EY allies with Kinaxis to modernise client supply chains

15 January 2019 Consultancy.uk
Big Four firm EY and supply chain software firm Kinaxis have joined forces to drive supply chain reinvention for the digital age. The two firms will now work to help common clients modernise their end-to-end supply chain capacities.
 
Kinaxis is a supply chain management and sales and operation planning software company based in Ottawa, Canada. It is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and is a S&P/TSX Composite Component. The company was founded in 1984 by Duncan Klett and two others as Cadence Computer Corporation. It has since grown to more than 500 employees world-wide.
 
As it looks to push forward with global growth efforts, the firm has announced it has formed an alliance with Big Four professional services firm EY, aimed at modernising the end-to-end supply chain capabilities of common clients, and drive broader digital transformation. The partnership combines EY’s experience in supply chain and operations, consulting, digital transformation and intelligent automation with the Kinaxis supply chain planning platform, including augmented intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

EY allies with Kinaxis to modernise client supply chains

Under the alliance, EY UK and Kinaxis will aim to help clients achieve considerable supply chain efficiencies by adopting a concurrent planning approach that connects people, process and data to offer faster and better decision-making. The agreement is also designed to aid clients as they look to address challenges in supply chain and help them achieve ‘supply chain excellence’, according to a release on the deal.

Commenting on the move, Jolyon Austin, Supply Chain Transformation Leader, Advisory, EY, said, “This is a truly exciting time to be a supply chain practitioner. We are seeing the greatest wave of transformation ever in the supply chain planning area, and we are working with EY clients to help them capitalize on the latest trends. Through our relationship with Kinaxis, we are able to offer our clients an expanded, market-leading approach that will help revolutionize the way they operate.”

Paul Carreiro, Chief Revenue Officer, Kinaxis, added, “The complexity and continuing evolution of supply chain planning require experienced change management, process re-engineering, data integration and implementation capabilities. The integrated and collaborative EY approach to serving their clients aligns with our philosophy and our capabilities to help achieve a consolidated view of the entire supply chain so that clients can plan expected performance, monitor progress and respond to disconnects.”

 

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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.”