KPMG opens tech and innovation center in Chicago

New 30,000 sqm center becomes professional service company's largest innovation and client-focused space, and will attempt to help businesses understand disruption


Professional services giant KPMG has announced the opening of its seventh and largest KPMG Ignition Center in the heart of the Windy City.

The 30,000 sqm KPMG Ignition Center – Chicago has been designed to address market disruption and support its clients' transformation journeys. Located on the 68th floor of Chicago's Aon Center, the center brings together KPMG's capabilities in signal sensing, design thinking, data and analytics and AI, strategy, business process and technology.

Mike Nolan, vice-chair of innovation and enterprise solutions at KPMG, commented: "These spaces help us to bring together our capabilities across emerging technologies, strategy and business services in a new way that represents how KPMG is transforming our business and how we help our clients transform."

According to KPMG, it selected Chicago as the location of its largest Ignition Center due to the city's broad array of industry sectors and businesses, as well as the access to the talent the US's third-largest population center offers.

"Chicago's ability to attract and retain technology talent is critical to the work we are doing to support enterprise-wide business transformation," said Linda Imonti, Chicago office managing principal.

"Our clients represent a cross-section of the industries and businesses that are being transformed by emerging technologies, regulatory changes and the changing customer," Imonti added. "Having a KPMG Ignition Center in Chicago enables us to not only help solve their complex business problems, but also to attract and retain the new types of talent critical to KPMG's continued growth."

The KPMG Ignition Center – Chicago will incorporate an innovation lab, an insights center, a prototyping "garage" space named the Green Room, a 13-person capacity briefing center and a living room featuring an executive dining area for person-to-person interaction.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who leaves office in May 2019, commented: "Chicago's tech scene has grown tremendously over the past several years because of our deep talent pool, global connectivity, world-class infrastructure, affordability and amazing quality of life.

"KPMG's ongoing commitment to invest in Chicago and foster the next generation of technologists in Chicago will advance our technology ecosystem for many years to come."

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