NEW YORK and TORONTO, May 5, 2020 /CNW/ - Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired Callisto Integration ("Callisto"), a Canada-based provider of consulting and technology services. The company provides digital manufacturing services to large companies in the food and beverage, chemicals, utilities and other industries. The acquisition expands Accenture's capabilities to help clients in North America ensure the timely production of orders, increase their yield and enhance the quality of their products.
Among Callisto's key services are the design and implementation of manufacturing execution systems, industrial internet of things (IoT) systems and shop-floor control systems. These systems ensure the materials, workers and equipment for each production order are ready when needed. They also provide real-time data on the production process. As a result, companies can better detect and address quality issues and more accurately predict machine failure.
The 160 Callisto employees join Accenture's Industry X.0 practice. This part of Accenture uses digital technologies — such as the IoT, data analytics and artificial intelligence — to improve how companies design, engineer and manufacture products and services and operate industrial facilities.
Callisto is headquartered in Oakville, Ontario. It also has two offices in the United States — in Richmond, Virginia and Albany, Oregon — as well as offices in Warwick in the United Kingdom and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Callisto will play a key role in creating a collaborative environment for digital manufacturing in North America, which will help clients develop and quickly execute innovative ideas, supported by a team of digital technology experts and a full manufacturing technology stack.
The acquisition includes Callisto's MeasureTek subsidiary, based in Albany, which uses IoT technology to provide precision farming services, such as dynamic field monitoring and irrigation information.
"Our clients, who include the leaders in virtually every industry, are under tremendous pressure to harness the power of disruption for competitive advantage," said Jimmy Etheredge, CEO, North America at Accenture. "Our acquisition of Callisto shows how we continue to scale our digital manufacturing capabilities to help our clients innovate and succeed in an environment of accelerating digitization."
Craig McNeil, the managing director at Accenture who leads its Industry X.0 practice in North America, said, "Digital technologies are fundamentally transforming the factory floor. The combination of our Industry X.0 capabilities with Callisto's digital manufacturing expertise can help our clients make their production processes more efficient and flexible. It can also help them produce higher-quality products and increase the safety and sustainability of their plant operations."
Jeffrey Russell, president, Accenture in Canada, said, "With Callisto, Accenture will offer a unique combination of manufacturing, technology and analytics services. We're thrilled to welcome Callisto's employees to the Accenture family and to work together to solve our clients' biggest challenges."
Mike Grasley, Callisto Integration's chief innovation officer, said, "Becoming part of Accenture Industry X.0 and Accenture's global organization is an incredible opportunity. It allows us to bring our digital manufacturing solutions to more clients at a scale that hasn't been possible before and presents new opportunities to our people."
Callisto Integration is the third digital manufacturing advisory and services provider that Accenture has acquired recently, following Silveo in France and Enterprise System Partners in Ireland in 2019. Other recent acquisitions Accenture has made to strengthen its Industry X.0 business include German embedded software company ESR Labs, Dutch product design and innovation agency VanBerlo, U.S. product innovation and engineering company Nytec, U.K. innovation firm Happen, and German technology consultancy Zielpuls.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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