• 03-NOV-2016

Is data still king?

PwC rated as a Vanguard Leader by ALM Intelligence*

According to ALM Intelligence’s report ‘Analytics Enablement Consulting,’ data might be king, but real value lies in information and insight extracted from the data that enables companies to make quicker, smarter, and better informed decisions. With the introduction of and growth in the adoption of cloud and connected and smart devices, new universes of data are now possible to collect, manipulate, and share with ease in real time. This, coupled with pressure from consumers to provide better, faster, more convenient, and personalised experiences and services, is driving organisations across industries to invest in and build out their own sustainable analytics capabilities.

Commenting on the capabilities of PwC, the ALM report comments that:

• PwC places great emphasis on helping its clients understand how analytics can be used to create value for their businesses and accelerate their paths to value. To aid with this, the firm uses its Data & Analytics Experience Centers, where the client can watch demonstrations and test innovation concepts that are specific to their industries and problems.
• The firm accelerates value delivery by combining its analytics apps/platforms, data services, and on-demand data & analytics environments to quickly pilot, prove the value, and deploy working solutions for clients. Additionally, the firm has invested heavily in working with clients to develop their skills, which includes PwC’s Data Analytics Academy.
• The academy has curriculum as well as certificate and mentor programs for clients – this includes a new PwC Coursera offering: Data-driven Decision Making. The firm excels in analytics IT design advisory, where its expertise includes assessing the client’s current tools and technologies, and creating an unbiased IT design that integrates seamlessly with current systems.
• In PwC’s Analytics Experience Centers and innovation pilots, emerging technologies and analytics techniques are used to seek out new and best uses.

ALM highlights PwC’s strengths stating that “PwC brings clients a well-rounded and robust analytics enablement consulting portfolio that is anchored in its ability to solve a business problem, identify growth opportunities, and integrate advanced and innovative techniques and technologies. PwC’s Data & Analytics Experience Centers are an asset in exploring and demonstrating new and advanced methods and approaches to analytics.” 

Commenting on achieving the Vanguard Outright Leader rating, Gerard Verweij, Global Data and Analytics leader, said: “PwC has long recognised the need to support our clients with analytics and insights to support Big Decisions faster and better especially with rapid technological changes, the proliferation of data and increased competition that our clients are faced with. We are committed to supporting our clients by taking advantage of today's and tomorrow's technology and comprehensive datasets to unlock possibilities and help them make better and faster decisions. We are thrilled that ALM has recognised our commitment, investment and differentiated capabilities and positioned PwC as a Outright Leader in this new research. This combined with PwC's recognition as Outright Leader in ALM's Data Management research published in August demonstrates our strength across Data and Analytics.” 

*ALM Intelligence, formerly Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory. 

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