Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is to acquire Japanese DI Square’s consulting capabilities for product lifecycle management (PLM) and application lifecycle management (ALM) systems integration.
The amount of the deal – still subject to customary closing conditions – was not disclosed.
The acquisition will expand Accenture’s engineering expertise for automotive and other manufacturing clients in Japan and other markets. Accenture will acquire DI Square’s PLM and ALM-related know-how and client contracts as well as take on approximately 70 DI Square professionals. They will join Accenture’s Industry X group in Japan, which enables clients digitize their core operations including the design, development, manufacturing and servicing of smart connected products.
DI Square’s capabilities for PLM and ALM solutions and advanced engineering include 3D computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), modular design and model-based systems engineering (MBSE). The company is an implementation partner for PLM solutions from Dassault Systèmes, whose solutions are adopted among Japanese manufacturers including automotive companies, which set particularly strict QCD (quality, cost and delivery) standards.
DI Square’s capabilities will enable Accenture to build systems and solutions that can optimize and integrate clients’ engineering processes end-to-end, from conceptual design through to integration, operation and maintenance. The combination with Accenture’s artificial intelligence and Digital Twin expertise will help manufacturing clients become more productive and competitive. The two companies will also look to establish an ongoing alliance to streamline clients’ acquisition of software licenses and hardware as part of implementing their PLM and ALM solutions.