Value engineering of capital projects

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Energy & Utilities, Operations Management April 2015

Value engineering of capital projects

Is your business optimizing value over the entire asset lifecycle, from the start?

Large capital projects are often not delivered at the lowest possible cost, nor do they always deliver maximum value at any given cost. Value engineering provides a framework to systematically identify opportunities for cost reduction, whilst maximizing functionality and incorporating innovative ideas and options along the way. [...]

Big Data: A gold mine in Telcos’ backyard

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TIME April 2015

Big Data: A gold mine in Telcos’ backyard

Extracting maximum value from Big Data

Big Data is an invaluable strategic lever for telecom operators to reverse the revenue decline trend affecting markets worldwide. Big Data enables Telcos to leverage one of their strongest hidden assets, customer insights. [...]

Driving safety improvement

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Risk April 2015

Driving safety improvement

Improving business performance through strengthened road driver management

As businesses improve safety performance in core operations, risks relating to road transport are stepping into the limelight and concerns are being raised at board level as threats to business performance are becoming clear.  The United Nations has declared 2011-2020 the Decade of Action for Road Safety; it’s time for businesses tackle driving related risk as a strategic business issue. [...]

Time to better leverage LTE?

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TIME April 2015

Time to better leverage LTE?

Benchmarks, dynamics and insights into mobile data services

The current global trend towards tariff reduction highlights the importance of generating and promoting data usage through LTE’s enhanced customer experience. Introducing value-added services can also be a functional way for mobile operators to promote broadband usage; when successfully perceived by customers as a differentiation factor, it can be a rewarding way to enhance the value proposition and support sustainable growth. To better monetize their LTE investments, telecom operators should leverage pricing models that further stimulate data consumption, such as data volume tiered pricing, speed-based differential pricing or bundling of OTT services. [...]

Clarity on carrier cloud

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TIME April 2015

Clarity on carrier cloud

Staying the course, despite the odds being stacked against carriers

Carrier’s the world over are actively investing to find their niche in cloud services to drive growth, but few can claim success. Building a credible cloud service will require to fully understand the market potential for public, private cloud and related services. Potential entrants need to analyze how cloud technology will shape the market, what are the required technology and software capabilities and how to create a win-win situation through alliances. [...]

Technology & Innovation Management April 2015

Hybrid Cloud: Built for your benefit

Haven’t thought about the cloud yet? Still concerned about security limitations? Discover the hybrid cloud, a solution that combines the cloud benefits and your security needs

Today “Cloud” is a term that is present in everyone’s ears. Companies across all industries consider the new concept to profit from cost-effectiveness and operational efficiency. Yet there are essential concerns about the technology that keep many potential customers away from taking the last step towards cloud integration. However, these concerns can be dissolved using the “Hybrid Cloud”, that enables tailored solutions including sufficient security rules for proper data protection. [...]

The China light van segment

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Automotive March 2015

The China light van segment

A dynamic market with increasing volume and shifting needs

The light van market in China seems to be a long-forgotten segment for foreign OEMs. The market is mostly in low-tier cities and rural areas where customers have limited budgets. As a result, most foreign OEMs have not paid too much attention to it, despite the size of the market (around 3 million units in 2014). Yet upcoming regulation and a shift in customer usage may modify the current market landscape and open a new door for foreign players. [...]

Safety governance: Getting it right

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Risk March 2015

Safety governance: Getting it right

Exercising effective safety governance across large, diverse corporations

As companies become increasingly consolidated, the challenge for their boards and executive leadership teams are to decide what form of corporate safety governance is required, and how leadership will support the effective implementation of this governance across their company’s constituent businesses. [...]

Where now for oil?

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Chemicals, Energy & Utilities March 2015

Where now for oil?

Recent market turmoil is not likely to last - a new normal is in the making for oil and gas prices

The recent precipitous fall in oil was predicted by almost no-one. In this viewpoint we attempt to explain the economics of the change and highlight an emerging “new normal” for oil prices in which a medium term recovery occurs, but prices stay below US$80 per barrel. We also highlight the implications of this new normal. [...]

Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation

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Technology & Innovation Management February 2015

Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation

Findings from the Arthur D. Little Breakthrough Innovation Survey

It is increasingly important for companies to be able to deliver a pipeline of Breakthrough (or Radical) Innovations in order to respond to emerging competition, disruptions to core business, and increasing customer power. For example, in five years’ time, companies in our survey expect the revenue contribution of Breakthrough Innovations to be double the current levels.  [...]

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