Top tech consulting firms to watch in 2021

As technology rapidly evolves, consultancies are looking more at digital strategy and tech for change

1. IBM



CEO: Arvind Krishna

Founded: 1911

HQ: Armonk, New York, United States

Employees:  533,006 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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IBM is currently one of the leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions companies with Watson, the AI platform for business. Its technologies, products and solutions include analytics, artificial intelligence, automation, blockchain, cloud computing, IT infrastructure and management, mobile technology, security and software development.

IBM’s specialities cover cloud, cognitive, security, Watson, analytics, IoT financing and IT infrastructure. Ten of the world’s largest banks are supported by IBM Services and eight of the world’s ten largest automotive companies are also supported by them.


2. PwC



CEO: Kevin Ellis

Founded: 1998

HQ: London, England 

Employees: 251,644 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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PwC technology focuses on emerging tech, customer tech, IT effectiveness, data and analytics, IT strategy and digital solutions, among others. Its services include customer-led transformation, enterprise strategy and transformation, HR transformation, finance transformation, operations transformation and risk and compliance transformation.

PwC employs more than 195,000 people worldwide and its firms operate in 157 countries across 742 locations.


3. Tata Consultancy Services



CEO: Rajesh Gopinathan

Founded: 1968

HQ: Mumbai, India

Employees: 476,101 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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TCS is primarily an IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation which has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their technological transformations. Its Location Independent Agile delivery model is recognised as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

TCS operates in operates in baking and finance, hi-tech, insurance, manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, life sciences and public services, among others. Its services include cloud computing, analytics and insights, IoT, blockchain, cyber security, AI and engineering.


4. Capgemini



CEO: Aiman Ezzat

Founded: 1967

HQ: Paris, France

Employees: 256,120  on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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Capgemini is one of the leaders in partnering with companies to help transform and manage businesses by harnessing the power of technology. Established over 50 years ago it has been fuelled by the fast-evolving world of cloud, data, artificial intelligence, connectivity, software, digital engineering and platforms. Last year it reported global revenues of €16 billion.

The consultancy operates in just some of the following areas: aerospace and defence, automotive, banking and capital markets, energy and utilities, insurance, manufacturing, life sciences, telcos and retail, as well as the public sector.




CEO: William B. Thomas

Founded: 1987

HQ: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Employees: 189, 597 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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Operating in 146 countries, KPMG firms offer audit, tax, and advisory services in capital markets and operate in areas such as cloud transformation, cybersecurity, transformative technology, and powered enterprise. It serves the needs of businesses, governments, and public sector agencies through to non-profits.

The consultancy has a strong network of alliances with some of the world’s top technology, data, and services companies to help solve the most pressing challenges, including blockchain, digital labour, and regulatory change.


6. Deloitte 


CEO: Punit Renjen 

Founded: 1845

HQ: London, England 

Employees: 332,675 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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During its 175-year history, the organisation has grown in both scale and capabilities. Deloitte currently employs over 330,000 people in more than 150 countries and territories, and serves four out of five Fortune Global 500 companies.

Expertise includes digital technology, procurement and supply chain, project management and logistics among others and industries covered include life sciences, energy, resources and industrial, financial services and government and public sector.



7. Accenture


CEO: Julie Sweet

Founded: 1989

HQ: Dublin, Ireland 

Employees: 452,756  on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. The consultancy is renowned for digital and technology and comprises several business units, including Accenture consulting, Accenture engineering and Accenture approach. It provides a wide range of services, including tech innovation, data and analytics, AI, automation, cloud, finance, security, supply chain management and sustainability.

A Fortune Global 500 company, it serves 6,000 clients throughout more than 120 countries.


8. Boston Consulting Group 



CEO: Rich Lesser

Founded: 1963

HQ: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Employees: 28, 216 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) operates out of more than 90 cities worldwide in over 50 countries. It has an annual revenue of $8.6 billion and works with clients ranked in the Top 500 world’s largest corporations.

BCG partners with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. The company operates in a wide range of industries, including aerospace and defence, automotive, biopharma, financial institutions, industrial goods, medicine, transport and logistics and retail.


9. McKinsey Digital



CEO: Bob Sternfels

Founded: 1926

HQ: New York

Employees: 34,343 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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Founded by a University of Chicago professor, James O McKinsey, today McKinsey has offices in 130+ cities in 65+ countries.

Digital McKinsey focuses on helping clients use digital technology to transform their businesses, and employs more than 5,000 data scientists, engineers, developers, technology leads and cyber security experts among others.

It also has a dedicated capability building academy and partners with some of the world’s leading technology companies. More than 40% of the consultancy’s work includes McKinsey Digital, serving thousands of clients and completing hundreds of the technology transformations in just the last few years.


10. Bain



CEO: Manny Maceda 

Founded: 1973

HQ: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Employees: 6,808 on LinkedIn at time of publishing

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Bain has 60 offices across 37 different countries, working with clients from all industries and across multiple sectors including information technology, digital transformation and strategy, advanced analytics and sustainability. 

The consultancy has worked with 63% of the Global 500 and prides itself in tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity, social justice, economic development and the environment.



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