Consulting News

28-Jul-2015
PWC The population is rising and ageing

News Image We’ll add another billion people to the world’s population by 2025, making the estimated total 8 billion. At the same time, we’re living longer and having fewer children. As a result, the fastest growing segment of the population will be the over 65s. The pace of this change will vary immensely across different regions. Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, while Europe’s should shrink. The average age in Japan in 2050 is expected to be 54 – and just 21 in Nigeria.

28-Jul-2015
Capgemini The Internet of Things will require putting cyber security at its heart

News Image 71% of respondents in Capgemini's survey agreed that security concerns will influence customers’ purchase decision for IoT products. While car manufacturers are currently focusing mainly on infotainment- related connectivity, in the coming years we will see many more developments in the field of car-to-car communication and remote diagnostics. But this also means that we will be more and more vulnerable to malicious attacks.

28-Jul-2015
Changing change management

Change management as it is traditionally applied is outdated. We know, for example, that 70 percent of change programs fail to achieve their goals, largely due to employee resistance and lack of management support.

28-Jul-2015
Technology Leading Audit Profession Evolution: KPMG/Forbes Insights Survey

NEW YORK - Ninety three percent of U.S. executives, board members and academics say the external corporate financial audit needs to evolve, with a majority (58 percent) indicating technology is the force that will transform the profession, according to a new survey from KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, in association with Forbes Insights.

27-Jul-2015
HR needs to shift focus to add value in M&A deals

London – Human resources (HR) teams should focus on a new set of skills during mergers and acquisitions (M&A) if they are not to be perceived as a peripheral part of the process, according to new Towers Watson research.

27-Jul-2015
Putting digital process innovation at the center of organizational change

When it comes to mergers, acquisitions, or divestitures, IT professionals are necessarily focused on the immediate tasks of streamlining unwieldy IT systems; given the complexity and sheer size of the integration task, they must be selective about what projects and changes they can tackle within the first 100 days.

27-Jul-2015
Central clearing: A new world emerges

With central clearing taking a more fundamental role in stabilizing global financial markets, regulators around the world are keenly interested in ensuring that clearing houses strive for – and maintain – high risk management standards.

24-Jul-2015
Capgemini Won “Best Consulting Brand” at the Managing Partner's Forum Awards

News Image Capgemini has won the Managing Partner's Forum Award for the leading brand in management consultancy based on analysis by Acritas, Brand Finance and Source for Consulting. The MPF is a membership organisation dedicated to helping professional firms grow by providing insights to improve performance, increase profitability and prepare for an uncertain future.

24-Jul-2015
EC Harris How have networks responded to RIIO? See our survey results.

News Image RIIO is Ofgem’s framework for setting price controls for network companies. Over the next decade these companies face an unprecedented challenge of securing significant investment to maintain a reliable and secure network, and dealing with the changes in demand and generation that will occur in a low carbon future. EC Harris summarises the impact with 100% of organisations saying that they have changed significantly due to RIIO.

24-Jul-2015
Hudson And Yorke Mobile banking to increase by 50% - implications for the financial services industry.

News Image In 2014 the value of UK online transactions was £5.8bn per week, of which a third (£1.7bn) were carried out using mobile technology such as smartphones and tablets, and the trend is for that to double over the next five years to £3.4bn weekly mobile transactions by 2020. The number of UK mobile banking users is currently estimated at 17.8 million (34% of adult population) and set to increase to over 32 million (63% of adult population) by 2020.

24-Jul-2015
Almost a quarter of all UK households renting privately by 2025 and over half of 20-39 year olds

As house prices have risen much faster than earnings and social housing supply remains constrained, the number of households in the private rented sector has more than doubled since 2001, and this trend is predicted to continue with an additional 1.8 million households becoming private renters by 2025, according to PwC analysis in its latest UK Economic Outlook report.

23-Jul-2015
Capgemini Consulting and Altimeter global report reveals leading businesses continue to struggle with innovation, with traditional R&D model ‘broken’

London – A global report “The Innovation Game: Why and How Businesses are Investing in Innovation Centers” by Altimeter Group’s Brian Solis and Capgemini Consulting, the global strategy and transformation consulting arm of the Capgemini Group, reveals that leading businesses continue to struggle with innovation, with the traditional R&D model viewed as ‘broken’.

22-Jul-2015
KPMG KPMG installs first female CEO - Lynne Doughtie.

News Image Lynne Doughtie has become the CEO of KPMG having been elected in April. The installation of Lynne means that two of the Big Four accounting / consulting firms are now led by women. Cathy Engelbert was elected CEO of Deloitte in February.

22-Jul-2015
IBM IBM’s supercomputer publishes a cookbook.

News Image IBM has taught its super computer, Watson, to cook! It has trained it in which flavours work together, nutrition and existing food dishes. Empowered with this knowledge, Watson generated new recipes which the Institute of Culinary Education helped convert into real dishes used in the book.

21-Jul-2015
BearingPoint The recent disappointing revenue growth hides a transformation in progress.

News Image Some commentators have been suprised by BearingPoint delivering just 1.3% growth. However, when taking a closer look, PAC sees the situation as much more positive. Bearingpoint's focus on Russia/Ukraine has become a drag in recent months due to adverse political changes. When looking at other regions, PAC estimates BearingPoint’s revenue growth for FY 14 to be around 5%, well above market average.

21-Jul-2015
Accenture Accenture Interactive's new Innovation Centre.

News Image Accenture, an innovation partner for many of the top 10 global retailers, has recently opened a new innovation centre in Sophia Antipolis, a technology park northwest of Antibes and southwest of Nice. Here you can chat with robots and be stunned by the retail AI of the future. Mike Dawson from the German Retail Blog explores the 500m² facility.

21-Jul-2015
Deloitte AdAge names Deloitte Digital as well as other major IT consulting firms such as IBM and Accenture as being in the world's five largest digital networks

News Image AdAge reports that digital is 40% of agency fees and how old-line agency companies face increasing competition in digital marketing from consulting and tech-services firms. The increased requirement for AI powered dynamic copy, Big Data and Analytics have given the IT Consulting firms a competitive advantage in the world of digital advertising.

21-Jul-2015
BearingPoint BearingPoint positioned by IDC MarketScape as a Major Player in Digital Enterprise Strategy.

News Image Management and technology consultancy BearingPoint is positioned as a “Major Player” in the IDC MarketScape: “Worldwide Digital Enterprise Strategy Consulting Services 2015 Vendor Assessment” (doc #254679, March 2015). This is a recognition of BearingPoint's strong capabilities and strategies in the Digital Consulting market as an independent European firm with global reach.

21-Jul-2015
EY Had enough of the day job? Try the EY start up challenge.

News Image This summer, EY is running the summer start up challenge. The mission of the EY Startup Challenge is to bring together their clients with high-growth startups to explore solutions to tomorrow’s pressing business problems. The program provides a mentoring and growth environment for startups, who receive mentorship from both senior EY specialists and EY clients.