Schneider Electric-controlled AVEVA buying mining real-time data major OSIsoft

AVEVA Group PLC, a global leader in industrial software, announces that it has reached agreement on the terms of an acquisition of OSIsoft, at an enterprise value of $5.0 billion. AVEVA is in turn 60% held indirectly by Schneider Electric.

Founded in 1980 by Dr J. Patrick Kennedy, OSIsoft is a global leader in real-time industrial data software and services. Its PI System is the system of record for customers for data capture, storage, analysis and sharing of real-time industrial sensor-based data across all operations, enabling customers to connect disparate sources of time-series data in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

The statement added: “Through OSIsoft’s PI System, customers draw insights, make better decisions, optimise operations, and drive digital transformation.” Notably it works with all of the Global Fortune Top 10 metals and mining companies. OSIsoft is headquartered in California, USA, and has approximately 1,400 employees. OSIsoft’s PI System is used by its customers across 14,000 sites in 127 countries. “Furthermore, as businesses deploy increasing levels of sensor-enabled equipment, more assets are streaming more data, increasing the need for and value derived from the PI System.

“OSIsoft’s PI System is a very scalable and robust enterprise level data historian platform, which will be a key enabler of a number of AVEVA solutions, in particular enhancing the Digital Twin, HMI/SCADA, Manufacturing Execution System and Asset Performance, with more inputs and connectivity to feed AI-infused and cloud-based solutions; AVEVA’s and OSIsoft’s solutions will combine to create a leading Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) portfolio, which will continue to be platform and hardware agnostic, meaning that it will be able to communicate with diverse devices using different operating systems; the combined solution set will optimise engineering, operations and performance, with unprecedented efficiency and value as a result of the integration of both businesses; and AVEVA will be able to accelerate the market adoption and expansion of OSIsoft Cloud Services (OCS) and other cloud-based offerings, which recently entered into an early adopter program and provide OSIsoft’s industry leading data management capability in a native cloud environment.”

Completion is expected to occur around the end of the year. Commenting on the acquisition, Philip Aiken, Chairman of AVEVA, said: “I am delighted that we have reached agreement to acquire OSIsoft. The acquisition has compelling strategic rationale with strong operational and financial benefits. The acquisition will strengthen AVEVA’s position as a global leader in industrial software, whilst a combination of the complementary product offerings of AVEVA and OSIsoft is expected to allow the Enlarged Group to accelerate growth and continue to generate significant shareholder value.”

Craig Hayman, Chief Executive of AVEVA, said: “The acquisition of OSIsoft is perfectly in line with our strategic vision and it will accelerate the Enlarged Group’s role in the digitisation of the industrial world, which is being driven by a need for sustainability, the industrial internet of things, Cloud, data visualisation and artificial intelligence. The acquisition will enable AVEVA to broaden and deepen its relationships with existing and new customers and bring a more comprehensive product portfolio to market.”

Peter Herweck, Vice Chairman of AVEVA and Executive Vice President, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric, said: “The combination of AVEVA and OSIsoft will accelerate our AVEVA partnership with significant customer value across process and hybrid automation industries plus the building and infrastructure sectors. AVEVA’s industrial software is a key element of Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled architecture, EcoStruxure which will be further enhanced by OSIsoft’s PI System and its support for open infrastructure. Schneider Electric is committed to supporting customers with digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability.”

Dr J. Patrick Kennedy, Founder and Chief Executive of OSIsoft, said: “Joining forces with AVEVA enhances and extends our ability to deliver on our key commitments to our customers, partners and employees. Together we will be better able to service the largest digital transformation projects in history, including across industry 4.0+ and IIoT.  The next chapter in PI’s fifth decade will be exciting for our employees and customers, and I look forward to my continued involvement as Chairman Emeritus and shareholder.”

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