According to the latest figures from analyst IDC, the worldwide IT consulting market is expected to finish 2003 with a 1% decline in spending – and only return to positive growth by the end of 2004.
But the outlook for the next four years is brighter with the market forecast to grow at a five year compound annual growth rate of 3.5%.
‘During times of industry transformation, it is imperative for consulting services firms to continuously monitor, analyse, and proactively address changes in end-user needs in order to be ready for the tremendous opportunities of the near future,’ said Anna Danilenko, programme manager for Consulting Services market research at IDC, in a statement.
‘The keys to success for consulting vendors this year are expected to be value generation, business transformation, and shared risk.’
The analyst firm also predicts that escalating pricing pressures, further market consolidation, offshore labour sourcing, and the blending of business and IT consulting service offerings will play important roles in shaping the IT consulting market in 2003.
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