Ensur named implementation partner of Keylane in Belgium

22 September 2016 Consultancy.uk

Ensur, a project management and consultancy firm based in Belgium, has entered into a strategic partnership with Keylane, an IT firm that provides software solutions to life and non-life insurers and pension institutions.

Founded in 2014, through the merger between software firms Actuera and Quinity, Netherlands-based Keylane provides standard software products to insurance companies and pension firms. On the back of a pan-European growth strategy, launched under the helm of the firm’s new management, the company has over the past two years pushed deeper into a number of new markets, including Belgium.

“The growing interest in Belgium for Keylane’s solutions has prompted us to find a local implementation partner”, explains Ralf Timmer, Executive Board Member of Keylane. In its search, the software company reviewed the credentials of several consulting firms based in the country, with Ensur surfacing as the firm’s preferred supplier. Ensur was founded in August 2014 by five former consultants of Projective, with previous experience gained at, among others, Accenture, PwC and the banking industry. The firm focuses exclusively on the insurance sector, supporting clients with a range of management consulting and IT consulting services.

Ensur named implementation partner of Keylane in Belgium

“Ensur specialises in advice and project management and they are a recognised player in the Belgian insurance market. Their in-depth knowledge of the local market and our proven solutions will enable us to offer Belgian insurers the best possible service.” 

Niki Serruys, Program Manager & Senior Business Architect at Ensur, adds: “More and more Belgian insurers are looking for flexible package software to replace their legacy systems. They realise that you need to modernise if you want to be a strong competitor. With its solutions, Keylane has already helped a lot of insurers in Europe make the difference. However modernisation needs to be carefully managed. The partnership with Keylane fits in exactly with our mission to help insurers during these considerable changes.”

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”