UK government selects 30 firms for £690 million financial consultancy framework

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UK government selects 30 firms for £690 million financial consultancy framework

30 consulting firms have been selected by the UK government as preferred suppliers for financial consultancy work. The Crown Commercial Service has awarded the firms a place in their new Management Consultancy Framework, with the total value for financial and audit services in the contract estimated to be worth £690 million over a span of four years.

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4 Healthcare Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018

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4 Healthcare Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018

Fortified Health Security, a provider of healthcare-focused information security, compliance and managed services recently released its annualHorizon Healthcare Cybersecurity Report. The Horizon Report reviews Fortified’s predictions for 2017 and how they fared against reality, while providing a summary of lessons learned during the past year.

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China offers 10-year free visa to top talent.

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China offers 10-year free visa to top talent.

China has started rolling out its new fast-track, long-stay visas for “high-end talent”, documents meant to encourage specialists such as top scientists and businesspeople to live and work in China.

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Healthcare Master Data Management Market Poised to Expand at a Robust Pace over 2026

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Healthcare Master Data Management Market Poised to Expand at a Robust Pace over 2026

Information Technology has revolutionised every industry and brought about substantial changes. It has made the world more interconnected, interdependent and increased the volume of data to be processed enormously.

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Vertical Edge Consulting Group Announces Acquisition of METAVERO

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Vertical Edge Consulting Group Announces Acquisition of METAVERO

Vertical Edge Consulting Group, a Professional Services firm and Oracle Specialized Platinum Partner in Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) and Oracle Cloud Standard Designee announced today the acquisition of METAVERO, an Oracle Gold Partner consulting firm specializing in Enterprise Performance Managed (EPM) solutions.

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4 healthcare revenue cycle trends to watch in 2018

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4 healthcare revenue cycle trends to watch in 2018

The revenue cycle process has continuously evolved over the years to keep pace with changes in the healthcare industry, and 2017 was no exception.

More technology solutions emerged to address value-based payment models, and the patient financial experience became even more important amid the rise in popularity of high-deductible health plans.

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Cyber security predictions 2018

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Cyber security predictions 2018

2017 was certainly a year to be noted for cyber-attacks and 2018 is going to be equally scorching. For instance, we haven’t yet seen the true impact of last year’s monster Equifax data breach. Equifax offered one year of free identity for those whose information was stolen but this will expire towards the end of 2018

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China is building a $2 billion office park in Beijing just for AI

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China is building a $2 billion office park in Beijing just for AI

Last year, China said it plans to be a world leader in AI by 2030. Now its capital is building a massive campus to house the AI firms that will power that rise, according to local media outlet Beijing News (link in Chinese).

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Global healthcare ramps up spend on consultants to over $9bn

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Global healthcare ramps up spend on consultants to over $9bn

A rise in digital projects has been a significant driver in global healthcare organisations ramping up their use of management consultants – increasing 8.4 per cent to $9.4bn in 2016. 

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Women in Consulting

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Women in Consulting

Over the course of 2017, we’ve interviewed almost 400 senior consulting leaders around the world, usually the most senior person in a territory or industry, picking their brains about the trends shaping their clients’ businesses and the pressures being placed on the consulting model.

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MoJ spending huge sums on consultants to help deliver digital courts.

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MoJ spending huge sums on consultants to help deliver digital courts.

MoJ spending huge sums on consultants to help deliver digital courts

Critics express concerns, pointing to lack of detail about contracts as well as history of failure and delays in government IT projects

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Carmakers get creative to target China’s $15bn online auto market

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Carmakers get creative to target China’s $15bn online auto market

Global car groups are experimenting with flash sales, endorsements by celebrity fashion bloggers and car vending machines in China, to maximise online sales in this growing market.

China’s online automobile transactions in 2016 hit 1m units, worth Rmb100.7bn ($15bn), according to Frost & Sullivan, a consultancy. To put that in perspective, vendors almost sold more cars online in China last year than they sold in Spain all together.

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McKinsey: Digitalization powers up China's economy and global competitiveness

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McKinsey: Digitalization powers up China's economy and global competitiveness

China has taken the lead worldwide in digital technologies, which are set to transform and create 10 to 45 percent of industry revenues by 2030, according to the latest report released by the think tank McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

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How Companies in China blend Digital and Physical commerce

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How Companies in China blend Digital and Physical commerce

Most retailers understand that commerce will continue to evolve, combining both brick-and-mortar and online elements. The goal is an integrated process that gives consumers a seamless experience and allows companies to capture the maximum operational benefits across both physical and digital operations. So far, no retailer has achieved full integration, but most are somewhere along the path. Many retailers with brick-and-mortar locations have built online businesses, and online retailers are increasingly opening physical outlets to strengthen their brands and engage with customers face-to-face.

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China’s central bank is developing its own digital currency.

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China’s central bank is developing its own digital currency.

China’s central bank is conducting research to issue the country’s own sovereign digital currency, a move in parallel with similar efforts ongoing in Russia, even as the government has doubled down on banning the use and exchange of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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Japan’s economy logs 1.4 percent annual growth in July-Sept

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Japan’s economy logs 1.4 percent annual growth in July-Sept

Japan reports its economy expanded at a 1.4 percent annualized rate in July-September, slowing from the previous quarter.

The preliminary data mark the seventh straight quarter of growth for the world’s third-largest economy, the longest period of expansion since 2001. But growth slowed from a 2.6 percent annualized rate of growth in April-June.

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China to invest big in 'Made in China 2025' strategy

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China to invest big in 'Made in China 2025' strategy

China will step up financial support for major projects of its "Made in China 2025" strategy, a blueprint for upgrading the country's manufacturing sector.

Sectors that boost manufacturing innovation, including the Internet of Things, smart appliances and high-end consumer electronics, are the major priority for funding, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)

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TransferWise Raises $280 Million to Fund Expansion in Asia

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TransferWise Raises $280 Million to Fund Expansion in Asia

TransferWise Ltd., one of Europe’s largest financial technology startups, has raised an additional $280 million to fund its continued expansion, including a big push into Asian markets.

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China's middle class finding new ways to spend.

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China's middle class finding new ways to spend.

A new trend is emerging among China's consumers., in a recent report produced by Mckinsey. While the affluent are still shopping and traveling as ever before, those in the middle are either holding onto their money until the annual bargains -- such as Singles Day on Nov. 11 -- or spending it in different ways.

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Chinese overseas investors prefer tech stocks

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Chinese overseas investors prefer tech stocks

China’s sizable middle class is on fire. A McKinsey & Company report projected that they would account for 76% of the country’s urban population by 2022. With thickening wallets and an urgent need to diversify investment options, more Chinese investors are turning their sights overseas, especially the US stock market.

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