Charles Orton-Jones

Charles Orton-Jones

Former Professional Publishers Association Business Journalist of the Year, he was editor-at-large of LondonlovesBusiness.com and editor of EuroBusiness magazine.

Articles from Charles
LEGISLATION

Soon your internet history may be public

New government legislation ushers in an era of internet surveillance which will impact individuals and organisations

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The business benefits of AI

Graduating from gimmicks on TV game shows and playing board games, artificial intelligence engines are now looking for jobs in business

KEYBOARD PRODUCTIVITY

Keyboards that boost your productivity

They may often come as a default, factory-standard model, but the keyboard to your computer can determine how productive you are

FUTURE WORKFORCE

How to attract top talent to engineering

Manufacturing has suffered an image problem which has resulted in a shortage of engineers needed to take UK industry forward, but things might now be changing

SERVICE MODEL

Why manufacturers are becoming service providers

Manufacturers that service their products after sale or on a rental basis are in the vanguard of a trend which can revitalise the sector

OVERVIEW

Exporters battling on despite Brexit

Brexit may be among the biggest challenges the UK has faced in modern times, but there are also export opportunities waiting to be seized

TRADE BARRIERS

Estonia – Saving UK businesses from Brexit doom?

Brexit and possible trade barriers thrown up against UK companies is a vexing problem which could be solved by becoming an e-resident of Estonia

OVERVIEW

Why employees should care about the corporate treasurer

When times get tough, there’s one job that comes into its own – the treasurer who can make or break a company

ENTERTAINMENT

Like 3D? Virtual reality video will blow your mind

Virtual reality offers a different view of cinema, TV and online video, but requires a rethink of traditional storytelling to make it work

PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS

Predictive analytics are valuable if interpreted with care

Forecasting sales with predictive analytics is a valuable business asset, but must be used with care and in-depth understanding

TOMORROW’S WORKFORCE

Professional development is key to advancing your career

Future-proofing your career is a tough call, but continuous learning and professional development is a good, if not essential, place to start

BREXIT

Churchillian resolve to beat hospitality's Brexit blues

Weighing up the pros and cons of Brexit for the hospitality industry underlines the need for a robust response to seize opportunities and deal with the drawbacks

CAPITALISING ON CATASTROPHE

10 organisations that turned possible disaster into opportunity

Who says a crisis has to be a catastrophe? Sometimes it can be a springboard to reach new heights. Here are ten examples of how organisations faced major challenges and thrived

BIG AND SMALL

How big businesses can learn agile methodology from startups

Bigger enterprises need to learn from small startups and even steal their innovative agile methods to stay in contention

OVERVIEW

Brexit could mean more offshore deals for outsourcing

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union could impact the outsourcing sector more than most, but early signs are of a robust response

OUTSOURCING TRENDS

Six trends shaping the outsourcing industry

Outsourcing is expanding across the globe, striving for new heights of efficiency and accountability. Here are six top trends reshaping the industry

OVERVIEW

The need to base business decisions on data not intuition

Experience and intuition are valuable assets, but increasingly business leaders are waking up to the need to base decisions on data and analytics

TELEPRESENCE

Staying in touch with video-calling

Businesses can unify diverse locations with upmarket video-calling, which brings management or executive teams together, seemingly in the same room

AVOIDING MISTAKES

Customer experience: learning from screw ups

Examples of poor customer experience abound, but you can learn from other people’s mistakes

BUSINESS OF LAW

It's time for law firms to get down to business

Implementing management efficiencies may seem daunting, but law firms have much to gain, not least growth and profits, from a more “professional” approach to business

TOP TEN

Top 10 digital technologies the boss should know about

The technological landscape is changing shape faster than ever and it can be hard to navigate, so here’s a helpful guide to the future...

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

On the road to more tech innovation

Further along the road than other sectors, car manufacturers are blazing a technology trail for others to follow

MECHANICS

The Formula E car broken down

The chassis and battery are standard, but for season two Formula E has opened up development of the car’s other components to the teams’ engineers

RETURNS

Can you wish for happy returns?

Dealing with returns can be a logistical headache and can hit profits hard, but a clear strategy can help ease the pain

INSURANCE

Are you insured against the right risks?

Insurance can be a minefield through which businesses tiptoe unaided at their peril, but help is at hand

GLOBAL CONSUMER

Data software can open doors for Britain’s exporters

Britain needs to boost exports as its trade gap grows ever-wider, but the good news is the technology to help firms research overseas markets and land sales is out there

AGILE

Time for CIOs to deploy agile methods

Agile working holds great potential for chief information officers who, once converted, are unlikely to turn back

LITIGATION

Is litigation worth the expense and emotional cost?

Litigation can be unpredictable, the financial cost is uncertain and there is also an emotional price to pay if things get personal

DIGITAL MEGAPROJECTS

8 lessons from digital megaprojects

Digital megaprojects are the biggest challenges a project manager can face. Here are four smash-hit successes and four dismal failures, with the lessons to be learnt…

BIG DATA

Big data: the next big thing in project management

Although project managers have yet to embrace wholeheartedly the power of big data, early adopters can grab the advantage

TEN TOP PERKS

The top 10 perks: naps, yoga and sound therapy...

Company cars and bowls of fruit may be underwhelming. How about giving staff something that will really fire them up, such as yoga and sound therapy or comedy nights and mind-blowing parties? Here are ten unusual benefits which really deliver…

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Flexible working for more productive employees

Allowing employees to work when and where they like makes for contented staff and benefits the business often at little or no cost to the company

OFFICE OF THE FUTURE

What will the future office look like?

Places where we work in the future may not resemble the offices of today, but they will all aim to get the best from employees

SECURITY

IoT security still stuck in the dark ages

Safeguards surrounding the internet of things need to be tightened up if hackers are to be stopped from hijacking a tech revolution

PARTNERS

Creating two-way traffic with F1 partnership deals

Consumer and business-to-business brands that partner with Formula 1 teams pay big bucks and get different types of bang for their money

DETECTION

Catching hackers is not getting easier

Law enforcement agencies are fighting a tough battle against hackers, who cover their tracks and hide in cyberspace to carry on hacking, but the bad guys can make mistakes and there have been arrests and successful prosecutions

CULTURE

Managing cultural change engages staff and boosts morale

Company culture is a cornerstone of business success as staff sign up to an agreed way of working, improving employee wellbeing and the bottom line, but change must be carefully managed

CULTURE

Top 5 ways to improve company culture

Company culture is a cornerstone of business success as staff sign up to an agreed way of working, improving employee wellbeing and the bottom line, but change must be carefully managed

TOP TIPS

Team-building 101

A team-building exercise can meld individual employees into a cohesive unit with shared goals, strategy and even sense of humour. But what’s the best way to do it?

STARTUP STORIES

Top 10 UK alternative finance stories

Hotshot companies need liquid cash – here’s how ten of Britain’s fastest growers got the capital they needed to expand business and thrive

HYBRID MODELS

Hybrid cloud: the best of both worlds

The cloud is soaring in popularity, yet a significant number of firms are sticking with an on-premises set-up to work alongside it, preferring a hybrid model which is now the dominant approach

STARTUPS

Disruptive startups set to make billions

The UK is fast becoming an incubator for startup companies with the potential to disrupt business models and make a fortune

10 TOP APPLICATIONS

10 key sectors using virtual reality technologies

Virtual reality could be as big for businesses as e-mail. From city planning and luxury cruises to collaborative engineering and data presentations, here are 10 top areas being revolutionised by VR

MOVIE REALITY

Bring the Harry Potter films to life

Harry Potter fans have rewarded Warner Bros.’ decision to open a UK studio tour which turns the blockbuster movies into reality

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Immersing visitors in a new reality

Augmented and virtual realities are transforming theme parks into high-tech immersive experiences

BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

Companies are reaping the benefits of AI

Powerful artificial intelligence is now cheap, simple and a natural fit for business

OVERVIEW

Revealing the added value of outsourcing

Despite challenges, notably from in-company automation, outsourcers have the opportunity to up their game and expand

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

Outsourcing now offers creative solutions

Outsource providers can turn their hand to almost anything, delivering specialist expertise on demand

VALUATION

How to value a business

By consensus there seems to be no exact science of business valuation, but there are strong pointers to follow

TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

Top 8 tech trends for the future workplace

Bold new technologies reshaping work are either already with us or within touching distance. Here are eight rampant trends your company needs to deal with

GENERAL COUNSEL

Now lawyers are strategic advisers

In-house general counsels are facing diverse challenges as demands on their expertise rise, with increased regulation in the wake of the financial crash, along with the need to create value

MOST INFLUENTIAL BRITONS

21 Brits changing the world

From starring on YouTube to discovering the elemental source of matter in the universe, Brits are at the top. Here are Raconteur’s 21 most influential British men and women, each with an extraordinary power to shape minds and lives around the globe

TOP TIPS

10 lessons from startups

Fearless, inventive and insanely ambitious, startups bristle with virtues and lessons worth learning. Here are ten startup tips companies of all sizes can gain from

CHANGING COURSE

Pivot your business strategy to thrive long-term

When business stagnates or a newcomer steals your market, agile thinking and swift action can save the company. Case studies from William Hill and BT

INNOVATION

Fresher food and safer medicine – packaging steps up its game

Necessity is truly the mother of invention in the packaging industry as fresh demands trigger innovation

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

21st century business learning adapts to workforce needs

Companies are employing intranet learning to educate, train and develop employees, thereby raising standards as well as morale

EXPORTING

Why are you waiting to sell abroad?

The UK is bursting with wonderful stories of owner-managed companies selling around the world, proving there really are no obstacles to exporting

REFORM

Is it time for radical reform of UK IP law?

Does the UK intellectual property and patent regime need a shake-up? Does it do the job or is it unfit for purpose?

TECHNOLOGY

New technologies for exporters

Companies wanting to export are spoilt for choice when it comes to technology which can ease the journey into overseas markets

LOYALTY

No brand gets worshipped by accident

It is possible to make customers love your brand, but only if you listen and give them what they really want

ENTERPRISE TOP TEN

Top wearables across 10 key sectors

Useful applications of wearable technology are multiplying fast as innovators across numerous sectors find lucrative ways of putting the tech to work. Here are ten of the best...

FINANCIAL SERVICES FRAUDSTERS

The UK's top financial tricksters

High-profile cases of financial fraud may help to piece together an identikit picture of criminals who cheat their way to riches – and end up in jail

COLLABORATIVE WORKPLACE

Top collaboration tools uniting employees

Connecting people with innovative technology can not only increase return on investment, it boosts staff morale

CONTACT CENTRES

Tweeting and texting your way to better customer service

Unified communications are transforming contact centres and improving customer experience as more and more are providing a multi-channel service

TRENDS

7 global project management trends

As the value of project management is increasingly recognised in both the private and public sectors, what are the emerging global trends crucial to project delivery?

TECHNOLOGY

Top tools for project managers

Project managers are inundated with software systems, apps and add-ons to make their lives easier

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Why qualitative research is as needed as ever

It may be lo-tech compared with the hi-tech analysis of big data, but qualitative research remains a valued voice in marketing

DATA LIMITATIONS

Learning to expect the unexpected in business

Predictive analysis is a great way to extract trends from data, but some events are simply unpredictable

SECURITY

Beware household gadgets that can take control and 'spy' on you

Makers of connected devices for the internet of things must focus on security to protect consumers’ privacy

STARTUPS

Unicorn hunting among the startups

The internet of things presents a prime opportunity for newcomers to make their billion-pound fortunes

BREAKTHROUGHS

Ten breakthroughs in the internet of things

It takes clever companies to work out how technology can change a sector - it's often not obvious until someone releases a product. Raconteur charts ten of the top breakthroughs in the internet of things so far

OVERVIEW

Data analytics defines and decides business

It is not only labour-saving and cost efficient, the predictive power of data analytics can drive business forward

CUSTOMER FULFILMENT

Delivering customers into the world of choice

Delivery of goods bought online is in the throes of a shake-up as more customer-friendly options are becoming available

INTANGIBLES

Don't overlook your intangible assets

Business assets, such as key personnel and brand value, along with damage from cyber attacks, are difficult to quantify – and are strikingly underinsured by risk managers

APP DEVELOPMENT

Creating apps without coding skills

Cloud-based drag-and-drop app building tools are described as digital LEGO, but what business benefits do they offer?

CLOUD SERVICES

10 cloud services on offer

Available on demand via the internet, cloud services offer a comprehensive business menu

EXPORTING

Exports make business stronger

As UK exports show worrying signs of a slowdown, the government is anxious for smaller businesses to venture overseas

OVERVIEW

The smart tech revolution

The genie is out of the bottle and there’s no going back as smart technology develops into an unstoppable revolution without end

OVERVIEW

Reinvent or die in a ruthless world

No business, no matter how big or established, can afford to stand still for fear of becoming yesterday’s news

TECHNOLOGY

Tech to tell you if staff are happy

Clever use of technology can monitor staff morale and improve their performance

CREATIVE BENEFITS

10 ways to build a successful team

Bespoke benefits can bring loyalty and build teamwork more effectively than cash bonuses – so here are ten schemes making a difference in successful businesses

OVERVIEW

Devising a strategy to grow top talent

An unfamiliar role to some, a chief talent officer may be what your company is looking for to champion staff development

RETENTION

Seven ways to keep your staff

Need to keep your employees fizzing with enthusiasm? Charles Orton-Jones has some tried-and-tested methods for keeping staff happy and loyal

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Factory of the future

New technologies that will shape manufacturing for the next two decades are already here

SOFTWARE

Growth of E-discovery

E-discovery and e-disclosure have been embraced by the law, but which is the best software and what is left to learn?

OVERVIEW

Rehab is vital for the vulnerable

When people break down through mental or physical illness and injury, help must be at hand

ADDICTION

For the love of charlie...

Raconteur considers the range of treatments available for psychological dependency

CELEBRITY

Fame, fortune and facelifts

Celebrities using or endorsing rehab has helped dispel possible stigma, but the rehabilitation industry may sometimes suffer as a result

NEW TECHNOLOGY

Top 5 tech revolutionising supply chain

Raconteur reviews top technologies which are transforming the supply chain

OVERVIEW

Outsourcing is new normal

Once almost a dirty word, outsourcing has proved doubters wrong and offers businesses the opportunity to grow and prosper

ANALYSIS

Mobile's hidden world of outsourcing

The world of outsourcing is largely hidden from consumers who benefit from the combined expertise of providers

Q&A

Quickfire Q&A: Why do you outsource?

Raconteur asks Christian Corney, commercial director at Goodmans, a British hi-fi and electronics brand dating back to 1923, why the company outsources so many core functions?

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

Is outsourcing healthy for the NHS?

Opponents of outsourcing in the NHS are passionate in their criticism of private-sector involvement

OVERVIEW

Learn, adapt or steal a strategy

Effective business strategy can trigger explosive growth and need not always be complex

INNOVATION

Is 'Innovation' overrated?

It is the most overused term in business and innovation also has a darker, underexplored downside

Q&A

Questioning innovation

Mat Shore is an innovation consultant with Outside In, helping brands such as Coca-Cola, GE, Philips and Citrix develop new products. Charles Orton-Jones asked him why he’s so sceptical about innovation

OVERVIEW

Why should you go global?

Businesses that boost exports and open offices abroad grow faster than those who stay at home, writes Charles Orton-Jones

CONSUMER

Will there be a 3D printer in every home?

Sales of consumer 3D devices are low and there are challenges ahead. But the consumer sector may just have sorted out its problems, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

PACKAGING TRENDS

From shelf to shopping basket

The supermarket is a warzone with thousands of brands fighting for sales. Charles Orton-Jones shows how a brand can win the battle and seize shoppers’ attention

LUXURY GOODS

Luxury packaging sets the pace

They showcase the latest techniques in packaging. So what is the luxury goods industry telling us right now? Charles Orton-Jones reports

PERSONALISATION

Personalising the customer experience

Offering the same old customer experience is becoming obsolete. What consumers want is a personalised service, tailored to meet their individual desires, budget and mindset. As Charles Orton-Jones discovers, it is possible to offer a unique experience to each and every customer, no matter what sector a business operates in

CULTURE

Robots, smart drugs and stand-up meetings

Charles Orton-Jones realises it’s impossible to predict the future, but sees some pointers showing the possible direction of work culture to come

OVERVIEW

Change to survive and grow

The UK must transform traditional, slow-moving firms into fast-track, agile companies, writes Charles Orton-Jones

CLOUD

Business growth via the cloud

Moving to the cloud is a fast way to accelerate business growth without crippling costs, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

EMERGING SECTORS

Turning gadgets into must haves

From sleep-forecasters on babies to invisibility cloaks for battlefield warriors, Charles Orton-Jones has the technologies changing three big-money industries

ANTI - FRAUD STRATEGY

The elements of a counter fraud policy

To fight fraud you need an official policy or programme. But what should go in it? Charles Orton-Jones has the answer

SOCIAL MEDIA

Selling via Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are powerful selling tools. Charles Orton-Jones knows how to get the most from them

SOFTWARE

Tech to crack complex projects

There are dozens of fabulous software packages for project management, but which one is right for you? Charles Orton-Jones offers a guide

INFRASTRUCTURE

Big challenges from big data

What do you need to be a big data power-user? Thank mercy the answers to that are clearer than even a year ago. The industry is consolidating and tweaking tools so that even the most nervous of firms can start dabbling with big data. Charles Orton-Jones details what you need to know

OVERVIEW

How IoT is changing our lives

The internet of things is changing the way we live as machines, objects and animals are communicating through cyberspace, writes Charles Orton-Jones

FUTURE

10 trends in the internet of things

From in-vivo sensors to the rise of China, Charles Orton-Jones spots ten trends and applications making the internet of things (IoT) arguably the world’s most exciting technology

SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES

Never leave customers waiting

Innovative methods of payment can drive growth among smaller businesses, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

OVERVIEW

Innovation and transformation

Standing still in business is not an option if you want to nurture and sustain growth, writes Charles Orton-Jones

BUSINESS GOALS

Staff opinion drives firms forward

Keeping staff happy is good for business, but involves more than pay rises, as Charles Orton-Jones discovers

OVERVIEW

Forecast is good with new cloud

Bespoke app development on the cloud is something new that forecasters predict has a bright future, writes Charles Orton-Jones

FUTURE OF E-DISCLOSURE

No more paper trails to trial...

Disclosure of electronically stored information can be a time-consuming and costly exercise unless technology is on your side, writes Charles Orton-Jones

OVERVIEW

Jobs better done by someone else

Outsourcing can offer specialist expertise, economies, flexibility, security and, not least, innovation, writes Charles Orton-Jones

OVERVIEW

Valuing power of UK creativity

The UK has migrated to a knowledge economy, but too few businesses value their intellectual property, from original ideas to brand recognition, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

CULTURE

Culture where risk is understood

Risk cannot be eliminated in business, but nurturing the right management culture can keep it under control, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

Q&A

Better quality risk management

Charles Orton-Jones asks Mike Power, professor of accounting at the London School of Economics, what businesses and regulators could do better to manage risk

HUMAN FACTOR

People are 'wet' with security

Charles Orton-Jones explores ways to strengthen cyber security in the face of human weakness

CREATIVE BENEFITS

Benefits are more than a pay rise

What works better? Pay rises or more intangible, creative perks? A study by Ixaris of 4,800 employees in the UK, United States, France, Canada and Germany found 70 per cent said they regarded cash bonuses as the same as salary, suggesting there is no additional value. So it is worth researching non-cash alternatives, which can excite, engage and motivate employees, writes Charles Orton-Jones

FUNDING

Finance from the in-crowd

New sources of finance are available for innovative companies who want to expand and create jobs, writes Charles Orton-Jones

ENTREPRENEURS

Making it yourself

Contrary to common perceptions, manufacturing offers opportunities for motivated entrepreneurs with a good product to make and sell, as Charles Orton-Jones discovers

GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

With a little help from my Whitehall friends

For the adventurous, there is sometimes financial help to be found in unlikely places, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

COLLABORATION

5 areas to drive competitive advantage

Charles Orton-Jones finds five areas where, without you realising it, a well-managed supply chain can drive competitive advantage

OVERVIEW

Eco-race for eye-catching exteriors

Innovative packaging doesn’t have to cost the Earth and can brighten up the dullest displays, writes Charles Orton-Jones

OVERVIEW

Nurture talent to grow

Investing in people by encouraging and enabling innovative staff development is key to business success, writes Charles Orton-Jones

BEST PRACTICE

7 doesn't have to be lucky

Want to turn your rabble of yawning shirkers into an elite squad of motivated over-performers? Then try these seven simple tips, each drawn from exceptional corporate environments by Charles Orton-Jones

RESILIENCE

Know the signs of stress

Pressure of work can push you to the limit, but there are ways of coping, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

OVERVIEW

Be inspired by UK export success

Dismiss the doubters, banish negative thoughts, get out there and export, writes Charles Orton-Jones

DISTANCE AND ONLINE EXPORTS

Exporting without a local office

Exporting doesn’t have to involve buying costly properties and hiring staff abroad, as Charles Orton-Jones discovers

OVERVIEW

Turning big data into big ideas

The massive increase in collection of data, particularly information on spending and consumption, is set to change the world. Charles Orton-Jones takes a glimpse of the future

UNSTRUCTURED DATA

Computers with a sense of humour?

Computers are learning about sarcasm, spotting the difference between English and American, and getting to grips with previously undecipherable data, writes Charles Orton-Jones

OVERVIEW

Myths holding the UK back

Innovation is the key to unlocking business confidence and growth, writes Charles Orton-Jones

CROWDSOURCING

Social set is new in-crowd for ideas

Mobilising the collective brain power of consumers is transforming business innovation, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

OVERVIEW

Innovating in ever-faster world

The pace of change is quickening as successive technological breakthroughs accelerate innovation, writes Charles Orton-Jones

DISRUPTION

Handling disruptive technologies

Newcomers with innovative technologies can steal markets and leave established companies high and dry, so executives must be forward-thinking and ready to change course, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

OVERVIEW

A cloudy start for business promises a bright future

A nebulous concept for some, the cloud is clearing away limitations for smaller businesses that need bigger computing power, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

ADVANTAGES

The sky is the limit for cloud services

It is still early days for the cloud and over time its lure will surely only grow, writes Charles Orton-Jones

PROFESSION

Project managers worth their weight in gold

The debate rages whether project management is a profession in its own right, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Cost-effective tweets and posts make millions

Savvy business use of social media can result in a healthy return on investment, writes Charles Orton-Jones

COLLABORATION

Unlikely partners in payments?

Big names in the payments and technology sectors are teaming up in the cause of interoperability and good business sense, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

OVERVIEW

More than merely accessing a service

Case studies reveal positive success stories which belie outsourcing’s negative public image, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

COST

It’s the economy, dummy… saving cash is a matter of fact

Expertise, convenience and capacity are all reasons for outsourcing, but Charles Orton-Jones looks at another, perhaps more significant, driver – cost

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSTS

City nerds have taken over the trading universe

Charles Orton-Jones traces the rise of a new breed of City computer geeks who prefer algorithms to champagne and Lamborghinis

EUROZONE

In the unwanted event of apocalypse now in Europe

Charles Orton-Jones looks at ways of hedging against the worst possible scenario in crisis-torn European money markets

ROUNDTABLE

Question of future of payments

Charles Orton-Jones leads a discussion among four industry leaders on latest developments and the shape of things to come

BUSINESS

Mastering rules, regulations and taxes will pay off

Red tape and taxes could be discouraging, but as Charles Orton-Jones discovers, these are obstacles which can be overcome

INTRODUCTION

Partners can deliver more for less

Outsourcing can free up a company to concentrate on what it does best while delegating business functions to partners who are experts in their field, writes Charles Orton-Jones

OUTLOOK

Economy adapting to ‘new normal’?

As a period of low interest rates looks like coming to an end, businesses could find it harder still to secure finance, warns Charles Orton-Jones

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