Consulting to-and-fro

Schlumberger closes doors on business consulting unit as personnel join Accenture. New deal with IBM to offer consulting and services around Avocet.

Schlumberger has sold its Business Consulting unit to Accenture. The 250-strong team will integrate Accenture’s Strategy arm. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Accenture’s Mark Knickrehm said, ‘The acquisition will strengthen our ability to provide strategic insights to upstream clients. Our technology-driven business strategies and digital knowledge complement the core consulting strengths of the professionals who are joining us.’ More from Accenture.

Schlumberger has also announced a new teaming with IBM to offer ‘integrated services to upstream oil and gas customers that will improve production’. Schlumberger is to contribute production optimization services, upstream expertise and its Avocet production operations platform. IBM brings ‘enterprise asset management and services’ to the table. IBM’s John Brantley explained that the joint engagement model would integrate enterprise and domain-specific business processes with real-time intelligence. Curiously, there was no mention of Watson! More from IBM

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