Kalypso and Integware Merge PLM Practices

Kalypso has recently merged with Integware, a fellow consulting firm with expertise in product lifecycle management (PLM), particularly in the life sciences industry. For about a decade, Kalypso has been offering a set of services, including objective PLM technology strategy and implementation services in consumer goods, high technology, manufacturing, and retail industries. With the addition of Integware, the combined firm hopes to provide clients with a broader set of innovation strategy, consulting, deployment, support, and training capabilities to drive real business results from PLM.
In addition to the life sciences, the merger expands the firms’ presence in the aerospace and defense (A&D), automotive, and energy industries. Together, the two firms have extensive knowledge of, and implementation experience with, all of the leading PLM and product innovation software providers, including Oracle’s Agile PLM, PTC, Dassault Systèmes, Siemens, Autodesk, and Aras. Thus, the merger does not necessarily create any channel chaos for those PLM vendors.
Kalypso has done well in the market, in part because the big consulting firms typically lack industry PLM expertise and mainly focus on billing customers with their consulting hours. Kalypso provides industry expertise and is really growing. This merger brings a missing set of skills and seems to be a good fit. Will this merger prompt many more big general management consultancies to follow Accenture’s suit of acquiring PLM specialists and creating its own PLM consulting practice?
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