Delaware Consulting, an international firm specialised in IT consulting, has opened two new branches in China: one in Beijing and one in Hong Kong. Across the Chinese state, Delaware Consulting now has five offices.
Globally Delaware Consulting employs 1,300 professionals across 24 regional offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The firm has been in China since 2005, when a first branch was established in Suzhou. Harbin and Shanghai followed in 2006 and 2010 respectively. At the moment the IT consultancy has around 130 professionals on the payroll, yet, looking ahead, ambitious growth plans have been drafted in the firm’s boardroom. “Our aim, by 2020, is to at least double our local presence, to 300 employees,” says Filip Decostere, Partner in charge of Chinese operations.
The new offices in Beijing and Hong – two cities Decostere describes as “poles of growth within China” – serve as key pillars of the expansion track. “With these two new branches, we are closer to economic developments and close to both clients and prospects.”
Both hubs will serve both local Chinese customers and together with other offices support international engagements of Delaware Consulting. They will however each have their own specialities: the new branch in Hong Kong is mainly focused on Sitecore e-commerce projects while, in Beijing, the focus is on mobile, OpenText and SAP.
Delaware Consulting’s global network has expanded rapidly in recent years. In the past 12 months, as part of its ‘2020 Strategic Plan’, new regional offices were also opened in the Philippines, Hungary and Malaysia (both in the summer of 2015), Brazil (October 2015) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai; its 1st hub in the Middle East).