Wipro subsidiary Appirio launches office in Porto, Portugal

04 February 2019 Consultancy.eu 3 min. read
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Appirio, a IT consultancy that is a subsidiary of Wipro, has launched a new office in Portugal to meet growing business requirements in the region. The new locale, the firm’s fifth in Europe, is based in Porto.

“Europe offers a great opportunity for Appirio. Our new office in Porto reflects our growth, development and investment in Europe,” explained Erik Duffield, a leader at Appirio.

Established in 2006, Appirio is a cloud transformation provider (focus on Salesforce, Workday, Google and Amazon) serving customers such as Coca-Cola, Facebook, Johnson Controls, IBM, Robert Half and Sony PlayStation. The US-headquartered company has around 1,400 employees, working from eleven offices in the US, Europe, India and Australia. The company operates as a subsidiary of Wipro’s consulting arm since it was acquired by the IT giant in October 2016 for $500 million. 

The new office in Porto adds to the firm’s existing European footprint in Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Paris and Stockholm. Duffield: “The team in Porto allows us to serve our growing customers based in this region and support our partners better.”

Wipro subsidiary Appirio launches office in Porto, Portugal

The focus of the new hub is on Salesforce products and services, with three offerings developed for launch in the first year. The B2C Cloud Digital Center of Excellence specialises in Salesforce commerce and marketing cloud, while the Salesforce Delivery Center will cover project demand across Europe and help Salesforce teams to expand their expertise. The office will also support the design and development of innovative industry-specific solutions. In addition, the Porto office is designed to be a start-up Workday Delivery Center, focused on the privacy and cybersecurity domains.

Recruitment for the Portuguese operation is well underway – “we are hiring local talent both laterally and from universities and are actively involved in building and sustaining technology growth in Porto and surrounding communities,” said Duffield. 

The Porto office is based inside the Wipro Tec Maia campus in nearby Maia – nine kilometres from Porto’s dazzling Atlantic beaches and 24/7 international airport. Among the perks new hires – consultants, technical leads and integration architects – can expect to enjoy are a recreational complex, tennis courts and a culture based around encouraging people to fully express themselves in the workplace. “For like-minded individuals, joining us in Porto represents an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that delivers incredible outcomes to our customers.”

In other new office openings of digital consultancies, last year Cognizant opened a delivery centre in Riga, Latvia, while PA Consulting Group established a digital centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, tech giant Apple entered Romania as a management consultant, in a move that according to local reports is intended to facilitate circumventing pesky regulations.