Jillian Walker - Analyst Profile

Research Analyst
Frost & Sullivan


My research with Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membership (GTM) service concentrates on identifying and profiling best practices in Corporate Strategy. GTM, which also highlights thought leadership in Marketing as well as Research and Development (R&D)/Innovation, produces a series of deliverables that illuminate innovative processes exportable to our members. My current research interests include corporate culture, initiative tracking, succession planning, and scenario and strategic planning.

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Anticipating the Global Advancement of Smart Cities
Strategic Imperative: The smart city movement has been gaining momentum over the past decade, forging new partnerships between public and private sectors. To some extent, however, the smart city market has been restrained due to multiple factors, including: • The nascent nature of many smart city solutions and the need to verify ROI prior to wider uptake by budget-conscious cities • Cities delaying the development of cohesive smart city visions and strategies • Lack of multi-stakeholder buy-in to support smart city initiatives • A shortage of adequate and compelling funding models and resources • Siloed city agencies hindering the ability to coordinate initiatives Despite these initial roadblocks, the smart city movement is approaching a tipping point. Whereas the prior decade was characterized by numerous pilot projects and the dominance of a select group of innovator cities, the coming decade will see widespread uptake of smart city solutions, especially in midsize cities. The smart city market will top over $2.4 trillion in 2025, presenting significant opportunities for solution providers operating within the smart city space. For solution providers seeking greater precision in their smart city strategies, the critical question becomes how best to initially determine when a city is likely to become receptive to the smart city concept. Building off the premise that three precipitating factors will play a large role in determining the pace of smart city adoption, the smart city adoption timeline applies these factors to a data set for more than 150 cities. These determining factors include population strain, relative city wealth, and smart city readiness (in terms of infrastructure and technology). For instance, in terms of population strain, it is assumed that cities with very large existing populations and/or fast growth rates are more likely to experience population-related stressors sooner than other urban areas. Thus, they are more likely to invest in the smart city concept. In terms of relative wealth, it is assumed that cities with access to more financial resources—particularly a stronger tax and consumer base—will generally adopt smart city solutions more quickly than other cities in their respective countries. And, in terms of infrastructure and technology readiness, it is assumed that the state of a city’s transport, energy, water, and telecommunications infrastructure also plays a part in determining the timeframe of smart city solution adoption. Once examined according to these high-level factors, cities are then mapped onto an anticipated timeline for smart city adoption. While the timeline is global in scope, only cities from high-income countries are considered due to availability of data for a large sample of cities across all three factors. Regions covered include North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America.
Published: Jan 24 2018 Other
Top Global Smart Cities Maturing by Building on Foundational Areas of Excellence
The Visionary Innovation Group’s Smart City Scorecard highlights city initiatives that demonstrate key trends and innovations within the Smart City movement. The goal is to provide an overview of the pursuits cities are undertaking to ensure the sustainability, cohesiveness, and comprehensiveness of their Smart City strategies. City governments and policy stakeholders will benefit from this study’s holistic examination of the foundational areas for Smart City development. Vendors and solution providers benefit from understanding the range of initiatives cities are undertaking, as well as from gaining a well-rounded view of Smart City facets. To arrive at the cities profiled, the Smart City Scorecard examines 50 global cities through 2 Smart City filters: quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative filter considers indicators that gauge the effectiveness of Smart City initiatives by comparing current and past indicator measurements. These indicators are grouped into 4 categories: the circulation of goods and people, the quality of the lived environment, technology penetration level, and expansion of a knowledge economy. After quantitative filtering, the top 30 cities are assessed against VIG’s Smart City Maturity Model, which ranks cities on a 1 (ad hoc) to 5 (synergized) scale for governance, investment, data, Internet of Things (IoT) and platform, and business model maturity. The top 15 cities are then profiled within each of these maturity model areas, so that cities and vendors have a collection of initiatives that illustrate the perspective of leading Smart Cities. In addition, the study highlights innovative initiatives in each of the 8 Smart City verticals identified by Visionary Innovation: smart governance and education, smart energy, smart buildings, smart mobility, smart technology, smart infrastructure, smart healthcare, and smart citizens.
Published: Dec 15 2017 Mega Trends
The Pace of Innovation is Accelerating—Creativity, Passion, and Sacrifice are Needed to Keep Up
This study captures innovation trends from respondents from a variety of functional perspectives and organizational levels.
Published: Oct 05 2017 Market Insights
With each day of Trump’s presidency further disrupting the status quo, industries remain both excited and on edge. And while many headlines concentrate on what Trump’s presidency will mean for US manufacturing
Published: Mar 16 2017 Market Insights
This Best Practice Guidebook documents how Flex implemented a hardware incubation and acceleration program by establishing two internal organizations, Lab IX and ICE (Innovative, Connected, and Emerging), that help develop and mentor startups and bring first-generation products to market. The profiled company, Flex, is a global technological manufacturer, specializing in electronics manufacturing services.
Published: Feb 22 2017 Growth Team Membership
Stimulus Spending and Increasing Avenues of Choice to Spur Short-term Economic Growth
Donald Trump's ascendancy to President of the United States promises to bring big change for business. Controversial campaign rhetoric targeting topics as diverse as trade, deregulation, the environment, and healthcare coupled with Trump's long list of unconventional government appointees has created an environment of uncertainty. Citizens, businesses, and governments around the world are trying to separate the hyperbolic from the probable by asking what policies Trump will actually pursue and what preparations can be made. Trump's Impact on Future Business in the United States helps provide clarity. This study examines how President Trump’s top 10 policy areas will affect business and industries in the next 4 years. Policy areas include trade, immigration, tax reform, foreign policy and defense, deregulation, budget cuts, budget increases, healthcare, the Supreme Court, and wages and education. For each area, the study outlines Trump's campaign and current position, and provides a scenario of policy implementation. Discussions for each area highlight implications for business, as well as those industries (and in some cases, countries and citizen groups) most likely to win and lose. Key questions addressed include: • What are the economic, political, and social issues that will animate Trump’s administration and what is the probability of Trump’s administration being able to enact policy changes? • How should business prepare for Trump’s policy positions? • Who stands to gain and lose the most from implementation of likely scenarios? • What are the risks and opportunities that will arise as Trump’s policies converge? Key features include: • Extensive research covering 10 policy areas central to the Trump campaign and administration • Synthesis of research areas into the top 5 impacts for each area that business should be aware of • Summary of 5 Mega Scenarios showcasing how the convergence of policies will define the United States in the near term—each scenario has a central motif, key characteristics, and strategic perspectives Key topics include: • Trade: the North American Free Trade Agreement, trade with China, the US-Korean trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership • Immigration: Unauthorized immigration from Mexico, immigration from terror-prone nations, H-1B Visas • Tax reform: Individual tax restructuring, corporate tax restructuring • Foreign policy and defense: Russia reset, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, cyber terrorism • Deregulation: Environmental deregulation, financial deregulation • Budget cuts: The Penny Plan, environmental budget cuts • Budget increases: Infrastructure spending, defense spending • Healthcare: The Affordable Care Act, Medicare • The Supreme Court: A conservative tilt • Wages and education: Minimum wage, school choice, and Common Core The study time frame is from 2017 to 2020.
Published: Feb 09 2017 Mega Trends
Education is not immune to the digital transformation currently impacting most industries. Indeed, students and teachers alike are bringing new technologies into the classroom, resulting in creative, dynamic, and innovative approaches to learning
Published: Oct 19 2016 Market Insights
Survey of Solution Providers Offers Insights into Key Global Trends and the Future of Smart Cities
The Smart City movement continues to gain traction, with increasing connectivity and novel solutions joining forces to tackle urbanization's top challenges. As cities undertake Smart City initiatives, solution providers must develop offerings aligned with customer expectations, and city-customers must convey the motivators propelling and restraints impacting their projects. This study offers solution providers’ perspectives on current Smart City readiness and trends, including project intensity by region and revenue growth projections; top Smart City engagement challenges, city motivations, and project restraints; popular funding instruments; and predictions on technology innovations and future Smart City scenarios. The survey year is 2016.
Published: Sep 23 2016 Mega Trends
Recent headlines concerning the energy industry have concentrated primarily on the drop in oil and gas prices, now forecasted to last through at least the remainder of the year
Published: Mar 11 2016 Market Insights
The manufacturing industry is experiencing a renaissance, led by new technologies that are unleashing greater productivity, facilitating novel business models, and unlocking new business value.
Published: Mar 07 2016 Market Insights
In the words of Barack Obama, the US witnessed “a Christmas miracle” last Thursday: we passed a law with bipartisan support.  Although news of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has not garnered the same headlines as San Bernardino or Donald Trump’s latest antics, there’s good reason for us to pay attention. ESSA replaces the much maligned No C...
17 Dec 2015 Blog post
The 2008 documentary Man on Wire chronicles French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s legendary walk between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers shortly after their completion. Viewers lose themselves in Petit’s excitement, as he recounts (in dizzying detail) how he pulled off (and lived to tell of) “le coup.” The film happens to be on many “best o...
28 Apr 2014 Blog post
It’s March, which means that most of us have abandoned our New Year’s Resolutions. The primary reason seems to be our way of thinking. We know where we start, and we know where we want to end up, but most of the middle remains murky. So, armed with new running shoes (or Chantix or some fad diet), we embark on these endeavors, hoping that if we make...
18 Feb 2014 Blog post

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