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Greater Philadelphia Cell and Gene Therapy and Connected Health Sectors – Future Workforce and Talent Needs Analysis
In 2019, the CEO Council for Growth, University City Science Center, and University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative convened a partnership to leverage their resources and networks on an initiative to support and grow the Philadelphia region’s cell and gene therapy and connected health industries. The stimulus for this partnership arose from a need, […]
Customer behaviors and expectations are changing dramatically, challenging the established supply chain and operations setups of leading industrial companies. These changes are taking place against the backdrop of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with digital technologies impacting every aspect of how companies run their businesses — from creating digitally connected products and services to automating data-driven supply […]
In a fluid, fast-changing world, how can business leaders drive an innovation agenda that yields real business results? ServiceNow set out to answer this question in the Innovation Issue of Workforce Quarterly, which focuses on how companies worldwide are organizing for innovation. Working with ServiceNow, ESI ThoughtLab conducted in-depth research exploring how large enterprises are using […]
ESI was commissioned in 2019 by The Philadelphia International Airport (“PHL”) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (“PNE”), to study the direct and indirect regional economic impacts attributable to PHL on an annual basis, updating a similar analysis from 2017. PHL serves a hub of activity and for the 11-county Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Supporting the […]
Econsult Solutions Inc. (ESI) was asked by SEPTA to examine the equity implications for residents of SEPTA’s proposed fare restructuring for its city transit division for FY 2021-2023. ESI undertook an analysis of the patterns in ridership and fare products utilized in order to understand changes in average costs for different communities and populations across […]
ESI was commissioned in 2019 by the legislatively created Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board to study the economic and fiscal impacts of insufficient retirement savings in Colorado as part of the state’s consideration of efforts to address inadequate retirement preparedness among private sector workers. The analysis demonstrated that the financial capacity of elderly households to […]
A Roadmap for Urban Sustainability How cities achieve social and environmental goals through smart technology From electric cars and renewable energy to cloud computing and AI, technology helps city dwellers work smarter, live healthier, and make better use of resources. Forward-looking cities, like Moscow, Detroit, Copenhagen, and Tel Aviv, are already using technology to achieve […]
Driving ROI Through AI Best practices, investment plans, and performance metrics There is little evidence-based research on the economics of artificial intelligence (AI) for businesses. While early attempts have been made to measure ROI, this research often fails to present the variations by industry, company size, and location needed for proper benchmarking. To fill the […]
Driving Cybersecurity Performance Improving Cybersecurity Results Through Evidence-based Analysis Despite increased investment in cybersecurity, most companies are still in the early stages of cybersecurity maturity. Executives are often unclear on how their approaches compare with industry peers and where to invest for the best outcome. To advance their cybersecurity systems, and address escalating cyber risks […]
Building a Hyperconnected City Now Released: Building a Hyperconnected City ESI ThoughtLab gathered benchmarking data from 100 cities, conducted in-depth interviews with city leaders, and drew on valuable input from a cross industry coalition of leading firms and research organizations. This study provides an evidence-based roadmap that cities can use to become vibrant, hyperconnected urban […]
Smarter Cities 2025 Building a Sustainable Business and Financing Plan “The cities of the future – and the cities of the present that will be relevant in the future – will be smart. Full of sensors, data, and analysis that help the traffic flow, civic leaders lead, and citizens fully realize all the benefits of […]
The Cybersecurity Imperative Managing cyber risks in a world of rapid digital change “We are in a cybersecurity arms race, and the hackers are winning. Over the years, we have tested thousands of companies. There is always a way in.” Kevin Mitnick, Chief Hacking Officer, KnowBe4 By 2021, cybercrime is likely to cost the world […]