MAS Global Consulting moves office in Medellín

12 July 2018 Consultancy.lat

MAS Global Consulting has moved to a new office in Medellín, Colombia. The consulting firm’s new office comes off the back of their recent announcement that they will double their staff to 50 professionals late last month.

MAS Global Consulting is a software technology firm which operates between two offices, one located in Florida and the other in Medellín. The firm defines themselves as a high value partner for Agile development and US/Latin American talent. 

The firm specialises in nearshoring – providing offshore software development solutions within the same time zone at lower costs – and custom development of Java, .NET, integration with third party/ERP applications.  

The consulting firm was started in 2011 by Monica Hernandez, a former consultant for Oracle Corporation. Since then, the company has grown to over 50 professionals in its Medellín office alone and the firm plans to grow its revenue threefold by 2020.

“We have already started a team in Bogota and are expanding efforts to other Latin America countries,” said Hernandez, who is currently MAS’s CEO. “We will likely have a staff of 200 by the end of 2020, with Medellín, Colombia being a key success factor for that growth.” 

MAS Global Consulting move office in Medellín, Colombia

Medellín has for the past decade been on the path to becoming a technology and nearshoring hotspot. The city has an affinity with innovation and creative problem solving which supports the growing talent pool and growing international interest in the city. “The geographical location has also helped strengthen the bonds that are so important to create top performing teams,” Hernandez said.

The new office is located in the idyllic Patio Bonito suburb of Medellín and boasts a modern space that will help the firm to attract and retain talent. The new space will provide a positive and energetic environment for the MAS team and enhance the customer experience that they have been known for since 2012. 

“As we celebrate our growth, we thank our amazing #Agile teams in North America and Latin America, collaborating in the same time zone to help our clients with #DigitalModernization, #SoftwareDevelopment and #DevOps needs.  Our talent makes all the magic happen,” the firm said in an announcement.

“We also thank our customers for trusting us every day with their most complex IT needs to win in today's Global Digital Economy, and for partnering with us, as one team, to bring successful business outcomes to their organizations,” MAS continued.  

Related: Citizens of Medellín among the most accepting of smart city technology in Latin America.

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Argentinian software consultancy APG Consulting enters Bolivia

25 February 2019 Consultancy.lat

Argentinian professional services firm APG Consulting has expanded into Bolivia, growing its presence in Latin America to six countries. 

Founded in 2003, APG Consulting is a software consultancy that supports its clients with digitizing procurement and finance, and with document management. The firm’s Comfiar solution allows organizations to generate, send and store invoices in a robust and safe environment, while supporting procurement, finance and regulatory processes. APG Consulting’s AFM solution is a document management system (DMS) that helps companies with organizing, managing and securing documents in a standardized environment.

Across Latin America, APG Consulting currently over 1,000 customers, with Bolivia the next market targeted as part of the firm’s strategy to lift its client base to over 1,500 in the coming years. The expansion follows on previous forays into Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. Headquartered in Buenos Aires, the IT consulting firm has around 80 employees. 

The move comes at a time when electronic invoicing is a major theme in Bolivia. In March of this year, the country’s National Tax Service (SIN – Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales) is implementing new regulation that advocates electronic invoicing. For companies, this means that they need to adopt e-invoicing of not already in place, and for those that currently do use the feature, changes may be required in system setup, processes, data management or governance. 

Argentinian software consultancy APG Consulting enters Bolivia

APG Consulting is aiming at implementing its Comfiar solution, which has been tailored to meet SIN’s requirements, at both private and public sector organizations in Bolivia. Meanwhile, companies that already have a system in place can tap the Argentinian-origin consultancy for software services and change management support. According to Matías Cherepinsky, commercial manager of APG Consulting, organizations must not only look at the technical side of electronic invoicing, but also keep the cultural side of change in mind. Employees in procurement and finance will need to adopt new ways of working, meaning that they need to receive training and coaching in order to successfully complete their new tasks.

According to Daniel Ayoroa, a legal manager at Agentax, electronic invoicing still is in its infancy in Bolivia. Organizations therefore are open to bringing in the expertise of experts that have an established track record gained abroad, where e-invoicing is more mature. He added that he believes the approach can lead to a major modernization of procurement and tax functions throughout the country.

Earlier this month, accounting and consulting firm BDO also entered the Bolivian market with the addition of KPI Auditores y Consultores to its global member firm network. In December last year, Tufiño Villegas, which has offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, joined Andersen Global’s international association.