Thinking bigger with artificial intelligence: Part 2


In a previous blog post we talked about the growing importance of artificial intelligence to companies’ operations, and the need for organizations to think bigger about how they can use AI to drive the fundamental transformation of key business processes to unlock exponentially greater value. In this post, we address another big question executives ask us: How do we get started using AI?... read more

Beards and pinstripes—the next big opportunity


We’ve talked before on these pages about the merits and limitations of sub-brands. While they may help to raise awareness of new capabilities, they may also underline that the sub-brand isn’t core to what the firm does. Nowhere is that debate more pressing than in a discussion about digital sub-brands. What’s next for those firms with separate digital sub-brands, if digital is becoming fundamental to everything clients do? - writes Alison Huntington of Source Global Research... read more

KPMG: Gemma Legg joins KPMG from Grant Thornton


KPMG continues to build its Thames Valley and South Coast Corporate Finance team with its latest recruit of Gemma Legg. She joins the team as corporate finance associate director, based in Reading. A winner of the South East Young Dealmaker of the Year award, Legg was previously based at Grant more

Microsoft: Microsoft's National Cybersecurity Policy Framework: Practical Strategy or Non-Starter?


Microsoft has never been backward in making global recommendations for improved cybersecurity. Its latest recommendations come in a paper titled, Cybersecurity Policy Framework -- A practical guide to the development of national cybersecurity policy. Its purpose is nothing short of providing a framework that all nations can follow in the formulation of their own national cybersecurity more

IBM: Blockchain hype may have peaked, but IBM is still a believer


Blockchain euphoria is giving way to blockchain fatigue: Despite the hype, only 1% of executives in a survey reported deploying the technology at their firms. And while corporate management remains bullish about distributed ledgers, mentions of “blockchain” are on the decline during earnings conference more

KPMG: Time for law firms to embrace the ‘bots’ and reimagine their workplace


The impact of technology on work has seen humans and machines collaborate, manual tasks automate, agility become the norm, and traditional career paths change. In the legal sector, this disruption presents vast challenges as firms struggle to move from traditional hierarchies, manual research requirements, time-based billing models, and other traditional ways of operating, into tech-empowered models fit for the more

Artificial Intelligence at Investment Banks – 5 Current Applications


Automation and AI already have several applications in banking and finance, and over the last few years, the fintech sector has been witnessing a spate of new artificial intelligence applications due to the availability of new data sources, and the proliferation artificial intelligence tools and more

Kainos Software Ltd: Brave new world: me Convention’s ‘startup cities’ will give insider takes on the globe’s leading tech hubs


Ready, set, explore! Everyone knows that the startup world now extends far beyond traditional bastions of tech like San Francisco and New York. But media attempts to summarise the new tech territory can be dizzying: the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018 included deep dives into 43 different ecosystems, covering everywhere from Seattle to more

Unisys: How Millennials Are Challenging Banks to Step Up Their Security


Millennials: with smart devices in hand, they live online like no generation that has come before. But that does not mean, by any stretch of the imagination, that they are either gullible or trusting when it comes to managing their finances in the virtual sphere. Rather, millennials display significant concerns about security when banking, purchasing and moving money more

PA Consulting Group: What’s happening to individual privacy in today’s Total Digital world?


The UK privacy watchdog – the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) – plans to fine Facebook £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. As the breach took place before the EU GDPR came into effect, this is the largest possible penalty. But if the scandal had hit today, the ICO could have fined Facebook four per cent of global turnover - that’s £1.6 more

Top 5: Things to know about AI


Artificial intelligence receives a lot of hype, but that doesn't mean there isn't reality. There's probably an application for AI if your business collects data. read more

Thinking bigger with artificial intelligence: Part 1


Accenture’s recent intelligent operations research highlights an important trend: the growing acknowledgement that artificial intelligence will have a major impact on companies’ business. Nearly 90 percent of executives in our research believe the application of automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) will be critical to business and process transformation. Furthermore, just over 60 percent said the application of automation and AI to business processes will be important to achieving their business goals. read more

Hitachi Consulting Europe: Preparing for Urban 4.0


It’s time for a better paradigm of urbanisation. Conventional models, while still solid, are no longer up to the heightened challenges of the present. Exponentially improving technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence are enabling urban developments with much higher levels of efficiency and flexibility to conserve resources, promote security, and boost the quality of more

Adastrum Consulting: Cybersecurity Experts Only Present In 65% Of Organisations


Despite 95 percent of CIOs expecting cyberthreats to increase over the next three years, only 65 percent of their organisations currently have a cybersecurity expert, according to a survey from Gartner. The survey also reveals that skills challenges continue to plague organisations that undergo digitalisation, with digital security staffing shortages considered a top inhibitor to more

IBM: Digital Realty Expands On-Ramps to IBM Cloud Services


Digital Realty continues to expand its connectivity to cloud computing platforms. Today the company said that it is boosting customer access to the IBM Cloud in 15 markets around the world. The expansion follows a similar move earlier this year to improve connectivity to the Oracle more

Innovation to ingenuity: Why one word can make a difference


If the consulting industry has been really good at one thing, then it’s at taking perfectly decent words and loading them up with so much promise and ambition that they crack under the strain. “Transformation” is teetering dangerously close to the edge of this at the moment: Digital technology offers so much in terms of potential impact on organisations’ top and bottom lines, but clients are increasingly demanding proof, evidence that work is, in fact, being transformed, writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source Global Research. read more

Government, Finance Will See Increased Attacks


The number of cyber incidents saw a 32% jump in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, according to a new report from Positive Technologies. According to the report, hackers are motivated by data theft, and malware attacks have spiked 75% since Q1 more

Reimagining processes for intelligent operations


Across the world, organizations have been using smart machines powered by artificial intelligence to drive operational efficiencies. But focusing on efficiencies alone misses the truly transformational opportunity: to create self-adapting and self-optimizing “intelligent” processes and operations that use machine learning algorithms and real-time data to continuously improve. In our view, this reimagining of processes represents a great leap forward that will unlock entirely new roles and new ways for humans and machines to work together. read more