What are the best services that are available for consulting with subject matter experts in the area of consumer technology?
There are many self-proclaimed experts within the field of emerging technologies. It is often difficult to gauge the credibility of individuals in technical spaces such as this. I focused my research on resources with only the highest level of credibility. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is one of the most prominent associations in the consumer technology space. The CTA provides businesses with invaluable resources such as market research and trends, networking and events, and a mentorship program. Consulting firms such as IBM, McKinsey & Company, and Element AI are also very credible and valuable resources in this space. They recruit the top industry experts from various disciplines. Lastly, Amazon and Google offer programs that can help train your client to stay ahead of the curve.
Emerging technologies is a complex space. The products in this space, such as the ones you’ve mentioned, are driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Many of the experts in this field are recruited by tech giants such as Google and Amazon. Others are recruited by the top consulting firms. Thus, in order to interface with experts of emerging technologies and AI, you need to go through companies to do so. I’ve provided an overview of a few different types of resources that should enable you to serve your client.
At the forefront of consumer technology and emerging technologies is the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The CTA membership program provides businesses with cutting-edge market research and trends, networking and events, as well as a mentorship program for interfacing with industry experts.
One of the most popular events that the CTA hosts is the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Many top companies in the consumer technology space attend CES to showcase new products, check out emerging trends, and network with other industry leaders. At CES 2018, some noteworthy presentations were regarding artificial intelligence (business applications of the technology), and “smart home” applications.
IT STRATEGY AND AI CONSULTING
There are many consulting firms out there so I’ve narrowed it down to a few of the top firms within the IT strategy space. Both IBM and McKinsey & Company are top 5 ranked consulting firms for IT strategy.
IBM has been one of the leading research and consulting firms in the technology space for decades. This prominent firm has also been one of the leading forces in the AI industry for just as long. IBM’s IoT (Internet of Things) works with clients to help integrate emerging technologies and revamp business models. IoT consulting is designed specifically to prepare businesses for the future. Contact an IBM representative here.
McKinsey & Company is one of the most well-respected and prominent consulting firms in the world. McKinsey & Co. has done substantial research on technology and innovation and can help businesses understand and implement emerging technologies. A general contact form for McKinsey & Co. is here or you can contact your local McKinsey & Co. office here.
Element AI is a relatively new company founded by Yoshua Bengio. Professor Bengio is one of the world’s foremost experts on AI. The AI expert has nearly 95,000 citations on his work regarding AI and machine learning. He founded Element AI to bridge the gap between ideas and business applications. This AI consulting firm provides clients with education, idea generation, and roadmap development for implementation. The contact form for Element AI is here.
HANDS-ON LEARNING AND INTERFACING
Amazon, creator of Alexa and Echo, offers a collaborative and educational program called the Amazon ML Solutions Lab. The machine learning lab provides participants with brainstorming, training, and interfacing with Amazon machine learning experts. This opportunity is open to AWS customers and partners alike. For more information, contact Amazon sales here.
Google, one of the leading forces in AI research, offers a similar program. At the Machine Learning Advanced Solutions Lab, businesses can work side-by-side with the machine learning experts at Google. This program provides training, business solutions, and interfacing with industry experts. Their contact form is here.
These resources will allow your client to not only keep up with competitors in the consumer technology space, but will also provide them with the knowledge base necessary to work on their own innovations.
Consumer technology is an ever-expanding and increasingly complex market. The Consumer Technology Association in an invaluable resource in such a market. In this space, it's important to keep up with current market research and trends. It's also important to interface and network with industry leaders and experts. The CTA provides all the above and more. Consulting firms such as IBM, McKinsey & Company, and Element AI are also invaluable resources. They have teams of top researches and experts in the field and are thus more than qualified to give you the answers you're looking for. Lastly, companies such as Amazon and Google are providing businesses with the opportunity for hands-on learning and interfacing with the best and brightest in the AI industry. These resources would be invaluable to any business in the consumer technology space.