Capgemini expands US footprint with Leidos Cyber acquisition

13 June 2018 Consulting.us

French digital consultancy Capgemini has expanded its US footprint with the acquisition of Leidos Cyber. No terms have been disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close by the end of 2018, subject to Committee of Foreign Investment approval.

Leidos Cyber is the commercial cybersecurity arm of Virginia-headquartered engineering, defense, and IT company Leidos. The Fortune 500 firm set up Leidos Cyber more than 10 years ago and the subsidiary has since established a hugely successful track record in the cybersecurity space. Chiefly based in the US, Leidos Cyber commands a small army of almost 500 cybersecurity experts across various locations.

Digital consulting giant Capgemini boasts a headcount of more than 200,000 professionals across 40 countries. Headquartered in Paris, it has a growing presence in the US – the world’s largest consulting market – and global revenues approaching $15 billion. The consulting firm – which has dozens of US offices from Austin to Phoenix – recently won a lucrative digital transformation contract with the State of Texas.

“Leidos Cyber is a pioneer in the field of cybersecurity. It defined the market in protecting the industrial control ecosystem for the mission critical infrastructure needs of global enterprises,” said Paul Hermelin, Capgemini CEO.

“Its world class security expertise and status as a trusted advisor to many Fortune 500 leaders makes it totally complementary to Capgemini’s global cybersecurity practice. It is the perfect fit to reinforce our cybersecurity practice in North America, to help meet the security requirements of our international client base.”

Capgemini expands US footprint with Leidos Cyber acquisition

“Capgemini’s well-established security services portfolio coupled with its global presence makes it a natural home for our commercial cybersecurity team,” said Robert Meindl, President, Leidos Cyber. “Not only will we be able to play our part in augmenting the North America cybersecurity practice but we also look forward to adding value to the global security provisions of Capgemini’s clients around the world.”

The acquisition underlines broader trends in the increasingly complex cybersecurity advisory game. Leidos itself recently acquired the Information Systems and Global Solutions practice at Lockheed Martin. The firm is one of many Virginia and Greater Washington-based defense contractors seeking to divest their commercial operations to focus exclusively on the national security branch of IT advisory services.

In the private sphere there is plenty of scope for digital consultancies to expand, as Capgemini’s ambition shows. A recent study from KPMG found that US executives were the most fearful of a cyberattack damaging their organizations and now consider the protection of customer data to be a ‘top personal priority’.

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Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutions

17 April 2019 Consulting.us

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will work with Google Cloud to create an array of solutions for the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, and retail sectors. The announcement was made at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Deloitte has an especially strong partnership with Google Cloud, having been named its Global Services Partner of the Year for two years running. Google Cloud is among the leading enterprise cloud platforms, alongside the offerings of industry heavyweights such as Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM.

Deloitte currently provides a number of industry-specific solutions build on the Google Cloud platform, targeting areas like big data and analytics, machine learning, application services, SAP, and security. Deloitte leverages its existing technology and industry-specific expertise to build solutions on Google’s powerful open-source software. It’s a common exercise for many consulting firms – turning the raw material of a platform or ecosystem into a useful finished product for diverse clients, possibly as part of a wider overall advisory package.Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutionsThe consulting firm will now deliver new Google Cloud solutions to clients in three pivotal sectors. In life sciences and healthcare, Deloitte will offer solutions targeting biomedical research, operations optimization, and healthcare data modernization. Within financial services, the firm will help banking, insurance, and investment management companies convert ideas into profitable strategies though Google’s high-performance computing and applied AI. Deloitte will also offer leading-edge solutions to help detect financial crimes.

The retail sector, meanwhile, will be able to benefit from advanced consumer insights and engagement, more connected supply chains, and efficient and modern commerce infrastructure.

"We are thrilled to make this commitment with Google Cloud to bring the power of its leading technologies to our enterprise clients," Janet Foutty, chair and CEO, Deloitte Consulting and chair-elect, said. "Together, we plan to transform operating models across these key sectors by harnessing the power of cloud technologies and the extensive industry-specific knowledge and experience of our practitioners."

Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, added, “Deloitte's reputation for enterprise transformation makes them an ideal teammate for us as we expand our cloud into new industries and with the world's biggest customers. Industries from health care to financial services to retail share a need to modernize – quickly. We're excited to join with Deloitte and deliver solutions and technology to help them do just that."

Related: KPMG and Google join forces to bring Industry 4.0 solutions to clients