This evening as the Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas, I took a stroll through a pavilion called CES Unveiled, where companies gather to show off some of their products early to reporters.
Alongside booths advertising home security cameras and self-playing pianos and smartphone-controllable essential oil aerosolizers, I saw a lonely booth with nothing in it but a single laptop and a company logo: Accenture.
Accenture, if you don't know, is a massive consulting firm that specializes in helping big companies stitch together hardware and software from a bunch of different providers into solutions that help a particular business need. It's huge, with more than 350,000 employees, and it earned more than $3 billion on $31 billion in revenue last year.
But it's an enterprise company. So what was it doing at the Consumer Electronics Show?
Spreading the news. And the news is not good.