Letter to the editor
Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked, "Does a consulting firm lose its objectivity if it's owned by a product manufacturer?"
Of course they lose their objectivity. There are also cases of affiliations between consulting companies and product companies that call into question how objective a consulting company can be. The Big Six firms will only recommend software from companies that they have affiliations with. Those recommendations produce commissions for the partners of those firms.
In my 20 years of consulting and cleaning up after the Big Six firms, I have noticed that once a consultant reaches an associate partner level in those firms, they lose objectivity in favor of profit potential.
Bruce Woods NOLA Computer Services Inc.