Sunday 23 April 2017

Cloud 'is a great enabler and equaliser'

‘Cloud’ is steadily and surely in the horizon of every business across the world. Cloud services are being increasingly used by companies big and small to reduce IT costs and to better efficiency. For startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) cloud is not just an option, but


Saudi diversification from oil ‘likely to take time’

Saudi Arabia’s initiatives to move from heavy dependence on the hydrocarbon sector will take time as long-term projects will face challenges such as the transfer of public sector jobs to the private sector, said an industry expert. Saudi Arabia’s weakness is its dependence


Populism across the West to drive GCC economy

As the rising tide of populism in the West erodes the foundations of the open market, the apparent retreat from globalisation may result in the GCC’s capital markets gaining huge momentum for growth, said an industry expert. Steen Jakobsen, chief economist of Saxo Bank, the


Robust Mideast activity despite global dip

Global cross-border M&A activity continued to dip as political turbulence and economic uncertainty become the new normal for dealmakers, while deal flow in the Middle East remained stable, according to a new report. Baker McKenzie's Cross-Border M&A Index, which track


World economic outlook: Gaining momentum?

With buoyant financial markets and a long-awaited cyclical recovery in manufacturing and trade under way, world growth is projected to rise from 3.1 per cent in 2016 to 3.5 per cent in 2017 and 3.6 per cent in 2018, the IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast.


Redesigning retail for the next generation

Just as retailers begin to gain clarity on what makes Millennials tick, a new generation is emerging that widens the digital divide even further. Meet Gen Z: categorized as consumers age 20 and younger. When it comes to digital shopping, they build on the attitudes and expectations first identi


High Net Worth marketing, a tailored approach

In the High Net Worth (HNW) marketing space the trend is towards speed, automation and algorithms, says a report from SKS Media, a full service HNW advertising and marketing agency, based in London, UK. Some companies now use machine learning and natural language processing to ta


Business confidence in Mideast hits 2-year high

Business confidence in the Middle East rebounded strongly in the first quarter of 2017, in line with the fastest rate of growth in global trade since 2015, according to the latest edition of the Global Economic Conditions Survey. The quarterly survey of global CFOs and finance pr


Oil producers at ease as output deal reaches half-time

It is now half time for the six-month oil production cuts agreed by Opec and eleven non-Opec countries and so far, the game has gone fairly well for producers, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a new report. Prices have stabilised again recently after falling by about


Oil price slump could rock bond markets

This could be a quarter that sees relative stability in global bond markets but a dive in the oil price or geopolitical risk could be the rock on which the steady ship founders. Entering springtime and summer always brings in a certain kind of optimism, at least for us northerner

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