Category Archives: Sector: Energy & Utilities

Artificial intelligence – how it might impact on business success

A new discussion paper from mckinsey.com – “How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies”.  It includes a survey of 3,000 ‘AI aware companies’ across the world.  This suggests that early adopters of this technology have higher margins than … Continue reading

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Digital transformation at work in a variety of industry settings

General Electric (GE) was created in 1892 through the merger of two companies, one of which was founded by Thomas Edison, the inventor of many electrical appliances.  Throughout the twentieth century it was one of world’s largest manufacturers of electrical … Continue reading

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‘Ways to win in emerging markets’

This article from http://www.strategy-business.com discusses ‘new’ ways to secure business in emerging market, most notably India, China and Brazil.  I’m not sure how ‘new’ they really are, but Wijeratne et al (2017) make some good points.  First, companies have become … Continue reading

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£36 billion – the cost of poor service

Ombudsman Services has just issue a press release that highlights the findings of their fourth annual Consumer Action Report.  It has calculated that the total cost to UK operators of poor service is £36 billion.  The main points are: More … Continue reading

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Fusion? A joint China, EU, India, Korea, Russia and United States project

It is not often that you hear about all these countries collaborating together on a single project.  But for the last ten years that is what they have been doing.  And it is planned to continue for another 25 years … Continue reading

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Envision’s ‘pop-up’ assembly plants

In this video, Envision talk about their concept of the “pop-up assembly plant”.    Their design and innovation centre is in Denmark, but they decided to set up their main manufacturing plant in China.  However, this should only produces component parts … Continue reading

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The internet of things applied to recycling

“Waste management companies are becoming technology companies”.   This link takes you a waste management company’s website where this is discussed.  There is also a video showing how Cisco are applying smart technology to this industry sector.

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Energy up to 2035

Energy has a significant impact on many operations – in terms of its availability, its cost and its environmental impact.   This month BP have published their annual report on energy usage and its forecasts up to 2035.  This link take you to … Continue reading

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What does the fall in oil price mean for operations?

On the news this morning it was reported that British manufacturers and service firms were sitting on piles of cash generated by record profits in the last year – due apparently to the falling price of oil, and hence energy. … Continue reading

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – action is needed now to reduce CO2 emissions

A good summary of the latest UN report on climate change here.  Headline says it all – “Climate Panel Issues Dire Report as Renewables Make Little Impact”.  Although UK has made good progress in this area – up to now….

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