FRONT Consulting adds two professionals to team in Amsterdam

19 July 2018

FRONT Consulting has added two professionals to its team in the Netherlands: Larissa Schickendantz and Stephanie Bok. The firm is looking to enter its “next stage of growth”, while facing down heated competition in the consulting space.

Founded in the mid 2000s, FRONT Consulting works primarily for clients in the asset and wealth management sector, serving mainly large institutions from its offices in Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, France and the Netherlands. The firm has expanded its expertise with the addition of two new professionals to its Amsterdam team.

Larissa Schickendantz has joined FRONT Consulting as Technical Solution Consultant – and will work on one of the firm’s key propositions in the Services realm. She previously worked for Moneyou, a subsidiary of Dutch banking institution ABN AMRO, where she was responsible for the firm’s financial administration.

Stephanie Bok and Larissa Schickendantz - FRONT Consulting

At Moneyou, Schickendantz, as part of her study Applied Mathematics, completed her bachelor thesis in which she developed a model to predict the outflow of Dutch savings clients. Schickendantz also completed an internship at Joe Pie, a blockchain start-up. During her spell, she worked on several projects, including one that consisted of creating an own cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum).

Commenting on her decision to join FRONT Consulting, Schickendantz said; “FRONT is an ambitious organisation where personal development is an important aspect. I believe I can learn a lot at FRONT, which is one of my personal goals. I cannot wait to work together with passionate colleagues and I am sure we can bring FRONT one step further!”

Schickendantz is joined by Stephanie Bok, who has arrived at FRONT Consulting as a Sales and Office Representative. Prior to her new role, Bok worked as a PMO Officer in the Project Management Office of the CFAR project at APG Asset Management. In fact, it was in this capacity that she first met consultants from FRONT Consulting, and was convinced by their pragmatic and value-adding approach. She said, “Seeing FRONT Consulting operating at a client made it easy for me to gain confidence in the firm and its work. This has inspired me in starting this new adventure.”

Commenting on the hire, Sergio Franssen, Managing Director of FRONT Consulting in the Netherlands added, “It is a pleasure – in our journey of growth towards becoming a leading European Asset Management servicing company – to welcome Stephanie and Larissa to our team.”

In December last year, FRONT Consulting partner Sam Dezillie unveiled in discussion with that the consultancy is eyeing accelerating its growth in the coming years. See the article ‘FRONT Consulting embarks on its next phase of growth’ for further reading.

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Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019

Product League, a digital transformation agency dedicated to the OutSystems platform, has brought Rik de Weerd on board as Chief Digital Transformation.

Based in the Netherlands, Product League is a rapidly growing digital product specialist. The firm helps clients – including the likes of beer brewer Heineken and grocery players Albert Heijn and Coop – build systems, applications and products by combining a rapid application development approach with an agile way of working. To this end, Product League is dedicated to the low-code platform of OutSystems. 

Against a backdrop of a growing need to transform core legacy systems, as organisations embrace emerging technologies to bolster competitiveness and (digitally) navigate change, low-code is seeing a booming uptake by organisations of all sizes. According to one estimate, by a US analyst firm, the market for low code development is set to double in size from its current value of $1.6 billion roughly every two years during the period until 2025. Alongside peers such as Appian and Mendix, OutSystems is at the forefront of the low-code industry.

According to Rik de Weerd, Product League is uniquely positioned to tap into the growing market for OutSystems services, leveraging its specialist and multidisciplinary approach to help clients “deliver winning products”. He elaborated, “there are many good players in the OutSystems market which deliver excellent technical work. Product League goes beyond this, and additionally brings a focus on the strategic level. The firm is not only a strategic partner with the right toolset, but also brings the determination to take clients wherever they need to go.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to Product League, as well as a reputation as one of the Benelux’s OutSystems thought leaders in the low-code industry. Before joining the digital consultancy, he worked for OutSystems from their Benelux office as Lead Solution Architect for Northern Europe. During his tenure, he has led a large number of digital transformation projects and has been responsible for resolving complex business and IT issues. Earlier in his career he held several IT consulting and project management roles. 

Asked about his move from OutSystems to Product League, De Weerd commented: “After five years of evangelising low-code, drawing up countless solutions across Northern Europe and battling 'old habits and short-term thinking’, now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I had the privilege to be presented with several new business cases every week in different branches and help blueprint the road to value in all of them. Now I’m eager to take that to the next level and drive the programmes that actually transform corporations into the digital age.”

“Low-code has crossed the chasm, the technology is now here to stay. Searching for new, more effective ways of catalysing their digital transformation, leading companies are realising this. Driving digital transformation as a core competency of Product League is now my mission and I believe it will be an excellent fit.” 

He further pointed at Product League’s ability to provide an end-to-end service, “With a team of product owners, business analysts, UX/UI designers and OutSystems developers, Product League can offer clients the full digital experience. But technology can only take you so far – without the right people, the right mindset and the power to execute, IT stays hypothetical. I believe I’ve found all three in Product League.”