Jabian Consulting opens Chicago office

08 February 2019 Consulting.us

Atlanta-headquartered Jabian Consulting has opened a Chicago office. The new location is the local client–model strategy and tech consultancy’s fourth office, joining Charlotte and Dallas. 

Founded in 2006, Jabian Consulting provides strategy, operations, technology, customer interaction, and human capital management advisory services to clients across the US.

The firm prides itself on its local, "no travel" consulting model, which results in happier employees and lower travel expenses for clients. A constant and hectic travel schedule to client sites across the country (and globe) is one of the most pervasive critiques of consultancy employees, alongside consistently long work weeks. For the majority of the large firms, however, travel is an unavoidable part of the deal. 

Another notable firm that purports to follow the "local only" model is Seattle-based Slalom. Both Slalom and Jabian receive very high ratings on employee review site Glassdoor, scoring 4.3/5 and 4.5/5 respectively.

Jabian Consulting opens new office in Chicago

Another value proposition proffered by Jabian is a strong focus on guaranteed results. The firm sets goals and milestones in advance, then pledges to meet them until the goals are met, even if it’s on Jabian’s dime.

The company also places a heavy emphasis on community involvement, working with local charities through its own charitable foundation, Jabian Cares.

The consultancy believes that its local and people-based operating model builds stronger and longer-lasting client relationships, while creating a great employee environment and building real connections with the communities in which they live and work. Chicago is now one of those communities. 

“Chicago is Jabian’s kind of town,” Brian Betkowski, Jabian's cofounder and managing partner, said. “We looked at a lot of locations and found its people and opportunities align with Jabian’s culture and values. Chicago has great business diversity and deep community involvement, which are hallmarks of our business model.”

The Chicago location will be headed by executive director Dan Hickey, a veteran of Big Four firms Deloitte and KPMG. Previously a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, Hickey has more than 15 years of management consulting experience.

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US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019 Consulting.us

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.