Atos and Siemens pump additional €100 million into joint R&D programme

06 April 2018 Consultancy.uk

Atos and Siemens are each making a further €100 million available for their joint digital innovation agenda. The two companies have been working closely together since mid-2011.  With the new commitment of the French and German giants, their total joint budget for innovation and R&D will reach €330 million by 2020.

Following the acquisition of Siemens IT Solutions by Atos, the two parties signed a strategic partnership. French-origin Atos paid about €850 million at the end of 2010 for the IT arm of Siemens, in return for which the Germans received an approximate 15% stake in Atos’ shares (which at the time equated to around 12.5 million shares).

Since then, the two corporates have collaborated on projects (Atos helped Siemens with the global rollout of SAP HANA), new services (the two launched a joint cybersecurity service for industrial companies) and research & innovation.

Atos and Siemens pump additional €100 million into joint R&D programme

The results of the collaboration have so far “exceeded all expectations” said Thierry Breton, CEO and CEO of Atos. “The strategic alliance between Atos and Siemens is unique in our industry. Through our digital collaboration, we are combining our industry and technology knowledge to support together the end-to-end the digital transformation of our customers.” Roland Busch, CTO and member of the Managing Board of Siemens and member of the Board of Directors of Atos, added: “The strategic alliance continues to deliver strong business results while addressing important digital and innovative technologies.”

According to the two executives, since the start of the partnership in 2011, the two parties have achieved a joint order intake of €2.5 billion.

Building on the results, Atos and Siemens are now expanding their investments in innovation. Together, they are committing an additional €100 million to Research & Development. The joint innovation and investment programme focuses on the development of common capacities in the field of data analysis, artificial intelligence, advanced IoT and connectivity services, cyber security and digital technologies. With the move, the two partners want to stay ahead of their competition in the rapidly transforming IT landscape. 

“We continue to combine the strength of both companies and expand our investment programme to give substance to our common vision on themes such as cyber security and artificial intelligence. It is also crucial for us that Atos is an important partner in our ecosystem for MindSphere [the cloud IoT platform of Siemens], which underlines our common ambitions,” concluded Busch.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”