AIM Consulting expands into Houston, appoints Managing Director

06 June 2018 Consulting.us

IT advisory firm AIM Consulting has expanded into Houston, as part of its plan to leverage the many US offices of its parent company, Addison Group. The consultancy also announced that Vinesh Kapadia will head the firm’s Houston branch.

AIM Consulting is a leading US technology advisory firm headquartered in Seattle, with additional offices in Minneapolis and Denver. The firm provides strategic support to clients in areas including application development, cloud, data & analytics, digital experience, and mobile. Founded in 2006, the IT consulting firm has 500 professionals working across the US.

In 2017, the company was acquired by professional staffing and consulting firm Addison Group. The Chicago-based parent company has over 5,000 employees across more than two dozen US offices – including Houston. AIM will be expanding its IT consulting offering to more of Addison Group’s offices in the future, but for now it has started with Houston.

AIM Consulting expands into Houston, appoints Managing Director

AIM Consulting will operate out of Addison Group’s office at 1001 McKinney, Houston, Texas starting this month. To helm the new office, the consultancy has brought in Houston native Vinesh Kapadia as Managing Director. Kapadia will be responsible for building AIM’s consultant base in Houston, while expanding the firm’s offerings. He brings more than 12 years of IT consulting experience to the role, with specific focus on energy and manufacturing – key industries in Houston.

Prior to joining AIM, Kapadia was an Associate Partner at energy and tech advisory firm Capitalize Consulting. Prior to that, he was a Senior Manager at oil and gas consultancy EAG Services. Before that, he was a Senior Business Analyst at Southwestern Energy – the Lower 48’s third-largest producer of natural gas. Kapadia started his consulting career as a Senior Consultant at Quorum Business Solutions – which provides mobile and cloud-based business software to the oil and gas industry.

Kapadia has strong consulting expertise in project management, process improvement, and systems architecture, as well as a deep understanding of the US oil and gas industry. He holds a BA, Engineering Route to Business (Management Information Systems/Electrical Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin.

“AIM is excited to bring our portfolio of advanced data and digital offerings to the oil and gas sector,” remarked Kevin Rooney, VP of Consulting Services for AIM Consulting. “We’re also passionate about expanding our community of consultants with the engineering talent that exists already in Houston. The combination of Vinesh Kapadia and the existing Addison Group team is a great foundation for AIM.”

Kapadia concluded, “With Houston's key industries embracing emerging technologies, the market is ready for a new services partner. I'm honored to be joining AIM in a position to drive technology advancement in my hometown. I am looking forward to building on top of AIM's leading methodologies and creating measurable value for our clients."

In related Texas IT consulting news, Capgemini recently won a $79 million digital services integration contract with the Texas Department of Information Resources.

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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.