Twelve Consulting scoops Anaplan's Partner Award for the Americas

08 February 2019

Minneapolis-based Twelve Consulting Group has been named Americas Regional Partner of the Year by software solutions provider Anaplan.

During a gala ceremony held earlier this week, Anaplan announced the winners of its 2019 Partner Awards. In sync with the approach followed by other software vendors, the company has an ecosystem in place consisting of consulting and technology partners, which help Anaplan's clients design, build, implement, and manage Anaplan applications and solutions. More than 1,000 organizations worldwide make use of Anaplan products.

The objective of the annual Partner Awards is to celebrate top achievements by clients and stakeholders, including the performance of partner firms, projects and individuals. The top award for the Americas region – North America and Latin America – went to Twelve Consulting Group. The company, which also has an office in Chiago, is one of Anaplan’s largest exclusive partners in the US, having completed more than 300 Anaplan implementations and currently serving more than 100 customers with execution and managed services. 

“We firmly believe the platform is the best way to achieve connected planning. We partner with Anaplan from the first conversation to understand the fit and value for the client and then continue the relationship as we enable internal personnel to extend the platform,” Jill King, Twelve Consulting Group's founder, states on the firm's website.

King, who named the company Twelve because she founded the firm in 2012 – the same year the firm began working with the Anaplan platform – adds that Twelve owes its recognition to its deep product and domain expertise in finance, sales, and operations.

Twelve Consulting scoops Anaplan's Partner Award for the Americas

To Josh King, the firm's managing director, Twelve's market edge stems from its core values. In an interview posted on Twelve's website, he says: "They have allowed us to deliver for customers and continue to push for the next level of innovation. I think that our customers appreciate the way that we collaborate, the enablement IP we provide to help develop the skills and careers of their employees, the focus on our Twelve methodology to deliver the right solution, as well as the off the wall well-being activities that our team weaves in.” 

While some projects the consulting firm takes on are highly complex, due to the combination of complexity, scale, and looming unknowns, King states that he is proud to see that he is impressed by the team’s ability to deliver. “I believe it’s because we’ve hired the right people, have focused on continuous people and process development, and never stop creating the next solution, taking on the next challenge. It’s a group of folks that want to get better every day.”

Other award winners

Other Anaplan awards went to Bedford Consulting, a UK-based IT consultancy which scooped the Partner Award for EMEA; Qunie a business consulting firm affiliated to the NTT Data Group, which won the APAC Regional Partner of the Year Award; and Deloitte, which received the Global Partner of the Year award. “Our clients are using the Anaplan platform to help drive profitable revenue growth, operational efficiency, and generate new insights into improving enterprise value. We have been working with Anaplan for five years now, and are proud to receive this top recognition," Ron Dimon, managing director and lead alliance partner for Anaplan at Deloitte Consulting in the US, states.

Consulting firms that partner with Anaplan at a global level are Accenture, Bain & Company, Deloitte, EYPwC, and Wipro. Anaplan also works with dozens of consultancies at the regional level, including BearingPoint, SlalomZS Associates, and Cervello, which recently was acquired by A.T. Kearney.

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Crowe delves deeper into cybersecurity services

23 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm Crowe launched a managed detection and response services offering earlier this year, further expanding their cybersecurity practice.

CEOs and executives routinely list cybersecurity as one of their top concerns in annual C-suite surveys. As operations become increasingly digitized, firms open themselves up to more cyberthreat avenues. A critical data breach has the real potential to cripple an organization’s operations, crush profits, and irreparably damage a brand. It’s a risk worth protecting against.

Consulting firms are continually monitoring client demand, and expanding services where the bigger profits lie. When the big accounting firms saw that there was room for more players in management consulting, they moved into the space. Today, the consulting slice of the revenue pie at the Big Four continues to grow, driven by the digital services that the heavy hitters keep boosting.

Crowe delves deeper into cybersecurity services

Because of the rapid change in emphasis to digital and emerging tech consulting, firms want to really project themselves as tech-savvy or out-and-out tech firms. BCG, for example, recently rebranded in order to push the fact that it is a supremely digital consultancy. Crowe, once strictly an accounting firm, has expanded its professional services offerings over more than half a century of operation – and now bills itself as an “accounting, consulting and technology firm.”

Last year, Crowe launched its own Security Intelligence Center, which provides a digital security operations platform for small and midmarket companies. 2018 also saw the firm launch a digital risk collaboration program with Purdue University, while also being named a “challenger” in ALM’s analysis of the Cybersecurity Consulting Provider market.

Earlier this year, Crowe expanded its cybersecurity offering with the launch of managed detection and response services. The outsourcing offering boasts 24/7 detection and response coverage, overseen by a team of cyber experts and analysts. According to Crowe, the managed service helps companies “reduce the burden of finding the right talent” while allowing them to “build a stronger, more resilient security program to effectively monitor and quickly respond to digital threats.”

The offering fits into a wider platform of cybersecurity services at Crowe, including strategy, solution implementation, and attack and penetration testing.

C. Glen Combs, a risk consulting partner at the firm, commented, "At Crowe, our digital risk team uses speed and knowledge to rapidly detect critical security issues so our clients can focus on the most pressing matters and address them quickly. This approach reduces the risk and likelihood of significant business interruption."

Crowe is the US member firm of Crowe Global, one of the largest global accounting and consulting networks. The network has over 36,000 employees, and $4.3 billion in annual revenue.