Global IT services revenue up 8.2 percent in 2008 – Gartner

by Editor 6/12/2009 10:50:00 AM
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The latest study from information technology consulting firm Gartner, Inc. shows that global IT services revenue rose 8.2 percent in 2008, to $806 billion, from $745 billion in 2007. IBM remains the worldwide market leader, with 7.3 percent of the global market share, followed by HP (4.8 percent), Accenture (2.9 percent), Fujitsu (2.5 percent), and CSC (2.1 percent).

Kathryn Hale, research vice president for Gartner’s worldwide IT services group, says: “Vendors had six to eight months of ‘business as usual’ in 2008 and then approximately four months encountering the beginning of the global economic downturn, featuring widespread cost restrictions and cost reductions. The only two segments of the market that grew less than forecast were IT management and process management. This is particularly surprising, because in economic hard times the potential cost savings from outsourcing usually keeps this market segment buoyant. However, apparently buyer hesitation to commit to the long-term requirements of outsourcing agreements took precedence in 2008.”

The full report - “Market Share: IT Services, Worldwide Rankings, 2008.” – is available on Gartner’s site

Worldwide IT Services Vendors by Revenue in 2008 (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

IBM – 58,891

HP – 38,584

Accenture – 23,732

Fujitsu – 20,432

CSC – 17,112

Others – 647,172

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Consulting Times – June 2009 issue

by Editor 6/12/2009 10:45:00 AM

The new issue of Consulting Times is now available at

The June topics include:

  • Management consultancy sector's quick response to recession
  • The Institute of Business Consulting (IBM) launchung 2009 IB Consulting Awards
  • Accenture changing location of incorporation from Bermuda to Ireland
  • A management consultant completing the toughest foot race on earth
  • Pay increases in consulting – the exception rather than the norm?
  • Global and UK businesses recession recovery forecast
  • PwC's hat trick at the National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2009
  • How to make a conference presentation work for you
  • Outsourcing confidence index rising to reignite industry

Read about these and more at Consulting Times.

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Accenture helps implement Amsterdam Smart City program

by Editor 6/9/2009 4:23:00 PM
IT consulting firm Accenture has been chosen by the City of Amsterdam to assist with the implementation of the ‘Amsterdam Smart City’ program and help create the first ‘intelligent city’ in the EU. The first phase of the project was launched on June 3.

The consultancy will collaborate with the Amsterdam Innovation Motor agency to conceive, implement, manage and assess each stage of the project. It will also be in charge of the data analysis and the integration of the smart-grid technology.

Amsterdam is a member of Accenture’s Intelligent City Network, which helps industry professionals exchange their experience and knowledge and connects city authorities and utilities across the globe committed to deploying smart electric grids.

The Amsterdam Smart City program entails the development and implementation of a number of feasible projects that will make it possible for the city to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the EU’s goals to significantly reduce energy usage and emissions by 2020.

The project will use a smart electric grid, smart meters, smart-building technologies and electric vehicles to reduce energy consumption in housing, commercial properties, public buildings and areas, and transportation. Smart grids are electricity distribution networks that combine traditional and new technology to manage the flow of energy more effectively and efficiently than previously possible.

The City of Amsterdam is the first city in the EU to deploy intelligent technology, such as smart grids, in its electricity distribution system.

Joke van Antwerpen, director of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor, said: “Amsterdam Smart City is closely linked to the Amsterdam Climate Program, which states clear climate goals for the City of Amsterdam to reduce carbon emissions and encourage change in the energy consumption of our citizens. We chose Accenture for its innovative thinking in helping city authorities and utilities come together in responding to climate change challenges, as well as its expertise in smart-grid and smart-metering technologies.”

Maikel van Verseveld, Accenture’s European lead for Smart Grids, added, “Because cities are the world’s major source of carbon emissions, they must play a leadership role in energy management and electricity consumption by uniting the private and public sectors. Accenture’s role is to facilitate this integration and to build and manage the intelligent infrastructure that will transform the urban environment.”

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InfoWorld names Top 25 Information Technology leaders of 2009

by Editor 6/5/2009 4:36:00 PM
Leading information technology web portal InfoWorld has selected the Top 25 CTOs of 2009 - information technology industry leaders who achieved exceptional results for their businesses.

InfoWorld honours chief technology officers who overcome significant challenges and use information technology as their main vehicle to deliver results for their companies. The Top 25 CTOs are also acknowledged for their management and leadership skills as well as their expertise in the field of IT.

This year's top IT industry leaders come from a wide range of sectors, from energy and insurance to beverages and cosmetics.

The 2009 InfoWorld CTO 25 Award winners are:

  • Anthony Abbattista, Allstate Insurance
  • Joseph Abidaoud, Direct Energy
  • Peter Balnaves, CVS Caremark
  • Jacquelyn Barretta, Con-way
  • Brian Cohee, Mixpo
  • Christopher Crowhurst, Thomson Reuters
  • Srini Devadas, Verayo
  • Roland Etcheverry, Champion Technologies
  • Kevin Flowers, Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • David Giambruno, Revlon
  • Stephen Herrod, VMware
  • Tom Keen, BlueStar Energy Services
  • Edwin Marcial, IntercontinentalExchange
  • Ross Mason, MuleSource
  • Wayne Mekjian, Wells Fargo
  • David Mercier, Johnson Controls
  • Andy Mulholland, Capgemini
  • Judith Spitz, Verizon Business
  • Adam Stanley, Aon
  • Erik Swan, Splunk
  • Paul Valle, Papa Gino's
  • Jeff VerHeul, AMD
  • Aber Whitcomb, MySpace
  • Jack Wilson, Amerisure
  • Brian Young, Creighton University

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