Methis Consulting expands presence in Dutch energy consultancy market

02 August 2018

Belgian management consultancy Methis Consulting has expanded its footprint in the Dutch consulting market. After having been involved with several projects in the energy sector in recent years, the consultancy is embarking on the next phase of growth, says one of the firm’s co-founders. As part of the drive, three new professionals have been added to the local team, including Emiel Zandvliet, an experienced manager with extensive knowledge of the energy market. 

Founded in 2007, Methis Consulting focuses on two main sectors: energy and public transport, serving its customers with offerings including business-IT alignment, process management, project management and data analysis.

In 2010 Methis Consulting first entered the Dutch energy consultancy market, and since then the consulting firm has carried out assignments for various energy companies, including Essent, Enexis, Alliander and Enduris. Building on its track record, co-founder Bart Van den Berghe explains that the sights have now been set on accelerating growth. “We are actively taking steps to further develop our position as a specialised consultancy for the energy industry in the Netherlands.” 

New blood

To underpin these ambitions, the consultancy brought Emiel Zandvliet on board in the second quarter of the year. He brings a wealth of experience in the energy landscape with him – in recent years, Zandvliet was responsible for the daily operation and business development of a major Dutch energy supplier. He also previously worked for Capgemini for more than fifteen years, holding various management and advisory roles throughout his stint. 

Methis Consulting expands presence in Dutch energy consultancy market

“Emiel is home to the energy market, the industry’s processes and the world of consulting world," said Maarten Smet, the other co-founder of Methis Consulting. Alongside his role of leading the firm’s Dutch energy propositions, Zandvliet has been appointed Operational Director Netherlands – in the role he will play a key role in expanding the Methis’ network and market position in the Netherlands. 

In addition to Zandvliet’s signing, the management consultancy has also strengthened its Dutch team with a junior and medior consultant. Similar to Zandvliet, Jerome Oskam, appointed a Consultant, enjoyed a background at Capgemini. He has worked on a number of transitions in the energy landscape, including as an Oracle Consultant on a large digital transformation programme. 

Anouk de Vries has been named a Junior Consultant. She has gained project experience at her previous employer, and prior to that completed her master's degree in Strategic Management. 

Energy consulting focus

Asked how he believes Methis Consulting differentiates itself in the crowded energy consultancy space (the boutique faces the likes of the energy practices of the Big Four and Accenture, or larger rivals with a focus on energy, such as First Consulting), Zandvliet pointed to the firm’s dedicated focus coupled with its track record in the Benelux. “Methis Consulting focuses entirely and without exception on advising and supporting energy companies. This obliges us to keep our consultants continuously up-to-date, thereby also guaranteeing our value adding expertise on assignments. Moreover, our presence in both the Dutch and Belgian markets provides clients with new but proven concepts that have already been rolled-out successfully in another market.”

He continued: “Our energy practice consists of 45 experienced consultants. Our consultants have earned their stripes in their roles and market leading knowledge of the energy market in the Netherlands and Belgium.”

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.”