Cloud Computing helps companies reduce their IT-costs by a third. And, says Diethard Bühler, Telcos have a clear advantage over IT-service providers. The reason for this is that while customers can buy net and server capacity of the same quality from different providers, one-stop service is an ace that the telcos have up their sleeves helping them in their marketing efforts.
The cards in the international airline business will be reshuffled, says Ralf Baron. The construction of "Al Maktoum International" Airport in Dubai will set new standards concerning size and efficiency. Besides that, the mega-sized airport will take a key role in the expansion plans of Emirate Airlines that operate out of Dubai.
The current slump in the global airline industry does not keep Dubai from its plans to build the world’s biggest airport that will set new standards in terms of size and efficiency, says Ralf Baron. At the same time Emirate Airlines stay on track of their growth path and have ordered 58 AirbusA380 planes. The company plans to enlarge its Middle Eastern hub.
In France a bill on the online gaming and betting market has been brought in. The starting date scheduled on 1st January 2010 is most likely to be postponed by 3 months because of the European Commission want some clarification.
A three-page contributed article on the topic of energy consumption where Peter Hughes, Energy & Utilities UK, discusses whether the current economic crisis of energy consumption will be a short-term dilemma and comes to the conclusion that inevitably there will be a radical shift in the world‘s energy path and therefore companies should prepare accordingly by building a revised concept of long-term oil demand into their vision of where they want or expect to be in 20 years‘ time.
Through the various crisis in the last years the international airline industry has learnt to cope much better with the results of the current economic slump, says Ralf Baron. The practice leader of the Travel & Transportation Team at Arthur D. Little says that the airline industry is much more flexible than the manufacturing industry when it comes to adapting offers to new demand structures.
Client orientation, argues, Diethart Bühler, MD Central Europe, is most and first of all an innovation topic. It is most relevant to anticipate customer needs at a stage when customers themselves do not realize they have them. This is what H&M, Dacia or Apple did best in the past.
Beijing Automotive Industry Corp is among the potential investors in Opel. Buying a stake in the German firm would make sense for the Chinese car manufacturer, says Thomas Schiller from Arthur D. Little in Beijing. Currently the Chinese manufacturer is strongly dependant from his joint ventures with Hyundai and Daimler Benz. With a stake in Opel the Chinese would be owners of a renowned brand.
Dr. Thomas Schiller was quoted in the Chinese leading business newspapers regarding prospects of Chinese auto industry. This article tries to understand the future global landscape of the auto industry and where China will be positioned. To face the challenges and build a competitive Chinese auto industry, Dr. Schiller recommended three major changes: 1) Restructuring and consolidation of the OEMs; 2) Self Innovation - very few OEM are able to survive without their foreign JV partner and self innovation is the key for Chinese OEMs' sustainable growth; 3) More liberal competition instead of current tight regulated auto industry.
As of now, Mobile TV is not yet a success story. A global study from Arthur D. Little says that only one percent of all mobile owners use mobile TV. While there are some growing markets in countries such as South Korea and Italy, a working business model is yet to be found. However, mobile TV could be a good opportunity for filling a specific niche in a competitive market the report says.