Dallas-based Dialexa has agreed to be acquired by global company IBM. The Dallas company, led by co-founder Scott Harper, helps companies align operations with tech and the digital transformation. The acquisition is made by IBM Consulting, the arm of the Fortune 500 company that provides professional services and consulting in supply chain, finance, procurement, customer experience, and talent.
Dialexa will help IBM heighten its product engineering expertise by providing end-to-end digital transformation services for clients. Dialexa is IBM’s sixth acquisition this year and the 25th since Arvind Krishna became CEO in April 2020.
“Digital product engineering represents the tip of the spear for competitive advantage,” Scott Harper, CEO and co-founder of Dialexa, said. “IBM and Dialexa’s shared vision for delivering industry-defining digital products could be a game changer. We are thrilled to become part of one of the world’s most iconic companies to continue to scale and grow our global client relationships in this rapidly growing market.”
Dialexa’s North Texas clients include Topgolf, MoneyGram, Sabre Corp., Deere & Company, Pizza Hut US, and Toyota Motor North America.
“The Dialexa team has been an outstanding partner for us in deepening our product thinking and assisting in our design practice on some of our key digital initiatives,” Chuck Rhoades, chief technology officer for Pizza Hut US, said. “It is rare to find a partner with such a strong combination of great thought partnership and deep execution capabilities. We’re excited about the possibilities of bringing these two companies together.”
Autonomous Delivery Vehicle Company Clevon Establishes US HQ in AllianceTexas
European autonomous delivery vehicle company Clevon has planted its North American headquarters in the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone in Fort Worth. The company will soon begin to roll out its on-demand, same-day or next-day delivery of goods and services across North Texas.
Within the next six years, the global autonomous last-mile delivery market is expected to grow almost five times to $57 billion—limiting company costs through unmanned vehicles. Clevon’s autonomous vehicles drive on public roads and enable more energy-efficient and scalable transportation of goods.
“By expanding into North America, Clevon is furthering its mission to develop vehicles that save energy, are environmentally friendly, and contribute toward a climate-neutral economy,” Sander Sebastian Agur, CEO of Clevon, said. “We do this by supporting smart and sustainable communities through positively impacting our clients’ carbon emission reduction targets. We are thrilled to call Dallas-Fort Worth our new home in the U.S… We look forward to helping the local economy grow and thrive through job creation, technology innovation and leadership.”
In 2022, Clevon was listed on the NASDAQ’s North Baltic Exchange after becoming the first company to roll out robot couriers in Europe, creating the first autonomous delivery services on public roads.
“From everyone at Hillwood, we are honored to have Clevon select the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone as the destination for their expansion into North America,” Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Hillwood and the Perot Group, said. “By connecting to the established infrastructure and ecosystem at the MIZ, Clevon’s forward-thinking technology will enable them to provide alternative last-mile solutions in the supply chain here in North Texas.”
Comerica Bank Launches Business Banking Team to Focus on South Dallas Community
A week after Comerica Bank announced plans to expand with a new business and innovation hub in Frisco, the global bank is now expanding to South Dallas with a newly created banking team. Trent Sampson, Jerry Collazo, and Adriana Najera, alongside group manager Derric Hicks, will lead the new office.
“As the leading bank for business, it is imperative that we raise expectations in all the communities where we live and serve,” Comerica Bank Dallas Market President Amanda Mahaney, said. “For many years, we have provided retail banking services and made community investments in the South Dallas community. 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 represents the community it serves.
“This firm foundation will help our team build trust and cultivate key relationships as we continuously work to bridge the financial gap between conventional lending and meeting the needs of businesses in our footprint,” Hicks said.