AECOM partners with Arrow Electronics to drive digital transformations

04 October 2018

Global design and engineering firm AECOM has entered into a strategic alliance with Arrow Electronics, a leading distributor of electronics components and a provider of technology consulting services. The pair of Fortune 200 firms will work together to drive digital transformation and smart cities solutions on a global scale.

Founded in 1935 in NYC and currently headquartered in Colorado, Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services, and solutions to commercial and industrial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. A supply channel partner with over 150,000 OEMs, Arrow maintains over 300 sales facilities and 45 distribution and value-added centers in over 80 countries. It had $26.6 billion in revenues last year.

LA-based AECOM is a leading design and engineering consultancy, with 87,000 employees and $18 billion in global revenues last year. Founded in 1990, the firm provides services in areas spanning from architecture to construction management and cybersecurity.AECOM partners with Arrow Electronics to drive digital transformationsThe pair of firms previously spent over a year collaborating on various smart cities initiatives in the US and examining global digital transformation projects. They apparently like what they’ve seen in each other, and have decided to combine their complementary competencies to help clients around the world build smart cities and, more generally, digitally transform – through AI, Big Data, Analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“This brings together best-in-class providers of technology infrastructure and physical asset infrastructure into one holistic offering to support the impending tsunami of global digital transformation initiatives,” said Aiden Mitchell, Arrow’s vice president and general manager of IoT global solutions.

A recent Bain & Company report projects the IoT market to grow to $520 billion by 2021. Meanwhile, digital transformation efforts are expected to revamp and drive productivity in nearly every industry, from oil & gas to the US military.

Smart city projects are also gaining traction, as cities around the world use electronic data collection and connected devices to better manage their resources. For example, Amsterdam has put in place monitored smart traffic management technology to help motorists determine the best routes, smart energy meters to incentivize reduced energy use, and flexible ‘smart’ street lighting, among other initiatives.

The strategic alliance of AECOM and Arrow aims to meet the growing demand for digital transformation and smart city projects. “This collaboration gives both companies the ability to vastly broaden services and solutions, as well as quickly scale within both AECOM’s and Arrow’s respective customer bases,” commented Kirk Rabius, AECOM’s vice president of Asset Advisory within Design and Consulting Services.

In other AECOM news, the firm was selected as part of a winning consortium to design the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The six-lane, 2.5 km long Detroit-Windsor bridge connection will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America.


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Publicis Sapient named a leader in digital transformation

21 March 2019

A recent analysis and ranking from Forrester on digital transformation firms has placed Publicis Sapient in the leader category, alongside other top performers including McKinsey and Accenture.

Paris-based advertising and PR giant Publicis purchased digital marketing firm Razorfish from Microsoft for more than $500 million in 2009. In 2015, it put down $4 billion to buy Boston-based digital transformation firm Sapient. In 2016, Publicis fused Sapient’s advertising and marketing arm SapientNitro with Razorfish to create SapientRazorfish. Earlier this year, Publicis merged the latter entity with Sapient Consulting to create Publicis Sapient, an end-to-end digital transformer that combines strategy, consulting, and customer experience to drive successful digital change.

The unified brand has now been recognized as a leader in market research firm Forrester’s Q1 analysis of digital transformation accelerators. The other firms recognized as leaders were Accenture, EY, McKinsey & Company, PwC, and IBM.

Forrester’s report helps executives select the right consultancy for their needs. According to the market researcher, many digital transformations stall when they target short-term gains in customer experience and operational efficiency without tying the effort to true market understanding and a broader business strategy. The digital leaders on Forrester’s list are more likely to deliver the full package needed for success.

Publicis Sapient named a leader in digital transformation

The top firms are also more likely to provide the “speed of design and execution” vital to digital success. According to the Forrester analysis, the leaders “blend strategy and execution chops and couple them with the soft skills for inspiring leadership and training teams. CIOs and digital executives should look for providers that: have the capabilities to design business for change [and] can seamlessly integrate emerging technologies to design new experiences.”

Publicis Sapient was lauded for its effective customer research in support of digital transformations, its world-class digital experience design capabilities, and its performance-driving outcome-based contracts. The analysis did, however, find room for improvement in the company’s ability to advise on strategy at the CEO level.

With the creative and marketing roots of SapientNitro and Razorfish – and the resources of Publicis – the firm is a top consultancy on the customer experience front. “Publicis Sapient is an especially strong partner where the transformation emphasis is on creating world-class digital customer and employee experiences,” the report states.

"We are honored to be recognized as a Leader in this space and believe that it is a proof point of the success of our unique approach to helping clients on their constantly evolving digital transformation journeys," Nigel Vaz, Public Sapient CEO, said.The integration of our capabilities across strategy and consulting, experience and engineering, along with creative problem-solving, provides us with a unique view of both the company and the customer to enable end-to-end transformation."

Among those placed in the “Strong Performers” category were Deloitte, KPMG, Capgemini, Cognizant, Wipro, and Atos. TCS, Infosys, and DXC Technology ranked in the “Contenders” category.