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

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

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

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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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: 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