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An Andersen Consulting study of European senior executives reveals that the greatest barrier to European success in the electronic economy is hesitancy among business leaders. Although 82 percent of respondents believe that e-commerce will have a major impact on their business only 39 percent are trying to incorporate it into their strategic thinking.

Globalisation in the banking sector has left banks susceptible to financial disaster because of inadequacies in assessing and managing risk, says a report by TCA Consulting. The report assesses the merits of 10 leading credit software systems and concludes that no single system will satisfy a bank’s business requirements. For details call Alison Jani at TCA on 0171 415 8001.

A survey by Gemini Consulting has found that one half of UK employees have been affected by downsizing or restructuring. However, the UK workforce is more satisfied than the average worker around the world. The world’s least satisfied workforce is in Japan.

Daniel Koopman, principal e-commerce consultant at KPMG, has urged companies to take the plunge and begin selling over the Internet. Speaking at a conference in Oxford last month, he said customer concerns over security will disappear as more and more companies use the medium for selling.

Koopman believes that appropriate measures for security are available and can be implemented, leading to increased customer confidence.

Druid has launched a new on-line service offering free consultancy advice on EMU issues at its website, The service gives visitors an opportunity to ask their own questions on EMU issues and receive an individual response from Druid’s specialist consultants.

The Cranfield School of Management and the IMC are organising a conference entitled “Best Practice in Management Consultancy”. Mary Chapman, director general of the Institute of Management, will give a keynote address looking at the role of management consultancy and the implications for consultants as the consultancy market changes. Supported by MC, the conference will take place on 13 November at Cranfield, Bedford. Call Helen Fielding on 01234 754362 for details.

The Aziz Corporation has designed a workshop to help companies win more business. The one-day session covers everything from generating leads to delivering successful pitches. For more details on the service, called “Winning beauty parades”, contact Kim Kemp at Aziz on 0171 329 0225.

Advice on the launch of the single currency for UK businesses is available on a new four-part video guide, produced by the Television Education Network. Firms such as KPMG, PwC, Lovell White Durrant and Lloyds TSB each address the questions facing companies in a series of four video programmes. The set is available from TEN on 0171 670 3933, contact Andrea Toh.

Shell Expro which operates in the North Sea on behalf of Shell and Esso, has awarded a major computer support contract to Logica. The five-year deal is worth more than #15m and covers application maintenance and support for all Shell Expro activities.

Druid has completed a #600,000 finance systems project for Adtranz Signal UK, the UK signalling business within international railway group Adtranz. The project involved implementing SAP R/3 financials on DEC hardware.

QSP NetConsulting, a new division of QSP, has announced partnership agreements with IBM’s e-business solutions division, iCat and Cognos.

QSP NetConsulting is an independent consultancy and systems integration business providing e-commerce and Internet technology. The agreement offers complementary solutions for e-commerce and e-business activities.

Unisys has signed a five-year contract to supply Loughborough Building Society with a fully supported and maintained systems infrastructure.

The system will provide the society with mortgage and insurance processing, savings processing and payment and branch cashiering. Full implementation is expected by March 1999.

The organiser of Intranet Expo 99, Miller Freeman, is looking for conference presentation submissions. The conference takes place on 20-21 April 1999 at Olympia, London. Those interested should submit synopses by 30 October to Soren Jacobsen, Miller Freeman, 630 Chiswick high Road, London W4 5BG or e-mail:

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