A new rival to IBM, Accenture and Cap Gemini?

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take:  Rightly or wrongly, I think of Accenture, Cap Gemini and IBM as the Big Three of smart grid systems integration and strategic consulting. (Use Comment form if you disagree.) But recent developments have me wondering if we should expand it to the Big Four to include DNV KEMA.

 

Many of you probably still think of KEMA as "those testing guys from Holland." Gradually, however, the firm moved far past testing into consulting and integration. And set up operations in many parts of the world. Then, less than a year ago, KEMA merged with DNV to further expand its global reach and capabilities.

 

And now parent DNV has merged with GL to create a global giant. Read the release below and you'd think that the main result was to strengthen the combined company's maritime safety and oil & gas operations. But dig a little deeper into DNV KEMA's capabilities and you'll see that the merger brought additional electric power capabilities.

 

Yes, testing and certification is still a big part of what they do. But for years now they've also been deeply into strategic consulting on smart grid design, renewables integration, regulatory policy, retail electricity and, most recently, smart cities.

 

It feels as if DNV KEMA can now rival the Big Three in many ways, yet with a uniquely technical bent. Use the Comment form if you can suggest other companies that also belong in the Big Leagues.- By Jesse Berst

 

DNV GL merger approved by competition authorities

 

Oslo: The merger between DNV and GL is now approved. The new company - DNV GL - will be operational from 12 September.

 

DNV GL will be the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society to the maritime industry, a leading provider of technical assurance and risk management services to the oil & gas industry and a leading expert in wind and power transmission and distribution. DNV GL also takes the position as one of the top three management system certification bodies in the world.

 

The competition authorities in South Korea, the USA, the EU and China have cleared the merger between the two well-regarded companies, both of which will soon celebrate 150 years of independent operations. The new company, formally called DNV GL Group, will comprise 17,000 employees across 300 sites in more than 100 countries, and have revenues of EUR 2,500 million per year.

 

“It is with great pride that we can now inform that this vision-driven merger for growth has been cleared by the competition authorities in all four required jurisdictions. The merging companies both represent leading market positions, complementary commercial positions and an acknowledged reputation for advanced technology and high quality and integrity,” says Henrik O. Madsen, Group CEO of DNV GL.

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