IBM: Macy’s has launched an in-store AI assistant powered by IBM’s Watson

21-Jul-2016

The new assistant is called "Macy's On Call" and comes in the form of a mobile web app users can access on their smartphone. The assistant, which is powered by IBM's Watson AI, allows shoppers in specific Macy's stores to input natural language questions regarding the store's product assortment, services, and facilities and get customized responses, according to a company press release. read more

PwC: The sharing economy grows up: How the UK has embraced the sharing economy

21-Jul-2016

Our recent study for the European Commission shows that sharing economy activity across Europe has accelerated over the past two years, with its five key sectors generating revenues of €3.6bn and facilitating €28bn of transactions in 2015. The UK has emerged as a hub for the sharing economy within the region and contributed to around a third of this activity in 2015. read more

KPMG: KPMG Study: Just One-Third of CEOs Trust Data Analytics

21-Jul-2016

According to a new study, only one-third of CEOs have a high-level of trust in the accuracy of their Data Analytics. The report, which was conducted by KPMG, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services, polled 400 chief executives to reveal how CEOs are leading in times of extraordinary change. read more

Accenture: Poor data management threatens to hurt insurers in the digital economy

21-Jul-2016

I have a high regard for my insurance provider. But there's one thing the company does that troubles me. Every few months it sends letters to my home addressed to two former tenants. This is irritating. But it's also worrying. It tells me the company is not managing its data properly. The tenants moved long ago and yet my insurer hasn't updated its records.read more

Pricing: the beginning and the end of the discussion

18-Jul-2016

Every time we do some research into what clients are looking for when choosing between consulting firms, they tell us that price is fairly low down their list of considerations. Every time we tell that to a consulting firm we get laughed at: fee rates, they tell us, are crucial, writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source. read more

Gartner: Unrest Across Europe is Causing Supply Chain Disruption via

13-Jul-2016

Tighter border controls could impact trade. Contributor: Laurence Goasduff It's been 31 years since the Schengen Agreement first proposed the gradual abolition of border checks across much of Europe. In that time, Europeans have become accustomed to crossing into other countries freely and without security checks. The same holds true for shippers moving cargo throughout the 25 nations that are included as Schengen states. read more

KPMG: Automotive opportunities beyond Brexit

11-Jul-2016

Following the Brexit announcement, the British automotive industry has been singled out as potentially one of the most negatively impacted sectors. Across the water however, opportunities exist in a growing Irish automotive sector.read more

Accenture: Fluid. Fast. Flexible. Meet today’s liquid workforce.

11-Jul-2016

The composition of the workforce is changing. Digital has generated a more fluid workforce that can go where help is needed. Have a sick child? Digital services allow you to Skype with a paediatrician. Struggling with a high-risk pregnancy issue? Through virtual technology, a specialist in New York can treat an ailing patient in New Mexico.read more

On feeling stateless

05-Jul-2016

I never knew how much I loved my country till I became ashamed of it, writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source. read more

The Automaton versus the Chameleon - Wayne Campbell, Molten

05-Jul-2016

In his piece Wayne discusses the importance of assimilation and adaptation within the consulting environment. He looks at whether a modern day consultant can be an Automaton, or whether they need to be a Chameleon; operating within different cultures, empathising, listening and bringing insight and experience. read more

We will not go quietly into the long goodnight

29-Jun-2016

Like 48.1% of the people who voted in the UK last Thursday, we were profoundly shocked by the result. Living in the London bubble, as most of us do, we’d catastrophically and unforgivably underestimated the fears and frustrations felt by other parts of the country. There should have been–and now needs to be–a far more serious engagement around the question of how a small island in north western Europe adapts to the consequences of globalisation. read more

Why we play the blame game

27-Jun-2016

As we are seeing all too vividly at Euro 2016, when the team loses, the manager is usually the first person to get the blame. read more

Stephen archer, Director, Spring Partnerships comments on implications of Brexit for small businesses

27-Jun-2016

Stephen Archer, Director of business strategy and leadership consultancy Spring Partnerships says, “For small business the only concern should be around exchange rates and perhaps a short term recession. A recession, if there is one, will not appear until later this year. Business will carry on as usual, ignore the irrational sentiment of the London markets. SMEs dominate the UK economy and will sustain the economy, as they will across Europe.read more