Cognitive Consulting: IBM’s Ismail Amla on the firm’s power to effect change in a changing world

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Ismail Amla is Managing Partner, IBM Global Services, North America, IBM’s professional services division and the world’s largest consulting organization. In this capacity, Amla sets the strategic direction of the GBS team—the first cognitive consulting practice—as it engages with corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. He joined IBM because it was a place where he’d have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the world. Eight months in, he’s well on his way. Consulting recently caught up with Amla.

Consulting:  Can you talk a bit about the transition to IBM and what you’ve been up to since arriving eight months ago? 

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