Slalom launches Sydney and Melbourne offices

14 May 2020 2 min. read
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Four months after announcing its expansion into Australia, Slalom has unveiled more details on its local operation and ambitions. 

In the coming two years, the US business and technology consulting firm aims at hiring 200 consultants, designers and technologists, with the aim of helping Australian businesses realise “true business transformation, create modern technology-building cultures and develop game-changing new offerings by leveraging modern ways of working and modern technologies,” said Michael Shimota, Head of the Australia practice.

With the expansion into Australia, the 8,400-strong consulting firm now also enjoys a presence in Oceania, complementing its footprint in among others North America (United States, Canada), Europe (UK, the Netherlands) and Asia (Japan). 

“Despite the current situation, with the long term business and tech boom, there is huge potential for growth and transformation for Australia-grown and international companies,” said John Tobin, Slalom’s founder and Chief Experience Officer. 

Slalom launches Sydney and Melbourne offices

He added that while the company obviously feels the impact of the covid-19-induced downturn in its onboarding of new clients, Slalom is financially well positioned – the consulting firm generates some US$2.5 billion in revenues and is full private-owned – to take a “long-term view of the launch” in Australia.

Since establishing its Melbourne office, Slalom has managed to land a number of launching customers, but details of the engagements have however not been disclosed. Globally, the firm works for organisations of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100, many of the world's largest global technology companies, as well as public sector institutions, mid-tier organisations, not-for-profits and startups. 

To cater for its growth ambition, a custom-fit Melbourne office space will be revealed later this year, which will also house a Slalom Build Center to help customers co-create modern software and technology products. “With a team of highly skilled builders, Slalom's Melbourne office will help local businesses build modern software for the future,” said Mike Cowden, Head of Slalom's Slalom Build division.

At the end of 2020, Slalom anticipates opening its second Australian office, in Sydney.