KPMG Opens First Ignition Center

New York-based KPMG LLP (FY13 gross revenue of $6.1 billion) opened the first of several planned high-tech work environments designed to facilitate the cross-functional teaming critical to the successful design and delivery of emerging solutions to its clients. Dubbed “Ignition Centers,” the environments are modeled after leading technology parks and business incubators around the world that feature dedicated, project-focused workspaces designed for information sharing, collaboration and increasing efficiencies during the creative process.

The new Ignition Center, based in Denver, stands to bring approximately 125 new jobs to the area in highly-sought-after fields including data science, enterprise architecture, application programming, solution development and IT integration.

“While we have offered these types of solutions for some time, we are now focused on centralizing the design and prototyping of these solutions in collaborative workspaces ­- enabled by the technology necessary to spark innovation,” says Stephen Chase, KPMG’s U.S. advisory management consulting leader. “Companies today need to think leaner, faster and more efficiently if they want to compete with emerging startups. These new centers will allow us to immerse our clients in an environment that replicates this start-up experience while also facilitating collaboration, creativity and teamwork.”

In addition to KPMG’s strong presence in the region, Denver was chosen as the location for the first center because its metropolitan area boasts a booming information technology workforce, including software developers and computer programmers and is rated as a top city for Millennials to develop their careers. KPMG plans to open additional Ignition Centers later this year.

Office-less, open floor plans, casual dress codes and recreational facilities create a casual, immersive environment for clients to identify and implement solutions that align business strategy with actionable execution. KPMG Ignition will also feature demonstrations of a variety of solutions via an interactive forum, along with seamless and scalable application infrastructure, including servers, internal and externally accessible network and software labs.