IBM is a large monotone, monochrome, monotonous IT provider, which has an arm that offer system integration services. They prefer to refer to these services as “management consultancy” because they believe it will allow them to charge higher day rates and sufficiently confuse people who want to be management consultants into working for them.
Given the very large amount of money that the company makes from selling hardware and software, they also employ oodles of people who advise large organisations on how best to configure (preferably IBM) hardware and software (and middleware and enterprise service buses and data taxis and code carrying rickshaws) and they like to refer to this work as Strategy Consultants. They are not so naive as to believe this will allow them charge McKinsey level rates, but it does allow their senior Enterprise Architects to say “I’m a strategy consultant for IBM” when they are at their monthly train spotting meeting.
If you are not a techy geek – stay away. If you are proud to be a techy geek and like big monolithic cultures – they’re the right people for you.