IBM: Fintech CEO says tech giants like IBM may go on M&A ‘shopping spree’ for start-ups in 2018


Tech giants like IBM and Capgemini could go on a mergers and acquisitions "shopping spree" for financial technology start-ups next year. Daniel Döderlein, CEO of Norwegian fintech startup Auka, said that tech behemoths that have shared a long-standing relationship with banks but still rely on older technology would begin to show an interest in a "flood" of new fintech more

People advisory services: A multi-disciplinary nirvana?


Organisations have always used consultants for two main reasons: to access world-class expertise and to give them organisational flexibility (teams brought in at short-notice to accelerate the delivery of a project, extra pairs of hands when the business-as-usual work threatens to overwhelm their in-house resources, etc.). Conventionally, these two needs have been mutually exclusive: you want a specialist or a generalist. Increasingly, though, clients want both, writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source Global Research... read more

Gartner: The Emergence of the IoT Architect


The Internet of Things requires strong executive sponsorship, but the will of the organization isn’t sufficient to make IoT a reality. Someone has to have the complex role of understanding the needs of affected groups, identifying the target architecture that can address those needs and steering the organization toward that target state. This is the IoT more

ThoughtWorks: GDPR: it’s time to rethink your approach to privacy


From May 2018, UK companies could face huge fines for failing to comply with new data rules that many seem unprepared for. But instead of viewing the General Data Protection Regulations as yet another tick-box compliance issue, it might pay to take a more strategic view. At ThoughtWorks, we think GDPR should fundamentally change the way you think about customer more

KPMG: Cyber security in 2017 — cyber crime is on the rise


You only need to have spared a glance at the headlines over the past few years, to realise that the cyber crime epidemic is far from over. In fact, as our recent report with KPMG points out, in 2016 cyber crime in the UK overtook ‘traditional’ crime for the first more

PwC: Ready for take off. How InsurTechs are poised to transform insurance


PwC’s second year of collaboration with the Startupbootcamp InsurTech program takes place against a backdrop of growing excitement, investment and a rapidly increasing number of new businesses and collaborative partnerships. The growth of InsurTech has been remarkable, with a thriving ecosystem of start-ups, insurers, investors and innovators springing up over the past twelve months. read more

PwC: Staff shortages are pushing up pay, recruiters say


The UK labour market is tightening, with employers finding it harder to recruit staff, according to a survey of employment agencies. The survey says that pay rates for both permanent and temporary staff are rising quickly due to a continuing fall in the number of job more

ThoughtWorks: Why conversational UI? Why now?


The mobile era has shifted our society from always on to always on demand. The standard of always on, which caused a great shift in social and workforce dynamics, is a remnant of the desktop and Blackberry era. read more

Microsoft: Microsoft buys Cloudyn, but can it make it a success?


Microsoft has acquired cloud billing startup Cloudyn for a reported $50 million – $70 million, allowing it to potentially offer cloud cost management services. Cloudyn helps customers to manage and organise their cloud billing across multiple clouds, and has supported cost management for Azure and other clouds to help customers improve their cloud more

KPMG: Financial Services Firms Zoom In On Regulatory Technology


The financial services industry is focusing on growth again. After eight years of cost cutting, increased regulation and operating in a low interest rate environment, firms are putting renewed emphasis on acquisitions, new product development and improving the customer more

PwC: UKEO Report - Outlook for London


The weather in London in summer is difficult to predict. One day it will be sunny and warm and the next you’ll be reaching for your jumper. Much the same could be said for the economic outlook. Following the Brexit vote, the UK economy is weathering uncertainty better than expected. However, as always, there are many challenges that London in particular, will face in 2017 and beyond. Some of the highlights from our latest UK Economic Outlook (UKEO) offer insight into the issues facing more

Infosys Consulting: Infosys to buy CX studio Brilliant Basics


Indian IT giant Infosys is buying London-based product design and customer experience outfit Brilliant Basics. The acquisition is part of a plan by Infosys to build a worldwide connected network of 'digital studios' that can help clients in industries such as financial services and retail prepare for the digital more

PA Consulting Group: The future of work is already here


The future of work is not a destination we’re heading towards. It’s somewhere we’ve already arrived at. Everything we’ve taken for granted about work is changing; the ways in which we forge a career, commute and learn, who we work with and how long we work for are all being more

Spain’s consulting market enjoys healthy growth for the second year running


A new report has found that the Spanish consulting market expanded by almost 6 per cent during 2016 to reach a market value of €1.28billion. A slow-but-steady improvement in the domestic economy, combined with clients’ renewed interest in growth initiatives, has left many consultants confident that the market has turned a corner and is likely to remain strong for several years.

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PwC: PwC suggests insurance could become obsolete


Could technology render the insurance industry as we know it obsolete? Insurtech like peer-to-peer coverage, artificial intelligence and on-demand insurance could make the industry unrecognisable in years to come, according to Nick Spooner, PwC digital experience centre lead more

Capgemini UK plc: Innovative leadership - leave the ego behind and embrace diversity


A recent talk I attended titled ‘Innovative Leadership’ spiralled into a debate and long conversation about diversity and inclusion. It spoke of the old way of leading; being egotistical, hierarchal and doctorial. It spoke of the rise of the introverted leader, those who aren’t loud and eager to prove they know everything, but those who support, coach and hold important one to one more

Audit: automate or innovate?


You don’t need a crystal ball these days to prophesy the death of the conventional audit process. Just about anyone who can scrape some tea leaves together has looked into their cups and seen the future: the people-less audit has become the expectation du jour, writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source Global Research.
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IBM: How to put the IBM built-in data scientist to work for you


In modern IT operations teams, one of the biggest challenges is monitoring an increasingly complex environment—across many different tools—with fewer people. On top of that, teams face more pressure to avoid outages. And due to the immediacy of social media, outages can become very public, very quickly, negatively affecting customer sentiment of the company’s more

Gartner: AI will soon be ubiquitous, but beware the hype


Market hype and growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) is driving software vendors to introduce the technology into their product strategy, with AI expected to be pervasive in almost every new software product and service by 2020. But this approach is creating considerable confusion in the more

IBM: IBM Watson now understands if you’re happy, sad or angry from the tone of your voice


Natural language processing has come a long way in the last few years, as digital assistants such as Apple Inc.’s Siri being able to listen to human speech and understand exactly what was said and then acting on those words. But true understanding of human speech involves a lot more than simply comprehending people’s words, because the manner in which people speak also plays a key role in how others will interpret more

ThoughtWorks: Idea to product: the working model


A McKinsey report talks about how product excellence provides a key competitive advantage to companies that master their intricacies. However, consistently achieving high performance in this area remains a constant challenge for even the most innovative more

Upturn in fortunes for Italy’s consulting market


With companies focusing on growth and digital initiatives across many industries in Italy, the consulting market recorded revenue growth of 4.3 per cent to reach a market value of €1.2billion in 2016. This was despite another year of low economic growth in Italy, demonstrating that the consulting market has the resilience to perform well even in a challenging environment. read more

Unisys: 3 ways to massively fail with machine learning (and one key to success)


Though everyone seems to be piling on the machine learning bandwagon, it's a game that only the rich can play. While open source machine learning projects like Google's TensorFlow and Amazon's DSSTNE lower the bar to would-be machine learning engineers, resolving the skills deficit that Gartner analyst Merv Adrian called the biggest hurdle to machine learning success, no amount of training can resolve a thornier issue: Lack of more

Accenture Positioned Furthest and Highest in Everest Group PEAK Matrix™ Report for Procurement Outsourcing 2017


For the second consecutive year, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been recognized as the overall Leader and Star Performer in the Everest Group Procurement Outsourcing – Service Provider Landscape with PEAK Matrix™ Assessment 2017. Accenture leads in both Market Success, based on revenue, number of clients and year-over-year revenue growth, as well as Delivery Capability for its scale, scope, technology and innovation, delivery footprint, and buyer satisfaction. read more

PA Consulting Group: Was WannaCry the wake-up call for global IT security?


Ken Allan, security expert at PA Consulting Group shares his insights on the recent WannaCry ransomware which brought global systems to a standstill. The article notes that Friday May 12 may be seen as a turning point for global IT security – the date when the Wannacry ransomware code infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries in the space of a few days. read more

ThoughtWorks: ThoughtWorks Releases First-Ever Report on Courageous Leadership Among Successful C-Suite Executives


Today, ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy released a first of its kind report, "The Next Big Disruption: Courageous Executives", revealing what sets top business leaders apart from their competition. The report profiles an elite segment of C-Suite leaders referred to as "Courageous Executives" in the US, the UK, Australia and India and the findings underscore the critical role technology plays in business strategy, from navigating the chaos of digital transformation to how they're setting their business up for future success. read more

PA Consulting Group: Retail is having to re-imagine itself. And fast.


The changing nature of the consumer. The power of social influencers on buying behaviour. Sustainability. Corporate transparency. Localisation. The increasing role technology and innovation will play across the retail and consumer packaged goods landscape. And of course, Brexit. These were the topics on the agenda when over 800 retail and consumer goods executives came together at the Consumer Goods Forum Annual Summit for three days in more

PwC: PwC: on the road to sustainable procurement


With a commitment to do what is right for clients, people, communities and the environment, corporate social responsibility is at the heart of the business, and in particular it is important to the people who make decisions about what to purchase and who to purchase from – the procurement more

WIPRO: Why Data is Shaking up the Retail Marketing Role


Last month, a large electronics retailer announced it is folding marketing responsibilities into merchandising, and restructuring the marketing team under a different kind of CMO – its Chief Merchandising Officer. While the shift may have been motivated by cost reduction and to streamline the division, the change in roles also shows the important new relationship marketers and merchandisers have with one another. read more