Asian centric strategy firm Solidiance expands into Australia with office in Sydney

11 June 2018

Solidiance, the Asia focused strategy and management consultancy has opened its first office in Australia, marking the firms intent to continue its intercontinental expansion. The office is located in the MLC Centre, Martin Place in the heart of the Sydney CBD. 

The office which is based in Sydney is the third in as many years following a California and Berlin office opening in the past two years. Capitalising on their headquarters being based in Singapore, the firm boasts a home turf advantage by focusing exclusively on Asia, from East to West. The most recent previous additions to the firm’s focal ground from ‘Jordan to Japan, Dubai to Shanghai’ were offices launched in Beirut and in Abu Dhabi.

The move is designed to help both Australian companies enter the Asian market as well as to capitalise on the growth of Australia’s consulting industry. Solidiance’s intention with broadening its footprints south to Australia is to support in-bound and out-bound growth strategies for clients in Australia and Asia. The firm has performed over 880 cases of market entry in addition to M&A due diligence, competitive benchmarking, distribution channels, and marketing.

“Australia has a strong consulting market to begin with but the most attractive angle for Solidiance is our unique capacity to support Australian companies to enter and grow in Asia,” the firm’s long-time CEO and managing partner Damien Duhamel said, noting the clear trend for heavy investment in Asia by Australian companies.

Asian centric strategy firm Solidiance expands into Australia with office in Sydney

The firm reiterated its intention to grow in Australia and praised the country for its stable domestic market growth, clear legal environment and highly-skilled workforce. “We have ambitious plans in Australia to cater to the local market, the inbound FDI segment, and obviously to Australian companies expanding in Asia. We believe our M&A and Digital practices will drive our Australia business,” Duhamel said.

Leading the new office will be Raul Heraud. Heraud has gained over 15 years of strategy consulting and finance experience working across emerging and frontier markets such as Latin America, China, Iran, the UAE and Korea. He will continue to serve the consulting firm as Head of Financial Services, overseeing its Private Equity, M&A and Financial Institutions practices. He has an MBA from Wharton.

After opening their first offices in 2006 in Singapore and China, Solidiance have rapidly expanded with the Sydney office marking the firm’s 15th overall. The consulting firm has stressed a heavy focus on emerging Southeast Asian markets and has established itself in every key ASEAN location. 

Speaking previously, Duhamel said; “Solidiance has been growing very rapidly since its inception. We however remain careful to drive growth as opposed to have growth driving our business. We rather grow slower but build stronger foundations and enjoy sustainable profits. Many young consulting firms are built around a nucleus of two-three people. We build systems to avoid over-dependence on our management.”

“Our coverage of emerging Asia is very solid already and we intend to leverage that further. We have been approached several times by large consultancies with the desire to acquire us but we think there is still plenty of growth ahead for us. So we will remain for a while the only Asia-focused growth strategy consulting firm. That suits us well.”


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Bourne Digital launches SAP user experience design centre in Melbourne

03 April 2019

German enterprise software giant SAP has launched an AppHaus in Melbourne in partnership with local consultancy Bourne Digital.

Melbourne has joined an exclusive international list with the launch of the Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre – a SAP ‘AppHaus’ co-innovation centre where customers can come together with engineers and solution providers to co-design the end-user experience. Of ten present locations worldwide, it’s just the second in the Asia Pacific, and the first in the region to run by a SAP network partner.

Established in Melbourne in 2015, and with an additional outlet in Sydney, user experience (UX) design consultancy Bourne Digital provides a range of services with a focus on agile digital product design and development, serving clients in the financial services, retail, logistics and utilities sectors in areas such as user research, design thinking, prototyping, architecture, testing and validation, and managed services. 

Recently named a SAP Partner Award winner for innovation at the SAP Partner Kickoff  meetings (where Accenture and Deloitte claimed two titles apiece for the Asia Pacific region), Bourne Digital was founded by managing director Selim Ahmed, who previously served as head of mobile and UX solutions for SAP in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to SAP, Ahmed spent 12 years between Deloitte, BearingPoint and PwC, the latter where he was the founding director of the firm’s national digital consulting practice.

Bourne Digital launches SAP user experience design centre in Melbourne

Now Ahmed joins just a handful of others in guiding a partner-operated AppHaus for the German enterprise software giant, which last year clocked global revenues of nearly AU$40 billion. Since unveiling the concept in Heidelberg in 2013, SAP has added four more locations, including the sole previous Asia Pacific outlet in Korea, while another five current AppHaus hubs are run by partners – covering Austria, Spain, the US, and Canada. 

Located at the iconic pre-federation Bennelong Building a short hop from Flinders Street Station, the Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre has already been supporting clients with digital transformations, including Newcrest Mining, with the collaboration using machine learning to produce an app which simplifies maintenance requests for the some 20,000-plus assets of what is one of the largest gold-miners in the world.

“The Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre brings together the right environment and expertise to deliver innovative solutions to real business problems putting the user experience at the heart of the process,” Newcrest’s chief information & digital officer Gavin Wood told ARN. “Human-centred design has already helped us achieve rapid and effective innovation – we are looking forward to seeing where this takes us next.”

“By bringing together business experts, designers, developers, customers, and users in a creative environment like the Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre, there’s no limit to the innovation we can help our customers achieve,” said SAP A/NZ managing director Damien Bueno, with Ahmed adding; “We are really honoured to be the first SAP AppHaus Network member in the Asia Pacific and Japan region and are excited about the growth and innovation this will bring to Melbourne.”

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