The Hackett Group has acquired European consultancy Aecus Limited. Aecus specialises in robotics so the move strengthens the Hackett Group’s presence in that market.
One of the motivators behind the acquisition will undoubtedly be that the Hackett Group’s own research suggests that robotics is a growing area. Its 2017 Key Issues report said that a large majority of businesses felt they needed to be delivering digitally but that few respondents had either a strategy or the talent to deliver it.
This absolutely means that there is an opportunity for the right company with the right set of offerings, which is why Intelligent Sourcing suspects we’re going to see a lot more acquisitions like this in the coming months. Waiting until the talent is trained in-house is not going to be an option.
“Companies are quickly realizing that embracing digital transformation is key to improving corporate efficiency and effectiveness. The Aecus acquisition is expected to significantly enhance our ability to support clients’ efforts in RPA, which is a critical element,” said The Hackett Group Vice-Chairman & COO David N. Dungan. “There’s tremendous synergy between our two organizations. Like The Hackett Group, Aecus relies on a foundation of benchmarking, enabling it to take a uniquely empirical and objective approach to the issue of how best to handle outsourcing relationships. They consult end-to-end across the outsourcing lifecycle, from feasibility analysis to scoping to transition, optimization and renegotiation.
Aecus Managing Director Rick Simmonds commented, “We are really excited by this – joining The Hackett Group represents a fantastic move forward for Aecus. The strength of The Hackett Group’s brand combined with the breadth of complementary services will enable us to serve our clients even more effectively and will provide our people with greater professional opportunities.”