Interesting news last week from two of the Big Four global audit and accounting firms and a glimpse into the future of professional services.
First up was KPMG, which announced that it is signing up to IBM‘s “Jeopardy!“-winning analytics service to help with its auditing requirements. Given the time, cost and (dare I say it) inane world of audit, this could be an interesting move. IBM is, of course, pushing Watson incessantly as its huge opportunity for growth — it acquired The Weather Company partially as a vertical big data opportunity, but also for its huge data sets to continue improving Watson’s performance. Healthcare, too, has seen IBM push its Watson luxe.