SAP consultancy Expertum expands into Netherlands

05 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

Expertum, a Belgium-based SAP consulting firm, has opened its first international office. From its new base in Utrecht, the Netherlands, the IT services firm aims at building a sustainable place in the Dutch SAP advisory space.

Founded in 2006, in Brussels, Expertum is an IT consulting firm that specialises purely in SAP services. The company supports clients across a full range of SAP products and solutions, including its HANA, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Governance Risk & Compliance (GRC) and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), from advisory to execution.

In recent years Expertum has grown to become a mid-sized player, currently boasting a team of around 65 SAP Experts, according to the firm holding more than 825 years of combined SAP experience. On the back of an expansion strategy – Expertum has two offices in Belgium and aims to grow in mainland Europe – the firm last week unveiled it has opened its first international office. The new office is located in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in a business area that houses several large SAP players, including Atos and Capgemini, and is located relatively close to SAP’s Dutch headquarters, based in Den Bosch.

SAP consultancy Expertum expands into Netherlands

“The opening of the Utrecht office is a response to the increased demand for Expertum’s Innovative Solution Portfolio in the Netherlands, where several SAP customers are investing today in the new SAP Innovative Solutions, mainly in the areas of SAP HANA & Big Data, Business Intelligence and Cloud Offerings,” explains Hans Bockstal, CEO of Expertum.

To lead the expansion in the Netherlands the IT consultancy has brought Sjoerd van Middelkoop on board, a former consultant at Accenture, and most recently served Intenzz, a Dutch company specialised in SAP implementations. “He brings more than 10 years of consultancy and management experience in the SAP market, together with in depth knowledge of SAP Business Intelligence and the SAP HANA Platform. As well as proven projects in the EMEA Region,” says Bockstal.

“I am excited to be part of this new endeavour," says Van Middelkoop on his new role. He adds: "Expertum Belgium’s success is the evidence of their commitment to build the best solutions for their customers. Their long-term customer relationships and successes demonstrate Expertum’s value as a flexible partner for responding to complex SAP and non-SAP business challenges. I fully expect Expertum to become a strategic partner throughout the Dutch market in the years to come." 

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The Dutch operations is however set to face fierce competition. In recent years the SAP market in the Netherlands has heated up, partly driven by growing expenditures on technology by clients, but also by the need for IT firms to specialise, helping them stand out in the rapidly growing crowd of IT consultancies. According to a recent research by Consultancy.nl, the Dutch market counts nearly 14,500 IT consultancies, and more than 50,000 IT service providers that may also offer consulting operations. Well-known local players in the market include Centric, Ordina, KPN Consulting and SAP specialists such as Magnus and The Next View.

Despite the competition, Bockstal says he is confident Expertum can successfully position itself in the landscape, stating “We are confident that we will also be able to exceed our customers’ expectations in the Netherlands by focusing on top quality with our unique approach and innovative offerings.”

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US change management consultancy opens office in London

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

One year after UK consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting invested in American change management firm Change 4 Growth, it has opened its first international office in the UK. Change 4 Growth’s new London locale will see the company look to supply organisational transformation solutions crafted over the last several years in the US to British clients.

Specialising in transformational change, American retail boutique consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) offers an expansive range of services. This includes organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support. Well-known retail brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor are already among C4G’s clients, but since receiving investment from Thought Provoking Consulting in early 2018, the company has been keen to pursue expansion of its own.

Speaking at the time of the deal, Beth Thomas, CEO of C4G, commented, "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting... The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain."

US change management consultancy opens office in London

In 2019, this has seen the Ohio-headquartered consultancy announce the opening of its first international office in London. Led by UK native and Managing Director, David Lucas, the base in Britain’s capital will bring the firm’s holistic service to clients in Europe looking deal with change at every level within their organisations.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Lucas said, “At a time of huge technological upheaval, the importance of organisational and cultural change, married with operational speed and agility, has never been greater. Achieving that balance between people, process and technology for the digital era is the burning platform for most organisations…The C4G team… offers a spectrum of change and re-alignment capabilities and can bring proven approaches, methodologies and solutions to support the UK market.”

In the US, C4G has been able to tap into the fact that disengagement and unhappiness at work have become an epidemic across multiple sectors, resulting in poor business performance and bottom line results. With the UK’s high streets currently faltering due to an influx of e-commerce competition, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, C4G will likely also find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Remarking on the firm’s arrival ‘across the pond’, Thomas concluded, “Many of our clients are global organisations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain’s innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a C4G office in the UK… With David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting… we’re more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries.”