Associations APQC and AMCF Join Forces to Enable Consulting Firms to Better Serve Clients' Needs

Each Organization Will Offer a 50 Percent Discount On Annual Membership Fees for Professional Services Firms

Associations APQC and AMCF Join Forces to Enable Consulting Firms to Better Serve Clients' Needs

(Houston, TX - June 23, 2009) - APQC, a nonprofit process and performance improvement firm (www.apqc.org), and the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) are joining forces to promote an environment that fosters the success of management consulting firms and the value they deliver to clients.  As part of the initiative, members of each organization are eligible to receive a 50 percent discount on membership to the other organization if they join by Aug. 31, 2009.

"By partnering, APQC is able to provide additional value to our professional services firm members by introducing them to an organization that focuses exclusively on the consulting industry," said Cathy Hill, APQC's director of global alliances.  "And, in return, AMCF members will have access to APQC's more than 30 years of benchmarking and best practices research to better serve their clients' needs."

AMCF members who join APQC will have access to the organization's Knowledge Base, an online portal with thousands of content items geared specifically around improvement methods, benchmarks, and best practices. 

Additionally, members will have access to APQC's Open Standards Benchmarking CollaborativeSM (OSBC) research, which uses a publicly accessible framework for measuring performance.  Open surveys and data are available in human capital management, financial management, supply chain, product development, innovation, and IT.

"AMCF is delighted to partner with APQC and provide our members with invaluable access to in-depth research and information that helps us serve our clients more effectively," said John Furth, acting president and CEO of AMCF.  "APQC members will enjoy our numerous networking and learning opportunities held throughout the year through AMCF."

AMCF offers its members education, training, intellectual capital, networking, and senior-level meetings. It addresses all aspects of managing a consulting firm through its programs on legal practices, human capital, technology, marketing,  and operations/financial management as well as general management and leadership. In particular, AMCF's Code of Ethics and annual Operating Ratios Survey define best practices in managing a consulting firm.

Discounted memberships to both AMCF and APQC is for first-year members only.

ABOUT AMCF

AMCF represents the consulting industry with a collective voice to promote knowledge exchange and professional standards for the global community of management consulting firms. Its members range from big, global firms such as IBM, Deloitte, FTI, CapGemini, and Watson Wyatt Worldwide to small, focused firms in the areas of strategy, process reengineering, IT, and restructuring/bankruptcy, among others. The organization's mission is to promote an environment that fosters the success of management consulting firms and the value they deliver to clients.

For information, please contact Lindsey Driscoll at 212.AMCF.055 or ldriscoll@amcf.org or visit www.amcf.org

ABOUT APQC

APQC is the leading resource for performance analytics, best practices, process improvement, and knowledge management worldwide. Its research studies, benchmarking databases, and renowned Knowledge Base provide managers with intelligence to transform their organizations for better results. A member-based nonprofit founded in 1977, APQC currently serves over 750 of the Fortune Global 1000 companies as well as numerous government organizations.

For information, please contact Cathy Hill at 713.685.4652 or chill@apqc.org or visit www.apqc.org.

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