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David Consulting Group buys UK metrics specialist SMS


Blackpool: International software development consultant, David Consulting Group Ltd. (DCG), is to acquire Kent-based metrics firm SMS Exemplar Group which includes Software Measurement Services Ltd (SMS) and SMS Exemplar Ltd.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Both David Consulting and SMS are metrics specialists with extensive experience in the quantitative management of IT software systems. In recognition of the formidable reputation for measurement excellence and know-how built up by SMS' founder, P. Grant Rule, who died in 2011, David Consulting Group will trade in Europe and the UK under the name DCG-SMS.

David Consulting agues that with continuing pressure to drive down costs, more organisations are looking critically at the value delivered by their IT systems. Most notably, a more rigorous, quantitative approach to managing software projects is being adopted by the public sector in order to control costs and ensure value for money.

Measurement data can be used to drive improvements in productivity and flexibility but is part of an overall business strategy, not a technical quick-fix, the firm adds.

"Demand for the expertise offered by David Consulting Group and SMS is growing," said Alan Cameron, Managing Director of DCG-SMS.

"Business managers in the UK and Europe tell me that with today's software-intensive business systems, the technical know-how and experience is essential. The creation of DCG-SMS combines the expertise of two great companies and will help us better meet the needs of more clients."

SMS Managing Director, Sue Rule, will join DCG-SMS as marketing director.

"DCG and SMS have a very similar ethos of offering high-quality, business-focused expertise to our customers," she said.

"Our UK and European clients will benefit immediately and we fully expect that North American clients will be able to experience the value of our joint capabilities in the very near future.

"By bringing the companies together we significantly increase the range of software measurement and improvement services and can expand our services to new clients."

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