Cognizant launches tech innovation hub in Boulder, Colorado

11 February 2019

New Jersey–based technology and management consultancy Cognizant opened an Accelerator global technology center and innovation hub in Boulder on February 7. The Cognizant Accelerator division’s business and tech experts spearhead new technology development and invest in emerging external startups. The new center will employ 100 professionals.

Cognizant Accelerator’s opening was attended by numerous state and local government officials, including Colorado governor Jared Polis and Boulder mayor Suzanne Jones. Cognizant Accelerator president Sean Middleton and Cognizant Accelerator vice president and general manager Todd Paoletti were also on-site at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Cognizant Accelerator global technology hub to Boulder and I thank Cognizant for their investment in Colorado's technology community and the people of our state," Governor Polis said. "We are proud of how Colorado has become a home for top technology companies and start-ups alike."

Cognizant launches tech innovation hub in Boulder, Colorado

Cognizant is no stranger to the state’s bustling tech sector – Denver is by many accounts the nation’s next big technology hub, and Boulder isn’t far off. The consultancy has an approximately 1,400-person workforce in Colorado delivering digital consulting services to healthcare, life sciences, and insurance clients, among others. Cognizant has nearly doubled its presence in the state over the past five years, absorbing Englewood healthcare software firm TriZetto in 2014, and Boulder software developer Quick Left in 2016.

The Accelerator outpost will engage in the division’s mission of new product development and venture investing. In past years, Cognizant Accelerator has been particularly involved in AI, blockchain, and IoT development. According to the firm, the Boulder Accelerator team will also be the focus for the company’s software development work.

"Colorado is home to a number of our clients, and we expect to continue to grow and invest here as both our development needs and client needs increase,” Middleton said. "Boulder, in particular, has established itself as a vibrant tech community, an ecosystem of educational institutions, start-ups and companies where innovation is flourishing.  It's an ideal environment for Cognizant Accelerator and the work we do in finding, fueling, engineering and running the groundbreaking ideas that are helping businesses around the world successfully transform to compete and win in the digital age."

Cognizant has 281,600 global employees and annual revenues of $16.3 billion.

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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.