A simple act of giving or taking an advice got fabricated into a field of consultation, weaving colossal plinth for consulting firms to emerge as an industry altogether. Its been over 100 years since the first management consulting firm was formed. Gradually, the trend has started to demonstrate its presence and spread its significance across other domains such as finance, strategy, human resource, legal, healthcare, and politics, among others.

The inclination of businesses towards seeking experts opinion in management, accountancy, human resource, and financial matters has not only led the industry to sustain but has also established a scope for it to evolve over time. Major business decisions are broadly an outcome of an in-depth analysis of the financial data, market trends, government policies, price analysis, future prediction (forecasting) and company’s short and long term objectives.

Consulting industry, which has shown a tremendous potential in recent decades, is highly correlated to the data and various tools being used for such analysis. The emergence of computer technology, internet and various software developments that became one of the crucial factors for the diversification of consulting industry, is gradually becoming more and more advanced.

There is a staggeringly huge wave approaching from the ocean of technology in the name of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The emergence of AI has already captured people’s imagination and has also made them more comfortable and acceptable to the new and better change.

We all know, devices understanding and responding to human speech

A few examples of AI’s inception into our daily lives

are ‘Siri’, ‘Google Assistant’ and ‘Alexa’.

These virtual personal assistants respond to voice queries and interact with the user in a very intelligent manner. The rise of these AI-based personal assistants has made our smartphones even more smart. The advancements in the Automatic Speech Recognition Technology has played an important role in the development of these virtual assistants.

A typical representation of humans playing chess against computers — we all know about computers playing and beating excellent players in chess

Now imagine a device that can be equipped with powers to learn, imagine, perceive, plan, make choices, communicate, analyze, solve a problem, demonstrate reasoning ability, make decisions and many such cognitive and super intelligent functions.

Such a technology, which has already made its mark, is going to completely transform the way consulting companies are going to function in the near future. The composition of human-like thinking into a computer system or an electronic device, coupled with the strength of inter-connectivity among smarter objects, is going to bring a revolution in the way data is being handled and analyzed. Thus minimizing manual interference, which is currently the crux of any consulting firm.

With the proper implication of AI, consulting firms will be able to extract better insights on the data, which otherwise had a chance of being overlooked. Additionally, enormous amount of data can be analyzed in a fraction of a second. More and more advanced and innovative analytical tools could emerge as a new platform for analysis and reporting.

Consultancies could accommodate a one point solution service to their clients by installing AI-based architecture at their workplace. This technical advancement could be more efficient and could increase revenues for consulting firms. These financial benefits can be awarded to the clients by ultimately reducing the cost of the service.

Further, unleashing the full potential of this technology will make it more and more accessible to businesses in future. In addition, many consulting services may get disintegrated and eventually perish or completely evolve as AI gets blended with other technological innovations such as Big Data, Automation, Robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). However, it is too early to claim at what intensity and speed this inevitable destruction or evolution is going to occur.

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