#Digital strategist: Anticipating the path as emerging tech permeates, infuses and scales across consulting
As early as 2014, Technology Business Research, Inc. (TBR) noted that emerging technologies had begun to permeate management consulting, as strategy firms and old-school IT services vendors folded digital, cloud, analytics and even Internet of Things offerings into consulting engagements, pointing to a future of digital transformation. While total transformation may be years away, consultancies have fully infused emerging technologies into every engagement, including pilot projects around social listening, cost-cutting initiatives to move enterprise data to the cloud, and massive SAP upgrades onto analytics-based, all-in-one platforms. TBR sees the next two years as critical in this permeation-to-infusion shift to scale, even as consultancies face client pressure to stay focused on business, not technology, problems. The construction boom around client-centric, innovation-themed collaborative centers has laid the foundation for an overall boom in consulting — so who will benefit most?