Services Weekly Preview: November 19-21

Before we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday and recover from all that food on Friday, we will publish some of our periodic analysis of IT services vendors, management consulting profiles, and special reports. Here’s what’s coming:

Monday: TBR’s 3Q18 Booz Allen Hamilton full report will provide analysis on one of the federal market’s most forward-thinking and risk-taking services providers. While peers struggle to cultivate a relevant data science workforce, BAH aims to cement its advantage by leading the charge around data science standardization. Its fast-mover advantage enables BAH to set the rules and challenges competitors to fall in line. Such efforts support scalability of more mature capabilities while BAH continues to evolve by exploring new business models, investing in IP and delving into emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and directed energy.


  • TBR’s 3Q18 CACI full report examines how a traditional defense-led federal services contractor is adjusting to the incursion of commercial IT best practices into its core market areas. The report analyzes how these market disruptors can work to the advantage of a company like CACI, which is investing in software-defined open architecture systems in high-end defense technologies, such as electronic warfare and signals intelligence, to disrupt traditional military suppliers rooted in old procurement models focused on hardware-defined, proprietary and bespoke solutions.
  • In June we described BCG in our Management Consulting Benchmark as the best-positioned for acceleration among immediate peers, including McKinsey and Bain. Our new profile on the firm furthers that assessment, with a caveat the firm will need to retain talent, especially in emerging technology areas, to remain competitive, particularly with Big Four firms like PwC and EY.
  • Last week in Dallas we heard directly from Atos and the new Atos-Syntel leadership about the strategy and expectations for this multibillion-dollar, North America-centric acquisition. Our special report will detail why we think Atos’ renewed approach to the U.S. market will have a substantial impact on the company’s performance in the near term.

People, methodology and trust: PwC’s Tokyo Experience Center

Uncertainty, globalization and trust: How PwC suits the Japanese market

In describing PwC’s presence in Japan, firm leaders said professionals in the consulting practice make up 2,500 of 7,300 total at the PwC Japan firm, with the practice’s revenues growing more than 20% year-to-year.

Echoing sentiments expressed by PwC consulting leaders last month in New York City, the Japan-based team said systems integration (SI) work, currently earning approximately 20% of consulting revenues, would expand in coming years as the BXT model pulls through long-tail SI opportunities. Speaking more broadly about the Japanese market, PwC’s leaders noted that their own research revealed that Japanese companies believe the U.S. and China matter most with respect to overall growth, with the U.S. economy increasingly more important to Japanese companies than China’s economy. In addition, while global executives have cited overregulation, terrorism and geopolitical uncertainty as the top three threats to growth, Japanese executives are worried most about the availability of key skills, especially in digital and emerging technologies. Further rounding out the landscape, PwC’s Japan-based leaders said local companies have expressed a renewed interest in overseas M&A opportunities, in part due to saturation of the Japanese market. PwC leaders added that previous “misconduct” by acquired companies and overseas subsidiaries makes some Japanese companies nervous, causing them to exercise caution and restraint when considering potential acquisitions. Even after folding in cybersecurity issues and overall political and economic risk, plus the costs associated with post-merger integration, the M&A picture appears positive, but quietly so. Within this complete market environment, PwC’s local leaders, including Susumu Adachi, Consulting CEO (Japan); Yukinori Morishita, Group Markets leader; and Nobuaki Otake, Business Transformation lead partner, repeated the message that PwC’s expanding role in Japan revolved around trust—a familiar refrain from previous PwC Experience Center visits and analyst events in Miami, New York, Shanghai, Toronto, and Frankfurt, Germany.


On Oct. 3, PwC’s Tokyo Experience Center hosted its first-ever Analyst Day in Japan, marking a significant expansion of the firm’s BXT approach across the globe. Leading the event, Koichiro Kimura, PwC’s Japan group chairman and territory senior partner, outlined the firm’s growth and strategy in Japan as well as initiatives launched by both the Experience Center and the firm’s Data & Analytics (D&A) practice. PwC leaders and Japan-based clients rounded out the event with detailed examples of the firm’s relationships and work across multiple offerings, including cybersecurity, business process reengineering, artificial intelligence and change management.