In an R&D market teeming with vendors, innovation and rapid change, choosing the right strategic consulting partner is paramount. To stay ahead of the curve, life sciences organizations need providers who can deliver more than increased agility and dollars saved. They’re seeking strategic counsel to guide their adoption of innovative business models and help them overcome everyday challenges—on top of those brought on by COVID-19.


“Partnering with the right vendor can help organizations reset their thinking, drive cultural change, and accelerate their innovation agendas,” notes the latest “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Life Science R&D Strategic Consulting Services 2021 Vendor Assessment.” But to accomplish these goals, organizations need to choose vendors with a wider, specialized skillset.

“Strategic consulting partners that possess the combination of technology implementation, AI/ML-powered data and analytics expertise, and life science domain expertise, complemented by organizational change management skills, will truly lead the way,” the IDC MarketScape states. 


That’s why a new IDC MarketScape assessment recently evaluated nine life sciences R&D consulting firms and strategic consulting services providers, including ZS, and placed them in categories based on their individual scores. The report unpacks each company’s ability to help organizations address strategic, operational and tactical transformation issues within R&D. 


In its assessment, the IDC MarketScape placed ZS in the Leaders Category, citing ZS’s strength in proprietary accelerators driven by AI and advanced analytics. The high score also reflects the fact that these accelerators work seamlessly together and were developed for diverse applications ranging from cloud-based trial intelligence to real-world evidence (RWE) within the context of R&D in the pharmaceutical industry. 


Get your complimentary access to the “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Life Science R&D Strategic Consulting Services 2021 Vendor Assessment” excerpt to see why ZS was named a Leader.

The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the circles. Vendor year-over-year growth rate relative to the given market is indicated by a plus, neutral or minus next to the vendor name.