Realigning UK Energy Policy

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Energy & Utilities August 2010

Realigning UK Energy Policy

From a High Cost, Low Quality System to a Robust, Cost-Efficient Infrastructure

For more than a decade, the government has pursued a series of inconsistent policies in the electricity sector, flip-flopping between conflicting policy objectives that if implemented would likely lead to a high cost, but low quality, electricity system that will not deliver the desired climate change objectives. We question whether the current policies offer good value for money for consumers. [...]

M-Payments in M-BRIC

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TIME, Consumer Goods July 2010

M-Payments in M-BRIC

How to best leverage the upcoming opportunity

Mobile financial services are experiencing a global surge, especially in emerging markets. Global total transaction volume is expected to reach approximately USD 280 billion by 2015. Clearly, there is an enormous potential for M-payments in M-BRIC countries, but how to best capture it? This article provides an overview of the best entry strategies and indicates how players in each country must consider specific local requirements in order to succeed in the m-payment market. [...]

IT Governance Wins You the Battle

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Information Management July 2010

IT Governance Wins You the Battle

Arthur D. Little study shows 40 per cent of CEOs and CIOs want to overhaul IT governance

39 pere cent of CEOs and 44 per cent of CIOs are not satisfied with their IT governance. This is one of the key findings of the Arthur D. Little 009 IT governance study, which shows that many large corporations want to make fundamental changes to the way they organise their business IT. The Arthur D. Little IT governance approach provides a solid basis for optimising IT governance and, in particular, for improving IT demand management. [...]

Finding the Right Track

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Travel & Transportation July 2010

Finding the Right Track

Strategic challenges for Nordic Public Transport Operators

Public transport in Northern Europe is changing rapidly with increased outsourcing, shifts in the public’s travelling needs and significant regulatory changes. These trends put pressure on traffic operators to not only improve operations but also to rethink their strategic and tactical agenda. [...]

The German Internet Industry 2009–2012

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TIME June 2010

The German Internet Industry 2009–2012

Review, Trends, and Drivers

The joint study carried out by the eco - the association of the German internet industry - and Arthur D. Little is the first systematic analysis of the German internet industry. It sheds light on the complexity as well as the size of the industry and covers important indicators pertaining to the future development of market segments. [...]

Nuclear New Build Unveiled

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Nuclear New Build Unveiled

Is Nuclear New Build more a Management than a Technology Challenge?

The new build of nuclear power plants is one of the present day’s most complex technical undertakings. Inaccurate understanding of projects risks and inaccurate prioritisation of critical activities often lead to significant delays and budget overruns. The study "Nuclear New Build Unveiled" analyses the current status, trends and challenges within the nuclear industry. [...]

Putting the Focus Back Where it Belongs – on Business

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Strategy & Organization June 2010

Putting the Focus Back Where it Belongs – on Business

Results of Arthur D. Little’s 2010 global survey on the economic crisis

It is close to two years since the financial and economic crisis erupted with the dramatic collapse of Lehman Brothers. As our 2009 global survey revealed, companies have made unavoidable short-term cost reductions and taken measures for the future. It is now time to focus on the effectiveness of these measures. What actions taken during the crisis have resulted in enduring benefits? [...]

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

In the Oil & Gas Industry

Recent catastrophic events show that, despite carefully planned and implemented risk management, the impact of residual risks can present significant damage to an oil & gas company’s balance sheet. This has turned industry attention to the assessment of exposure to risk (EtR) – the concept of the maximum potential economic loss associated with catastrophic risk. [...]

Smart Grid opportunities for telcos

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TIME June 2010

Smart Grid opportunities for telcos

New business models in the electricity market of the future for telcos

Existing electricity grids are not capable of satisfying the increasing demand for a reliable electricity supply in the long run. The growing proportion of decentralised electricity generation based on renewables is making electricity transport and distribution significantly more complex, yet the existing electricity network is reaching its capacity and capability limits. A “smart grid” will deliver intelligent and highly automated grid maintenance and management. New business models and emerging players will change the rules of the game! [...]

Untying the Gordian Knot

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TIME May 2010

Untying the Gordian Knot

Digital Rights Management

The media debate regarding DRM over the past few years has pitted two groups against each other: end users accused of wanting a free lunch (e.g., through file sharing) and content owners who sometimes have been overambitious in building fences around their rights. [...]

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