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Personalisation: Opening doors to growth in China is a report written by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Cisco. The Economist Intelligence Unit conducted the analysis and wrote the report, which is the third in a series of briefing papers that focus on China. The previous reports are Unlocking innovation in China and Collaboration in China: Paths to profit. The findings and views expressed in the report do not necessarily reflect those of the sponsor.

Beyond Cash: China’s Emerging Payments Market

As China’s economy continues its robust expansion, and as its banking sector finally opens up to foreign competition, the demand for credit is taking off. Local banks have ramped up their operations for the last three or four years in preparation for increased competition from foreign rivals. As their efforts bear fruit, the potential for China’s payment cards market has never looked better.

IT and the environment

The report assesses how these changes are affecting the purchasing, operation and disposal of technology assets within businesses today. The report was commissioned by IBM.

Catching rays

Catching rays: Five success factors in an explosive solar market was written by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and sponsored by SAP.

Closing Europe's digital divide

Closing Europe's digital divide is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Intel. The aim of this report is to examine governments' efforts to promote e-inclusion in Europe, and draws lesson for best practice. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for this report. The Economist Intelligence Unit's editorial team conducted the interviews and wrote the report. The findings and views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.

Telecoms: Beyond Connectivity

Telcos face a tough challenge convincing enterprise customers they can be trusted providers of additional services beyond voice and data.

If telcos want to win customers over, they would be better served by showing a greater understanding of individual business requirements, and to tailor their service propositions accordingly, rather than to promote a wide range of services that enterprises don’t need or want.

Network expertise is the telco trump card.

A Time For New Ideas

Report Summary

A time for new ideas is an Economist Intelligence Unit report that looks at the current state and future prospects of innovation in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). The report is sponsored by Oracle. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. Our editorial team executed the online survey, conducted the interviews, created the economic model and wrote the report. The findings and views within do not necessarily reflect the views of our sponsors.

The empowered sales team

  • To help differentiate their companies’ products and services in the minds of buyers, sales professionals need rapid access to specific customer information.
  • Investment in new tools and services too often focuses on symptoms rather than the underlying problems.
  • Sales tools need to reduce time spent on administrative tasks and give salespeople more time for their core competency: selling.
  • Active involvement of senior management and broad consultations with employees are key success factors for productivity-enhancing initiatives.

On the Front Lines

The findings and views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.

ICT for City Management

Businesses and public officials think a strong Internet network is crucial for a city’s competitiveness. Some 77% of businesses surveyed think an improved broadband network would have a significant impact on city competitiveness, making it the most important ICT technology for attracting private-sector investment. City authorities therefore need to consider that such technologies are as fundamental to a city’s infrastructure as are its buildings, transport networks and utilities.

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