The Best CRM Consultancies: The 2019 CRM Market Leader Awards
The global consulting services market is projected to reach $345.5 billion by 2025, according to a report by Adroit Market Research. The report cites internationalization, particularly the growing regulatory environment abroad, as well as the growth of new segments—such as design thinking and cybersecurity, a greater need among organizations for operational efficiencies, and technology advances—as the key drivers of market growth. A dominant trend cited in the report is the acquisition of midsize strategy companies by the dominant players, noting that such activity poses a threat to midsize companies that cannot provide a full suite of services
Wipro’s Appirio subsidiary makes the leaderboard once again. The company, which specializes in cloud deployments, earned a category-leading 4.5 in customer satisfaction, a 3.8 in ability to execute, and a 3.5 in both company direction and cost. Last year, it had a 4.0 in ability to execute, a 3.8 in both company direction and customer satisfaction, and a 3.7 in cost. Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Constellation Research, notes that “Appirio and Wipro are undergoing a transformation focused on industries and incorporating AI capabilities as needed.”
Ernst & Young holds its position on the leaderboard. This year, it earned a 4.3 in ability to execute, a 3.3 in both company direction and customer satisfaction, and a 3.5 in cost. Last year, it had a 4.3 in ability to execute, a 3.8 in both company direction and customer satisfaction, and a 3.3 in cost. According to Wang, it has a “strong team in play with good leadership” but “remains challenged by independence rules that prohibit work with key vendors.”
Newcomer to the leaderboard Infosys posted a 3.8 in ability to execute and a 3.3 in company direction, customer satisfaction, and cost. The company, which has built its reputation helping global companies with digital transformation, “is well focused on design thinking and using [artificial intelligence] out of the box,” Wang says.
Last year’s One to Watch, India-based Tata Consultancy Services makes the leaderboard this time around. It earned a 4.0 in ability to execute and a 3.8 in company direction, customer satisfaction, and cost. Last year, it had a 3.8 in ability to execute, a 3.5 in company direction, a 3.4 in customer satisfaction, and a 3.6 in cost. Wang says that it has “a strong interactive services team,” and that its November acquisition of W12 Studios, a London-based digital design firm, is “creating award-winning engagements.”
Fresh off moves to merge its consulting brand with its digital and creative businesses, French multinational firm Capgemini once again claims the winner’s spot in 2019. It earned a 4.3 in ability to execute, a 4.0 in customer satisfaction, and 3.5 in both company direction and cost. Last year, it earned a 4.3 in ability to execute and cost, a 4.1 in company direction, and a 4.0 in customer satisfaction. Wang says that the Capgemini team, which includes 200,000 employees in more than 40 countries, “has built a strong CRM practice focused on digital experience.” Capgemini’s market strength was heightened even further with its late June acquisition of fellow Paris-based company Altran Technologies, an engineering and R&D services firm, for $4.1 billion. The company also expanded in the software space with its July launch of the Capgemini Intelligent Automation Platform (CIAP) to help clients with their deployment of automation at scale.
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Newcomer Merkle earned a 3.5 in cost and a 3.3 in the other three areas: ability to execute, company direction, and customer satisfaction. Wang praises it for its “strong design and DX [digital experience] expertise.” The company, a subsidiary of Dentsu Aegis, has a strong history in data, but it has expanded into other areas of marketing and advertising. It also welcomed Yara Lutz to lead its CRM client success team.