• 23-FEB-2017

Investment in IT imperative to remain competitive

PwC rated as a Vanguard Leader by ALM Intelligence for IT Strategy Consulting 

According to ALM Intelligence’s report, ‘IT Strategy Consulting,’ an IT strategy provides an organisation with a structured and long-term approach to determining how IT will support the business with strategic priorities. A main component of a successful IT strategy is clear communication and alignment between the business side and IT side of the organisation. Other key elements include a clearly defined list of priorities and improvement opportunities, a high-level plan for the identified initiatives (which
have been vetted and agreed upon), and transparency into resources and cost commitments.

The report goes on to say that “IT strategy consulting providers guide clients through the process of identifying a clear objective – through a series of assessments, workshops, and interviews – that aligns with and supports business goals. To complement this, providers lay out an IT design, organisational structures, processes, and a prioritised roadmap to support clients through their execution.

Commenting on the strengths of PwC, the report highlights that “PwC is outstanding in its ability to align technology investments with business priorities and educate clients on how technology can drive strategic advantage. The firm also excels in creating an IT roadmap that incorporates incentives for client success.”
PwC is identified as ‘best in class’ for Strategy and Project Management. In reference to Strategy, ALM states that “PwC’s Fit for Growth approach, which positions technology as a strategic driver and emphasises the incorporation of new management techniques (e.g., robotic process automation) to elevate resources to higher-value activities. This, coupled with the firm’s deep capabilities in defining business priorities, breaking down internal functional barriers, and building a business case, results in a strong ability to ensure alignment between the business and IT.”

For the Project Management capability area, ALM states highlights that “PwC seeks to provide clients with full transparency for their IT road maps by defining deep dives; delivering report cards on the progress; and ensuring that alignment, capacity models, client culture, and project management operations are accounted for as part of the overall IT plan.” 

Commenting on achieving the Vanguard rating, Dan Priest, Principal and Strategy&’s Technology Strategy leader said: "At a time when technology has become so integral to the way companies compete and win in the market, we are very excited to be recognised by ALM Intelligence as a leader in IT strategy.  It has been a privilege to serve some of the best companies in the world as they redefine their business strategies and competitive capabilities to take advantage of powerful new technology trends.  We remain committed to leading the thinking on technology strategy, and achieving extraordinary results with our clients."

*ALM Intelligence, formerly Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory. 

Notes
1. In today’s interconnected world, technology touches everything, and is disrupting how business gets done. Organisations must decide to transform now or evolve over time, but there is no option to sit still.  Find out more by visiting http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/technology-strategy
2. To find out more about how PwC has been evaluated by leading business, technology and industry analysts visit www.pwc.com/analystviews
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