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Hunt for ‘bike and jeans’ brigade is the new priority

PA’s Peter Lumley, a digital expert, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times The Business of Consulting special report. The article looks at digital skills and the need to find staff who combine these with business awareness. It looks at the battle to acquire this talent, particularly when there is fierce competition for millennials with digital mastery.

Peter argues that the gap between demand and capacity could actually be solved by the very technologies that clients are so desperate to understand. He points out: “As a business, we now do things in hours or days that in the past took us months or quarters.

“About three weeks ago, we downloaded 2m rows of data for a client and put it into a visualisation tool that gave back insights within four hours. Just to get the server for that would have taken me three months in the past. But we put the data in the cloud and I paid $35 on my credit card. It’s a different world.”


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