MCA announces finalists for 2019 consultancy awards


The MCA, the Management Consultancies Association, is delighted to announce that 40 of the UK’s leading consulting firms have been shortlisted in the MCA Awards. PwC lead with 11 finalists, followed very closely by EY with 9 and Coeus Consulting with 7. The UK’s specialist SME consulting firms are well represented this year, with 22 firms making it through to the interview stage. Every year the MCA Awards provide a unique opportunity to see the work that consultants are producing across the country for both the public and private sector, providing value to the UK economy and wider society. Finalists have been recognised for the challenging issues and projects they have completed with positive client feedback and support. Many big name firms and organisations are represented in the work carried out by consultancies this year including Network Rail, Dixons Carphone, Transport for London, the NHS, E.on, Thomas Cook Money and Central Government.
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How Bankers Can Slice Through Chatbot Hype And Get it Right


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ThoughtWorks: Building the world's first enterprise-level blockchain platform


VAKT is a new organisation, funded by nine leading energy companies and banks, with the aim of transforming the global commodities trading industry. Traditionally, the post-trade process would involve both parties checking paperwork and changing records on separate, manual systems, which is time-consuming and error-prone. ThoughtWorks leveraged blockchain technology to build a digital platform, allowing all parties to manage that process in the same place for the very first time. read more

Five Innovation Trends That Will Define Banking in 2019


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KPMG: HMV appoints KPMG for second administration in six years


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IBM: IBM Expands Strategic Partnership with Samsung


IBM has formed an agreement with Samsung. Samsung is a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, a vendor ecosystem facilitating the development of IBM Power architecture-based customized servers, networking and storage for future data centers and cloud computing, as well as a member of the Q Network to help advance the understanding of applications software in quantum computing for the more

Deloitte: The Industry 4.0 paradox


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Forbes: How Industry Leaders Should Think About Cybersecurity


It’s no surprise that when businesses experience data breaches, they are subject to severe penalties. Keeping information available, confidential and integral is the everlasting guiding principle to good cybersecurity. The core principles remain the same, but the threat landscape is constantly changing and deserves continual more

8 old technologies that still play roles in security


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PwC: PWC - we discuss what we can expect in the lead up to March 2019.


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PA Consulting Group: Driving into a low emissions future


Minds have been increasingly focused on the European Union 2021 CO₂ emissions targets. According to our latest analysis, some car makers have got their strategy right and will meet their targets easily, but others have woken up too late and will struggle. While many of these late risers have plans for new low emission models, it will be hard for them to implement their plans fast enough to make a real more

Blockchain-based mapping hopes to replace GPS. Can it be trusted?


Cryptocurrencies have had a rough year. Bitcoin has crashed more than 75 percent since its peak, and its competitors are faring no better. Even if the bubble has burst on non-fiat currency, the technology underlying those coins, the blockchain—which offers a way to record and validate transactions without a central authority, such as a bank or government—still excites many speculators outside more

PwC: Chatta disrupts learning


The potential for technology is not new in education, many of the big technology providers have developed educational products. However, to date they have chosen two traditional channels either to publish content or monitor pupil progress online. Chatta has created a new method of teaching online. This has meant there is no existing market, Chatta have had to rely on early adopters and innovators to take a risk and help them secure market traction. read more

PwC: Bringing disruptive technology to city streets across the world


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7 Factors to Help Ensure Digital Workplace Success


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Global risk services market set to pass US$80bn by 2020


Following growth of 7% to US$62bn in 2017, a new report today estimates that growth in the global risk services market will accelerate to more than 10% in 2019, with the value of the market passing US$80bn by 2020. This will be an uplift of almost US$30bn (over 50% growth) in just five years. read more

Tribal Newchurch: Top drivers for UK education cloud adoption


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Infosys Consulting: Infosys to double employees’ salary


Infosys, India’s second-largest IT services company, has been one of the biggest recruiter of IT professionals in the country amid the big tech players such as Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra. To what it seems like a good news for Infosys employees, the Bengaluru-headquartered IT behemoth is planning to upskill its employees in an aim to reduce attrition rate and double their more