The GCC Consulting Market
Consulting Market Programme 2016
By Fiona Czerniawska.
We’re only three months into 2017, but it’s already clear that the word of the year in consulting will be robotics.
It’s rapidly becoming—some would say has become—the catch-all phrase for the use of new digital technologies, including cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, to automate parts of the consulting process. It’s a huge opportunity: as a previous article on this blog argued, there are aspects of strategy consulting—to name just one example—that could be done better and more quickly by machines, leaving people to spend more time analysing and interpreting the data. But inevitably it’s also a challenge—or rather two challenges.
Blog | 29th March 2017 | Read more
By Julie Ahadi.
Researching clients’ views on the consulting industry in the GCC can sometimes feel a bit like falling through a rabbit hole: We don’t claim to have encountered any rabbits in waistcoats along the way, but much like Alice in Wonderland, we have, at times, felt as though we’ve entered into an alternate reality...
Blog | 14th March 2017 | Read more
By Alison Huntington.
There’s much to like about the German consulting market: high average revenues, greater availability of talent relative to other markets, and, at this time of year, the promise of glühwein and Christmas markets. OK, that last point isn’t one of the criteria in our market attractiveness index, but the DACH region (of which Germany is by far the largest part) has topped our ranking for two years running without even taking mulled wine into account
Blog | 1st December 2016 | Read more
What's everyone talking about within the financial services consulting market? Zoë Stumpf shares some findings from our recently published report.
By Edward Haigh.
That’s the deliberately slightly playful question we’ve been asking consulting leaders recently, as part of our research into what’s going on from a talent perspective. And it’s already elicited some interesting responses.
The one that caught my attention the other day was someone saying that they’d build more relationships with small specialist firms.
Blog | 24th November 2016 | Read more
Rachel Duk talks through the challenges in place for consulting firms and their clients within the energy & resources industry.
By Edward Haigh.
Tony Soprano, lead protagonist of the critically acclaimed HBO TV series, was a hardened criminal and brutal murderer. I liked him. I doubt I was alone.
I liked him because he was a family man who would come home from a day of hardened criminality and brutal murdering and try to do the best for his family. And then sit down in front of the TV with a bowl of ice-cream. I liked him because he was vulnerable.
In fact that vulnerability was sufficiently acute that it led him to the psychiatrist’s couch, confirming in the process both that America’s psychological problems extended to all corners of society, and that Americans really, really, like talking about themselves.
Blog | 6th October 2016 | Read more
The last few years have been among the busiest ever for M&A activity within the consulting industry. But the number of deals being done begs an important question: are they adding value?
Edward Haigh explores how data and analytics are changing the consulting industry and the extent to which clients are increasingly using consultants in two ways.
By Julie Ahadi
Let’s start with a predefined notion of “normal” from a western perspective:
Perhaps that’s the reason, therefore, that a video, showing an Arab man in traditional attire as described above, scaling multiple buildings in sandy (undisclosed) locations, went viral earlier this year. His speed and dexterity has earned him the nickname “Spiderman of the Gulf”. But, aside from the fact he was wearing the most inappropriate footwear–yes, sandals–is it that much of a big deal? A young, fit man with time on his hands and energy to burn choosing to climb a building or ten? It seems pretty standard for any–and all–silly antics to be filmed by your mates and uploaded onto YouTube these days. And that’s exactly what happened here. So it’s not the act so much as the circumstances–i.e., someone doing something which is completely at odds with our cultural stereotypes–that amuses us so.
Blog | 12th July 2016 | Read more
Fiona Czerniawska, author of this report, talks us through her thoughts on what is a main trend in consulting this year.
By Julie Ahadi.
There is an Arabic proverb (Lebanese, in fact) that goes: “He who wants to eat honey should endure the stings”. We suspect that a fair proportion of consultants in the GCC may benefit from reminding themselves of this mantra in the days and months ahead as the impact of low oil prices play themselves out.
Blog | 16th May 2016 | Read more