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

16-Aug-2017

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 firms.read more

People advisory services: A multi-disciplinary nirvana?

16-Aug-2017

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

15-Aug-2017

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 architect.read more

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

15-Aug-2017

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 data.read more

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

15-Aug-2017

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 time.read more

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

11-Aug-2017

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

10-Aug-2017

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 applicants.read more

ThoughtWorks: Why conversational UI? Why now?

09-Aug-2017

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?

08-Aug-2017

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 efficiency.read more

KPMG: Financial Services Firms Zoom In On Regulatory Technology

06-Aug-2017

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 experience.read more

PwC: UKEO Report - Outlook for London

06-Aug-2017

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 London.read more

Infosys Consulting: Infosys to buy CX studio Brilliant Basics

06-Aug-2017

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 age.read more

PA Consulting Group: The future of work is already here

03-Aug-2017

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 transformed.read more

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

03-Aug-2017

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

01-Aug-2017

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 partner.read more

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

01-Aug-2017

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 relationships...read more

Audit: automate or innovate?

01-Aug-2017

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

31-Jul-2017

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 brand.read more

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

28-Jul-2017

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 process.read more

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

26-Jul-2017

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 them.read more

ThoughtWorks: Idea to product: the working model

25-Jul-2017

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 companies.read more

Upturn in fortunes for Italy’s consulting market

25-Jul-2017

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)

24-Jul-2017

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 data.read more

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

21-Jul-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?

19-Jul-2017

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