Wipro subsidiary Appirio launches office in Porto, Portugal

04 February 2019 Consultancy.eu

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.


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BCG launches BrightHouse and Digital Ventures in France

15 April 2019 Consultancy.eu

Global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has launched two of its subsidiaries in France.

Launched in 1973, BCG’s Paris office is with 400 consultants one of the firm’s largest in its footprint of 90+ offices globally. The hub, led by company veteran Guillaume Charlin, plays an instrumental role in developing BCG in Western Europe, francophone Northern Africa, and Israel and Lebanon, which have close economic ties with France.

Having focused mainly on strategy consulting services over the past decades, Boston Consulting Group’s French arm is branching out to other services areas. BCG Platinion – BCG’s IT solution wing – and BCG Gamma – BCG’s advanced analytics arm – have been active in Paris for a while, and now two of the firm’s other subsidiaries – BCG Digital Ventures and BrightHouse – have landed in the French capital city. 

BrightHouse is a creative consultancy that support clients with the development of purpose-driven branding strategies. The firm has helped companies like Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, KPMG and American Express discover and articulate their purpose, and then helped them activate and embed their purposes within their organisations. BCG acquired BrightHouse in June 2015, and since then the consultancy has been operating as an independent business division of the US-consulting giant. BCG launches BrightHouse and Digital Ventures in FranceFollowing the opening of a new office in Berlin last year, Paris becomes the firm’s third hub internationally (the firm is headquartered in Atlanta) and second in Europe. BrightHouse France will be managed by Mathieu Menegaux, a senior partner who has been with the firm since 2001. The HEC graduate focuses mainly on clients in the energy & utilities and industrial goods sectors.

BCG Digital Ventures is BCG’s corporate investment and incubation firm. The division invents, builds, scales and invests in startups, often in collaboration with the world’s most influential companies. Founded in 2014, when a large team of digital experts transitioned from Booz & Company (now Strategy&) to Boston Consulting Group, BCG Digital Ventures currently has offices in the US, (Los Angeles, New York, Seattle), Europe (Berlin, London, Paris) and Asia (Sydney, Shanghai and Tokyo). Since inception, the unit has (co-)founded over 60 ventures.

Among the projects BCG Digital Ventures has delivered include the development of a new blockchain-powered platform for transparency in the food chain for fish (together with the WWF in Australia) and the launch of Hey.Car, a platform for the used car segment (together with German automotive giant Volkswagen).

In France, BCG Digital Ventures will be led by Caroline Vion, who joined BCG in 2014 as part of the founding team that joined from Booz & Company. Earlier in her career, she worked for companies in the media and luxury retail sectors. Vion has relocated from Los Angeles to head the new venture in France. 

Last year, BCG was named one of France’s top strategy consulting firms to work for.