KPMG opens its largest innovation and technology Ignition Center in Chicago

By Libby Langsdorf

April 9, 2019 - KPMG today cut the ribbon on its seventh space designed to help businesses understand disruption, and become better able to compete and transform in the 21st Century.

The KPMG Ignition Center in Chicago, is the firm’s largest yet, with 30,000 square feet of innovation and client-facing space on the 68th floor of the Aon Center, including KPMG’s newest Innovation Lab and Insights Center and our Technology Solutions teams. These teams collaborate with leading technology firms to enable cyber, Tax transformation and technology, robotics and process automation and cloud-based solutions to some of the most complex business problems.

New to the firm’s Ignition Center in Chicago is the Green Room, a prototyping “Garage” space that will house immersive environments where clients can interact with current technologies in new ways. It currently houses a “retail branch of the future,” an immersive demonstration of how Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning are helping retail banks and mortgage lenders to enhance customer service and simplify complex interactions.

The proliferation of disrupters like artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented/virtual reality and platform business models enhances the need for businesses to better understand disruption, become better, more competitive and even transform.

“With the rate and pace of disruption in the market, KPMG is constantly focused on making strategic, short and long-term investments that address market disruption and support our own transformation and that of our clients,” said Mike Nolan, Vice Chair, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions (I&ES).

Added Nolan, “These spaces bring together our capabilities across emerging technologies, strategy and business services in a new way. It represents how KPMG is transforming our own business and the new ways that we are working with our clients to help them evolve their business models, operating models, and financial models.”

KPMG’s Ignition Centers are one example of the type of investment that KPMG is making to support work in areas like design thinking, data analytics (D&A), artificial intelligence (AI), Digital Transformation, Managed Services and Blockchain.

KPMG Ignition Centers are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Grand Rapids, New York – midtown and SoHo, and San Francisco. An eighth KPMG Ignition Center will open in Lake Nona, Florida in 2020.

To learn more about KPMG Ignition Centers or to arrange an interview, contact Libby Langsdorf.

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Firm’s largest innovation and client-focused space will help businesses understand disruption, become better, more competitive and even transform

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Mike Nolan

Vice Chair, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions, KPMG US

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