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Agility for Successful Supply Chains

Agility for Successful Supply Chains

Transformation to an Agile Production System to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow

Most manufacturing companies are facing volatile and unpredictable demand due to trends such as increased global competition, shorter business cycles and broader product ranges. To survive in this competitive and fast-changing environment, it is necessary to improve flexibility and become truly agile. The required flexibility levels have to consider volume fluctuations, product mix fluctuations and customer lead time requirements. Tools and strategies that enable the supply chain to meet these requirements, without compromising on the unit cost, must be implemented.

Released: November 2014

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Big Data in Procurement

Big Data in Procurement

Unlocking Big Value in better sourcing, process efficiency, and agility of procurement

The terms "Big Data" and "Advanced Analytics" have become buzzwords in many business fields. For procurement organizations, Big Data can deliver significant business value by uncovering previously unknown interrelations among supplier and economic data. This paper discusses potential benefits from applying Advanced Analytics methods to procurement and offers a practical prototyping and implementation approach.

Released: November 2014

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New report from Arthur D. Little Future of Urban Mobility Lab

New report from Arthur D. Little Future of Urban Mobility Lab

Strategic Directions and Ecosystems to Address China’s Urban Mobility Challenges

As a global management consultancy llinking strategy, innovation and transformation, Arthur D. Little aims to help its clients succeed in this “new world of innovation.” The Future of Urban Mobility (FUM) Lab is our contribution to tackling the urban mobility challenge. With its FUM studies, Arthur D. Little aims to support cities and nations in shaping the extended mobility ecosystems of tomorrow and facilitate an open dialogue between urban mobility stakeholders.

January 2014 saw Arthur D. Little release the second version of the “Future of Urban Mobility” study, including an updated version of the Urban Mobility Index. In this study, Arthur D. Little highlighted what was holding cities back, and, together with its partner, the UITP – the International Association of Public Transport – identified strategic directions and imperatives for cities to consider when defining sustainable urban mobility policies and strategies.

This new report, “Strategic Directions and Ecosystems to Address China’s Urban Mobility Challenges”, was released for the 2014 edition of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum (November 10th–14th 2014, Chengdu) of which Arthur D. Little is knowledge partner. It summarizes some of the key insights from the “Future of Urban Mobility 2.0” study, and puts them in perspective by looking into specific challenges and opportunities within Greater China.

Released: November 2014

Download File Report_The_Future_of_Urban_Mobility_2.0_Challenges_China.pdf (.PDF, 4.5 MB)

AIM for Risk Management

AIM for Risk Management

Using Asset Information Data to Dramatically Transform Risk Management

In the future the changing risk profile of a business will be used as a tool in day to day management. The steady increase in data available on companies’ assets (both tangible and intangible) presents an opportunity for delivering this through the integration of big data with risk and opportunity management systems.  This paper discusses the benefits and the need for businesses to change both asset information and risk management systems so as to grasp them.

Released: November 2014

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Creating the Optimal R&D Organization

Creating the Optimal R&D Organization

Designing R&D organizational structures, processes and governance to enhance business value

Driven by the need to respond to global hyper-competition and the increasing clock speed of technological change, companies are relying heavily on their R&D functions to accelerate innovation whilst maintaining tight budgets. However organizational structures for R&D in large international companies are often sub-optimal, and act as a major barrier to performance improvement. From our extensive work with the R&D functions of global companies we have identified 8 imperatives to ensure a successful transformation across the three dimensions Structure, Governance and Process.

Released: October 2014

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TowerCo MNOs: a win-win opportunity?

TowerCo MNOs: a win-win opportunity?

A practical business case framework for tower price negotiation

Media and TLC Operators look at tower deals as a source of cash in response to increasing competition, decreasing prices, high debt positions and increasing Capex requirements. From its experience with TowerCo deals, Arthur D. Little describes four fundamental variables that shape a deal, presents a use case with sensitivity analysis and offers further considerations.

Released: October 2014

Download File ADL_2014_TowerCo-MNOs_a-Win-Win-Opportunity.pdf (.PDF, 112 Kb)

Feed the Lion

Feed the Lion

FMCG Opportunities and Challenges in Africa

The African continent is seeing rapid economic growth, coupled with a substantial increase in middle-class population and disposable income levels. Global companies are eyeing the African market for future growth and investing accordingly, especially in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) segment. For companies planning to enter/expand in Africa, the key is to look beyond the obvious and invest in emerging economies in the African continent for sustained growth. In this paper, we have identified countries within the African continent that have the potential to yield above average returns for FMCG companies, using a two-tiered screening process. Furthermore, we have highlighted the unique consumer characteristics and market dynamics of the selected countries along with some key challenges that warrant consideration for FMCG companies.

Released: September 2014

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Arthur D. Little’s “Future of the Internet Study” Broadens the Open Internet Debate

Arthur D. Little’s “Future of the Internet Study” Broadens the Open Internet Debate

Driving Investments, Growth and Quality of Experience in the Internet of the Future

The internet has rapidly evolved from a static data platform to become a streaming video platform, and is soon expected to see its next wave of growth in machine-to-machine and any-to-any video communications. By 2030, the ‘Internet of Everything’ potentially adds trillions of euros in value to the public and private sectors. This report investigates the drivers of this growth and the investment incentives in the ‘upstream’ part of internet IP connectivity where all the autonomous networks of the world interconnect.

The study shows that the internet remains vital, dynamic and competitive, driven by a sector that is in transition. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content & Application Providers (CAPs) are constantly innovating the way they interconnect. Existing IP interconnection agreements such as transit and peering are seeing a significant increase in and growing imbalance of IP traffic as the result of streaming video. Most of the industry is adapting flexibly to new business models. For example, disputes concern less than 1% of all interconnection agreements. New interconnection agreements (e.g. paid peering, deep caching) are implemented to support the trend of storing popular content close to the access networks. Global CAPs invest in proprietary Content Delivery Network (CDN) infrastructures (server parks). Commercial CDN services have become affordable to small CAPs as interconnection costs are strongly falling, up to 30% per year. Combined with the very competitive market for last mile broadband internet services in Europe, this market seems well positioned for growth, investment and innovation.

Released: September 2014

Download File ADL_LibertyGlobal_2014_FutureOfTheInternet.pdf (.PDF, 7.5 MB)

Escaping the Safety Performance Plateau

Escaping the Safety Performance Plateau

Getting safety improvement back on track

A challenge facing many organizations striving for safety improvement is plateauing in safety performance. Executive-led safety development programs can fuel significant initial improvement in performance, with high levels of engagement and demonstrable benefits evident throughout the organization. But as the easy wins grow scarce, it becomes harder to maintain the initial levels of engagement in those charged with delivering improvement, and targets start to be missed. The temptation may be to push even harder from the top of the organization, but this may not work, and different approaches are required to escape the safety performance plateau.

Released: September 2014

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Winning the Telecom Famine

Winning the Telecom Famine

Applying Analytics to Create Value in Saturated Markets

In today’s challenging market environment, telecom management often implements spend-based segmentation and reactive pricing with a focus on short-term subscriber acquisition goals. This approach, however, has been at the expense of significant market value and a paradigm shift is now needed to escape the downward pricing spiral.

Arthur D. Little has created a value management approach based on advanced analytics that is proven to preserve market value rather than destroy it; our work with operators in Europe and MENA region has resulted in an increase of total monthly gross add value by more than 20 percent.

Released: September 2014

Download File ADL_2014_WinningTelecomFamine.pdf (.PDF, 1.6 MB)