Islamic finance comes of age

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Financial Services April 2009

Islamic finance comes of age

Joint opportunities for Western and Arabic financial institutions

Islamic finance is riding high. With capital market regulators in the Middle East working hard to improve the region’s regulatory system and to offer a wider range of shariah-compliant investment vehicles, new opportunities are opening up. Arthur D. Little identifies the markets and countries that Western financial institutions should focus on if they do not want to miss out. [...]

Mastering Airport Retail

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Travel & Transportation, Consumer Goods April 2009

Mastering Airport Retail

Roadmap to New Industry Standards

In the five years before the crisis, there had been a period of strong growth. Today, prospects for airport retail in the mid-term remain positive even if forecasting has been a risky exercise in this current climate. This report states five success factors airports and operators will need to focus on in order to outperform the market in the coming years. [...]

Banking on the go

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Financial Services April 2009

Banking on the go

Identifying and capturing value in mobile banking

As some banks begin to exploit the mobile phone to offer customers services characterised by a previously unimaginable level of accessibility, convenience and personalisation, a profound transition in the relationship between people and their finances is underway. This paper looks at how banks can convert this opportunity into value for their customers and shareholders. [...]

Managing Capital Investment Programs

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Energy & Utilities April 2009

Managing Capital Investment Programs

How to get investment programs "right"

Effective project selection and management is not a new message. However, even the most sophisticated upstream oil and gas companies do not “get it right” every time. Arthur D. Little believes that our lifecycle approach to capital investment helps to identify the causes for failure of projects and provides insight into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure capital. [...]

Waking up in a new world

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Strategy & Organization March 2009

Waking up in a new world

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

Virtually all economies and all sectors worldwide are simultaneously going through a brutal downturn. The speed and depth of the fall have caught us all by surprise. Six months into the financial and economic crisis, let’s no longer dwell on the pain it is inflicting. Let’s focus instead on what the crisis means to business and how business can prepare for the time beyond the downturn. [...]

Exane Report 2009 - Reviving the fixed line

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TIME March 2009

Exane Report 2009 - Reviving the fixed line

Triple-play slows mobile substitution and pushes broadband market consolidation

This eighth edition of the annual Exane BNP Paribas-Arthur D. Little joint report on telecom operators focuses on the move by operators into content. In preparing the report, we have conducted 95 interviews with 83 companies in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) arena operating in 17 countries. [...]

The Burning Question

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Energy & Utilities March 2009

The Burning Question

Global energy policy and regulation

Peter Hughes, director at Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities practice, delivers a keynote speech to Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. The speech discusses the reasons behind Europe’s growing reliance on imported natural gas and what is happening now as the world faces a critical moment in the development of global energy policy and regulation. [...]

Evolution of the species

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Financial Services March 2009

Evolution of the species

Optimising the IT sourcing model

Few IT departments are in good enough shape to meet the challenges arising from the current financial crisis. Optimising the IT sourcing model can provide a solution. Arthur D. Little proposes a service integrator approach: by outsourcing IT to a service integrator, companies can focus internal resources on core competencies, escape the complexity trap and position IT for a successful future. [...]

The Moment of Truth

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TIME March 2009

The Moment of Truth

Cable infrastructure as a competitive Next Generation Access (NGA) platform in a financial crunch?

Cable operators are not only increasing market share but have also developed a cost-effective evolution path to meet future demand. In the foreseeable future, customer experience over cable will be comparable to that of fibre access networks. Investors should consider opportunities in cable infrastructure  and policymakers should take into account cable as a part of NGA platforms. [...]

Cost Down, Environment Up

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Information Management March 2009

Cost Down, Environment Up

Green IT and cost improvement

Organisations may be tightening their belts in current economic times, but green IT’s global momentum shows no sign of slowing down, according to the Arthur D. Little market survey in January 2009. The CIO must combine green IT initiatives with cost improvement programs to convince executive management. Savings potentials of sustainability IT programs are in the range of 6-11 per cent of total IT costs. [...]

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