IBM: IBM Puts Its Twist on Blockchain With New Security Framework - eWeek

04-May-2016

By Darryl K. Taft | Posted 2016-05-03 Print. IBM launches new secure blockchain services for financial services, government and health care on IBM Cloud. Once again, IBM has taken an emerging technology and put its own special twist on it to make the technology work for Big Blue and its enterprise customer base. This time it's the blockchain distributed ledger technology that IBM has optimized. IBM has been able to tap into emerging technologies and quickly adapt them to the IBM way.read more

Where is the data for disability on boards - and do businesses care?

04-May-2016

There is no official or reliable data existing to show how many disabled people are on boards, despite drives for diversity in recent years. Commissioned by NonExecutiveDirectors.com, the research* has shown that while the issue of women’s representation on boards has gained real traction in policy and practice over the last decade or so, there does not seem to be any similar movement for disabled representation. read more

CEB: Focus on Tenured Front-Line Employees to Build a Customer-Centric Culture

03-May-2016

Three trends have made customer service an ever more important way for a company to stand apart from its competitors. The cost of producing many of the world’s products and services is falling, it’s increasingly easy for new companies to enter and exit markets quickly, and product reviews, news, and comment that help or harm a company’s reputation spread quickly through traditional and social media.read more

Capgemini Consulting: NoOps operating model and not just automation using Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning - Capgemini

03-May-2016

Across value chains such as Farm to Fork, businesses are attempting to reimagine the execution of business functions and processes. The reimagined business processes use automation to address the need for heighted quality of services at frugal price points, addresses issues associated with lack of labor, etc. to deliver value over-and-beyond the obvious and obligatory. Increasingly such examples proliferate:read more

EY: Volatility key economic concern for global executives in 2016

03-May-2016

The EY survey, titled ‘Global Capital Confidence Barometer’, explores the current confidence of executives across a range of metrics, as well as their appetite for M&A. The survey involves 1,700 executives in 45 countries; nearly 50% are CEOs, CFOs and other C-level executives. Respondents represent 18 sectors, with company sizes ranging across segments: $500 million (16%); $500 million-$999.9 million (25%); $1 billion-$2.9 billion (21%); $3 billion-$4.9 billion (12%); and greater than $5 billion (26%).read more

Is your Operating Model geared up for success? Five questions for the CEO

03-May-2016

In his blog, Graeme Corbett of Molten looks at how we know our Business and Operating Models are operating at the right level of equilibrium between profits and performance. He explores five questions that we ask our clients in doing an initial assessment of their Operating Model and ourselves in looking at our own business. read more

Top tips to ace a Skype interview

03-May-2016

With an increasing number of management consultancy interviews taking place over Skype, it is important not to underestimate their importance, writes Chris Sale of Prism. read more

London’s Record-Breaking Coach of the Year Secures 25% of Finalist Awards at Business Excellence Forum 2016

03-May-2016

Last year, Shweta Jhajharia broke the record in achieving London Business Coach of the Year for the sixth year running. This year she has not only made it to seven years, but she has also taken home EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Coach of the Year, Best Client Results and her clients have swept up 25% of the finalist business awards at the Business Excellence Forum in Wales.

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WIPRO: TCS, Infosys, Wipro see decline in revenue per employee in FY16

29-Apr-2016

The revenue per employee of Indian IT services firms declined over the last 12 months, even as Nasdaq-listed Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. saw an increase in this important metrica measure of efficiency as well as the kind of work a company does. Cross-currency volatility, pricing pressure for outsourcing deals, and limited use of automation tools are three underlying reasons behind the decline of revenue per employee at three of India's largest IT services firms, including Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd. The three firms together generated more than $33.4 billion in revenue and employed 720,799 people at the end of March 2016. TCS ended 2015-16 with a revenue per employee of $46,758, a decline of 3.29% compared to the year ago, largely on account of cross-currency fluctuation.read more

WIPRO: Announcing Infosys Mana - A Knowledge-Based AI Platform.

29-Apr-2016

Purposeful AI, when applied to the enterprise, can unlock human potential and amplify people's ability to do more. To realize this, organizations need to be able to do three things: manage organizational knowledge, apply it to automate enterprise processes, and utilize the massive intelligence hidden away in systems, machines and people. Infosys Mana is a knowledge-based AI platform. It brings machine learning together with the deep knowledge of an organization to drive automation and innovation. read more

Hay Group: Global firms can succeed on multiple continents only if they have leaders who grasp different regions and cultures

28-Apr-2016

Global expansion that is locally relevant takes a culturally diverse senior leadership team to establish the norm for a diverse and inclusive corporate culture. Their wide-ranging competencies get put into action as companies engage teams to devise world-wide strategies (e.g., a global marketing strategy). These then are localized to meet demands and tastes in specific markets.read more

Unisys: New era of cyber threats: critical infrastructure at risk

28-Apr-2016

The start of 2016 has seen a dramatic rise in cyber-attacks targeted at the infrastructure that run our daily lives. This included the first known power outage caused by cyber-attacks occurred in Ukraine, also a Californian hospital was effectively shut down as hackers locked staff out of its computer systems. This shift has proven that critical national infrastructure (CNI) is not immune to cyber-attacks. What has changed? Why have the stakes increased?read more

Do Change Management and Project Management conflict?

28-Apr-2016

In his blog, John Osborne of Molten explores both sides of the change management-project management tug of war. He stresses that projects include both change management and project management, so there needs to be a healthy tension between them. Project Managers and Change Managers can be very different, but each needs the other to ensure the benefits of change are fully realised. read more

Perfect ten for Baringa after landmark Great Place to Work success

28-Apr-2016

Baringa Partners, the specialist management consultancy, is celebrating after being awarded the highly prestigious Master status from the Great Place to Work Institute. The highly sought after accreditation is only given to companies who have been given Great Place to Work awards for ten consecutive years. read more

Curzon & Company Wins The 2016 MCA Award for Best International Project

28-Apr-2016

Curzon is delighted to announce that it has been awarded ‘Best International Project’ by the Management Consultancies Association, from a strong field that included shortlisted entries from PwC and Deloitte. In addition, for the second year running Curzon received a Highly Commended award in the hotly contested category ‘Change Management in the Private Sector – Best Project’. The MCA’s 2016 Awards were revealed at a Gala Dinner in London on April 21st. read more

Tribal Newchurch: NEWS: Tribal appoints Chief Financial Officer

27-Apr-2016

The Board of Tribal is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Pickett as Chief Financial Officer, effective 4 July 2016. Mark joins Tribal with many years' experience in the technology industry. He is currently Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director, UK of Computer Sciences Corp (CSC'), a US based global leader in technology enabled business solutions and services, overseeing the finance function for CSC's $1.9bn revenue operations in UK, Ireland and Netherlands. read more

Management Consulting jobs: why do women leave consultancy careers ?

27-Apr-2016

Well, what a daft question: everyone knows the answer to that don’t they? Well no, it’s actually rather more complicated than that, not least because work/life balance in consulting jobs and lack of enthusiasm for Monday to Friday away from home is increasingly becoming gender neutral - Chris Sale - Prism. read more

Unisys: IoT Problems Are about Psychology, Not Technology

26-Apr-2016

Tripwire Guest Authors I was on a security panel recently where we were asked to define the Internet of Things (IoT). This term is as vague as it is broad. It can be argued that it includes almost any “thing that can be part of a network. I was not happy with any of our answers, including my own, so I spent some time thinking about it. When I was asked this question at a later conference, my reply was different. I answered that IoT is more about psychology than technology.read more

Developing organisational change capability – Are you serious?

26-Apr-2016

In his article, Richard Lucas of Molten explores whether or not we’re taking seriously the need to build our organisational change capability and briefly, what we might consider doing about it. Our clients are often frustrated at their inability to deploy enough capability fast enough, or of high enough quality to make a real difference to the outcome of their programmes and projects, and ultimately to their business performance. So why is this and what can we do?... read more

When will the digital revolution get going in France?

26-Apr-2016

When you look at the conditions endured by French peasants in the late eighteenth century, it’s surprising the revolution didn’t happen sooner than 1789—the French elite had it coming for a long time, writes Alison Huntington, of Source. read more

Capgemini UK plc: Are schools finding it difficult to keep up with technology?

25-Apr-2016

Capgemini UK Chairman Christine Hodgson has spoken out about the lack of digital skills in the UK, stating that digital skills education in schools is patchy. According to Hodgson, schools are finding it difficult to keep up with technology as it changes so often. The increase in non-tech jobs requiring technical knowledge means that people across all sectors need to learn how to use technology. read more

Gartner: Digital impetus strangled by current climate of economic uncertainty:

25-Apr-2016

Global IT spending is forecast to total $3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5 per cent over spending of $3.5 trillion. Business leaders know that they need to become digital businesses or face irrelevance in a digital world. To make that happen, leaders are engaging in tough cost optimisation efforts in some areas to fund digital business in others, said John-David Lovelock, research vice president, Gartner. read more

Baringa Partners: Francesca Lau tells us the seven Peer-to-Peer Insurance firms to watch

22-Apr-2016

Alongside new Insurance Techs in healthcare, mobile and software, Peer-to-Peer Insurance (P2PI) is gaining momentum worldwide. Much like Groupon, they leverage group purchasing power to provide affordable, understandable and appropriate insurance. With Friendsurance boasting growth of 20 per cent per month, this is redefining how insurers shape products and end-to-end business models.read more

PwC: How can HR professionals harness data? Read more on PwC_UK’s 'Embrace The Data' Blog

22-Apr-2016

In 2009, we produced the same quantity of data as in the entire history of humanity up to that point. By 2012, it was estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created every day. In the HR world, the way HR Directors embrace data analytics can be of huge benefit to business performance. However in a recent survey, although almost 90% of nearly 1,500 business leaders said that technological breakthroughs will impact their organisations, they admitted that they lacked the talent they need to make this transformation possible. Only 39% said that their HR function is well prepared to support this degree of change.read more

Unisys: From DevOps to DataOps

22-Apr-2016

It is fair to say DevOps is now becoming ‘business as usual’ at most large organisations. Companies like Facebook and Google would not build apps any other way. Even IT’s traditionalists, such as analyst firm Gartner, have become cautiously optimistic about the new way of working, noting: ‘DevOps will evolve from a niche to a mainstream strategy employed by 25 percent of Global 2000 organisations.’read more

PA Consulting Group: How to simplify organisations through great business design

22-Apr-2016

Early last year we noticed an increasing number of businesses starting to talk about simplifying their businesses in a fundamental way. Sometimes this was driven by a fear of new entrants with different business models, customer offerings and cost structures. And sometimes it was led by the complexity created from trying to manage the customer experience across online and offline channels, or an increasing personalisation of services. But in all cases, they were recognising the need to go beyond techniques they’d tried previously, such as lean, delayering or tactical changes to IT systems.read more

Huntswood: Video: Achieving Diversity in the Boardroom

22-Apr-2016

Phil Festa, Huntswood’s Director of Non-Executive Engagement recently led a series of discussions with Deanna Oppenheimer (Non-Executive Director at Tesco Bank, AXA and Worldpay) and Stephen Humphreys (Head of Propositions, Huntswood). Our first video focuses on the theme of diversity in the boardroom.read more

Latest consulting deal: GFT acquires Habber Tec Brazil

21-Apr-2016

Equiteq, a consulting sector M&A specialist, is pleased to announce the sale of W.G Systems LTDA t/a Habber Tec Brazil to GFT Group. Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisor to Habber Tec Brazil. The transaction completed on April 11, 2016. read more