Just a few months after expanding into Hungary, Malaysia and Brazil, Delaware Consulting has ventured into the Middle East. From its new office in Dubai, United Arabic Emirates, the Belgian origin IT services firm aims at building a solid footprint in the region.
With over 1,000 employees in 10+ countries, Delaware Consulting is one of the larger providers of IT solutions and technology consulting services based on the Microsoft, SAP and OpenText technology platforms. For the coming five years the consultancy and managed services provider has set ambitious goals, as part of its recently deployed strategy (‘strategic growth plan 2020’), with international expansion one of the key pillars of its roadmap.
In Q3 last year Delaware Consulting expanded into Hungary’s capital Budapest and Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, and a few months later the firm crossed the Atlantic to open its first hub in Latin America. Continuing its global expansion, the services provider earlier this week unveiled a new entity in the Emirati state of Dubai. To lead the operations the firm has put forward Francis Veldeman, a veteran in the industry and since 2012 employed by Delaware Consulting. Veldeman previously served as General Manager of Adecco and ammado in Belgium, and prior to that worked as Vice-President for ERP giant Oracle and as CFO EMEA for DHL.
The new venture in Dubai follows the signing of a number of new customers in the region, and the strong interest for Delaware’s technology portfolio. “With the World Expo being organized in Dubai in 2020, we expect a lot of demand for leading-edge technology projects where we can offer our expertise,” comments Philippe Dendievel, Chairman of the new operation in Dubai.
General Manager Veldeman says Delaware Consulting Dubai will offer its full range of services to customers throughout the Middle East, including propositions such as digital and mobile solutions, customer experience, information management, big data and ERP. “Strengthened by our long-standing relationships with technology leaders SAP, OpenText, Microsoft and Sitecore, Delaware offers organisations in the Middle East a comprehensive line of services,” he remarks. In the coming months Veldeman says that the focus will lie on growing the base of local consultants and engaging with the first bunch of launching clients.