Internet access in cars is still in its infancy. Several OEMs and IT-firms therefore strive to get wireless access in cars as a standard feature. Nonetheless, Stefan Lippautz, Director in the Automotive Practice from Arthur D. Little remains sceptical, he says “As long as there are no cutting-edge applications for the internet in the car, OEMs will be reserved, as these gimmicks skyrocket the costs”.
Companies incrementally use third-party-servers for their own IT needs. “There is still a lot of potential to tap,” says Volker Pfirsching. “Companies not only save up to 30 per cent of their working time, but also up to 35 per cent of their IT costs”, continues Arthur D. Little’s IT Principal.
NRJ, the media group, wants to set up a new TV channel on the cable network. The group already has three TV channels: NRJ 12, NRJ Hit and NRJ Paris. To launch his project, Jean Paul Baudecroux, CEO, has used the results of an Arthur D Little Study carried out five years ago.
Questions have been raised about the current business model for international oil companies. Dealing with increasingly complex oil fields, some have argued that IOCs can maintain competitive advantage by leveraging internal technology competence. Ben Thuriaux Aleman, Sam Salisbury and Paolo Dutto discuss in a three page contributed article.
This article is a review of a combined white paper from Arthur D. Little and Volvo on how IT should be viewed as a competitive weapon in the boardroom armoury rather than merely a business function. The article also discusses ADL’s IT Solution Portfolio Management Model and encourages all readers to click through and read the full report.
Sheila McNulty interviews Paolo Dutto on how oil and gas accessible resources have gone and how many IOCs are pinning their hopes on growth in oil demand and increased prices. Paolo does not feel such outcomes can be relied upon and IOCs must look to their portfolio for potential profits.
A contributed article from Matthias von Bechtolsheim, Michael Kruse and Jan Junker, the discussion is based around a re-working of Arthur D. Little’s "Nuclear New Build" report and the challenges that face nuclear power plant owners today. This the only comprehensive study of its kind that draws on over 150 projects currently being undertaken across the world.
A contributed five page article from Gregory Venters discusses the issue of applying research advances into medical practice and bridging the gap between discoveries at the ‘bench’ and interventions and therapies at the ‘bedside’ how this remains a challenge that needs to be addressed.
Following the new UK coalition government’s first energy policy announcement, Reuters discusses its implications on energy supply in the UK. The article discusses Arthur D. Little’s "Realigning UK Energy Policy" paper that questions the government's statement and how targets may need to be pushed back to ensure the UK gets it right.
The expense of cash prompts the European Commission to promote electronic payments. The Germans don’t relish the shift from using cash to paying by card although they recognise it is more comfortable to use mobile payments: “In 2012, 250 billion dollars will be transferred with smartphones,” estimates the global consulting firm Arthur D. Little.