Q&A with David de Graaf
Hi David. For those reading that aren’t aware of Novius yet, can you start by telling us a bit about the company and its history?
David: Certainly. Novius is a Netherlands-based management consultancy that bridges the gap between IT and business, and helps clients shape, organise and realise their digital strategy. Our biggest strength lies in the design and realisation of digital business transformation, enterprise architecture, smart customer-centric processes and data-driven working.
Throughout our 28-year history, I’ve always seen Novius as a ‘boutique consultancy’, rather than a 'department store'. We adopt a personal approach, driven by customer demand, that helps us find the right solutions for each client, often as a ‘co-driver’ of change. That’s something that we’ve in common with Royal HaskoningDHV in my view.
With that in mind, what do you think makes Novius and Royal HaskoningDHV Digital such a good fit for one another?
David: Working in such similar spaces in the Netherlands for so long, we’ve crossed paths with Royal HaskoningDHV many times. Most recently, we were, for example, both working with the same client at Schiphol Airport, where we discovered just how complementary our skills really are.
Royal HaskoningDHV, via its department Naco, was involved in shaping the physical environment, and Novius developed the integral architecture and design for the rollout of new automated services, processes and underlying information systems in the new pier and terminal. That’s where our worlds came together – where engineering meets digital expertise.
Together, we created a pier and terminal that uses the latest technology and meets the highest quality requirements. Now, as a result of this acquisition, we’re going to be able to keep bringing that same quality to many more customers.
The other big question around the partnership is why now? Why is now the right time for Novius and Royal HaskoningDHV Digital to come together?
David: Today’s world is changing faster than ever before. New (digital) technologies, customer demands and major challenges like COVID-19 are constantly emerging and disrupting the way organisations must operate.
By bringing together our vast engineering and digital expertise, Novius and Royal HaskoningDHV Digital will be better positioned to help organisations drive fast, stay in control and run valuable transformations more effective than ever before.
Consultancy around the digital transformation processes demands deep expertise, high commercial strength, and incredible agility. Together, that’s what Novius and Royal HaskoningDHV Digital have. Joining forces under the brand of Royal HaskoningDHV Digital puts us perfectly at the intersection of business, operations, data and IT – exactly where our customers need us to be today.