PA subsidiary 7Safe provides eDiscovery services to public sector

04 August 2017

7Safe, the technical-testing & assurance, digital investigations, and cyber skills training subsidiary of UK-headquartered PA Consulting Group, has announced an agreement with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to supply eDiscovery services to the UK public sector. The agreement sees PA and 7Safe named as suppliers on CCS’s e-Disclosure Services framework.

The CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. The framework of contracting private sector personnel to handle confidential material is claimed to help under-resourced public bodies cut costs when managing sensitive data and documents. In the wake of the global WannaCry cyber-hack, the UK government has come under increasing pressure to invest in the public sector’s legacy data infrastructure.

7Safe provides cyber security and digital investigation advice, education and technical services to technology-enabled organisations and helps them develop and maintain their cyber security and information investigation capabilities. The firm will aim to provide CCS with cost-efficient and timely e-Discovery and e-Disclosure expertise where needed, while utilising in-house expertise civil litigation and criminal cases to ensure discretion and effective safeguarding. PA’s project managers will meanwhile work to complement 7Safe’s e-Disclosure technical services, as an extension of the duo’s pre-existing relationship with the CCS, established through existing government consultancy frameworks. The UK government was reported by the National Audit Office to have spent between £400 and £600 million since 2013.

PA, 7Safe and CSS

With European General Data Protection Regulation taking effect in May 2018, companies are increasingly looking for assurances that security-classified documents and any personally-identifiable information held in public sector systems is safe and secure, while also managing costs effectively. The agreement reached in July between the CSS, PA and 7Safe, comes at a time when electronic data experts along with the latest security technologies are increasingly in demand, to ensure companies have access to the latest thinking and tools. The growing amount of outsourcing is in line with a prediction made by PA themselves in 2015 when they forecasted that the trend would be largely motivated by cost reduction (59%) and access to resources (55%).

Commenting on the agreement, Ken Allan, a digital expert at both the consulting firm and 7Safe said, “An important part of our mission at PA Consulting Group is to transform and improve public services. We work with the full spectrum of government and the public sector, from central departments through to universities and local service providers. To do this, we have always employed the latest technology and highly skilled people to achieve value for money for our clients.”


Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”