ThoughtWorks 7.  Adopting a digital platform strategy: an iterative approach

article imageExecutives at established companies know the challenge. To remain relevant and competitive in today’s digital world, it’s essential to modernize their companies’ aging technology. Part of the challenge is knowing where to start and how to go about it without disrupting day-to-day business operations.

PA Consulting Group 8.  Embrace automation and release your employees’ creativity

article imageAutomation is set to impact every single aspect of the workplace. It’s already begun to replace tasks and processes done by humans which don’t require complex decision making. Eventually, as artificial intelligence evolves, humans will make fewer and fewer decisions. A study by Oxford University researchers estimates that 47 per cent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades.

9.  Financial services: the market that keeps on growing

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of financial services consulting to the global consulting market.By the end of 2016, it was worth over $36bn, having grown by more than 8% over the previous year and representing almost 30% of the world’s consulting revenues.

IBM 11.  5 tips for machine learning success outside of Silicon Valley

article imageThe machine learning concerns in Silicon Valley tend to be different from those elsewhere in the U.S. — and outside of the U.S. Here are a few concrete suggestions for those hearing about the machine learning efforts in Silicon Valley, but who work elsewhere. These suggestions consider where machine learning and data science are headed on a large scale — as opposed to the fascinating (but often narrow) research happening in Silicon Valley.

13.  Public speaking nerves can turn into a supportive friend!

We are all brilliant learners from the day we are born.If we’ve learned to fear public speaking we can learn something new and replace this feeling.With the right approach we can get rid of the debilitating nerves and use the nerves that give us positive energy and an engaging stage presence.These are the good nerves that help us connect with our audience.To achieve this, Lyn Roseaman of Toastmasters International suggests we need to reprogramme our mindset and make our nerves our friend with the following steps:

Hudson 14.  How your organisation can improve diversity and inclusion

article imageInvesting in a diverse and well-balanced workforce comes with a number of compelling business benefits; organisations with a diverse team are more likely to outperform the competition, attract high-performing new talent, and build better and more rewarding relationships with customers, to name just a few.

15.  Managed services: The next leap forward for the consulting industry

Seventeen percent.That’s how much we estimate the digital consulting market will grow in 2017 (and our number is just for consulting, if you include the systems implementation, hardware, and software elements, then growth will be even higher).But where is growth going to come from in more traditional consulting services?The key here will be to re-draw the boundaries of consulting.

Hitachi Consulting Europe 18.  How deep is your love for deep learning?

article imageWe are living in an era driven by algorithms and more specifically deep learning algorithms which are beginning to pervading and potentially intruding every single facet of our personal and professional lives.

PA Consulting Group 19.  Why lack of accountability puts your change programme at risk

article imageChange programmes are part of corporate life. Every once in a while organisations take the difficult and costly decision to replace technology systems, develop new products, re-structure or focus on different behaviours. The disciplines of project and programme management have been developed to try to simplify and structure these large, complex and necessary changes.

20.  Looking for growth: Go east

It’s almost a decade since the Global Financial Crisis barrelled into consulting revenues, causing what was probably the single biggest downturn the industry has ever experienced.In the years that have followed, we’ve seen some markets recover more quickly than others (Germany compared to Belgium, for example), but through it all there’s been one constant—the importance of the US market.