ease everyday work. But such mobile technologies open up gateways for offenders to intrude into corporate IT. Yet clear rules for mobile communications for all employees, protective software and sophisticated encryption can stop invaders. Of course, all security upgrades imply investments. “But this is only a small fraction of the cost for devices and connections – and definitely a rewarding investment considering the importance of corporate data,” says Claus Heerlein from Arthur D. Little.

Technology & Innovation Management Germany | Handelsblatt | 16 June 2014

Strategies against recklessness

Smartphones and tablets facilitate daily work – but they also open up new entry points into corporate IT for intruders. The trend of mobile access to corporate IT continues. A survey of a German safety initiative shows that 15 percent more companies allow mobile access to the corporate network than three years ago. Therefore, companies need clear rules for mobile communication and to invest further in conservation programs and sophisticated encryption to prevent intrusion. It’s an investment that will pay off, as Dr. Claus Heerlein, principal at consultancy Arthur D. Little, knows: "The investment is only a fraction of the other device and connection costs – and compared with the value of the data to be protected, for most companies, a worthwhile investment."

Healthcare UK | IN VIVO | 15 June 2014

Digital Health Is Changing Health Care. Is it Changing Pharma?

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.

Travel & Transportation UK | Railway Journal | 15 June 2014

Urban Networks under Pressure

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.

TIME Switzerland | Finanz und Wirtschaft | 21 May 2014

Mobile telephony will soon be one data service

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.

Automotive, Travel & Transportation Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 20 May 2014

Hong Kong further expands its infrastructure

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.

Germany | Der Tagesspiegel | 05 May 2014

Corporate On the history of management consulting

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.

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