Technology Hires from Consulting Firms. Yikes!

February 25, 2012

It is official. When consultants chase a hot new sector, a bubble is forming. Forbes asks, “Why Are Accenture Executives All Leaving for Big Data & Cloud Startups?” Because that’s where the buzz is, of course.

If the question is, rather, why are startups grabbing executives from this particular company, the answer lies in a particular skillset. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. Dave Rich, recently hired by Revolution Analytics, follows co-workers Don Rippert (Basho), Mitch Hill (Opscode), and Bill Karpovitch (Zenoss) into cloud-centric ventures.

About that unique skillset, contributor John Furrier writes:

There has to be the right balance between entrepreneurialism and managing the business.  Venture capitalists really need that expertise as it’s all about managing the burn. [Rich] said that’s something  you learn at Accenture. . . . It’s the message that matters, Rippert said. Accenture executives are trained to help customers think through solutions. ‘You are accustomed to saying “this will save you this much – this will generate this additional revenue,” ’ Rippert said.

Yep, big, cloudy data is hot, hot, hot. Which big data company will win the search and retrieval love of the big data competitors? What will technologists schooled in scope changes do when they confront the world where bean counters monitor the technology staff?

Cynthia Murrell, February 25, 2012

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