Baringa arrives in Australia's consulting market with new Sydney office

20 April 2018

Baringa Partners have arrived in Australia with their new office in Sydney. The new locale is the UK-based management consultancy firm’s first in the Southern Hemisphere and comes in the wake of successful expansion in both the US and the UAE.

Founded at the start of the millennium, the consultancy firm focused on business management and technology has entered a period of sustained growth. Baringa Partners has over 500 professionals spread across it’s 5 offices and has 50 partners throughout four main areas of practice; Energy and Resources, Financial Services, Telecoms and Media and Consumer Products and Retail.

Baringa Parners established its retail wing in late 2016, highlighting the firms continued intention to expand into new markets and areas. The firm is seeking to boost its global network and footprint in order to support its clients financial needs and meet the challenges businesses face in todays ever changing landscape. Aside from Baringa’s new offices in New York and Abu Dhabi, the firm operates in both Dusseldorf and London.

The firm is expansion into the Australian market comes amid a wave of consultancies eyeing off the lucrative Australian market. Besides Baringa’s bids to accelerate its global growth with the new Sydney office, Australia’s management consulting market recently experienced growth of over 5% seeing the total value reach $4.6 billion. Baringa hopes to promote clean energy technologies in Australia and help the country transition towards cleaner economy.

The consultancy firm are currently rated as the number one one management consultancy in energy, utilities and the environment by the Financial Times hopes to capitalise on Australia’s market potential, replicating its success in the the US and the UK.

New Sydney office marks Baringa Partners entering the Australian consulting market

Baringa’s new office is situated in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, sitting on Town Hall Square and will be lead by Peter Sherry and Brett Clark. Building off the firms position as a leader in energy consulting, the new office will allow the firm to enter the Australian market with full advisory capabilities whilst expanding in both revenue and staff over the next year.

Peter Sherry commented in regards to the development: “There’s a real opportunity in the energy industry in Australia as the country transitions towards clean energy, whilst maintaining security of supply and bringing down consumer bills. Australia is ripe for a rapid transition to renewables and storage, with access to some of the best conditions for generating wind and solar power in the world and technology costs continuing their dramatic falls.”

“Australia is only just beginning to realise its full potential for renewable energy and storage, from what we’ve seen in other energy markets around the world, there’s an opportunity for it to leapfrog other countries and become a world leader in clean energy, and this is something we are excited to help our clients navigate,” He added.

The head of the Australian retail and network, Brett Clark said: “There are similarities between the way in which the Australian energy market works and other energy markets we have worked in around the world. For example, competition and smart meters are two of the key issues in the UK energy sector at the moment and the same ones are facing the Australian sector. Given our experience with energy companies in the UK there’s a real opportunity for us to share our expertise with clients in the Australian market.”

The conditions which both Sherry and Clark mention are in line with conditions which the global consulting industry has already begun to capitalise on. Over the past few years, the Australian market has seen an uptake of both investors in and developers of renewable energies. Baringa aims to benefit from companies who turn to consultancies for help in transformative energy projects and from favourable conditions in the market.

The company’s rival energy and business consultancy firm Navigant recently opened an office in Sydney alongside Transform, another UK-based consultancy focused on digital transformation.

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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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