McKinsey Buys Iguazio
January 26, 2023
the addition of Iguazio’s technology and a team of more than 70 data and AI
experts, McKinsey will be able to dramatically accelerate and scale AI
deployments, driving further impact for clients.
The pace of change has never been faster. To thrive in today’s competitive
market, harnessing the power of AI is essential. According to McKinsey research,
more than $490 billion was invested in AI by organizations around the globe from
2012 to 2021. But most business leaders are still struggling to translate these
investments into concrete returns, with only 10 percent of AI projects actually
emerging from the lab and succeeding in real business environments.
As a leader in the technology space, QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey has been
working with clients for more than a decade to embed AI into real-time decision
making to help solve the world’s most challenging problems. But one key question
remained unanswered: how do organizations successfully deploy and scale AI to
unlock real business value?
“The answer to this is multi-dimensional. It requires getting many elements
right simultaneously – data, algorithms, IT architecture, capabilities, change
management, and domain expertise,” explains Alexander Sukharevsky, McKinsey
senior partner and global co-leader QuantumBlack. “We have been working on a
holistic offering that allows us to master all these dimensions in a very
intuitive way, and we have road-tested it with various clients across the globe.
Our teams have been working on a solution that automates and accelerates AI
development, deployment, putting AI applications into production at scale and in
real-time in any environment.”
Working with Iguazio, QuantumBlack will be able to immediately provide clients
with industry-specific AI solutions that are five times more productive, eight
times faster from proof-of-concept to production, and twice as reliable.
“We analyzed more than a 1000 AI companies worldwide and identified Iguazio as
the best fit to significantly accelerate our AI offering – from the initial
concept to production, in a simplified, scalable and automated manner,” says Ben
Ellencweig, McKinsey senior partner and QuantumBlack global leader of alliances
and acquisitions. “Iguazio has a state-of-the-art technology that has generated
significant market traction with some of our marquee clients and earned them
top-industry recognition. Strengthening our offering with Iguazio will allow us
to present to the market the first holistic solution globally that helps any
organization truly harness the full potential of AI.”
Over time, the Iguazio and QuantumBlack teams will be fully integrated, working
from a single product roadmap, to bring together the best technology assets of
each firm into a single product. Our new offering will allow us to integrate AI
in real-time decision making and capture full value to help clients drive
sustainable and inclusive growth.
“This acquisition will enable us to implement AI with fewer resources at
significantly lower cost,” says Alex Singla, McKinsey senior partner and
QuantumBlack global co-leader. “This is especially meaningful for companies
experiencing a critical shortage of tech talent, one of the reasons many AI
projects have been delayed.”
This is McKinsey’s first acquisition in Israel. Our newly extended team will
serve as the foundation for a new QuantumBlack location, which McKinsey expects
to expand and grow in the coming years. “Attracting exceptional tech talent and
expanding our tech ecosystem will enable us to welcome colleagues from around
the globe to Tel Aviv’s exciting tech scene,” says Matt Fitzpatrick, McKinsey
senior partner and QuantumBlack Labs global co-leader.
Iguazio’s four co-founders – CEO Asaf Somekh, along with CTO Yaron Haviv, COO
Yaron Segev, and VP Architecture Orit Nissan-Messing – have been working
together since 2001, both in their own startups and across multiple
organizations, and have developed some of the core technologies of enterprise
analytics and AI.
have seen firsthand, and know how to overcome, the organizational challenges of
using AI. “From a values perspective, we are always thinking first about ‘what
are our clients’ needs, not just now but a year from today?’ And we have
cultivated a production-first platform that is geared towards automation and
acceleration of the data science process end-to-end, serving as a foundation for
clients to scale their AI initiatives quickly and easily across the entire
company,” says Asaf. “We’re thrilled to join the McKinsey family and help
clients see real business value from their AI initiatives.”
For Iguazio colleagues, joining McKinsey offers the chance to deliver greater
value to more enterprise clients around the world. “We have spent years
developing and refining our technology. This is an opportunity for wider
adoption, better vertical solution integration, and, together with McKinsey’s
team, making it simpler for enterprises to generate real business value from AI
with far less overhead.” adds Orit.
Last month, Forrester designated McKinsey a “leader” among AI service providers.
“McKinsey’s acquisition of Iguazio and its transformative technology is a
testament to the firm’s commitment to helping enterprises build their businesses
around data and AI to drive greater efficiency and accelerate delivery of modern
and innovative services to market,” says Yaron Haviv.
“The next phase of AI innovation is among us,” says Alex Sukharevsky. “And we’re
proud to be leading this journey.”