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Energy markets are being disrupted by many challenges such as renewables, microgeneration, storage distributed generation and ever-increasing demands on supply. Innovative technologies are helping the traditional suppliers and new entrants meet these challenges. For example, Deepmind, the AI lab and the National Grid working on autonomous algorithms to save 10% of our energy by predicting surges and oversupply.
Telecom companies are at the heart of a new era of connectivity with the rollout of 5G, mobile devices and wearables will drive demand for an expanding digital ecosystem. Connected vehicles, healthcare, remote devices of all kinds, the Internet of Things and delivery of content will continue to push the wireless universe.
Next Ventures offer consultants with experience in the Energy, Utilities and Telecoms markets, understanding the specific challenges and requirements of these industries. Contact us to speak to an Energy, Utilities or Telecoms specialist consultant.
Go back just 12 years and it would be next to impossible to imagine the wholescale change brought about on financial institutions, in particular banks, by the hand of government intervention and regulatory prescription impacting the industry at precisely the same time as the biggest ever technological revolution. The past decade has witnessed the near disappearance of traditional trading functions with physical traders replaced significantly by Algorithms and Data Systems enabling the swathes of regulatory requirements and compliance required by regulators the world over.
The price of non-compliance with the new rule books has been an increase in the cost of capital, simply to do business. Shortcomings being punishable with extra capital costs! Accordingly, the drive has been to build “fit for purpose” Governance functions across Risk Management, Compliance and Finance - focused on topics including Treasury/Liquidity Management; Financial Crime (AML); Policies & Procedures; Risk Modelling; Model Validation; Market, Credit & Operational Risk. Underpinning all of this development is technology, and the need for cutting edge Software Engineers and Computer Scientists. The evolving governance has seen a tidal wave of demand for expertise in systems skills including C++, C#, JAVA, JAVA Script, Python, R, Ruby, Hadoop etc.
A major offshoot has been a burgeoning new industry focused on dealing with all of the associated change and its transition to business as usual. The winners here have been the Management Consultancies who have seen an exponential growth in their business servicing the major Banks and Asset Managers, ranging from advisory through to staff augmentation. In tandem the need for temporary subject matter expertise has led to a significant market of Contractors and Interim Managers able to deliver the relevant subject or systems expertise on a needs be basis.
Rules and regulatory requirements, particularly in the US with Volcker and Dodd Frank, are now synonymous with the industry. Stress testing regimes such as CCAR and the PRA annual requirements are now part of the fabric and normal operations of Banking groups. Moreover, the swathes of regulatory requirements do not stop. Banks and Asset Managers have dealt with MIFIID II, but many now need to deal with the next round of deliverables which amongst other things include FRTB, IHC, margined trading etc.
Perhaps most importantly though, we are clearly in the midst of a revolution – one in which the two major players are Data and Technology. As in almost all areas of business the systems now exist to capture data, make sense of it, use it and retain it, in order to use it again. Data of all kinds; big and small, can now be modelled. Examples in the Financial Services sector range from Automated Trading, to data trade data for Risk Management, as well as Client Data used in Client Onboarding and KYC.
The ultimate manifestation of the revolution is an increased propensity to use the new technology to reduce costs. Therefore we have seen an accelerated use of Fintech solutions offered via vendor based solution providers. These solutions are delivered by cloud or external hardware and include Derivative pricing; outsourced Model Validation, Client Onboarding and KYC, Payments, Reg Reporting, settlements, Collateral with Portfolio Optimisation, Clearing etc. We perceive that large Financial Institutions will in the next few years seek to increasingly reduce their costs bases by using external managed service providers.
At Next Ventures our client base includes all of the participants in the Financial Services space across the buy and sell sides, exchanges and CCPs, and Consultancy and Managed Services. We employ experienced Technology Recruiters experienced in the Financial Markets, as well as a possessing a Financial Services Executive Search subsidiary employing leading sector Headhunters and Industry practitioners.
Fast Moving Consumer Goods
The Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industries, similar to retail need to develop how they interact with their consumers. They need data-driven strategies that fully exploit all the digital channels for connection with their customers who expect to buy on the go, at their convenience utilising multiple mobile devices. Investing in Customer Relationship Management will revolutionise how FMCG companies connect with and leverage their customers’ data to provide multi-channel experiences that delight and retain customers.
Survival for FMCG companies will surely rely upon embracing the opportunities of digital transformation particularly focusing on; consumer intelligence, outstanding customer multi-channel experience, innovative business models and embracing organisational efficiencies.
As an example, Coca Cola state their primary job is to “follow the consumer” who expect to buy whatever they want from wherever they are, this means utilising Big Data and embracing eCommerce. FMCG giants have truly seen their world turned upside down over recent years.
Next Ventures consultants have experience delivering niche technology expertise to the FMCG industries. Contact us to speak to a Technology & Engineering specialist consultant.
The Life Sciences industry is notoriously cautious and conservative when it comes to enterprise technology but the landscape is changing at an increasing rate. Data is certainly the new currency when it comes to ground breaking innovation in medical and pharma. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are promising revolutionary transformations in diagnostics and analysis. Moves towards personalisation of medicines are looking more realistic as organisations are able to digitise humans.
This digitisation will enable creative, patient centric products delivering experiences and services similar to many we are all familiar with, the likes of Apple have made significant moves around their famous watch and medical electronic health records.
Life science companies need to capitalise on the new technologies but these cannot function without addressing the challenges that come with the processing of data on this scale. Robust security and technology architectures need to be in place to safely harness the benefits and meet all compliance.
At Next Ventures our client base includes Life Science technology service partners and we employ recruiters with specific experience in the Life Science markets. Contact us to speak to a Life Sciences specialist consultant.
The retail industry has to transform to survive in the new digital landscape. Retailers have to truly reimagine their business models, making the right decisions investing in the right technologies to meet their customers’ expectations and stay profitable.
Ever-increasing levels of personalisation and analysis of customer data for targeted and highly relevant marketing will be a trend. This will extend far beyond email with in-store POS utilising Bluetooth near field communication tailoring shoppers experience in real time.
Voice technology combined with AI will become more powerful and vital to compete with giants such as Amazon, Google already leading the way with voice search.
Next Ventures has the experience in the retail sector to support the leading trends or implementation of established transformation technology such as Enterprise Resource Planning. Contact us to speak to an retail technologies recruitment specialist consultant.
Closely related to the Engineering the Manufacturing sectors are finding the digital revolution ever more imperative. For them Industry 4.0 means the digitising of factories and large-scale production facilities. Powerful PLM or Product Lifecycle Management applications integrate with Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Robotics and Machine Learning, driving efficiencies and moving towards a goal of completely integrating automation.
The future will involve much more than systems just controlling machines and processes, we can expect abilities to adjust rapidly for changes in products, design and demand. Information on where production can be more efficient, automating maintenance and predicting bottle-necks or mechanical failures. VR and AR are revolutionising design already with pretesting and prototyping.
The fourth industrial revolution is well and truly with us and we have seen the birth of the Smart Factory. Wider adoption is growing as the technology becomes more attainable for smaller enterprises and it is clear it will be essential to future proof their position and not become obsolete.
At Next Ventures our client base includes many Manufacturing Technology service partners and we employ recruiters with specific experience in the Manufacturing Technology markets. Contact us to speak to a Manufacturing Technology specialist consultant.
Professional Services, just like many other industries are looking at what digital transformation means to them. They face the common challenge of engaging with their customers in an ever more connected digital universe.
Two more specific digital trends that affect Professional Services are linear talent acquisition enabling streamlined and agile approach to talent acquisition that is a hybrid of permanent and contingent, on-demand as required by budget and workload.
Second technology trend to watch is that of Big Data which combined with machine learning can bring automation and efficiency to many repetitive and predictable jobs. Bots can be used to take the tasks that may have required many admin workers. We will also see the rise of AI solutions processing the data to provide recommendations and accurate predictions enabling new business models.
At Next Ventures we understand the Professional Services industry and have partnered data and analytics solution suppliers in this sector. Contact us to speak to a Professional Services specialist consultant.
Technology & Engineering
Engineering and Technology sectors are at the cutting edge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution having to reimagine and transform their processes adopting technologies of the new digital ecosystem.
Systems and software that will merge and integrate data utilising the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Virtualisation are proliferating. Many larger enterprises are already on their Industry 4.0 journey but the same technology is becoming widely utilised across the technology and engineering sectors. Engineering technology overlaps with manufacturing focusing on IoT sensors, robotics, integrating data and all-encompassing automation driving efficiency and ultimately greater productivity and reliability.
At Next Ventures our client base includes many Technology & Engineering service partners and we employ recruiters with specific experience in the Technology & Engineering markets. Contact us to speak to a Technology & Engineering specialist consultant.
Travel & Logistics
The big challenge for the Logistics industry is that the volume of shipped goods is set to multiply, quadruple before 2050 is predicted. Growing population and urbanisation, a digitally connected world, with increasing disposable income, will push great demand on transport & logistic (T & L) organisations. Adoption of the latest technology will be essential for survival, robotics, automation, machine learning and the Internet of Things right now followed by the new wave of connected vehicles, drones and blockchain offer technological solutions essential for success.
Travel, like retail will need to focus on customer experience and the opportunities that open with the IoT, Voice Technology and search, personalising experience with connectivity and wearable devices offering real time directions, destination ideas with the ability to share instantly on social media. 5G technology will revolutionise the ability to connect and delivery these possibilities.
Next Ventures consultants have the experience and network to support the niche technology hiring requirements for the Travel & Logistics industries. Contact us to speak to a Travel & Logistics specialist consultant.
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