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  • The New Digital Ecosystem Reality Series: PwC
    right vision and strategies along with a clear blueprint for execution Is your business prepared for the New Digital Ecosystem Reality Hear what Tech CEOs are saying about digital disruption and growth Learn more through PwC s New Digital Ecosystem Reality series The New Digital Ecosystem Reality Nine Trends Rewriting the Rules of Business This paper discusses technological economic and political trends that are important to CEOs and C Suite executives while exploring the trends and challenges that businesses must consider to remain competitive The New Digital Ecosystem Reality Digital Commerce is a Journey The ability to market sell and serve through digital means has become a key expectation of all enterprises but a variety of industry challenges complicate those efforts at Technology companies The New Digital Ecosystem Reality Managing Risk to Enable Strategy Being aware of risks is one thing taking specific action to address them head on is another Many companies have tended to look at risk management as something they should react to rather than something that they should build into the company culture For companies to manage and monitor risk more effectively across all areas of operations they may benefit by applying proactive methods of risk identification risk prioritization and risk response The New Digital Ecosystem Reality Innovation s Next Frontier is in Customer Service As customer expectations evolve customer service has emerged as the next critical differentiator Forward thinking companies understand that the future of customer service is proactive integrated and omnipresent The New Digital Ecosystem Reality Mobile Advertising Strategies for Increased Success This paper in the Technology Institute s thought leadership series titled The new digital ecosystem reality discusses how the personalization of mobile devices has created opportunities for advertisers to develop more targeted advertisements based on user preferences at a more intimate level

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/technology/publications/new-digital-ecosystem.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Center for Technology and Innovation (CTI)
    Video library Careers PwC Open University United States International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Center for Technology and Innovation CTI PwC s Center for Technology and Innovation CTI is a think tank focused on enterprise IT trends and emerging technologies for CIOs and other executives Best known for its Technology Forecast the CTI also publishes a series of white papers that explore the evolving role and influence of CIOs Most recently published CTI s publications provide focused in depth original research and analysis of significant technology or business trends affecting an industry or market segment Service robots The next big productivity platform 2015 Read more Remapping the database landscape Solving problems with new data technology 2015 Read more Future of 3 D printing Moving beyond prototyping to finished products 2014 Read more Rethinking integration Emerging patterns from cloud computing leaders 2014 Read more Center for Technology and Innovation Technology Forecast Emerging technology blog Meet the CTI team Contact us Contacts Vinod Baya Director Tel

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/technology-innovation-center.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Global Economy Watch , Santanomics :PwC
    be felt throughout the entire supply chain As a result affected businesses need to have a good understanding of the seasonal spending habits of their customers So how do countries rank in their Christmas spending patterns and what messages can businesses draw from this Hey Big Spender Our analysis see Table 1 and our Assumptions and methodology box below shows that Ireland emerges as the leader in our league table of spenders over the Christmas period Specifically Irish consumers spent around 1 200 per person at Christmas in 2013 We also find that spending increases by around 16 on average during the months of November and December compared to the rest of the year This emphasises the importance of the festive season for the revenue cycle of affected businesses However our analysis for 2013 also points to other important trends within the major Western economies which we define as the G7 excluding Japan Specifically UK households are the most generous spenders in the major Western economies during the Christmas period in per person terms see Table 1 comfortably outstripping their US counterparts by around one third From a European perspective German households spend around half that of their UK peers Italian households spend even less than Germany and this appears to have been accentuated by their stagnating economy Table 1 Irish consumers are the most generous when it comes to Christmas spending Share Emerging markets small in per person terms But what about emerging markets We have looked at the two biggest emerging markets that celebrate Christmas Brazil and Russia Table 1 shows that they rank at the bottom in terms of real per person spending over the Christmas period This is not surprising as Figure 1 shows that there is a strong and positive correlation between GDP per capita and Christmas spending per person However this correlation also points out the untapped business potential of emerging markets as we expect that the gradual catch up of income levels in emerging economies to Western standards will lead to greater Christmas spending in the future Fig 1 Countries with a high GDP per capita tend to spend the most during Christmas Share but big in aggregate numbers On a more general point we expect emerging market spending over the Christmas period to continue to grow in the future driven by the following trends Gradual convergence of income levels in emerging economies towards Western levels although this will be a very slow process given the large difference in starting points and An increase in the number of consumers in some younger emerging markets This is an important distinction to make and we have captured the latter point by ranking real Christmas spending on an aggregate basis in Table 2 Doing so gives a more complete picture of Christmas spending The key messages we draw out are that Brazilian Christmas spending is bigger in aggregate terms than that of Italy This is despite scoring lower on the per person measure and reflects the

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/issues/economy/global-economy-watch/santanomics.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Global Economy Watch , Economic News , May 2013: PwC
    projected to remain in the slow lane with its output contracting for a second consecutive year In the opinion of the former President of Cyprus this is partly because of the institutional gaps in dealing with the link between a weak banking sector and governments Finally this month we ve focused on the equity markets which in the case of the UK and the US have breached their pre crisis levels The shift in the focus of the major central banks from inflation to growth has helped minimise volatility improve sentiment and boost returns in most major indices However our analysis of the link between equity markets and the real economy suggests in some cases businesses could be disappointed as stock exchange are not always leading indicators of more buoyant economic activity At a glance Charts of the month At a glance Key messages The global economy is recovering but the pace of economic growth is disjointed with emerging markets growing fast and the Eurozone lagging behind In our interview with the former President of Cyprus he says that Europe needs to integrate even more to overcome its debt crisis Equity markets have exceeded their pre crisis levels as the Fed and the Bank of Japan continue to pump 150 billion US dollars per month into the markets Economies around the world are recovering at different speeds Six months ago we highlighted the rise of a two speed economy with emerging markets growing faster than advanced economies But whilst the Eurozone continues to focus on crisis management and Japan puts the finishing touches to its reforms the US appears to be breaking away from the pack and gradually returning to trend growth As pointed out by the IMF we are now seeing the rise of a three speed economy Emerging and developing economies continue to be in the fast lane Our projections suggest that the BRIC economies will be growing around three times as fast as the G7 The release of the first quarter GDP data for China confirmed our view that it will continue to grow slightly faster than the 7 5 government target rate actual growth was 7 7 year on year whilst gradually rebalancing from investment to consumption led growth The US economy is in the middle lane and is projected to grow close to its trend rate of around 2 in 2013 Sustained job creation is helping households gradually reduce their debt exposure from a peak of 106 of GDP in 2008 to around 94 in 2012 The US now accounts for most of the growth in the G7 economies had it not grown at all G7 growth would drop from our projected 1 2 to just 0 3 in 2013 The Eurozone is firmly in the slow lane As our interview with the former President of Cyprus highlights this is partly because of institutional gaps in dealing with the links between a weak banking sector and governments We project that the Eurozone will contract for

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  • Major Economic Challenges , Global Economy Watch: PwC
    CEO agenda CEO insights blog Careers About PwC Technology careers Employer of choice Our history PwC Professional Employability Aspire to lead PwC s series on leadership and gender equality Country job search Explore careers with Strategy Press room Facts and figures Press contacts Analyst relations Global International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Major economic challenges Global economy watch January 2013 PDF download Pieces of the economic puzzle are being put together in the Europe and the US but major challenges remain In the Eurozone the biggest challenge policymakers will face is to keep up the pace of reforms on the fiscal banking economic and political fronts This will be tough in the face of continuing bad economic news and potential social unrest particularly in the peripheral economies However if this process is not disrupted then by the end of the year we could see a glimpse of how the more integrated Eurozone of the future could look in coming decades For the US 2013 could be the year when policymakers not only avert the immediate fiscal cliff but also agree on a long term plan to bring down the deficit in the next 10 years eliminating a significant source of uncertainty and helping businesses and households plan their future spending Meanwhile in the UK we anticipate a gradual recovery but with risks weighted to the downside primarily driven by the uncertainty in the Eurozone Today s issues The economy Global Economy Watch Predictions for 2016 Projections Archive Video archive Contacts Richard Boxshall Senior Economist Tel 44 0 20 731 32079 Email Barret Kupelian Economist

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  • North Africa: what you need to know: PwC
    that 2015 could see some short term economic gains in Egypt Morocco Sudan and Tunisia due to the lower oil price Algeria as an oil exporter will be adversely affected but there could be a silver lining if this triggers reforms aimed at developing the private sector Fig 1 The five largest North African economies combined are home to just over 200 million people similar to the population of Brazil Share The good news reform reform reform The good news is that most North African countries have quietly gone ahead with the tough task of reforming their economies particularly in their public sectors Some of these changes have been through necessity but most have been to keep up with their competitors Egypt the largest economy in the region has for example largely eliminated energy subsidies which has freed up resources for other purposes ranging from education to a gradual reduction in corporate tax rates Sudan which faces a different set of challenges has also followed a similar approach Others have focused on stimulating their private sector by becoming more business friendly for example Morocco has set up the Casablanca Finance City CFC which is aimed at bolstering intra African trade by increasingly taking a more prominent role in the area Tunisia is also planning to take bold steps to open up around 50 of its economy and in particular its energy sector which is currently closed to international investors The long term challenge the need to create jobs This is all good news but one of North Africa s long standing weaknesses is the mismatch between the number of educated people of working age and the type of jobs One of North Africa s lesser known policy successes was the remarkable expansion in its population s educational attainment in the last quarter of the 20th century But this was not good enough as the economy didn t manage to create adequate job opportunities which was seen by some as a driver of the wave of unrest in the region Our analysis of UN population projections shows that between now and 2050 the workforce of the five North African economies is poised to increase by more than 60 million people see Figure 4 which is larger than the workforce of Germany today Fig 4 North Africa needs to create an additional 68 million jobs by 2050 Share The short term challenge political and security risks remain key issues Nevertheless political and security concerns remain the biggest risks on the North African horizon Both of these act as stumbling blocks for public and private investment which will be critical to future prosperity Figure 5 shows the negative correlation between investment rates and our in house country risk premium measure Fig 5 High levels of political risk lead to higher risk premiums at the expense of investment rates Share Due to the extreme level of volatility and political risk in Libya at present we have excluded it from our analysis However it is

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  • Malaysia Economic Growth , Global Economy Watch: PwC
    for the Malaysian economy In our recent ESCAPE index report Malaysia performed well ranking 14th out of our sample of 42 countries We caught up with Patrick Tay Economics Advisory PwC Malaysia What have been the drivers of Malaysia s success and how will they develop I think the situation in Malaysia right now shows that growth is solid and momentum in the economy is picking up For example overall growth for 2013 was 4 7 but in the fourth quarter the economy expanded by 5 1 year on year One of the key reasons for this pickup has been high levels of investment into infrastructure to remove some supply side bottlenecks Additionally this has been supported by household spending Malaysia has very stable employment conditions so this is helping to sustain real growth in the economy The Malaysian government has also been enacting a number of reform measures that reach across the whole economy The effects of these reforms are beginning to kick in now and will continue to do so In addition to measures to restrain spending growth so as to manage the budget deficit the government is also progressively liberalising certain sectors and installing a competition commission to oversee these new markets Where do you see the sectors in Malaysia s economy that will prosper in the future The government has identified 12 key economic areas which it has identified as sectors with significant growth opportunities where Malaysia can compete globally There are several that are particularly important to the economy including soft commodities related to food and sectors where Malaysia can leverage its skilled workforce and good labour market conditions Malaysia exports a significant amount of palm oil which is used in a variety of food and consumer products like shampoo and cosmetics Demand for these products and the demand for palm oil is expected to rise as incomes increase across the South East Asian region Healthcare services particularly for overseas visitors is another area that Malaysia can exploit It has a good supply of highly skilled medical labour and good infrastructure This means that Malaysia can deliver comparably quality healthcare to that in Singapore but 30 40 cheaper Conventional tourism is also a growth sector for Malaysia it currently attracts around 26m visitors per year In 2014 the government is targeting a Visit Malaysia year and is hoping to increase tourist numbers by 10 Another key growth sector is services outsourcing particularly MRO maintenance and repairs where airlines in particular are outsourcing skilled maintenance work to Malaysia due to our competitive labour rates and infrastructure capacity How are local and international businesses positioning to take advantage of Malaysia s growth and position in the Asian economy Malaysia s position in a fast growing economic region means that it has a strong external focus What is more interesting is that Malaysian businesses are looking further afield for growth From 2000 2011 exports to non TPPA members Trans Pacific Partnership Area 12 predominantly advanced economies across the

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  • Emerging Markets: Economic Growth Projections , GEW: PwC
    off the emerging market growth story but what is behind the headlines The truth is that some emerging markets are suffering more than others with the so called Fragile 5 highlighted in figure 5 capturing the most attention A key vulnerability has been the deterioration of their external positions over the last few years in simple terms exports have struggled while foreign liabilities have piled up Figure 5 Not all emergingmarkets are in the danger zone Strong domestic currencies driven by cheap money from the Federal Reserve and other central banks coupled with slow growth in advanced economies damaged their ability to export Figure 5 At the same time foreign liabilities have mounted as international investors searched for yield For example since 2008 net foreign liabilities owed by Turkey s corporate sector have almost tripled to approximately 170bn The announcement and start of tapering by the Federal Reserve has been a catalyst for a reversal in investor sentiment in emerging markets especially the conviction that higher risks were justified by higher expected returns Emerging markets were lifted by a tide of liquidity provided by the Fed but as this is wound down the fear is that some of these economies will become beached as currencies fall interest rates rise and growth slows To an extent the data supports this concern as rises and falls in exchange rates have been broadly aligned to the actions of the Fed since the financial crisis but there are other factors at play Economic governance issues across emerging markets are becoming harder to ignore One notable example is the high level of political engagement in central banks in some emerging markets A prime example is Turkey where recent interest rate hikes have met with stiff political opposition In the Fragile 5 as well as other

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