The Big 4s need to evolve from being a polished "bodyshopper" to an IP based business model.My viewshave been covered in today's Australian Financial Review on the same.
"Big 4" term would be obsolete in short to medium term.
What it means......
Uber revolutionised the concept of sharing and ownership of assets
Leading Technology firms are sharing their knowledge base assets (eg: IBM Watson) with small, medium and big consulting firms with low pricing models
No big investments....pay per use for access to these latest knowledge base assets
Why is it happening......
In next 12 months the Big 4 might not be big anymore as they would be forced to a "non-headcount" based business model. Cost of human capital is going up and cost of technology is dramatically coming down
Secondly, there would be more than 4 firms as small and medium consulting firms would emerge to compete with them to take away their market share.
Easy accessibility of advance technology (AI, Automation, Machine learning) will eliminate and create new differentiators.
Size does not matter anymore. Small players such as Uber captured market share from big cab organisations by optimally leveraging technology with ease of use for consumers.
Uberisation and disruption of the consulting model is inevitable