Chicago-based IPA 100 firm Grant Thornton (FY19 net revenue of $1.95 billion) has launched a new transformation and innovation platform. The new alyx platform uses what the firm calls a “concierge-enabled” system that is intended to develop solutions by combining the firm’s knowledge base in core service areas like accounting, tax and consulting with technologies such as intelligent automation, data extraction, data cleansing, analytics and blockchain.
The firm believes the platform, which is designed to provide targeted solutions for specific problems, could prove especially useful during the ongoing pandemic. alyx has already been used to complement the firm’s coronavirus pandemic risk assessment tool, which helps companies benchmark their operations against factors critical to business resilience during the pandemic.
“Our alyx platform connects the people who identify business problems with those who build practical technology-driven solutions,” says Jamie Fowler, chief transformation officer at Grant Thornton. “This kind of collaboration means our people don’t need to spend hours searching for answers or duplicating efforts; we develop our solutions quickly and our people are more attentive and responsive to client needs.”