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  • The aftermath of the financial crisis has seen sustained trends of narrower margins, reductions in leverage and balance sheets, higher capital requirements and increased regulation. As the banking sector prepares for full implementation of Basel III, it is indeed facing a "new normal".

    data2impact has a long history of serving clients in the banking sector in both Europe and North America, as well as in emerging markets.

    Example projects

    • We developed a credit monitoring tool that helped an emerging markets bank manage risks associated with its nationwide portfolio of loans.

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    • Using our rapid application development approach, we built a capability benchmark tool allowing easy reporting of key performance data to twenty thousand employees.

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  • The world – though not necessarily a safer place – is spending less money on defence. This trend is conspicuous not least in Europe and North America, where government budgets are under increased pressure and scrutiny. As a result, our clients are continuously seeking ways to generate more "bang for the buck", by saving intelligently and increasing operational effectiveness.

    Having worked with defence sector companies and military authorities of major NATO powers, data2impact understands deeply how the defence and security industry works and what it means to the wider community.

    Example projects

    • With the UK Ministry of Defence, we developed a supply chain performance management tool which is used at the highest level to provide weekly and monthly performance management information on the UK Joint Supply Chain.

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  • Several challenges present themselves to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries – from the "patent cliff", increased pressure on pricing, demand for generics and heightened regulatory activity to massive growth in emerging markets, changing demographics and rising incidences of chronic diseases. Although the overall outlook for the sector is positive, the successful strategies of the past are not necessarily valid in the future.

    data2impact understands the industry, having delivered over the years a number of projects for a variety of clients - from Big Pharma to niche healthcare providers, from hospitals to national health services.

    Example projects

    • With pricing models we help pharmaceutical companies manage the pricing process "top-down", by analyzing the global pricing process in the context of reference pricing and parallel trade. For new launches, this approach helps clients maximize the value of the product.

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    • Changing demographics, increased cost pressure, reconfiguration of hospitals – a detailed demand forecast for all hopsitals in a regioned allowed detailed planning for the long-term allocation of resources.

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  • In the present-day economy, insurers – like other financial service providers – have to cope with a fragile recovery, falling investment yields and increased regulation. In addition, changing climate patterns may cause natural disasters to occur more frequently and with more damage.

    data2impact has significant track record in the insurance sector, particularly in Germany.

    Example projects

    • For a major German insurer, we created a Life insurance operational benchmark tool, facilitating an automated approach to competitor analysis.

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  • Logistics clients are faced with significant challenges as a result of the financial crisis, with activity in e.g. many parts of Europe still below 2007 levels. In a world where solution providers have plenty capacity and profit margins are razor-thin, operational effectiveness, customer satisfaction and innovation become key to survival.

    Our experts have a profound understanding of the global logistics industry and global supply chains across air, sea, road and rail transport.

    Example projects

    • We delivered a program tracking tool to a global logistics solution provider, thus facilitating uniform measuring of KPIs world-wide.

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    • With operations monitoring we offer daily insights to multiple stakeholders

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  • In an almost borderless world, where capital, know-how, components and raw materials can be moved around cheaply, developments in the manufacturing industry must be assessed and understood at a global level. Whether contemplating future strategies or managing the current supply chain, our clients realize the importance of trends such as the fast growth in emerging market middle classes or the shale gas boom and re-shoring activities in the US.

    Our experience spans the entire manufacturing value chain from raw materials and innovation through supply chain management to sales. We have worked with leading global manufacturers in several sub-sectors, including automotive, FMCG and medical devices.

    Example projects

    • Building a dedicated program tracking database for a global cost reduction initiative, we helped a client steer a complex program involving 27 locations.

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  • Public Services in developed countries are under immense pressure from disadvantageous demographics exacerbated by economic malaise. It has long been clear that e.g. public health care services and retirement programs must adapt to this reality. In order to avoid the kind of cost cutting that "hurts", politically and socially, politicians and administrators are looking for ways to do things smarter and align incentives among stakeholders.

    At data2impact, we are well-positioned to help the public sector provide more with less, given our experience with applying a bottom line focused analytical mindset and comprehensive toolbox to complex problems such as resource allocation and performance management.

    Example projects

    • Through Project portfolio monitoring we helped a country track all current road building projects, providing detailed reports on progress, budget and spending.

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    • For an international health care organization, we created a flexible Scorecard for national healthcare performance that could be customized to many countries. It provides an intuitive heatmap to decision makers.

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  • Following the spectacular boom in the 2000s, global shipping is currently going through an industry downturn, the focus having generally shifted from growth and new investments to cost awareness and balance sheet concerns (with deviations from this trend in certain specialized segments, e.g. LNG, off-shore and Jones Act tankers).

    Our consultants possess a broad industry knowledge from shipyards to end-user transportation demand, with analysis and modelling experience from the major segments: container vessels, dry bulk, crude tankers, product tankers and LNG.

    Example projects

    • Through daily reporting of P&L movements, market exposures and risks we enable shipping operations teams, chartering departments and risk managers to measure and follow up on their key processes with very short delays.

      This rapid feedback cycle, made possible by automated reporting solutions, has boosted both efficiency and quality for our clients.

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    • With dynamic simulation of shipping markets, we offer a unique modelling capability aimed at long-term charterers, shipowners and would-be investors in shipping.

      By analyzing and modelling the dynamics of global shipping, we help clients understand the likely range of industry scenarios and how this affects the attractivenesss of any strategy or major asset decision.

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  • In spite of the recent crisis and current global macro-economic uncertainty, advances in technology continue to provide business opportunities for the telecoms industry. The massive growth in mobile internet usage and number of devices connected, along with cloud and 4G services, provide ample growth potential along the chain from manufacturers to network and content providers.

    data2impact has over the years delivered several analysis tools to clients in the telecommunications sector, in particular in the B2C space (see below).

    Example projects

    • Through churn monitoring we helped a major European mobile operator understand the client base better and focus the sales effort where it generates the best customer relationships.

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  • The key input from data2impact to any project is the analytical mindset, technical skills and hands-on experience that we possess. We are experts in phrasing and tackling the client's problems in analytical and technical terms, even where we have no knowledge of the specific domain or even industry concerned.

    Please see examples below of work delivered for clients outside the industries described above.

    Example projects

    • Through assortment optimization, we helped improve profit margins across several product ranges for a German chain of retailers.

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    • With automated project accounting reports, we helped a charity save valuable time, while improving the consistency and reliability of monthly reports.

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