A discussion as to whether the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) may be standing on the cusp of a technological golden age makes up the majority of this article. Recent achievements and strategies coming from these countries are discussed and it is concluded that Western countries should embrace these opportunities now. The specific case study of Huawei Technologies is provided alongside the article; their successful approach towards business is outlined along with a short historical account of this China-based company. Erik Almqvist from Arthur D Little voices some concerns, however, and is quoted explaining that the central command worked well when the company was mid-sized, however now it has a hidden cost as they are not utilising the creativity of the organization, therefore getting the hours but not the creativity.
This article focuses on Arthur D Little’s new report, undertaken alongside Exane BNP Paribas, which concluded that cable operators are still in the driving seat with telcos needing to catch up. The core findings of the report are discussed and, additionally, a bar chart visually depicts the key findings and is attributed to the report.
Formerly, Siemens was one of the leading global companies in telecommunications. Today, the Munich corporation has a less prominent role in the industry. However, Siemens had great expectations for the joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). “The industry changed dramatically,” comments Klaus von den Hoff, “The system operators have invested in hardware, fixed line and mobile networks have stagnated, and new competitors like Huawei in China are giving the established player a hard time with their low prices,“ says the Arthur D. Little-director.
The renaissance of nuclear energy may be over before it has even begun. In light of the catastrophe at Fukushima, many plans for the construction of new nuclear power plants seem to have been put on hold. This is especially true of the industrialized countries of the Western hemisphere, who again seek new advice. “Countries like Russia or China are going to carry out their plans though,” explains Michael Kruse, nuclear power engineering expert of Arthur D. Little. Despite the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, Beijing intends to triple the capacity of its nuclear reactors. Due to new regulations, Michael Kruse predicts full order books for producers of emergency power generators and other protection systems.
Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami resulted in massive damage to the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. “People all over the world now worry about a possible new nuclear catastrophe, but in general, the safety parameters in Japan are very high and reactors are strengthened in order to be prepared for a possible earthquake,” explains nuclear expert Michael Kruse from Arthur D. Little.
Despite all discussions about the end of nuclear power in Germany, the order books of German suppliers for new nuclear builds are full. Although new nuclear plants are unimaginable in Germany, the government authorized the export of twelve nuclear constructions and components. The reason is simple: the economic prospects are very attractive. A recent Arthur D. Little study concluded that 560 reactors are either planned or under construction already. Contracts worth €628 billion are enticing the German economy.
As the largest US oil company, ExxonMobil, backed by industry groups has urged regulators to allow deep water drilling to resume in the Gulf of Mexico as pressure rises for the US to generate its own supplies following the formal moratorium lifted in October 2010 after the BP oil spill.
2010 has been a good year for the consulting industry. Its turnover increased by 6,9 % and achieved a total volume of 18,9 billion Euro.As internationality becomes more important, a trend for corporate expansion is still clear. Thereby, small and medium-sized companies try to switch into profitable slots. Fabian Doemer, Managing Director for Arthur D. Little Central Europe, explains why Arthur D. Little concentrates on strategy, technology and innovation management: “It is vital to focus now,” he says.
Management consultants develop solutions to solve problems in firms in any branch or industry, but shortfalls in their own industry seem to be more difficult for them to crack. This can be spotted when growth strategies fail and chartered accountants become competitors. On top of that, a lot of former consultants now hold senior positions in companies and are unwilling to spend money on external consulting services. It is for these reasons that small and medium-sized businesses, such as Arthur D. Little, try to specialize and focus on technology and innovation consulting.
The triumphal procession of Tablet-PCs appears to be fixed. While in 2010 about 20 million Tablet-PCs have been sold, it is being estimated that the number will rise up to 242 million by 2015 as Samsung, RIM, LG and other mobile phone producers try to compete with Apple. They seize the chance to conquer the market for business customers. Arthur D. Little`s Diethard Buehler sees the market as neglected by the telecom companies. Therefore, he estimates that the Tablet-PCs will get more attention in the following years.