The Changing Landscape in Consulting Puts Technology at the Heart of Every Engagement

LivingstonConCIt’s no secret—business is undergoing a sea change as mobile, cloud and analytics platforms spur radical transformations in the way enterprises operate. CIOs are embracing these technologies both to improve operational efficiency and to innovate ahead of the curve. At the same time, led by their experiences with consumer technologies and social media platforms, customer expectations have never been higher. Companies need to evolve in order to measure up. This digital disruption presents great opportunity for consulting firms, and they too are evolving.

Traditionally, business strategy dictated enterprise technology decisions—clients had strategic partners and execution partners. Now, technology is at the forefront. Business strategy is technology-enabled, and this is redefining success for consulting firms.

As enterprises seek to transform digitally, today’s successful consultants are those who have the technology accelerators, deep domain expertise and other assets to help organizations not only successfully map their journeys but to complete their transformations. In truth, few consulting firms find they excel at delivering the total package—strategy, technology and implementation—that can truly transform a client organization. Traditional standalone strategy consulting, disconnected from technology and deep implementation capabilities, is simply not sufficient today to meet enterprise transformation needs.

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