Anand Vardhan joins Varrlyn, focuses on Murex and banking

18 December 2017

Varrlyn, a consulting firm from the Netherlands specialised in dealing-room technology transformations, has added Anand Vardhan to its outfit. Vardhan, who has been appointed a Principal Consultant, will focus on Murex projects at banking clients.

Anand Vardhan is a senior consultant with a focus on technology, regulations and risk. Throughout his 10+ year professional career he has worked for large financial institutions, including both retail and investment banks, asset managers and pension funds, and insurance clients, providing consulting, business analysis, project management, quality assurance and testing services.

After working three years for a software company in Mumbai, India, Vardhan, who is an Indian national, in 2008 transitioned to a large technology services firm. He spent three years with the IT consultancy in India, before moving to the Netherlands to serve ABN Amro, one of the firm’s largest clients in the country, on a consulting engagement. Vardhan worked for more than four years for the Dutch bank, in a period when the bank was undergoing major technology infrastructure change, contributing among other aspects to the design, build and deployment of several Murex based solutions.

Since then, Vardhan has completed projects for several large organisations, including Genworth Financials, Deutsche Bank, Equens and the Asset Management arms of APG and Aegon. At Equens, a payments provider, and Aegon Asset Management, a provider of wealth services, Vardhan took on the role of Murex Consultant, while at Deutsche Bank he was a Test Analyst, and at APG he was in the role of Business Analyst responsible for the validation of EMIR Level 2 requirements.

Anand Vardhan - Principal Consultant at Varrlyn

Vardhan has garnered experience in the front office and back office, across both buy and sell side (European) environments, working with Murex and Summit trading applications in functional areas such as interest rate, FX Cash, FX options, money markets, commodities and fixed income.

Per the first of November, Vardhan has joined Varrlyn, an Amsterdam-based consultancy that helps financial services clients with managing their dealing-room technologies. With the move, he returns to common ground; previously in his career Vardhan had a one and a half year spell at the boutique Dutch consultancy.

Commenting on his new challenge, Vardhan, who holds a Bachelor of Technology from Vellore Institute of Technology in India, said he is delighted to be working with Varrlyn as the firm continues to grow its Murex footprint. Vardhan has immediately joined one of the firm’s banking clients in the role of Front Office business analyst, focused on contributing to the further enhancement of the bank’s front office.

Martin Defauwes, a director at Varrlyn and one of the firm’s three co-founders, remarked on the addition, “Anand is an experienced consultant with strong focus on banking and capital markets. He has a sound understanding of trading application like Murex, in the roles of designer, configurator, analyst, tester and project manager for greenfield and existing complex implementations at the trading floor.”

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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.”