In the past year the traditional consulting houses have executed major initiatives to counter the challenges of the pure play and fringe market invaders. Being big doesn't mean being slow, as these Behemoths have demonstrated – once they tuned in to the new market realities.
A higher focus on CIO driven solutions rather than board level strategic issues differentiates IBM from the pact. IBM is the CIO's pragmatist in this sense. Creation of IBM National Testing Center, Gaithersburg, Maryland for proactive site testing in terms of scalability, human factors engineering, reliability, tuning, etc. Several regional centers have also been created to provide service. The main focus is of course mostly IBM technologies and platforms such as IBM Enterprise Storage Server, AS/400,