• Service: Advisory
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 2/10/2014

KPMG Cited by leading analyst firm for HR transformation consulting breadth and depth 

KPMG’s Global HR Center of Excellence seen as critical to global client service by Kennedy Consulting Vanguard report.

KPMG member firms were cited as the only one of the “Vanguard Leaders” as “advancing” in the breadth and depth of Human Resources (HR) transformation capabilities in a leading analyst report. The report, by Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, highlighted the network’s ability to “strengthen its HR transformation consulting capabilities, evolving into one of the leading global providers with an integrated strategic service offering.”

KPMG’s Human Resources Transformation (HRT) group was specifically recognized in the report for its view of HR transformation as an enabler of business strategy, because of how it leverages technology, HR process transformation, HR architectures, HR benchmarking, predictive workforce analytics, leadership development and change management activities.

“There is no better time for HR to take a leading role driving organizational change. For that reason, KPMG professionals focus on servicing clients as a business integrator, versus a systems integrator, helping clients globally drive business change - often enabled with technology,” said Aidan Brennan, Global Head of Management Consulting, KPMG International. “KPMG professionals help clients with the most complex challenges in HR: addressing critical areas like talent management, strategic workforce planning, workforce analytics and HR technology and service delivery. They effectively integrate HR strategy with enterprise strategy so that HR becomes a real driver of value for the enterprise - providing the insights, the specialists and the assets to support clients in their transformation journey - helping them assess, improve, implement and optimize their HR capabilities on a holistic, worldwide basis.”

The report spoke highly of KPMG International’s Global HR Center of Excellence, which comprises senior HR consultants across KPMG member firms worldwide with industry experience managing HR operations or deep background in HR processes and functional activities, including employee benefits, talent and performance management. The report called the KPMG center, launched two years ago, “an innovation engine, conducting research and publishing thought leadership on topics such as predictive workforce analytics and differentiated HR architectures.”

Mark Spears, Global Head, People & Change, and partner, KPMG in the UK, said the complement of the relevant skills and resources housed in management consulting along with the subject matter expertise housed in the center allows the global network of KPMG member firms to provide tailored HR solutions that are grounded in leading-edge thinking. “The collaboration over the past two years, both among KPMG network resources and with clients’ HR talent, has allowed KPMG professionals to design and implement HR solutions that can deliver real value to clients globally,” he said.

Other KPMG strengths cited in the report underscored the quality of the framework for HR transformation that focuses on adding value by creating a “unique, fit-for-purpose HR architecture” and client value that is created by HR technology and sourcing advisory services, and “expertise integrating emerging technologies when designing HR service delivery frameworks.”

Citing expanded capabilities that have added to the organization’s success as a result of recent acquisitions like Equaterra in 2010, Optimum Solutions in 2011 and most recently, the Oracle ERP business of The Hackett Group in 2013, the report said KPMG firms have also enhanced their service offerings by working with alliance partners to integrate emerging technologies that can provide clients with the most innovative and efficient solutions for their business.

“KPMG professionals focus on creating tangible value, providing real partnering and delivering genuine insights to their clients, which has been a success, as integration and investment in new solution areas and offerings continue,” added Brennan.

“We are pleased that Kennedy has recognized the hard work of KPMG teams across the People and Change global network to evolve integrated service offerings as clients face a more demanding global marketplace, especially when it comes to workforce planning and talent management,” concludes Spears.

About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 155,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

For further information, contact:

Brenda Paul

KPMG International

Tel: +1 416-777-3963

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