Consultants marketplace Comatch ramps up its Benelux team

04 December 2018

Comatch has ramped up its organisation in the Benelux. The matchmaker for top tier independent consultants has added two new professionals to its team in Amsterdam: Amelie Kerne and Thijs Lambalk. Meanwhile, Tjeerd Wijffels has taken on the role of Director Benelux.

When Comatch expanded into the Netherlands in November 2015, it was the firm’s first venture outside of Germany, where the company was founded in March that year. The Berlin-headquartered company helps clients – corporates, SMEs and start-ups – with fulfilling their needs for external support by matching them with independent consultants. More than half of the 6,500+ hand-picked consultants in the company’s database boast a background at a top tier consulting firm, including the likes of the Big Four, Accenture, McKinsey and Roland Berger. 

Over the past three years, Comatch has grown to become one of the leading marketplaces for consultants in the Benelux, spanning the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The region’s consulting market is estimated to be worth over €2.1 billion, with the share of work going to freelancers rising on the back of the booming gig economy and the growing acceptance by clients to use independents for their strategic challenges and complex programmes. In the Netherlands for instance, over 90% of the consulting entities registered at the chamber of commerce are self-employed consultants, while in Belgium, nearly 9% of all independents are consultants. Belgium currently counts 90,000 independent consultants, a factor of 30 more than three decades ago. Tjeerd Wijffels, Amelie Kerne and Thijs Lambalk - COMATCH

Today, Comatch’s track record in the region spans more than 100 executed projects for organisations from a variety of industries, including banking, online, retail, telecom and private equity among others. The network the firm can tap into comprises nearly 600 management consultants and industry experts. Having played an instrumental role in the growth, Tjeerd Wijffels has now seen his undertakings for the firm recognised with the promotion to Director Benelux. Wijffels joined Comatch in September 2016 and in his new role has been tasked with leading Comatch Benelux into its next phase of growth.

Commenting on his new challenge, Wijffels said, “We see large opportunities for growth in the dynamic Benelux market. In 2019 we want to intensify the relationships with our current clients and put extra focus on expanding our network in Belgium and Luxembourg.”

Wijffels is supported in his ambitions by a team of six professionals, including two new recruits. Amelie Kerne, who joined from DaWanda, a European marketplace for unique and handmade designs, has been hired as Business Development Manager, while Thijs Lambalk, who joined fresh from college, has been appointed Junior Business Development Manager. “I am very much looking forward to work with an enlarged team of talented people to enforce the activities on the Benelux market,” said Wijffels.

UK and Spain

Comatch’s expansion in the Benelux comes shortly after the firm ramped up its UK team with the additions of Charlotte Gregson and William Jones. The office in Europe’s second largest management consulting market launched in March this year. Last month, the matchmaker for independent consultants also established an operation in Spain, taking its tally of offices to seven in Europe and one in the Middle East.

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.”