KPMG Cited By Leading Analyst Firm For HR Transformation Consulting Breadth And Depth

KPMG's Global HR Transformation Center of Excellence seen as critical to global client service by Kennedy Consulting Vanguard report

Feb 05, 2014, 08:45 ET from KPMG International

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KPMG International member firms were cited as the only one of the "Vanguard Leaders" as "advancing" in the breadth and depth of Human Resources (HR) transformation capabilities in a leading analyst report.  The report, by Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, highlighted the firm's ability to "strengthen its HR transformation consulting capabilities, evolving into one of the leading global providers with an integrated strategic service offering."

KPMG's Human Resources Transformation (HRT) group was specifically recognized in the report for its view of HR transformation as an enabler of business strategy, because of how it leverages technology, HR process transformation, HR architectures, HR benchmarking, predictive workforce analytics, leadership development and change management activities.

"There is no better time for HR to take a leading role driving change in their organization.  For that reason, we focus on servicing our clients as a business integrator, versus a systems integrator, helping clients drive business change often enabled with technology," said Stephen Lis, KPMG's U.S. leader for Management Consulting. "KPMG  helps HR clients with the most complex challenges in areas like talent, HR technology and service delivery, as well as provides the resources and tools to support them in their transformation journey including assessing, improving, implementing and optimizing HR capabilities on a holistic, worldwide basis."

The report spoke highly of KPMG's Global HRT Center of Excellence, which comprises senior HR consultants across KPMG member firms worldwide with industry experience managing HR operations or deep background in HR processes and functional activities, including employee benefits, talent and performance management. The report called the KPMG center, launched two years ago, "an innovation engine, conducting research and publishing thought leadership on topics such as predictive workforce analytics and differentiated HR architectures."

Claudia Saran, KPMG Advisory partner and U.S. leader for People & Change, said the complement of the relevant skills and resources housed in Management Consulting along with the subject matter expertise housed in the center allows KPMG to provide tailored HR solutions that are grounded in leading-edge thinking. "The collaboration over the past two years, both among our firm resources and with our clients' HR talent, has allowed us to design and implement HR solutions that bring real value to our clients," she said.

Other KPMG strengths cited in the report underscored the quality of the firm's framework for HR transformation that focuses on adding value by creating a "unique, fit-for-purpose HR architecture" and client value that is created by the firm's HR technology and sourcing advisory services, and "expertise integrating emerging technologies when designing HR service delivery frameworks."

Citing expanded capabilities that have added to the firm's success as a result of recent acquisitions like Equaterra in 2010, Optimum Solutions in 2011 and most recently, the Oracle ERP business of The Hackett Group in 2013, the report said KPMG has also enhanced its service offerings by working with alliance partners to integrate emerging technologies that provide clients with the most innovative and efficient solutions for their business.

"We focus on bringing strategic vision to help create real business value for our clients, which has been a success, especially as we continue to integrate new and exciting solution areas into the firm," added Lis. "We are happy that Kennedy has recognized the hard work our teams have done to evolve our integrated service offerings as clients face a more demanding global marketplace, especially when it comes to workforce planning and talent management."

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's member firms have 155,000 professionals, including more than 8,600 partners, in 155 countries.

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KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 155,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

Christine Curtin

SOURCE KPMG International