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Following from last year’s discussion chaired by Philippe Moutot Directorate General Economics – ECB, the CFO Committee have called another meeting, this time in Frankfurt. Over 100 of Europe’s leading CFO’s are confirmed to attend the illustrious CFO Event on the 6th-7th Feb 2013 cha...
In the US, funding on solar transfer projects has begun to pay dividends. At MIT, scientists have been toiling over solar energy capture and are exploring a thermo-chemical approach, a distinct different from current solar standards which include photovoltaics – turning sunlight into e...
Education has at last embraced the future and is not stopping with digital signage and a well run intranet the whole education system will be ‘digitally overhauled'. "With increasing numbers of students applying to universities, the focus now encompasses not only technology but the ne...
With territorial ownership being put forward in all four corners of the globe, including Great Britain’s claim to the Falkland Islands and more recently Japan’s claim to the Kuril Islands, Great British and Argentinean armed forces are on standby for inevitable confrontation. Argenti...
Recession or not, there has never been a better time for technology to come to the fore and prove its worth within the retail environment. Attitudes towards technology are changing in that the hard times may come and go, but consumer expectations do not. And retail technologists now ha...
Away from its stunning beaches and Keys, Miami offers a strong business culture, the region’s leading financial center, and access to one of the world’s fastest growing markets, Latin America. No wonder that Spencer Green, Chairman of the high-end global media and event company GDS int...
The glory days of an unlimited broadband appear to be nearing an end as ISPs look to implement caps and metered pricing for broadband services. In the not-so-distant-future, broadband users will be forced to pay on a metered basis in the same way as other utilities such as electricity ...
With territorial ownership being put forward in all four corners of the globe, including Great Britain’s claim to the Falkland Islands and more recently Japan’s claim to the Kuril Islands, Great British and Argentinean armed forces are on standby for inevitable confrontation. Argenti...
Globalization across workforces has seen exponential growth in the last two decades, and after a dip during the most recent recession, is now emerging again within HR, creating challenges as well as opportunities, and tremendous uncertainty. In a new major study by the IBM Institute f...
With the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Seoul providing a bleak economic outlook across several financial sectors, there is a distinct need for another industry to provide the growth needed to rebuild confidence in the global marketplace. Globalization has seen an exponential speed o...
Media companies who rely on dwindling ad spend have felt the pinch and are looking for alternative business models to drive growth in 2010. After a catastrophic 2008 for global markets, dazed investors emerged from their shelters to ask if 2009 will be any better. With Stocks losing 4...
Large pharma has been seeking new biomarkers for years - all part of their drug discovery process, but often only as an afterthought in the development process. That's changed over recent years, but by-and-large the bulk of biomarker work remains in the hands of small -to -medium-sized...
The Deepwater Horizon spillage in the Gulf of Mexico highlighted the challenges that face companies looking to extract oil in deeper waters, and how offshore technologies are potentially not up to the job of stemming a spillage. The affect rippled across the globe, putting all countri...
Digital signage is on a meteoric rise, both in Europe and the US. Originally utilized as branding and advertising on high streets, landmark sites and sports events, digital signage is now being utilized as a successful in-store marketing tool, especially within the supermarket/grocery ...
New forecasts from ABI Research indicate that in 2015 about 244 million people worldwide will carry out financial transactions using their mobile phones. This growth in the financial cell phone sector is not specific to North America or Europe, and large investment is anticipated in re...
Making the push to the Cloud may no longer be a yes or no decision for Latin American businesses – it will become a necessity. Although it is notoriously challenging to calculate exact return of investment (ROI) from entering the cloud, new figures have come to light – and the results ...
There is more to developing a successful global 4G network than having the likes of WiMax or LTE fighting to be the predominate network provider. For 4G to be successful, several other areas need to be synergized effectively. In fact, media and entertainment, IT, sustainability and el...
When Tun Dr. Mahathir took the reins of government in Malaysia in 1981, he was the first Prime Minister not to have been educated in Britain. Whether this played any part in his very unique leadership style is debatable, but one thing is indisputable: during his tenor as PM Tun Dr. Mah...
Reshaping the pharmaceutical industry's quality standards is currently the top priority for the Chinese government. Earlier announcements by its Ministry of Health to issue new tougher Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) standards for medical products comes at the right time as current ...
So far this quarter online retail sales in the US have increased to $32.1 billion, a nine percent rise from the same quarter last year. The single-digit increase represents the fourth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth following a full year of flat or negative growth...
US Stocks reported good growth this week after the tech giant Fortinet approached network security company International Business Machines Corp about a possible takeover. Shares for fellow network security company Sourcefire Inc. also bolstered stock trading on Wall Street. Both merger...
“Many commercial organizations maintain a competitive edge by pursuing a policy of cultural continuity’, they capitalize on the lessons, working practices and traditions that have worked for their company in the past, for this to work they focus on the growth or reproduction and repeti...
“The Web 2.0 evolution has enabled educational institutions to connect in transparent and impactful ways, achieving a greater competitive edge. However not all institutions have taken the full advantage of this movement. While over half of students report using social networking tools ...
“The current market means that we are all under pressure to do more with fewer resources. Join our interactive round table discussion with virtualisation specialists and learn how to take advantage of Windows and Open Source Linux interoperability to employ virtualisation, reduce syste...
The Information & Communications Technology (ICT) market will have a strong transformation over the next 10 years. Fixed and mobile network improvements, new infrastructure and application delivery models, along with more intelligent devices will change the way that consumers and busin...
"We need to get people away from the alphabet soup they don't care about, and just provide a better experience," Chief commercial officer Mike Sievert of Clearwire said. "There really is a massive consumer demand [for 4G services]. The question is now, how do you stay ahead of that tid...
Lord Digby famously quoted that "Demand for oil is going to increase because of the massive expansion of the Chinese and Indian economies," and he could not have been more accurate with his prediction. Such global demand for a finite fossil fuel is being felt across the US this week as...
We all know that time is money and understand that Social Media Marketing is a real-time, targeted way of communicating with an engaged and active demographic, one that gives as much feedback to the company in question as it provides to the demographic; hence its usefulness and transce...
Net profit margins continue to expand over the period, as a result of cost control and our long-standing investment in Vodafone Egypt
Brendon Pearson – Deputy Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia discussed the more contentious issue of the day, the mining taxes faced by Australia
How the World Cup spurred the fight for a unified Africa and a growth in the continent’s business development. It has long been argued that, due to myriad socio-, political- and economic challenges, the true potential of African business has remained in the dark: unable to connect wit...
We all know that time is money and understand that Social Media Marketing is a real-time, targeted way of communicating with an engaged and active demographic, one that gives as much feedback to the company in question as it provides to the demographic. Hence its usefulness and transce...
A new report released today has revealed that more than 15,000 people have become victims of fraud in the first six months of 2010. The report, which focuses on UK consumers, was compiled by Action Fraud - the national fraud reporting centre - and reveals that the amount of money peopl...
With a new generation of CEOs who are embracing the strategic innovation of today’s CIOs as business peers, now is the time to take a fresh look at the future. The world of CIOs has been in disarray, an investment ban into IT solutions across sectors seems to have been lifted, leaving...
Disney, HSBC, Pfizer, AMD and Coca-Cola eager to see the B2B and B2C capabilities of the right social media marketing package.
“Some might be very attracted to smart grid software, what Google has been able to offer as a power dashboard and as a power meter, but my grandmother, for example, might not be interested in that at all, but still interested in the benefits of lower cost, so we are now looking at this...
with Apple, HTC & Palm hot on their Heels, Blackberry remain certain they are the Business Mobility Device of choice for the Enterprise Market and feel "It is less about having an 'Ap’ for everything, and more about having the right 'Ap’ for you"!
The NG Oil and Gas Summit was once again hailed as the industry voice for the region, where here (once again) the exciting advances were announced first to the illustrious body of attendees. This included the unification of huge Asian and Norwegian companies DowTec and First Crude Oil...
On ‘decision day’ Myriad saw its stocks fall by as much as 7% when patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer were revoked.
2010 so far has been un-momentous in the telecoms industry, but this is about to change if we are to believe the latest news from the NGT NA summit hosted by GDS International. The senior executives gathered to develop a vision on the key steps needed to capture new markets and reve...