Dallas-based Dialexa has agreed to be acquired by global company IBM. Led by co-founder Scott Harper, the Dallas-based company helps companies align their operations with technology and digital transformation. The takeover is made by IBM Consulting, the arm of wealth 500 company providing professional services and consulting in supply chain, finance, procurement, customer experience and talent.
Dialexa will help IBM improve its product development expertise by providing end-to-end digital transformation services to clients. Dialexa is IBM’s sixth acquisition this year and 25 since Arvind Krishna became CEO in April 2020.
“Digital product development is at the forefront of competitive advantage,” said Scott Harper, CEO and co-founder of Dialexa. “IBM and Dialexa’s shared vision for delivering industry-defining digital products could be a game changer. We are excited to become part of one of the most recognized companies in the world to continue to scale and grow our global customer relationships in this fast growing market.”
Dialexa’s North Texas customers include Topgolf, MoneyGram, Saber Corp., Deere & Company, Pizza Hut US and Toyota Motor North America.
“The Dialexa team has been an excellent partner for us in deepening our product thinking and supporting our design practice on some of our key digital initiatives,” said Chuck Rhoades, Chief Technology Officer, Pizza Hut US. “It is rare to find a partner with such a powerful combination of great thoughtful partnership and deep execution capabilities. We are excited about the opportunity to bring these two companies together.”
Autonomous delivery vehicle company Clevon establishes US headquarters in AllianceTexas
European autonomous delivery vehicle company Clevon has its North American headquarters in the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone in Fort Worth. The company will soon begin rolling out its on-demand, same-day or next-day delivery of goods and services across North Texas.
Within the next six years, the global market for autonomous last-mile deliveries is expected to nearly quintuple to $57 billion – and limit the cost of business from unmanned vehicles. Clevon’s autonomous vehicles drive on public roads and enable more energy-efficient and scalable transport of goods.
“By expanding into North America, Clevon advances its mission to develop vehicles that are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and contribute to a carbon neutral economy,” said Sander Sebastian Agur, CEO of Clevon. “We do this by supporting smart and sustainable communities by positively influencing our customers’ goals to reduce carbon emissions. We are thrilled to call Dallas-Fort Worth our new home in the United States… We look forward to helping the local economy thrive and prosper through job creation, technological innovation and leadership.”
In 2022, Clevon was listed on NASDAQ’s North Baltic Exchange after being the first company to introduce robotic couriers in Europe, creating the first autonomous delivery services on public roads.
“Everyone at Hillwood is honored that Clevon has selected the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone as a destination for their expansion into North America,” said Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Hillwood and the Perot Group. “By connecting to MIZ’s established infrastructure and ecosystem, Clevon’s forward-thinking technology will enable them to provide alternative last mile supply chain solutions here in North Texas.”
A week after Comerica Bank announced plans to expand with a new business and innovation center in Frisco, the global bank is now expanding to South Dallas with a newly created banking team. Trent Sampson, Jerry Collazo and Adriana Najera will lead the new office along with Group Manager Derric Hicks.
“As the premier bank for businesses, it is imperative that we raise expectations in every community in which we live and serve,” said Amanda Mahaney, president of the market at Comerica Bank Dallas. “We have been providing retail banking services and conducting community investments in the South Dallas community for many years. Now Derric and his team will focus on finding access to capital solutions for underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
Hicks says the team’s diversity reflects the community it serves.
“This solid foundation will help our team build trust and nurture important relationships as we continually work to bridge the financial gap between traditional lending and serving the needs of businesses in our footprint,” said Hicks.
Ben Swager is Associate Editor for D Managing Directorthe business name for D magazine. Ben manages the Dallas 500…