PA’s Country Lead in Denmark, Amdi Hansen, spoke to Consultancy.eu, explaining that the innovation and transformation consultancy is seeing higher demands in financial services and the public sector due to digital disruption.
Global innovation and transformation firm PA Consulting saw a year of record growth in 2018. In Denmark, it outpaced the global consulting market significantly, booming by 14 per cent.
Speaking to Consultancy.eu, Amdi Hansen, PA’s Danish Country Head, explained that the firm has enjoyed a solid year, while making key improvements in its innovation capacity: “Management finds that this year’s results for Denmark are satisfactory. The strengths of our client base have developed positively and the continued focus on building stronger client relations within our target markets is paying off. In terms of development, we have further strengthened our innovation and strategy competence as well as our capabilities within risk and compliance and will continue to provide clients with ingenious solutions to their challenges."
Throughout 2018, PA delivered on several key innovation and transformation projects across Denmark. These included assessing number plate recognition to help BroBizz expand its business in parking and ferry crossings, partnering with Copenhagen FinTech to create a report explaining how incumbent financial institutions and FinTechs can forge successful partnerships, and crafting a high-profile statement on the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority’s regulation of Danske Bank.
Looking forward, Hansen identified the most important offerings for PA’s portfolio in Denmark in 2019 and 2020 as agile, innovation, cost-out work, contract management, financial crime and financial technology (FinTech). In anticipation of these key areas, the consulting firm also successfully boosted its talent pool in 2018.
“We have recruited a wide range of specialists in 2018,” Hansen expanded. “With businesses in Denmark needing more innovative solutions to help fight FinCrime, Richard Grint, an expert from the UK office, joined us in Denmark. Elsewhere, Jon Plate, an innovation and implementation expert, is now leading the insights and strategy team in Denmark, working with clients to plan platform strategies and eco-systems. We also added Morten Ib Ingstrup (AI and blockchain) and Kenneth Studsgaard (data transformation in the public sector) to the team."
In terms of the firm’s future human capital strategies, PA Denmark is also stepping up its efforts to meet with PA’s global diversity and inclusion ambitions. Hansen noted the company’s Danish wing has a “very ambitious” Women in Consulting programme, while offering several special network opportunities for men and women on maternity/paternity leave, in-keeping with Denmark’s leading position on parental leave.
Commenting on his broader expectations for PA Denmark, Hansen concluded: “Management expectations for 2019 are for a continued focus on implementing the strategy and operating model. PA in Denmark is leading in helping clients develop their agility and related business models and we expect this to continue growing in 2019. From a sector perspective, we are seeing higher demands both in financial services, not least within compliance work, and in the public sector due to significant investment in systems and new technologies.”