TIME UK | Cloud Opportunities | 15 July 2012

From video–communication to machine-to-machine

Cloud turns to business

Arthur D. Little suggests there will be a boom in Cloud’s ownership of the classic IT market; a supposed 10-20 percent of the classic IT market is to move to Cloud within the upcoming 5 to 8 years. Through the combination of Cloud’s computing power and reach, and the new increased ownership of classic IT, a number of benefits and additions will arise, including; new applications, faster broadband and smarter devices. Ultimately the addition of Cloud’s ownership gives way to a more modernised and innovative technological world.

TIME UK | Real Deals | 12 July 2012

Everything must go

Tom Alexander, former CEO of Everything Everywhere, is currently considering buying the business he left last year. The business has 27 million customers and the company could be worth more than £8bn.The transaction will be the largest buyout in Europe since KKR's takeover of Alliance Boots. But closing the deal will take some doing since the mobile telecoms sector is saturated and fiercely competitive and the mobile earnings are forecast to decline. According to Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas, European telecoms revenues will fall €19bn to €208bn by 2015.

Automotive, TIME UK | New Business | 10 July 2012

The connected car

Finally coming true

An article about the future prospects of the development of a vehicle’s infrastructure and its ability to connect to a mobile phone. The future of the ‘connected car’ lies predominantly around whether the OEMs manage to design a dependable and sustainable strategy. The article discusses the primary barrier that is currently halting the breakthrough of this technology – fulfilling the requirements of the ecosystem. Dr Andreas Gissler, Director of Automotive, Manufacturing and Mobility Group at Arthur D. Little, insists that if OEMs want to stand firm in the saturated market then a well manufactured framework needs to be in place.

Energy & Utilities, TIME Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 06 July 2012

Vodafone: Solid growth

This summer, British telecom network operator Vodafone took over the market leading position from Deutsche Telekom. Moreover, Vodafone expanded its business with energy services. Vodafone wants to offer services that combine data from energy production and consumption so that energy supply is stable under any circumstances. Within this new division, the management consultancy Arthur D. Little expects a growth of about 30 per cent.

Financial Services, TIME Germany | Handelsblatt | 03 July 2012

Deutsche Telekom says Goodbye to Cash

Together with Mastercard, Deutsche Telekom will launch a credit card that includes a chip for Near Field Communications (NFC) enabling a contactless exchange of data at the cash box. From 2013, the credit card shall be an important part of the mobile wallet which is a digital platform that can be used by banks, businesses and other credit card companies. “It will be hard to profit from huge emerging business”, says Dr. Michael Opitz from Arthur D. Little’s TIME Practice in Germany. “As of today there is no business model that is proven to make money.”

Automotive, TIME UK | South China Morning Post | 29 June 2012

Smart cars and what they will bring

An article about the future of smart cars and how software is probably more reliable behind the wheel than humans. The article discusses the current status of this revolution including ‘infotainment’ which includes intra-car systems that use iPads and Wi-fi hot spots to enable gaming, movies and web browsing.  Stuart Keeping, Partner at Arthur D. Little, is quoted as saying ‘The future of connected cars will require both worlds – on-board communications units and smartphones. Critical remote services such as remote shut-down and tracking and tracing will only work with an embedded system, since the smartphone usually doesn’t stay in the car.’

Energy & Utilities Germany | Financial Times Deutschland | 28 June 2012

Costs for Offshore-Windparks divide Network Operators

The turnaround in energy policy in Germany – to include more renewable energy resources into the power generation mix over the next decade – creates real challenges as the connection of offshore wind farms in the North Sea with the power network will be delayed. Therefore, the wind farm investments cannot yield any return. Dr. Matthias von Bechtolsheim, Partner at global management consultancy Arthur D. Little says “The current delays lead to considerable reservation on the investors’ side.” Therefore, for future growth, the investments into the offshore-connection are needed as soon as possible.

TIME UK | Financial Times | 19 June 2012

European operators ready to talk mergers

An article about mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms industry. The article states that European telecoms groups have experienced a decline in revenues over the past few years, even as they face the need to spend more on fibre cables and fourth-generation mobile networks. Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas are quoted as forecasting a €19bn decline in revenues in European telecoms by 2015 to €208bn, in spite of a rapid rise in demand for data that will require greater network expenditure from the operators.

TIME UK | FT.com | 19 June 2012

EU telecom operators ready to talk M&A

An article about mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms industry. The article states that European telecoms groups have experienced a decline in revenues over the past few years, even as they face the need to spend more on fibre cables and fourth-generation mobile networks and that the European sector carries €272bn of debt. Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas are quoted as forecasting a €19bn decline in revenues in European telecoms by 2015 to €208bn, in spite of a rapid rise in demand for data that will require greater network expenditure from the operators.

Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 18 June 2012

The Globalization of R&D Departments

When emerging markets turn into buyer markets, it has an enormous impact on the future strategy of exporting companies: They have to adapt their products to the requirements of the new market as export only is not enough anymore. But that leads to the demise of a traditional Western dogma, that at least the R&D departments of the companies will not be outsourced. An Arthur D. Little study shows globalization has already captured companies’ R&D departments. Dr. Fabian Doemer, Arthur D. Little’s Managing Partner in Germany says “European companies even take an active role in dislocating their R&D departments to those markets where the products will be bought.”

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