Market Leaders & Platform Players
While the digital water market has seen an explosion of startup activity and new market entrants in the past decade, the industry is led by a small group of established platform players. These include both incumbent water equipment & services providers which have sought to add higher-margin software offerings to their product portfolios via M&A and strategic venture investments, and “software-first” firms which have built positions in water by leveraging enterprise solutions and capabilities developed for other industry verticals (e.g., power, municipal government).
Bluefield defines platform players as incumbent firms that either directly, or through subsidiaries, offer a wide portfolio of digital water, wastewater, and stormwater management solutions across numerous utility silos and technology categories. We see these companies as the ‘big fish’ of the digital water sector, and the main players to watch as the industry continues to grow and evolve.Eric Bindler, Bluefield Digital Water Research Director
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