The Changing Nature of Growth and Competition in Emerging Markets

For years, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) were synonymous with broad-based, rapid growth. Not anymore. Data for 2015 from Oxford Economics shows China’s GDP growth slowing to 6.5%, South Africa eking out a percentage point or two, Brazil flat, and Russia actually contracting. Growth in other emerging markets, especially those with…

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Why Agile?

Agile grew out of a desire to improve traditional methods of software development. Customarily, software has been developed sequentially, with the waterfall serving as a rough metaphor for its progression. Separate groups conceive, design, build, test, put into operation, and maintain software, each group waiting for the preceding group to complete its work. The method…

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How shared-services organizations can prepare for a digital future

To complement their efforts to build innovative customer experiences, companies should consider ways to digitize back-office functions and optimize company performance. Over the past few years, companies have taken many routes to digitizing the front ends of their businesses to create seamless customer interactions—for instance, building mobile apps that make it easier for customers to,…

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Enabling Innovation and Growth in Manufacturing: Is Cloud computing the way forward?

The disruptive trends of Cloud computing are becoming an acceptable model for running enterprise operations. By consuming IT Infrastructure, platforms and Apps as a service, manufacturers can benefit in several ways –lowered CAPEX and OPEX, improved agility, faster time to market, and enhanced global reach. Moreover, they can scale their IT capabilities as they grow. For example, manufacturers…

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How digital innovation can improve mining productivity

We believe that the mining industry is at an inflection point, in which digital technologies have the potential to unlock new ways of managing variability and enhancing productivity. The large-scale adoption of four different clusters of technologies is accelerating: Data, computational power, and connectivity. Embedding vast numbers of sensors in physical objects—churning out large volumes…

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