Building upon Arthur D Little’s latest Global Innovation Excellence Survey, the article challenges businesses to consider “how well are you innovating”? With results from the survey showing that top quartile innovation performers can get up to 13% more profit from new products and services than average performers, and with the news that they can also shorten their time to break even by 30%, the article offers five ways to ‘crank your innovation engine’. Above all, the article asks companies to see innovation as a process that can be managed and monitored, rather than resulting from ideas that occur as a kind of ‘mystical gift’. Moreover, if innovation is treated like a science, as evidenced in the five steps, rather than an art, it can produce significantly improved results. As Arthur D Little’s survey highlights, there is a huge amount of innovation waiting to be unlocked. If management starts to believe in its organization’s innovation capability and a culture of ‘nimble innovation’ is formalized, then this potential can be realised.
Global consultancy Arthur D. Little recently published a new study about the telecommunication industry together with the French brokering house Exane BNP Paribas. It examines the industrial chances for new mobile communication standard LTE. The title of the study sums up the uncertainty of the industry: “4G – going faster, but where?” To remain competitive, the industry has to be much more differentiated, stresses Dr Karim Taga, CEO of Arthur D. Little Austria: "The previous business model of the mobile communication operator will not last. Without additional offers like cloud service or on-demand media, telco companies will not be able to differentiate from their competitors and the desired rise in prices will not be successful."
Following the decartelization of the distribution networks and the market liberalizations for electricity trading, energy suppliers could become the most competitive companies of the sector in the western part of the Balkans. According to a Arthur D. Little analysis, energy suppliers’ structures and work routines must change as part of a performance unbundling. The countries involved, such as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia, should create unique organizational economic conditions and arrange the connections between the companies in the form of a service level agreement. All companies should primarily tend to the criterions efficiency, restructuring and implementation of modern IT systems. Because electricity trading in the Balkans is still in its infancy, the affected companies should expedite creating a corporate strategy that includes level-headed risk management.
The article outlines a recent Arthur D little study which sought to determine the views of the industry on the impact of 4G LTE on European operator revenue trajectories. European operators’ 3G networks are expected to hit a ‘capacity wall’ and 4G LTE is posited as a great tool to surmount this. However, the 12th joint ADL & Exane BNP Paribas concluded that while 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues. ADL’s ‘TIME’ practice Director, Didier Levy asks ‘so what can operators do?’ Overall, mobile operators will continue to suffer from a tough market environment but there is lot that can be done to improve their revenue and cash-flow outlook: the article identifies five main levers to do this. While 4G is not expected to stimulate significant growth for telecom operators, it will certainly offer some commercial success and will provide opportunity for operators to take advantage of this new technology to innovate.
An article on Arthur D. Little’s warning that Britain risks falling seriously behind its European neighbours in terms of serious uptake of fiber broadband technology. Karim Taga, Managing Director of Arthur D. Little, is quoted as saying “The U.K. is one of the least-penetrated economies in Europe.” Andrea Faggiano principal in Arthur D. Little’s TIME Practice added, “The challenge of how to attain the clear national economic benefits of the latest fiber infrastructure while managing the considerable investment required is still unclear in many markets.” The article uses results from a new study that Arthur D. Little released on the state of fiber network markets in Europe.
An article about Urenco being eager to sell a uranium enrichment center that is operates in Capenhurst England. Arthur D. Little’s Michael Kruse provided insight into the industry saying, “Nuclear strategies have changed. Governments no longer think they need to be in this business, and utilities in several countries want out after Fukushima.” Kruse went on to explain who the most likely buyers could be stating, “there are in my view not many companies that can buy Urenco.”
Germany’s rail traffic continues to be the focus of newspaper reports. Technical breakdowns, train cancellations and late arrivals are major problems for Deutsche Bahn and annoy its growing number of customers. An analysis by Arthur D. Little leads to the conclusion, that these deficits are the results of a long-running slowdown in investment, limited maintenance of assets, errors in the specifications and a lack of qualified staff. To remain steady in Europe’s biggest rail network, Deutsche Bahn must cope with its problems in quality and reorganize its quality management.
An article about how some carmakers in China are turning to online retail sales to create buzz and build brand awareness. The results from Arthur D. Little’s survey of potential customers in China, the US and Germany show that 86 percent of Chinese respondents might be willing to buy a vehicle online, compared to only 42 per cent in the US and 38 per cent in Germany. The results are meaningful for automakers in China that are considering turning to online retail sales to create a buzz and boost brand awareness.
With fewer remaining easy-to-access oil fields, the oil industry has moved into new growth avenues such as onshore unconventional hydrocarbons and operations in more remote and deeper water areas offshore. The ongoing development of new hydrocarbon discoveries in different deepwater regions creates significant opportunities and investors are venturing into the exploration and development at record water depth levels.
Deepwater discoveries accounted for approximately 50% of the proved and probable hydrocarbon reserves discovered in 2010. But, while the potential is huge, deepwater developments present an array of challenges. To overcome these challenges, the choice of a technological concept is key. This article discusses some of the most critical aspects of deepwater developments and includes some key considerations for the selection of production platform technologies.
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An article from Arthur D. Little’s Global Energy Practice discusses critical aspects of deepwater developments, including some key considerations for the selection of production platform technologies. Rodolfo Guzman, Ben Thuriaux and Paola Carvajal of Arthur D. Little say that deepwater developments present an array of challenges. The most critical challenges are resource potential uncertainty, drilling rig availability, technology concepts, logistics and infrastructure, projects management, national content, fiscal terms, regulatory aspects, environmental risks and weather hazards. Developer insight for key success includes a strategic approach, resource evaluation, infrastructure planning, project management, multi-disciplinary approach, contracting, drilling and production facilities.