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  • »Time To Simplify and Get Organized (Well, At Least Your Cloud Services)
    The practice of adding cloud services in silos and based on specific department needs often results in overlapping and many different contracts with the same vendors.
  • »Riding the Waves of Healthcare Risk
    The modern healthcare system is much like the ocean—stormy, choppy, and hostile at times, soothing, calm and inviting at others. For surfers, the more waves you go for, the more you will catch, and the more likely you’ll “wipe-out.”
  • »The Department of Defense Wants a New Mantra
    “Do more with less.” It’s become a tired refrain that U.S. Department of Defense leadership is all too familiar with hearing from all directions, whether it is their direct superiors, Congress, or the Executive.
  • »Things Go Wrong
    Things go wrong. Anyone who plays poker knows this. One moment you’re on the verge of a royal flush, and the next, you pull a six of diamonds, and you’re called. Things do indeed go wrong.
  • »The Next Big Thing
    Consultants are always looking for the next big thing, the innovation that will see clients storming through their gates, bypassing pesky procurement departments, and writing blank checks for the magic mousetrap that whitens and brightens and cleans windows, too.
  • »JP Morgan and The Whale: A Parable
    After a tumultuous period of banking hyper-regulation after 2008, no one would have suspected in 2012 that JP Morgan, the world’s largest bank, had ineffective controls in place that left the company flat-footed when its “rogue” trader had taken untenable, long-term positions on Credit Default Swaps.
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Travel Advisory

  • »Marriott Goes Big in NYC
    Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
  • »Best Places to Stay: Travel Bounces Back
    Consultants are on the road again, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
  • »FAA: ‘Staffing Challenges’ Causing Delays
    In case you haven’t noticed, non-weather related delays at U.S. airports are on the rise. (And I know you’ve noticed that weather-related delays are definitely on the rise.)
  • »Hilton’s Building Boom
    Coming off a whirlwind 2012, Hilton Worldwide is the fastest growing global hospitality company by number of rooms.
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Book It!

  • »Excerpt: Procurement as Productivity
    The following is an excerpt from the book Procurement 20/20: Supply Entrepreneurship in a Changing World by a quartet of McKinsey & Company consultants—Peter Spiller, Nicolas Reinecke, Drew Ungerman and Henrique Teixera.
  • »Review: The Risk-Driven Business Model
    Most companies focus their innovation on new products.
  • »Review: Lead Positive
    Today’s business leaders face intense pressure to deliver results in an uncertain, chaotic, and high-stress business environment.
  • »Review: Step Up
    No matter what your title or place in the organization chart, you have the potential to be a leader.
  • »The Three Rules
    Earlier this year, Deloitte Consulting’s Mumtaz Ahmed and Michael Raynor published The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think. The authors set out to answer what was, in their mind, the ultimate business question—how do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long haul?
  • »Thinking in New Boxes
    Creativity is key if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change, according to The Boston Consulting Group’s Luc De Brabandere and Alan Iny.
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This Week in the Profession

  • »KPMG Acquires Workday Consulting Practice from AXIA Consulting
    KPMG acquired the Workday Consulting Practice from AXIA Consulting, a provider of technology and business consulting services to local middle-market and Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
  • »EY Acquires Boston-based strategy firm, The Parthenon Group
    EY will acquire The Parthenon Group, a global strategy consultancy with 300 professionals in offices in Boston, London, Mumbai, San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore.
  • »IBM, Apple Partnership Aims to Transform Enterprise Mobility
    Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.
  • »KPMG acquires 2014 Seven Small Jewel winner Zanett Commercial Solutions
    KPMG Acquires Business and Technology Consulting Firm Zanett Commercial Solutions.
  • »EY Invests $500M in New Global Analytics Center of Excellence
    EY has established a Global Analytics Center of Excellence (COE) and will commit some $500m, multi-year investment to deliver transformational change to clients by combining analytics with business acumen, domain and functional skills.
  • »PwC Unveils Digital Services Business
    PwC announced the formation of its Digital Services business, with over 2,000 digital consulting professionals around the world committed to helping clients compete and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
  • »EY Adds Power and Utility with Five Points Partners
    Ernst & Young LLP announced Five Point Partners, LLC, a full-service consulting services firm serving the power and utility industry, has joined the EY organization in the U.S., Canada and Philippines.
  • »Cognizant Q1 Earnings Up 19.9%
    Cognizant First quarter revenue of $2.42 billion was up 19.9 percent from the year-ago period and up 2.8 percent from last quarter.
  • »KPMG Acquires Restructuring Advisory Firm, BBK
    KPMG has acquired a majority of the assets of BBK, a restructuring advisory firm.
  • »Mesirow Wins Award for Turnaround Work
    Mesirow Financial Consulting announced that The M&A Advisor has awarded it Turnaround Consulting Firm of the Year for the second year in a row.
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Consulting magazine Online Exclusives


  • »Executive On-Boarding
    Some 15 years ago, a study by the Center for Creative Leadership found that 40 percent of external hires failed in their new positions within 18 months. Today, data suggests that this number may be as high as a whopping 60 to 80 percent within 24 months.
  • »Pack Your Bags—The Move to the Cloud is on for Consulting Firms
    According to the soon-to-be-published IDC profitability survey of worldwide consulting firms, 3 out of 4 firms plan to implement a cloud solution in 2014. In fact, the cloud services market is expected to double from $45B to $95B in the next few years.
  • »Serving Up Corporate Data on a Silver Platter—Without Even Knowing It
    The fastest-growing security threat in the workplace right now is the spread of consumer-grade file sharing solutions. Some 600 million work files are saved by employees to Dropbox each week. 
  • »Use Journals to Introduce Culture and Accelerate Onboarding
    Maintaining our healthy company culture is a deeply held commitment for us at XPLANE, and we see onboarding as a critical part of that effort.
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Consulting magazine Interviews


  • »One on One with Cliff Consulting’s Kirsten Kuhlmann
    Assuming the role of President and Owner of a well-established consulting firm is a unique challenge. Kirsten Kuhlmann recently did just that at Oakland, Calif.-based Cliff Consulting.
  • »One on One with Accenture’s Stephen Rohleder
    Accenture has appointed Stephen Rohleder to lead its North America business, the firm’s largest market. Consulting sat down with Rohleder to talk growth opportunities, talent strategy and how the firm plans on grooming the next generation of consultants.
  • »One on One with 4i Consulting’s Eugene Roytburg
    With more than two decades of analytics and insight under his belt, Dr. Eugene Roytburg, managing partner and co-founder of Deerfield, Ill.-based 4i Consulting, knows a thing or two about helping clients wrap their heads around the influx of data companies are swimming in these days.
  • »One on One with Huron’s Jeff Jones
    A significant change is underway in the healthcare industry. New payment and care delivery models are forcing healthcare providers to actively seek out ways to improve quality of care while cutting costs and boosting revenue. This year was Huron’s fourth annual Healthcare CEO Forum, which gives industry leaders a chance to talk about these changes and how to adapt.
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Consultants on Consulting

Consultants on Consulting

  • »Six Keys to Consulting in the Middle Market
    For many consultants, working with large corporations has significant appeal. With the revenues of the Fortune 500 greater than 75 percent of U.S. GDP, the impact of big business on the economy is hard to overstate.
  • »Five Ways to Align to the C-Suite
    In my experience, real estate and facilities management (RE/FM) executives have not traditionally enjoyed as much access to or involvement with C-level leaders as our peers in finance, HR and IT. There is an old joke that asks how RE/FM leaders get a seat at the table for senior-level meetings, rather than simply providing the table.
  • »Negotiating for Higher Fees
    They say that doctors make the worst patients. Along those lines, consultants surely make the worst clients. Or, at least, the most difficult negotiators. Whether that’s true or not, I can vouch for the most difficult consulting contract negotiation I ever conducted being at the hands of Aaron Veshama, the COO of a Massachusetts-based consulting firm.
  • »Compliance Outsourcing—Differing Points of View
    Compliance risks and costs are on the rise. An increasingly complex regulatory environment is stretching many corporate compliance departments to the breaking point and sending the cost of compliance through the roof.
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Focus: Client Industries



  • »A Critical Condition
    Even amid some very good news, the state of healthcare remains in need of some pretty intensive care. Upheaval, transformation and disruption define the delicate and chaotic state of the industry. Can consultants find a cure?
High Tech

High Tech

  • »What's Next?
    As clients make the transition to be more data-intensive, experience-based enterprises, there’s a technology component to that change, but there’s also massive organizational and cultural transformation required. The consulting profession is going to have to adjust.


  • »A Seismic Shift
    Over the last three decades, developed economies have enjoyed the benefits of first-mover advantage in globalizing their operations, which has given a major shot in the arm to the West’s bottom line. Deloitte’s recent report, Business Trends 2014: The Next Wave of Globalization, shows leaders in the developing world are brimming with confidence that sunnier days are ahead.
Public Sector

Public Sector

  • »BCG: Universities Face Plethora of Challenges
    U.S. universities and colleges face an array of pressing challenges that require education leaders to act with unprecedented strategic clarity and vision in order to seize the opportunities that lie ahead, according to a new report released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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  • »Pushing Frontiers
    Unlocking the value in an organization’s data has moved to the forefront as businesses look to keep ahead of customer expectations and edge out the competition in obtaining new ones. According to a recent IBM study—entitled “Pushing the Frontiers” and based on findings from face-to-face conversations with 576 CFOs from around the world—the C-suite point person for integrating enterprise-wide data solutions is the CFO, and CFOs who better leverage a company’s data are finding higher levels of success than their non-data using counterparts.

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