Hi Niels, A special milestone has been reached: the one-year anniversary of Royal HaskoningDHV Digital. Can you explain why Royal HaskoningDHV Digital was founded?
Niels: Yes, well we see the worlds of business, operations, and IT converging. Launching Royal HaskoningDHV Digital, was a next step in delivering consultancy and software solutions to create value for our clients. The increasing amount of available data is dramatically altering our clients’ business and operating models, the customer experiences they deliver, and the way they design their assets. [editor: you can find more information about the launch of Royal HaskoningDHV Digital here.]
Our customers want to have more control over their assets’ lifecycles and the way they operate. With Royal HaskoningDHV Digital we fulfil a digital role in the operational process, acting as a ‘virtual operator’. This means we can give our customers a better insight into what’s going on during their operational processes. We can then look at how each process can be optimised – how can we make it more sustainable, efficient, and easier to manage?
How do you manage to pull this off?
Niels: To do this, we brought together more than 25 years of data science capabilities and software development experience. Royal HaskoningDHV Digital combines proprietary software such as Aquasuite with acquisitions including Lanner, Ambiental, Ynformed and Novius. By combining these skills with the 140 years of engineering consultancy knowledge we have in-house, we can develop innovative products and services and assist our clients in their digital transformations.
What’s the best thing Digital has achieved so far?
Niels: The best thing that Royal HaskoningDHV Digital has achieved is that we were able to start realising the idea we had four years ago with an initial team of just 25 people.
I’m very proud of the fact that we work on wonderful projects with more than 250 bright people from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries. This team is so motivated and committed to use innovative ideas to enhance our environment, that we were able to establish Royal HaskoningDHV Digital from our home offices!
What I find unique about Royal HaskoningDHV Digital is that we work in a way in which we can be ourselves. It's great that we use our individual strengths, knowledge and skills and are able to combine these to accomplish more. What binds us is that we are proud nerds determined to make society a better place. We are a group of true experts with the same goal in mind. That is beautiful, isn't it?