Consulting firm ZS launches new office in Bangalore

22 November 2018

Evanston, IL-based consultancy ZS has announced the opening of its third office in India. The new Bangalore location expands the management consultancy’s global footprint to 23 offices.

Founded in 1983 by a pair of Northwestern University marketing professors – Prabhakant Sinha and Andris Zoltners – ZS is the world’s largest firm focused on improving performance and market share through end-to-end sales and marketing solutions. The company’s more than 6,000 professionals support clients in the life sciences and healthcare industries, among others, with deep customer insights, analytics, operations, and technology offerings.

The company has worked with many of the largest pharmaceutical and medical device firms, including Bayer, GSK, Roche, Thermofisher Scientific, and Boston Scientific. ZS has 9 offices in the US including its Evanston, Illinois headquarters, 6 offices in Europe, and 5 offices in Asia – including 2 offices in India in Pune and New Delhi. The Indian offices are home to especially large hubs that host the firm’s Capability and Expertise Centers.Consulting firm ZS launches new office in BangaloreNow the global consultancy has opened a third office in India. The Bangalore office will increase ZS’ capabilities in leading-edge analytics and technology solutions, as demand for advanced analytics services continues to boom.

"We are excited to be part of the wider global growth story. With over 65% of our talent in India, our local team is actively driving innovation and client solutions in collaboration with our global colleagues," commented Sanjay Joshi, managing principal for ZS's Asia region. "Our plan to inaugurate a new office in Bangalore is about strengthening our capabilities in big data and artificial intelligence in India and beyond. This will continue to deepen our partnership with clients around the globe in helping them navigate their digital transformation journey."

The Bangalore location will be led by ZS Principal Shankar Viswanathan, a more than 18-year veteran of the firm. Viswanathan currently leads ZS’ advanced data science group in India, which solves client problems with data, AI, and machine learning platforms. Before that, he was the office managing principal for the firm’s largest office in Pune.

ZS expects to hire up to 200 people at the Bangalore office over the next three years. "The investment in our new location will build on our strategic success and will allow us to continue growing our unique talent and capabilities in advanced analytics and technology," remarked Viswanathan.


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US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019

Slalom is on the move again, this time expanding its UK footprint. The American tech consulting firm has announced plans to open a Manchester office in which it will employ 200 staff by 2025. The firm, which opened a London office in 2014, was formerly known as Slalom Consulting until a 2015 rebranding.

The announcement of the Manchester move follows a January relocation of its more than 700 Chicago-based employees from its office in Chicago’s Prudential Plaza to Aon Center, the third-tallest building in the city. Slalom’s previous space at Prudential was separated between floors, causing inconvenience. The new space at Aon is a marked improvement, in addition to the sheer size difference, with the move nearly doubling the firm’s floor space. The space will also utilize hoteling (scheduled workspaces), project-based workspace, and flexible areas for events and education. Slalom also expanded into Canada in 2016, opening an office in Toronto.

Paul Squire, managing director of Slalom’s London location, will head up the Manchester office. “I’m excited about working with our clients in the North West of England, helping them to deliver people-centric change, bring strategic solutions to life, and ultimately, to love their future,” he said.

Slalom has been one of Fortune 100’s “Best Companies to Work For” for four consecutive years, and has partnerships with powerhouse organizations including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Tableau. It employs more than 6,500 people in 29 offices across North America and the UK.US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office“Manchester is a city of digital enterprise with a wide range of strengths across industries including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and consumer services; which perfectly complements Slalom’s breadth of expertise,” Dave Williams, UK Country Managing Director, said. "We're looking forward to collaborating with clients to shape their internal capabilities, building a team and investing in the local community."

“Greater Manchester is a hotbed for collaboration and innovation, making it the ideal location for pioneering businesses like Slalom. There are strong complementarities between Slalom and Greater Manchester’s efforts to collaborate with companies going through digital transformation and supporting them to grow within the region. Establishing operations within one of Europe’s largest digital and technology clusters will provide the consultancy firm with ample opportunities to join forces with the rapidly increasing number of world-leading brands that are choosing Manchester,” Tim Newns, chief executive of Manchester’s inward investment agency, added.

In December 2018, the firm launched Slalom Build, a software and tech product “Build-as-a-service” offering that enables companies to build cloud-native software and tech products. While Slalom is headquartered in Seattle, Slalom Build centers can currently be found in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, and Toronto.