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On December 3rd and 4th 2008, PwC brought together a group of business, technology and industry analysts for a one and a half day session with senior partners from around the world. The meeting took place at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and kicked off on Wednesday evening with an informal cocktail party attended by over 50 analysts and senior PwC partners from across Europe and the rest of the world. This was the first such event organised in Europe by PwC, following a series of successful Analyst Days organised in the US over the last 5 years.
On Thursday, analysts were given a deep insight into PwC's consulting business worldwide and were given the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with a wide range of partners from across Europe, the US, Central and Eastern Europe, India and South Africa.
During the plenary sessions, the analysts heard directly from one of PwC's top worldwide clients, a leading worldwide player in the food and drink sector. The client's head of Group Control and Accounting and PwC's lead partners and directors gave an overview of a major ongoing engagement involving the resolution of a wide range of critical business issues and the implementation of new technology solutions.
Analysts were also given an insight into PwC's Global Annual Review
and our recently published Technology Forecast
For further information on this event and upcoming analyst events in Europe, please contact Simon Kernahan
, European analyst relations manager.
Four Seasons Hotel, Boston - July 14 & 15 2008. This fourth Analyst Day organised by PwC in the US brought together over 35 leading business, technology and industry analysts to meet with a similar number of lead advisory and consulting partners from the US and from the rest of the world.
During the main sessions, the analysts heard from two of PwC's major worldwide clients, one in the technology and software sector and the other from the telecommunications sector. In each of these client sesions, the client teams were joined by PwC partners and teams to give the analysts a deep understanding of the work we have been doing with them: providing advice on acquisitions and restructuring deals in one case and business transformation and the implementation of new technology solutions in the other. In addition to describing the full impact of the business issues and the solutions developed, the analysts were given a deep insight into the day-to-day working of such major projects: designing technology solutions; managing alliances with other vendors; building strong relationships ...
Analysts were also given an insight into the 2008 edition of PwC's Global Annual CEO Survey. The 2009 edition of this report has now been released and is available here
For further information on this event and upcoming analyst events in the US, please contact Timothy Singer
, US analyst relations lead.
More than 100 people, representing influential business, industry, and information technology (IT) analysts, PricewaterhouseCoopers partners, and clients gathered in Boston on September 10, 2009, for a day of candid discussion about the firm, its recent acquisitions, and the work it does for clients. The event provided the analyst community a chance to speak directly with PwC's leadership and the firm's clients.
Forty-seven leading industry analysts attended the all-day event together with 46 PwC partners and seven executives from five PwC clients.
In the session "PwC Today," Tony Poulter, global consulting leader, and Joe Duffy, US consulting Advisory leader, provided analysts with a brief overview of PwC’s operations and financial performance in the context of the market conditions, the firm's recent spate of acquisitions, the investment focus over the next 12 months, and how the firm is teaming with other providers to serve clients. "Our strategy for this is not monolithic and vanilla," Poulter said. "We’re building a flexible suite of relationships and arrangements to deliver what clients want in a particular circumstance with the right mix."
To provide a window into the firm's strategy beyond the recent acquisition of BearingPoint, three former BearingPoint clients engaged in a panel discussion and spoke frankly about making the transition to PwC. By inviting three clients of different sizes and industries, analysts were provided a broad perspective into firm services in the IT transformation arena. The transformation challenges ranged from change management, to achieving partner buy-in for a new business model, to understanding and resolving a business problem. But what intrigued the analysts most were the session conversations about the strong relationships between PwC and the client and how those relationships influenced client decisions.
Across the United States today – with notable exceptions – economic leadership rests not with the private sector but with the public sector – as federal, state, and local governments spend billions of dollars to help rekindle the economy. Today, more than at any other time in recent memory, government officials are deciding which companies and industries will win and which will lose. To give analysts an inside look at PwC public sector practice, three PwC partners were on hand to provide information and answer questions. Scott McIntyre, who heads the Washington Federal Practice, Melanie Armstrong, who heads the Capital Projects and Infrastructure team, and Peter Raymond, who heads the public sector Financial Services area, provided an overview of their practice areas and took questions from the analysts.
The day's events were rounded out with a panel discussion by the firm's global leaders: Poulter, who served as the moderator; Ashley Unwin, PwC's UK consulting leader; Jeff Thompson, PwC's central cluster consulting leader; and Shiro Uchida, PwC's Japan consulting leader who joined PwC following PwC's acquisition of Bearing Point Japan where Uchida had been CEO.
Government and Financial Sectors - Impact and implications of the economic crisis
This tightly focused Analyst Day brought together a group of 25 senior partners and influential industry analysts from Europe and Asia to discuss the implications of the economic crisis and how the issues affecting both government and financial institutions have become inter-connected therefore requiring a deep understanding of both sectors to help develop long term solutions.
The meeting focused heavily on exchange and discussion and to encourage this, the analysts and PwC partners sat around the boardroom table to discuss the issues together without any presentations or formal speeches. "Thank you for not PowerPointing us said one analyst". This format provided for a fruitful and sometimes quite lively exchange and debate of the issues and many conversations started "in the boardroom" were carried in to one-on-one sessions and lunch.
A dozen senior analysts focusing on the consulting industry, the public sector and the financial services industry attended the event. Also attending were a dozen senior PwC partners including Tony Poulter Global Consulting Leader, Jeff Thompson Central Cluster Consulting Leader, Jeremy Scott Global Financial Services Leader, Omar Bitar Middle East Advisory Leader, Dave Allen UK Consulting Government & Public Services Leader, George Stylianides Partner, UK Insurance Risk Consulting, Isabelle Jenkins UK FS Technology Consulting Leader, Jon Sibson UK Government & Public Sector Leader, Mike Greig UK Developed & Local Government Leader, Richard Golding GRP UN System & Global Fund.
Also present at the meeting was Tony Lomas in his dual role as UK Business Recovery Services Leader and also as the official Administrator of Lehman Brother Europe. Together, he and Isabelle Jenkins spoke about the work PwC has been doing since the collapse of Lehman in 2008. "On day 1, I arrived at Lehman's and had to assume responsibility for thousands of applications on hundreds of different servers" explained Jenkins.
In addition to the Lehman Brothers story, PwC's partners led the discussion around 3 key themes: The inter-connection of the issues affecting government and financial institutions; The implication of the government as shareholder; and The future regulatory environment.
In the introduction to the day's discussions Tony Poulter and Jeff Thompson gave the analysts some deep insight into PwC's strategy and performance over the last 12 months and Omar Bitar gave the analysts an overview of the Middle East consulting marketplace and discussed the importance of the public sector.
Building a better IT function, The CPM agenda & PwC's Alliance Strategy as Business Integrator
This second tightly focused Analyst Day in London in the space of two months focused on technology consulting. The meeting brought together 20 senior partners and influential industry analysts from Europe and the US to exchange views and debate the issues.
As with the London Analyst Day in November 2009, the meeting focused heavily on exchange and discussion with the analysts and PwC partners sitting at the same boardroom without any presentations or formal speeches. The format provided for a structured and sometimes quite lively exchange and debate of the issues and many conversations started "in the boardroom" were carried in to one-on-one sessions and lunch.
Senior analysts focusing on the technology consulting industry from attended the event with a dozen senior PwC partners including Robert Scott, Global Technology Consulting Leader, Kurt Glasner, German Consulting Leader, Paul Atkinson, UK Technology Competency Leader, Tom Degarmo, US Technology Consulting Solutions Leader, Roger Tilly, Technology Consulting UK Public Sector, Nick Groves, CPM partner from the UK, Tom Gunson, CPM partner from the UK, Marcus Messerschmidt, Head of Technology Consulting Germany, Ashley Unwin, UK Consulting Lead Partner, Brian Snarzyk, US Advisory Global Sourcing and Delivery Leader, Jonathan Tate, Leader of UK Retail and Consumer Consulting Practice and Richard Wyles, Partner CPM partner from the UK.
Richard Wyles, former Managing Director of Paragon Consulting, acquired by PwC in early 2010, and Tom Gunson and Nick Groves, explained the rationale behind the acquisition, told the story of PwC and Paragon's courtship and gave the analysts an overview of how the acquisition has significantly increased PwC implementation capabilities.
Roger Tilly gave an overview on how we help clients building a better IT function - highlighting how PwC helps clients manage their project portfolios and take-out cost from outsourced IT. Also how we help clients to build their architectural framework, allowing them to select the right partners and to benefit from new technology trends such as Cloud computing and SaaS going forward. This prompted an insightful discussion on current client issues around IT transformation and sourcing - as well as the need for new IT management skills and what this means e.g. for the CIO's role.
Jonathan Tate and Tom Degarmo gave an overview of PwC's role as Business Integrator as well as our partnership strategy - explaining our focus on large-scale transformation projects based on PwC's broad industry experience and expertise in Advisory, Audit and Tax. Our access at board-level differentiates us from technology vendors and helps the client to get the right mix of skills to address his business needs. We then discussed with the analysts how this frequently results in multi-vendor projects where PwC's role is to advise on overall architecture and redesign of core processes - as well as providing project and change management support.