Global Opportunities Abound
The U.S. and EU have traditionally represented the most attractive public-sector consulting markets. While this tate of affairs seems likely to continue, new consulting opportunities are emerging in other regions, and the
types of services in demand within the EU are shifting.
IBM Global Government Vice President Client Engagement
Riz Khaliq zooms through a diverse list of public sector engagement outside of the U.S. that his firm has recently conducted, including trash collection improvements in Madrid
and traffic-congestion reductions in Singapore.
Given the finite number of roads that the island nation can
build, Singapore is wisely optimizing its transportation infrastructure, enlisting IBM’s cognitive computing and consulting expertise to predict where traffic congestion will arise—in
plenty of time to redirect traffic before gridlock sets in.
The EU, and the UK in particular, have a growing need for
consulting help due to two recent forms of disruptions, both
major: Brexit and increased incidents of terrorism. “Brexit will
be a major driver of organizational change for UK public
sector organizations because so many government functions
were integrated with the European Union,” explains Matthew
Merker, senior analyst, lead for Industry Consulting Research
at ALM Intelligence.
“There is a need to disentangle those links, which will exist
for years. EU member clients will have similar, if perhaps less
intense, needs for organizational changes following Brexit.
Upcoming elections in other EU member countries could bring
about other unexpected changes.” —E.K.