December 21, 2015
Accenture Closes Acquisition of Cimation, Expanding Consulting, Digital and Cyber Security Services to Better Serve Oil and Gas, Pipeline, Chemicals, Metals and Mining ClientsHOUSTON; Dec. 21, 2015 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Cimation, an affiliate of Audubon Companies and an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) consulting company known for its work in process automation, information technology (IT) and industrial control system (ICS) cyber security.
The transaction supports the integration of enterprise IT systems and operational technology (OT) needed by resources industries to capitalize on opportunities such as automation solutions, production optimization, asset analytics and ICS cyber security. As a result, companies can better maintain, operate and optimize their wells, pipelines, refineries, chemical plants and mines.
“With Cimation, we further our capability to provide end-to-end services to our customers as they operate and maintain their most important industrial assets,” said Peggy Kostial, Senior Managing Director for Accenture’s North America Resources operating group. “This union with Cimation is our latest step in the execution of our strategy to move beyond enterprise and customer services into asset management and operations, taking advantage of the transformative opportunities driven by the Industrial Internet of Things.”
Cimation’s approximately 200 people, most of whom are located in the United States and Canada, will join the Accenture Asset and Operations Services group.
“We look forward to playing a pivotal role in the delivery of IIoT projects that push the boundaries of the digital revolution as a part of Accenture,” said Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cimation. “As we further integrate our businesses, Accenture and Cimation share two main objectives: to drive greater value for our clients through the convergence of IT and OT and to provide exciting career opportunities for Cimation’s team of dedicated employees.”
Founded in 2009 in Louisiana with executive offices in Houston and Metairie, Cimation has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years, where it ranked number 32 in the energy industry and number 31 in Houston in 2015. It was also number 22 on Forbes’ 2013 list of America’s most promising companies and has received numerous recognitions for its fast growth and business performance, including top rankings in lists of the Houston Business Journal and Control Engineering Magazine.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
Cimation, an affiliate of Audubon companies, is an operations consulting company delivering secure technology solutions to the global energy and chemicals industries. As a vendor-agnostic firm, Cimation has executed thousands of reliable consulting, system integration and engineering projects that combine automation, industrial IT, enterprise data and ICS cyber security solutions. Armed with diverse project experience, process knowledge and technical expertise, Cimation’s global team improves its clients’ operations by engineering and integrating industrial technology that impacts safety and efficiency. Recent awards include: Inc.5000, Forbes most promising companies, Houston Business Journal (HBJ) Fast Tech 50 and HBJ Fast 100. For more information, visit www.cimation.com.
About Audubon Companies
Audubon Companies is a global provider of EPCM services for the oil & gas, petrochemical, refining, and pipeline markets. Equipped with experience and talent, Audubon Companies’ four affiliates – Audubon Engineering Solutions, Audubon Field Solutions, Cimation, and Affinity – deliver innovative and flexible solutions for repeatable project success -- safely, on-schedule, and within budget. For more information, visit www.auduboncompanies.com.
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