OASIS members form committee to advance Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) as an open standard

by Editor 11/18/2008 3:48:00 PM
IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Alfresco, Booz Allen Hamilton, EMC, Magnolia, Nuxeo, Open Text, Quark, SAP, Saperion, Vamosa, Vignette, and others collaborate to enable information sharing across Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Repositories

The international open standards consortium, OASIS, has formed a new group to standardize a Web services interface specification that will enable greater interoperability of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems.

The new OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Technical Committee will advance an open standard that uses Web services and Web 2.0 interfaces to enable information to be shared across Internet protocols in vendor-neutral formats, among document systems, publishers and repositories, within and between companies.

"CMIS offers new potential for write-once, run-anywhere content," said Mary Laplante, senior analyst at The Gilbane Group. "Companies want the best solutions for their business applications. In reality, this means multiple CM systems and the resulting need for integration. Companies still spend significant time and money connecting heterogeneous repositories. CMIS offers the promise of dramatically reduced IT burden associated with maintaining custom integration code and one-off integrations."

With CMIS, users do not need unique applications to access each ECM repository. Application development and deployment are much faster and more efficient. The specification provides easy mapping to existing ECM systems. Web technologies, including Web 2.0, Internet scale, service-orientation and resource-orientation, are all exploited in CMIS.

"CMIS will help rapidly grow the industry for both vendors and independent software vendors (ISVs), while protecting customers' investments in applications and repositories. The specification makes it possible to build applications capable of running over a variety of content management systems. This will foster the growth of a true ECM ecosystem and the overall ECM market." said Al Brown of IBM, convener of the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee.

The CMIS draft specification was created by IBM, Microsoft, and EMC. After successfully shepherding the specification through its incubation phase with Alfresco, Open Text, Oracle, SAP and others, the vendors selected OASIS as the most effective venue for advancing CMIS through the open standardization process.

"The OASIS CMIS Technical Committee will define both a common model for content management functions, and a set of widely-usable service bindings, all based on input both from the early draft's beta testers, and our broad international community of software developers, systems integrators, and users," said James Bryce Clark, director of standards development at OASIS. "The OASIS CMIS Technical Committee will coordinate open standardization of the specification and promote implementation to optimize the usefulness and extensive adoption of this work."

Participation in the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee remains open to all interested parties. Archives of CMIS work will be accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS will offer a mechanism for public comment.

Support for CMIS

IBM

"We are proud to continue this effort at OASIS with the help of the community. We are clearly putting the needs of all customers first in this important technology area. We have worked hard to develop a standard that continues IBM's efforts to leverage the principles of SOA and Web 2.0 interfaces to benefit the industry as a whole," said Ken Bisconti, vice president, products and strategy, IBM Enterprise Content Management.

Microsoft

"Customers tell us they want solutions that promote interoperability and developer innovation while expanding consumer choice, not product uniformity. CMIS embraces Web services and current ECM protocols to help customers take their content management investments to the Web 2.0 era. The new specification will address customer needs to ease the IT burden around multi-vendor, multi-repository environments and applications," said Jeff Teper, corporate vice president of the Office Business Platform, Office SharePoint Server Group at Microsoft.

Oracle

"Oracle is pleased to be participating in the OASIS standards committee effort on the newly submitted Content Management Interoperability Specification (CMIS). The ability to access content and digital assets in an efficient and standards-based way is directly in line with the Oracle Fusion Middleware hot-pluggable strategy. CMIS will help Oracle, our customers and partners better leverage enterprise content management," said Don Deutsch, vice president Standards Strategy and Architecture, Oracle.

Alfresco

"Content Management has needed a standard like CMIS for at least a decade. We believe CMIS will be to the ECM market what SQL has been to the database market. Major corporations today need to integrate content from multiple repositories and develop applications that can run against multiple ECM systems. With the advent of CMIS the reality of write-once, run anywhere is here at last," commented John Newton, CTO & Co-founder, Alfresco Software.

EMC

"When we first began developing CMIS, our goal was to help customers dramatically reduce their challenges associated with managing multi-vendor, multi-repository IT environments. As content management is rapidly becoming a core driver of today's business processes, companies are demanding greater levels of interoperability between diverse content sources. Today's announcement of an official CMIS Technical Committee by OASIS is the next step in making this vision a reality," said Razmik Abnous, VP and CTO, Content Management and Archiving Division, EMC(r).

Magnolia

"To us, CMIS is a logical step in the right direction. Our open-source Content Management System has been developed with the core values openness and interoperability in mind. Hence, we are extremely happy to contribute to the development of the CMIS standard, which takes interoperability to a new level in the content management domain," said Boris Kraft, CTO, Magnolia International Ltd.

Nuxeo

"We warmly welcome the inception of this future standard, the perspectives are exciting. This is offering a practical solution to real-world and to the endemic Babel-Tower syndrome of heterogeneous information systems...which they all are! With the growing spread of ECM platforms and related software (search, ERP integration, etc.) in organizations, the interoperability problem and the isolation of content has become a critical issue that our customers are facing. CMIS might be a good answer to this," said Eric Barroca, VP Operations, Nuxeo.

Open Text

"We see CMIS as an important catalyst for the next generation of content-driven applications. Open Text along with our partner SAP AG have already created a working prototype that uses an interface based on the CMIS standard to manage content from SAP applications with Open Text Enterprise Library Services. CMIS will offer customers a host of benefits including an improved end user experience, more robust and flexible business process automation, and a breaking down of silos of content that exist in most organizations today," said Richard Anstey, Vice President of Technology and Product Strategy, Open Text Corporation.

Quark

"CMIS is an open standard that will give technology vendors, like Quark, the flexibility to work with a wide range of content management products without having to write adaptors for each system. CMIS will allow us to allocate more resources to advancing system functionality for end users with the knowledge that the new functionality works across all ECM systems that adopt the standard," said Michael Boses, Director of XML Products, Quark. SAP

"With the number of differing and dispersed content management systems in use in organizations today, it is essential for business users to have access to these solutions in one integrated system. For SAP, a leading provider of business software, and its application and integration platform SAP NetWeaver®, the support of common standards for the harmonized consumption of comprehensive ECM services by business applications is therefore important to drive better customer value. SAP is pleased to see that CMIS is on its way to becoming an OASIS standard and will play an active role as a contributor to and supporter of the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee," said Michael Bechauf, VP, Standards Strategy at the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP.

SAPERION

"We are excited to join OASIS and the CMIS Technical Committee. This is another milestone in our commitment to open standards. CMIS is very similar in structure to our classic services API and presents an opportunity to extend ECM interoperability. Furthermore, it will increase independence from particular client software," said Volker John, Director Product Management at SAPERION AG.

Vamosa

"Customers have always turned to Vamosa to resolve their CMS integration issues. We consider CMIS an exciting and necessary development for the industry as it will free customers from the connectivity issues arising from integration and allow them to focus on the content quality and re-use issues instead. We particularly welcome the involvement of all major players in the industry, a reflection of CMIS' cross-platform and inclusive approach," said Ijonas Kisselbach, Chief Technology Officer, Vamosa.

Vignette

"Vignette looks forward to the OASIS effort to ensure the market need for a new interoperability standard is fulfilled by CMIS, as it further affirms our philosophy of managing content where it lives and using a virtual content repository approach in the enterprise," said Conleth O'Connell, CTO, Vignette.

Additional information:

OASIS CMIS Technical

Committee Cover Pages Technology Report

About OASIS

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, and other applications. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

 

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Fight aliens mujahideen-style, advise consultants

by Editor 10/6/2008 4:34:00 PM
IT consulting jobs
The possibility of an alien invasion is hardly a top concern in the consulting industry – or any other industry these days - but there are always experts who are willing to share their knowledge and advice for any situation, no matter how improbable it may seem.

Travis Taylor and Bob Boan have written a book called “An Introduction to Planetary Defence,” a consulting primer that lays down ways in which humanity can defend itself against potentially hostile alien forces invading Earth.

“The probability really is there that aliens exist and are old enough to have technology to enable them to come here,” says Taylor, a Booz Allen Hamilton associate with advanced degrees in physics and astronomy. Like his colleague Boan, Taylor has the Defence Department and NASA on his resume.

Taylor finds it naïve to assume that any aliens advanced enough to master interstellar travel have also evolved beyond war. “It’s a wonderful idea that has no basis in reality,” he says.

The book revisits two issues that usually come up in the debate about whether we are alone in the universe: Drake’s Equation and Fermi’s Paradox.

Drake’s Equation is an attempt to estimate the likelihood of contact with aliens based on the number of habitable planets. Taylor and Boan revisit the formula in the book, saying that estimates such as the one about aliens not being able to travel faster than 10 percent of the speed of light, are conservative. Furthermore, they say, it is possible that the Milky Way galaxy is home to thousands of intelligent species, adding that it is highly probable that one or two of them visit our planet every century.

Fermi’s Paradox, asking the question - if there are so many aliens out there, why have they not made contact with us yet – was originally posed by physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950 to dismiss speculation that intelligent life should be routine. Taylor and Boan address the paradox by saying that aliens would still need millions of years to explore all the star systems in the Milky Way before they got to Earth.

Back in 2001, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, the two consultants started thinking about possible defence scenarios in the case of an aggressive alien attack.

Taylor says: “One thing that popped into my mind was that the only way Americans would be in an asymmetric war on the other side would be if we were attacked by aliens. Everyone chuckled, but then after a minute the comments started setting in. Then we really got to talking about it and we thought, well, you know, we really might need this contingency plan anyway.”

If people were caught unprepared for the invasion, however, they would be forced to fight with improvised weapons and hit-and-run tactics, much like Islamic extremists do when fighting against U.S. troops in Iraq, says Taylor.

“You’d have to create an insurgency, a mujahideen-type resistance. The insurgents know how to win this war against us. It also tells us that if we were attacked by aliens, this is our best defence,” concludes Taylor.

“An Introduction to Planetary Defence” is published by BrownWalker Press.

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Booz & Company to make a comeback in India

by Editor 9/24/2008 4:56:00 PM
Booz & Co., a leading global consultancy, has decided to return to the Indian market eight years after it had shut down business operations in the country to pursue opportunities in more developed markets.

Booz India CEO Suvojoy Sengupta, who has relocated to India with several other consultants, says:  

“Ten to 12 years ago, few companies understood what consultants could bring in. The market has evolved since then. Today, they understand what consultants can do in handling any kind of discontinuities.”

The perception of consultants has changed in the country over the last decade, Sengupta says, and most Indian companies have either used or considered using consultants by now.  

Booz global CEO Shumeet Banerji, who was part of the company’s India team in the mid-1990s, says:

“The Indian market has matured dramatically since I was last here. Indian companies now have confidence. They have a global agenda and they have access to efficient capital.”

Booz Allen was one of the first companies that entered the Indian market in the 1990s, along with the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey. Their clients included Tata Steel, IDBI, LIC and Asian Paints. In 2000, however, company leaders decided to focus on the more developed markets, those in Europe and North America.

Booz & Co. principal Piyush Doshi explains: “The market then was in an early stage of evolution. It was fairly small. Since 2003, there has been a shift in momentum and growth in sectors like telecom, insurance, infrastructure and retail.”

Booz & Company, the management consultancy spun off from Booz Allen Hamilton in July 2008, will open an office in Mumbai tomorrow. The company plans to employ 100 staff in India in the next three years.

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Consulting magazine releases Best Firms to Work For list

by Editor 9/8/2008 3:44:00 PM
Consulting magazine has published the results of its annual Best Firms to Work For survey.

13,000 consultants from 205 management consulting firms worldwide took part in the survey. The questions they were asked covered a wide spectrum of issues, from workplace morale and retention rates to training and vacation policies.

Consulting firms were rated in six categories: The Job, Compensation and Benefits, Work/Life, Leadership, Career Development and Culture. The final ratings were based on the total score in all the categories.

Consulting magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Joseph Kornik said:

“Boutique and niche firms have had such an impact on the industry that we thought it was time to recognize those firms as well. What’s surprising is that the overall scores for the smaller firms were higher – so it was actually a harder list to make.”

The Best Firms to Work For include (in alphabetical order): Alvarez & Marsal, A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, Booz & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Kurt Salmon Associates, Milliman, Monitor Group, North Highland and Point B.

The Best Small Firms to Work For include (in alphabetical order): Centric Consulting, Cumberland Consulting Group, Forsythe, FMI, Infinitive, IntegrityOne Partners, Katzenbach Partners, MorganFranklin, SEI and Stroud Consulting.

To find and apply for the latest management consulting jobs, please visit ConsultancyRoleFinder.com.

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Vault Guide names Top 50 Management and Strategy Consulting Firms

by Editor 8/25/2008 4:30:00 PM
IT consulting jobs,consultant careers
Career website Vault.com has released the new Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management and Strategy Consulting Firms. Consulting giant McKinsey & Company has taken the top spot for the eighth consecutive year.

The Guide is the result of the career site’s yearly Strategy Consulting Survey, which was conducted from February to April this year and included more than 4,000 consultants.

The consultants rated firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the firms’ prestige in the consulting sector.

Here are the top 10 consulting firms according to the Vault Guide:

1. McKinsey & Company

2. The Boston Consulting Group

3. Bain & Company

4. Booz & Company

5. Monitor Group

6. Mercer LLC

7. Deloitte

8. Oliver Wyman

9. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

10. L.E.K. Consulting

Three Big Four firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers (ranked #9), Ernst & Young (#11) and KPMG (#16) were reintroduced to the Guide. The firms had separated their consulting divisions from their accounting and audit arms at the turn of the century and, since the non-compete agreements between the firms and their spin-off consulting divisions ended in 2007, they have been hard at work rebuilding the divisions. As a result, the consulting services were the fastest growing service lines for all the three giants. Consequently, it made sense to add them to the Guide again.

Vault’s global consulting editor Naomi Newman said:

“Even though a lot of survey respondents are portraying these firms as coming back from the dead, and not yet integral to the strategy consulting market, there's a real sense that they are quickly getting reacquainted with the industry and asserting themselves accordingly. By virtue of them ranking so well in terms of prestige in their first year back gives us a glimpse into how other consultants view these firms and their potential. It will be interesting to watch their strategy and positioning develop in the market over the next few years.”

The Vault Guide also features company guides and quality of life rankings, with companies rated based on compensation, training, work hours, diversity, offices, etc. The Guide can be ordered at Vault.com.

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Top consulting firms in the U.S.

by Editor 7/14/2008 3:06:00 PM

Career portal and recruitment website Vault.com has announced the top consulting firms in the U.S., based on an analysis of hiring trends in the country. These are the top ten consultancies across the pond: 

IT consulting,tech consultant jobs
1. Booz Allen Hamilton

2. Deloitte Consulting LLP

3. IBM Global Services

4. Accenture

5. BearingPoint

6. Capgemini

7. HP Technology Solutions

8. DiamondCluster International, Inc

9. Telcordia Technologies

10. Keane

 

 

 

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Red Hat Innovation Awards 2008

by Editor 6/17/2008 10:41:00 AM

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the six award-winning finalists in the second annual Red Hat Innovation Awards, designed to recognize the outstanding use, innovation and extension of Red Hat solutions by customers, partners and the open source community.

One Red Hat Innovator of the Year will be selected from the six finalists during the Red Hat Summit, taking place June 18-20, 2008 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass. Red Hat Innovation Awards category winners will be provided with complimentary admission to the 2008 Red Hat Summit, where each will be featured in a panel or individual presentation, have the opportunity to attend a VIP Executive dinner and be recognized through an awards ceremony in the Summit general session.

The Red Hat Innovator of the Year, selected by the community through online voting, will also be announced during the Summit awards ceremony on June 20.

The 2008 Red Hat Innovation Awards winners include:

• Delivered Value

Nortel, a recognized leader in delivering next-generation communications capabilities for both service provider and enterprise networks that conducts business in over 150 countries, was selected for its early adoption and long-term use of Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite Server. Today, Nortel manages approximately 2,000 machines via its RHN Satellite Server and benefits from the ability to seamlessly update and patch its Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems using its internal networks.

Optimized Systems

Infoplex, one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most dynamic IT Managed Service Providers was selected for its use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux as part of its new Incite and Postgres environment. Infoplex services include storage, disaster-recovery and Managed hosting. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Infoplex benefits from ease of migration, high performance and most importantly, impressive scalability that allows for the effective management and storage of over 300 million documents and more than 30,000 daily system users.

Superior Alternatives

Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm with more than 18,000 employees serving government clients from more than 80 offices, was selected for its use of the full suite of Red Hat solutions to determine a new solution for a federal client’s document ingestion and presentation system in order to scale with the system’s increasing volume of data. Booz Allen’s client replaced its closed-source based solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform with virtualization capabilities, Red Hat Global File System, Red Hat Cluster Suite, Red Hat Satellite Server, JBoss technology, including Metamatrix, and Red Hat Global Professional Services. The resulting benefits include high performance, scalability and high availability enabled by dynamically scalable clusters and storage and increased return on investment (ROI) enabled in part by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform's unlimited virtualization of Linux guests.

• Creative Use

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, and IBM were selected by the US Navy to build a first-of-its-kind open-architecure envionment to improve realtime programmer productivity, reduce realtime application development times and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for its Zumwalt Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE). Raytheon and IBM chose WebSphere Real time (real time java), Red Hat Enterprise MRG Realtime and system x servers, to deliver seamless integration of all on-board systems and provides the Navy with increased ability to use open source software. IBM and Raytheon choosing Red Hat as a base for this community effort to put real time capability into general purpose linux was made easier given Red Hat engineers were already working on real time extensions.

Extensive Ecosystem

Freedom OSS, a privately held professional services organization that provides technical architecture solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, was selected for its work with Dun & Bradstreet, a well-known provider of corporate credit information, on the consolidation of Dun & Bradstreet’s massive application infrustructure that includes over 2,000 servers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with virtualization capabilties, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat Global File System together provided flexibility, manageability and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). Dun & Bradstreet estimates that after migrating to Red Hat solutions, its return on investment (ROI) has exceeded $90 million.

• Enhanced Security

Likewise Software is a privately held company with 50 employees that provides audit and authentication software solutions that run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Likewise was selected for its partnership with Red Hat which enabled the company in December 2007 to launch Likewise Open on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, an open source, enterprise-class solution to address the authentication needs of organizations with mixed networks. Likewise is a Red Hat Ready-level ISV Partner and recently joined the Red Hat Exchange (RHX) program.

”The beauty of the open source model is that partners, customers and the community all play an important and guiding role in the development of Red Hat solutions and technologies,” said Lee Congdon, CIO at Red Hat and 2008 Red Hat Innovation Awards judge. ”Each of the submissions in this year’s awards program showed an impressive and innovative use of our technologies to solve problems and overcome challenges, and many involve valuable contributions back to Red Hat and the community. Congratulations to this year’s category winners.”

Online voting for the Red Hat Innovator of the Year will take place June 16-19, 2008.

For more information on the Red Hat Innovation Awards, or to vote for the Innovator of the Year, please visit http://www.redhat.com/promo/summit/2008/awards/. For more information on Red Hat, please visit www.redhat.com.

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Booz Allen wins NASA Constellation Program contract

by Editor 6/16/2008 3:09:00 PM

NASA has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Houston a contract for technical support services for the Constellation Program, which is developing new spacecraft to travel beyond low Earth orbit.

The Constellation fleet includes the Orion crew vehicle, the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles, and the Altair human lunar lander.

The five-year contract has a base two-year value of $17.6 million, with a total potential value of $49.5 million if three one-year extension options are exercised.

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. will provide the resources to conduct tasks in support of the Constellation Program systems engineering and integration, and test and evaluation. Tasks include the definition, analysis, assessment, engineering study and documentation of operations concepts, technical and programmatic requirements and processes, and system implementations in support of NASA-led activities.

The two-year base period of the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract and firm-fixed price contract begins Aug. 1. Phase-in of the contract begins July 1.

Work for the contract will be performed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Subcontractors include Orbital Sciences Corp. in Greenbelt, Md., and ARES Corporation in Houston.

For more information about the contract, visit: http://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/CTSC

For information about NASA's Constellation program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/constellation

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Consulting Magazine names Top 25 Consultants of 2008

by Editor 6/9/2008 3:33:00 PM

Consulting Magazine has revealed the annual list of the Top 25 Consultants of 2008.

This year's most successful consultants come from 23 companies, have very different backgrounds and current responsibilities in their firms.

 

They are:

  • Shumeet Banerji, Booz & Company
  • Peter Cheese, Accenture
  • Kathryn Hayley, Aon Consulting
  • Daniel Mahler, A.T. Kearney
  • Charles Farkas, Bain & Company
  • Antonella Mei-Pochtler, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Jacquie Walker, Buck Consultants
  • John Sarnese, CSC
  • Jocelyn Conningham, Deloitte Consulting
  • Michael Fucci, Deloitte Consulting
  • Raju Lal, Ernst & Young
  • Richard Schroth, Executive Insights
  • Stephen Brant, Hitachi Consulting
  • David Shade, Huron Consulting Group
  • Peter Korsten, IBM
  • Raj Joshi, Infosys Consulting
  • Hugo Van Nispen, KEMA
  • Cari Bunch, Kurt Salmon Associates
  • Mark Goodburn, KPMG
  • John Merkovsky, March Risk Consulting
  • Adrian Slywotsky, Oliver Wyman
  • Michael Dunn, Prophet
  • Miles Everson, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Karen Vander Linde, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Alan Wexler, Sapient

 

 

The consultants' brief profiles can be found on the Consulting Magazine website.

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BAH launches Booz & Company as leading global consultancy

by Editor 5/22/2008 3:42:00 PM

Today the global commercial officers of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. launched Booz & Company, a premier global management consulting firm for businesses, government ministries and other organizations.

London-based Shumeet Banerji, formerly President of the firm’s global commercial business, has been elected Chief Executive Officer of Booz & Company, and Joe Saddi, based in the Middle East, will serve as Chairman of the new organization’s 16 member Board of Directors.

Today’s launch follows the recent announcement of a strategic investment by The Carlyle Group to buy out the global commercial officers’ majority interest in Booz Allen’s U.S. government business. This will result in the legal separation of the U.S. government and the global commercial firms.

Booz & Company is currently a subsidiary of Booz Allen Hamilton and will become a legally independent firm upon completion of the strategic realignment. The transaction is expected to close in mid-late 2008, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Booz & Company starts with sustained double-digit growth, a superb client list and an enviable, debt free, balance sheet. It will be solely owned by its officers and will have more than 3,300 professionals in 57 offices around the world. The worldwide reach of its business is shown by its truly global management team and the fact that the majority of its 200 officers are based outside the US.

"The launch of Booz & Company is a significant milestone for our firm,” said Mr. Banerji, who has 15 years experience at the firm serving clients in both the private and public sectors. “Our purpose is to serve the senior agenda of the world’s leading institutions, public and private. We will be recognized for the relevance of our ideas, the practical impact of our contributions, the collaborative spirit of our people, and the intrinsically global nature of our firm. Our singular goal is to assist our clients in creating and delivering essential advantage around the globe.”

"This is an exciting time to be part of one of the leading management consulting firms in the world,” said Mr. Saddi, who has over 20 years of strategic consulting experience. “We have a clear ambition for the firm and are focused on delivering real impact for our clients.”

The launch of Booz & Company reinvigorates the firm’s strategic focus while drawing on its storied history of leadership and innovation in management consulting, that began in 1914 when its founder Edwin Booz started the management consulting profession.

Since that time it has introduced some of the most significant and celebrated advances in business management including: the product life cycle model, supply chain management concept, organizational DNA and market driving capabilities.

This leadership in ideas continues with Booz & Company’s signature research, such as its annual CEO Succession Study and annual Global Innovation 1000 study.

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