Amsterdam as a global business hub
The new office in Amsterdam-Zuidoost, which will initially focus on serving the city's leading international banks, will eventually employ about 200 people. HCL has already been present in the Netherlands for over 15 years, and the new location in Amsterdam will serve as a sales and solution centre, providing ICT services to companies in the financial sector and FinTech startups.
“Through this Amsterdam office, we are going to create the core team to serve some of the big banks in the region, to help them become next-generation digital banks,” said Sudip Lahiri, HCL's head of financial services for Europe. “Within one year, we will look for a bigger space and grow from here,” he said.
Amsterdam, the obvious choice
Amsterdam was the natural choice, with its growing reputation as the emerging centre for FinTech and startups – as well as being close to The Hague, where HCL has a large digital customer experience lab. “The purpose of this office is to be close to businesses, because Amsterdam is a business hub,” Lahiri said. Their choice was mainly inspired by the city’s talented workforce and its proximity to some of HCL’s key clients.
“One key reason is the closeness to the talent pool. Not just experienced people, but also the young people. So that access to talent is very important for our business,” he said. “And of course most importantly, the access to our target customers who we'd like to engage with. They are all here.”
“I think Amsterdam has earned a very good status as a business hub,” Lahiri said. “There’s a very vibrant startup community here, and a lot of companies working with digital and disruptive technologies. So from that perspective, I think being in Amsterdam definitely adds to our visibility. And that's why we have to be here, where the action is happening”.With more than 110,000 people in 32 countries, HCL helps businesses become more lean and agile by providing them with ICT services ranging from applications and infrastructure to engineering and R&D. HCL operates in industry sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, and telecommunications, and works with leading technology companies including Microsoft, Cisco, and Google.