PA Consulting Group: Smart cities: Is cyber security an issue?


Cities around the globe are having to become digitally smarter to maintain economic, social and environmental sustainability. City services and resources are under pressure to keep up with the demands of digital-savvy populations generating masses of data and wanting to connect with their surroundings. But how can we ensure new digital services are cyber secure?read more

PA Consulting Group: How 12 disruptive technologies can help organisations meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals


Technology innovation has been one of the great drivers of progress for humanity. From accessing clean water and manufacturing sustainably, to reducing poverty and ensuring health and well-being for all, we’ve turned to technology. In an increasingly crowded and connected world however, the barriers to progress can appear impossibly difficult. And we now face a set of systemic challenges of a scale and complexity not seen more

Capgemini Consulting: Blockchain set to supercharge global supply chains by 2025


A new report by the Capgemini Research Institute today reveals that blockchain could become ubiquitous by 2025, entering mainstream business and underpinning supply chains worldwide. Through investment and partnerships, the distributed ledger technology will dominate manufacturing as well as consumer products and retail industries, ushering in a new era of transparency and more

KPMG: KPMG to expand India front and looks to hire 9,000 employees


The management consulting team of KPMG is looking to hire nearly 8,000-9,000 people in India, a tenth of them to be deployed on projects overseas, as they see global clients increasingly want one of the Big Four audit firms to implement solutions and demonstrate results for the strategy guidance it gives them. read more

Forbes: Artificial Intelligence Success Comes Through Growth, Not Labour Savings


It's encouraging that the companies that are taking an early lead with artificial intelligence- they don't see it as just labor-saving technology, rather they see it as a way to grow, to better serve customers and provide a superior experience. This is one of the findings from a recent study by MIT Sloan Management Review and BCG, which looked at the state of AI -- and motivations for moving forward with more

How Digital Asset Management can help digital transformation


The global cloud-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) market is expected to grow by 20% between now and 2021, according to a new study by Research n Reports. A key factor for this growth is the recent shift from on-premise to SaaS, as many cloud-based solutions offer low-cost options and rapid deployment of more

PwC: UK Based Accounts & Audit Power House PwC Hired Over 400 Crypto Experts


Any industry be it big or small, requires financial services with specialised focus towards their respective needs. There are many accounting and audit firms that caters to specific clients or provides general services. As financial industry evolves these firms evolve with the trend to keep up with current affairs and provide better service to their more

IBM: IBM to acquire cloud computing firm Red Hat for $34 billion


In a massive deal that could reshape cloud computing, IBM is acquiring open software company Red Hat for $34 billion. The companies called the deal, which still needs approval from shareholders and regulators, the "most significant tech acquisition of 2018." The deal is expected to close in the second half of more

PA Consulting Group: How can HE prepare itself – and its students – for the workplace of the future?


“We no longer know who students will be once they leave,” says Jennifer Cable, a consultant in the talent management team at PA Consulting, reflecting on the radically different jobs alumni could be doing in decades to come and how this will impact what higher education has to offer. “Before, the dominant trend was to finish school and go to university staying in the same professional area for life. In the future the pace of technological change will mean the blend of students and approaches to studying will need to be quite different for individuals to continuously learn to keep employable.”read more

KPMG: Inside The Numbers: Q&A With Roger O'Donnell, Global Head Of D&A, Audit, KPMG


While high-performance data and analytics have made a profound impact on all sectors of financial services, the auditing field has needed time to catch up—due in large part to the unique challenges auditors face (in compliance, for example) compared with those in other disciplines. Beyond auditing, the benefits for companies who possess a robust data system are obvious: The right insights help organisations manage business, drive growth, increase efficiency and reduce more

Pricing: How deep do you discount?


How much do you have to discount your consulting fee rates for if you want to have an impact on buying behaviour? 5%? 10%? 20%?... writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source Global Research. read more

Blockchain in 2019: 4 trends to watch


It’s a familiar scenario with hot emerging technologies: People’s opinions and predictions for that next big thing range from “it’s a passing fad” to “it will change everything.”read more

RepRisk data used in Reporting matters publication by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)


RepRisk, a global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data science company, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global organization for sustainable development, are pleased to announce their partnership to provide ESG data for WBCSD’s 2018 review of the sustainability reporting and performance of their member companies. read more

Gartner: Gartner's Strategic Predictions for 2019: The Good, the Silly and the Weird


The annual Gartner predictions- they’re so many things to so many people. This year is no exception – something for everyone, especially for those who only read predictions once a year. If you’re following “trends” in the field, you can pretty much predict the predictions. But if technology is not part of your job description, you may well find the predictions more

The New Reality for Retailers


There can surely be no question now that Amazon is the most important agent of disruption and change that the retail industry has ever seen. That reflects not just its scale and reach, but the way that it has changed fundamentally and forever how people want to shop, and the range of goods available to them – largely irrespective of where they happen to more

In 2018, VR stopped “having potential” and started being real


The VR industry has been through quite the tempest during the past few years. Despite all of these perceptual barriers and the artificial forces that have tried to compel a square peg to fit into a round hole, the industry finds itself neither in decline, nor in trouble — instead it’s more

Digital Transformation Strategy Tip: Hire the Innovators


For executives fretting about pursuing a successful digital transformation, here’s a thought: Hire the innovators.There’s plenty of pressure to pursue innovation and digital change with existing management and employees but bringing on innovators from the outside can help get the job more

Forbes: What Is Deep Learning AI? A Simple Guide With 8 Practical Examples


There’s a lot of conversation lately about all the possibilities of machines learning to do things humans currently do in our factories, warehouses, offices and homes. While the technology is evolving—quickly—along with fears and excitement, terms such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning may leave you perplexedread more

Afiniti win an IoIC Award of Excellence


Afiniti is pleased to announce that we’ve received an Award of Excellence at the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Awards 2018, for the category of Best Change Communication. read more

Yes, the robots are coming, but no, that’s not bad news


Anywhere the future of work is being thought about, debated, forecast, and fought over, there are conversations going on about the role automation is going to play. The primary question that shows up in virtually every conversation takes on many forms, but the gist is always the same—will the robots free us up for better jobs, or will they simply take our existing ones away?read more

Microsoft: Driving identity security in banking using biometric identification


Combining biometric identification with artificial intelligence enables banks to take a new approach to verifying the digital identity of their prospects and customers. Biometrics is the process by which a person’s unique physical and personal traits are detected and recorded by an electronic device or system as a means of confirm more

PA Consulting Group: Arm: Getting into shape for growth by switching to Agile working


Technology business Arm has ambitious plans for growth. Named one of Europe’s most innovative companies by Forbes magazine, they design the microchips found in 90 per cent of all mobile devices. To achieve their goals they need an IT organisation that can deliver new projects quickly and reliably. They asked us to help transform their existing IT function. They wanted to replace their traditional project management culture with an Agile approach – and prioritise collaboration and creating more

New paper explains AI’s role in talent acquisition


Artificial Intelligence (AI) can radically improve employee selection processes - by enabling recruiters to assess many more applicants - but the basis of your selection decisions must be legally defensible, according to a new paper by assessment specialist cut-e. read more