Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has acquired Realworld OO Systems B.V., a Netherlands-based division of Realworld Holding B.V. that specializes in geographic information system (GIS) solutions. These solutions help utilities digitize and optimize their electricity, water and natural gas networks. The transaction will expand Accenture's end-to-end portfolio of smart grid services and accelerate its plans to grow digital consulting services in Europe. By adding GIS services, Accenture will be able to further help clients with integrating information and operations technologies. In an area which is increasingly important for utilities, GIS is fundamental in automation, sensors and the integration of information technology and operational technology. It enables the exchange of data between GIS, operations and enterprise resource planning systems. "Our already leading Accenture Smart Grid Services business is now even better positioned to help clients to optimize and manage digital assets and intelligent grid operations," said Stephanie Jamison, global managing director, Accenture Smart Grid Services. "Realworld OO Systems brings new skills and capabilities to Accenture's end-to-end smart grid services portfolio with talented professionals who have invested years in mastering geographic information system solutions for utilities." Accenture's robust international presence at most large utilities companies, provides Realworld OO Systems an opportunity to immediately expand its business in Europe, while providing employees new technology or industry consulting career paths. "Our people have an outstanding role to play by combining the deep GIS knowledge of Realworld OO Systems with Accenture's smart grid services. This will support our clients' digital transformation with the latest technologies and services," said Frank van Ham, chief technology officer, Realworld OO Systems. "Together we will benefit from our organizations' strong client overlap and our past experience of working on joint projects to quickly ramp up our long-held goal of growing beyond the Netherlands." Founded in 1994 and based in Culemborg, the Netherlands, Realworld OO Systems collaborates with several leading GIS platform and software providers. They are ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified and have extensive experience in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and GIS.