Slalom Consulting and SalesForce reveal VetForce community

11 March 2016

SalesForce and Slalom Consulting partnership has, after an intense three month collaboration, borne fruit in the launch of the new VetForce community. The community will provide a range of support mechanisms aimed at helping more than 40,000 veterans develop SafeForce skills and certificates.

Recent demands on the US military continue to see more than 240,000 veterans emerge from its ranks each year. For many of these veterans, an uncertain future awaits as they seek to transfer their military service skills into employment within the wider public and private sphere. A number of programmes have been set up to ease the transfer from military life to civilian life, including the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of more than 200 companies that has so far brought more than 292,000 veterans into gainful employment outside the military since 2011. The consulting industry too has sought to stand by veterans, launching a variety of programmes that seek to integrate them and their skills into its ranks, including Accenture’s plan to hire more than 5,000 vets by 2020*.

Late last year, SalesForce launched its VetForce programme. The initiative seeks to impact the lives of 40,000 veterans, and their families, by helping veterans gain SalesForce training, certification and related employment. Demand for SalesForce skills continues to rise; last year alone, 100,000+ jobs requiring Salesforce skills were created. As part of the development and delivery of the VetForce programme, Slalom Consulting partnered with SalesForce last year. In a recent announcement, the fruits of the partnership have been revealed, with the launch of the VetForce community.

Slalom Consulting and SalesForce reveal VetForce community

Following a three month effort between the partners, which included more than 1,200 hours donated by Slalom to the development of the programme, the VetForce veteran community has been launched. The development of the programme saw experts from Slalom work together with Salesforce developers, BAs, UI/UX designers, and their top technical architect.

The newly developed programme provides a number of key training features to participating veterans, including relating skills and experience from military service to civilian careers, career-specific learning journeys, immersion in Salesforce Trailhead trails, business skills training, partnerships with the Developer and MVP communities, a veteran coaching programme, robust job prep resources, and employer engagement with Salesforce customers and partners. The programme is self-paced through free online and in-person Salesforce training, as well as Salesforce certification, and employment connections to customers and partners in the Salesforce ecosystem.

A spokesperson for SalesForce remarks that: “The new community reflects our continued investment in supporting veterans, and along with the VetForce program and our VSO partners, paves the way for our most successful year ever. We are committed to delivering a program that creates unprecedented success for the veteran community and transforms the lives of 40,000 veterans and their families.”

* UK initiatives include EY’s programme to recruit UK veterans, Deloitte’s Military Transition and Talent Programme, and Atos’ support to the Armed Forces community.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

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.”