Sopra Steria enters Intelligent Automation alliance with Symphony Ventures

24 July 2018

Consulting firm Sopra Steria has announced a strategic partnership with Symphony Ventures to accelerate Intelligent Automation in the private and public sectors. The organisations hope that the alliance will help them to offer the market a unique blend of IA best practice in consultancy and implementation.

Innovative new technologies are revolutionising business processes of companies of all shapes and sizes. Advanced use of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – a simple form of rules-based automation, which can be used to improve the quality, speed and efficiency of client-facing functions – is expected to double by 2020, while the next major trend, Intelligent Automation (IA), is set to provide information management software and services to businesses, helping set new standards of efficiency and productivity. In anticipation of this burgeoning market, global consultancies Sopra Steria and Symphonie Ventures have announced a new alliance aimed at addressing the growing needs of their clients, with regards to the use of IA to support the needs of customers across enterprise and the public and private sectors.

Symphony has clients in more than 24 countries in every major industry, and works with a roster of leading software providers including UiPath, Blue Prism, Thoughtonomy, NICE Systems, eNate, ABBYY and Celaton. In response to changing market trends, the company is continuing to expand its digital ecosystem of tools to offer expanded solutions for clients. Symphony has headquarters in London and offices in the US, Poland, Latin America and India. Sopra Steria is trusted by leading private and public-sector organisations to deliver successful transformation programmes that address their most complex and critical business challenges. Sopra Steria, meanwhile, enables clients to make the best use of digital technology, leveraging nearly 42,000 employees in more than 20 countries, and generating revenue of €3.8 billion in 2017.

Sopra Steria enters Intelligent Automation alliance with Symphony Ventures

As specialist consultants in IA and RPA, Symphony Ventures is expected to boost Sopra Steria’s growth in these areas and to rapidly develop new and exciting solutions, enabling customers to re-imagine business operations. Working together, Sopra Steria and Symphony hope to offer IA with the power to transform business process capabilities at an enterprise level and unlock value across the entire organisation, tapping into the booming demand for transformation consulting relating to innovative technologies. Together, Sopra Steria and Symphony aim to offer clients a clear and scalable manner in which to integrate IA into the business operation, with a rapid Return On Investment. The terms of the strategic alliance are still being finalised, but both parties are set to enter the market in a joint project as of the second half of 2018.

John Torrie, CEO at Sopra Steria UK, said, "This alliance signals our investment in IA and accelerates our transformation to become a consulting led business.  Symphony Ventures is the perfect strategic ally for us. It has an outstanding reputation in the market and a proven high-end consulting capability. Clients are looking for rapid, assured automation to drive change, re-imagine customer services and transform business models.  Together, Sopra Steria and Symphony will offer the insight, innovation and capability needed to deliver outstanding outcomes and get rapid results.”

David Poole, Co-founder and CEO at Symphony Ventures, added, “This is a major strategic alliance for Symphony and a key step in the future growth of our business. Sopra Steria’s strong Business Process Services heritage and extensive client base represents a huge opportunity for us. IA has seen explosive growth over the last four years and with Cognitive, AI and Machine Learning capabilities rapidly emerging, we see the combination of these technologies turning the BPS industry on its head. We are truly excited about the power of this new alliance.”

Related: FinTech Scotland partners with Deloitte and Sopra Steria.


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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

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.”