Letter to the editor
Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked, "Does a consulting firm lose its objectivity if it's owned by a product manufacturer?"
As a project manager in the Air Force for many years and several years in the civilian sector, I have found that the sad fact is that consultants who work for companies who also do production almost never give you the true unbiased guidance that you are seeking.
More than 95 percent of the time, those consultants tried to steer me to their own companies products as the "ultimate solution," even when, to an unbiased observer, that was definitely not the best alternative.
Gale Hamilton U.S. Air Force, retired
If a consulting firm owned by IBM Corp. was allowed to recommend IBM solutions, then it's objectivity would certainly be in question. If it were not allowed to do so, then why would IBM purchase it for the big bucks?
Name withheld by request