BearingPoint boosts IoT offerings with relayr alliance

29 July 2015 Consultancy.uk

Global consulting firm BearingPoint has agreed a partnership with relayr, a German specialist in the field of connected devices. With the move, BearingPoint bolsters its Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and will work with relayr to help companies develop new IoT products and solutions. 

According to analysts, the Internet of Things, a term used to describe networks of connected devices and related services, represents one of the largest drivers of productivity and growth in the next decade. In a recent study from PwC the advisors estimate that by 2020 the globe will have up to 30 billion connected devices, representing an IoT market value of around $9 trillion. A more forward-looking analysis by McKinsey & Company finds that by 2025 the total economic benefit of the technology could break through the $11 trillion mark. 

Internet of Things - Driver of productivity and growth

With the IoT market booming, and demand for advisory and support sky-high, professional services firms are anxiously boosting their portfolio in the domain. Against the backdrop, BearingPoint, with more than 3,400 consultants across the globe one of the larger business and technology consultancies, has agreed an alliance with Berlin-based relayr. As part of the deal, the partners will bundle their IoT expertise to provide more integrated business and tech services. The two companies will also work together to provide IoT acceleration workshops and rapid prototyping services, enabling companies to in an accessible manner experience the potential of the disruptive phenomenon.

“At these workshops, companies can learn how they can easily develop IoT solutions that will increase efficiency and even build their first proof-of-concept solutions, with the help of relayr’s technical and cloud expertise and BearingPoint’s decades long experience in process design and IT integration,” explains Donald Wachs, a Germany-based Partner at BearingPoint. According to Wachs, through using their joint IoT technology the partners are in a position to develop prototypes in “a few hours”, and implement complete solutions in “as little as one business quarter.”

Relayr - bring things to life

A third component of the alliance is collaboration in the area of SAP. Initially, the joining of forces will focus on integrating the relayr cloud to business processes primarily managed by SAP systems, allowing sensor data to be shared for beneficial new use cases in areas such as customer service and new business offerings. Other areas of benefit include among others remote control and monitoring, and predictive maintenance.

“We’re delighted to be working with BearingPoint on process integration. This partnership will build growth, aid digital transformation and bring companies into the Internet of Things faster and easier,” says Jens Mueller, Vice President Sales & Business Development at relayr.

Consulting partners
For relayr, BearingPoint is the third major consultancy to join its partner network. The fast growing startup, founded in 2013, previously struck alliances with Accenture and A.T. Kearney. "relayr's Cloud, SDKs and WunderBar are rapidly facilitating and bringing us and our customers into the Internet of Things," comments Sebastian Schoemann, Principal Digital Transformation at A.T. Kearney. Frank Riemensperger, Senior Managing Director at Accenture, adds: “Accenture is helping global enterprise and industry customers learn fast how to take advantage of the IoT for the digital transformation of their business processes, but also for their customers. The relayr tech stack - from their Cloud Platform and Data Services down to the connected devices - enables us to take our customers from first prototype to roll-out in a few months."

Donald Wachs, Jens Mueller, Frank Riemensperger, Sebastian Schoemann

Last month BearingPoint agreed a partnership with Unit4 in the UK, expanding its Unit4-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) offerings.

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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.”