Ajilon Consulting

Think agility

Ajilon develops customized IT solutions for a number of industries, including financial services, health care, insurance, telecommunications, manufacturing, technology, utilities and transportation.  Clients range from the Fortune 1000 to mid-tier and government organizations.  The firm, a subsidiary of global staffing giant Adecco Group, has built up its image around the ability to quickly assess a client's needs and execute appropriate solutions.  Among its services are application development and integration, project management, outsourcing and testing.  Like its parent, the firm also offers staffing services, whether for long-term contracts or temporary augmentation.

The firm was founded in 1969, and conducted its IT and staffing businesses under the names Adia Information Technology and Comp-U-Staff, respectively, until 1996, when Adecco singly rebranded it as Ajilon.

Off and running

The firm has gotten a boost over the last decade from aggressive acquisitions.  In 2006, its Australian unit picked up AeM Group, another IT consultancy based in Perth.  And earlier that year, a $4 million transaction brought in Binome, a French provider of data storage services.  Other Ajilon acquisitions are the 2002 purchase of MYTA, a Maryland-based competitor, and the 2000 purchase of IMI Systems, Olsten Corp.'s IT unit.

Ajilon historically accounts for less than 10 percent of parent Adecco's total revenue, but nonetheless represents an important conduit for the company's business in the Americas.  This role grew in significance in 2007, when Adecco delisted from the New York Stock Exchange as a result of low average daily trading volume.  (It continues to trade on European exchanges.)  Ajilon maintains a number of international offices, most notably in the U.K. and Australia, but approximately half of its locations are in the U.S. and Canada.

New blood, but the same great pedigree

Ajilon's president, Roy Haggerty, retired in May 2007, and was succeeded by Jeff Rupp, formerly a senior VP in the professional services division.  Rupp has been with the firm since 2000, but his background includes stints at IBM and KPMG, as well as duty in the Marine Corps.  Rupp was able to take the helm with strong tailwinds, the firm's reputation for quality work goes back to 1995, when it became the first IT consulting firm in the U.S. to achieve ISO 9001 certification.  Qualifying for and maintaining that status, which signifies a company's adherence to disciplined business processes, requires quarterly internal audits and biannual visits from an external registrar.

Hand in hand

Ajilon frequently teams up with other providers in its project work.   For example, the firm is currently involved with TranTech, Inc., on a 10-year contract for the SeaPort Enhanced program of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.  Scheduled to run until 2016, the program is part of the military's plan to reduce waste in the procurement of services and hardware.  Ajilon is also collaborating with Alcatel, Qualtech and other organizations in efforts to modernize the military's infrastructure through improved quality assurance, IT support, modeling and software.  Other significant past partners include Comcast, Hewlett-Packard and Accenture.

Recent engagements, meanwhile, showcase the firm's capabilities, even if it's sometimes reluctant to release details about which companies have engaged its services.  "A major insurance company based in Switzerland," for example, hired Ajilon to ensure that its transition to an Oracle-based data warehousing and data mart solution goes as seamlessly as possible.  Another unnamed client is a "worldwide provider of food and nutrition services software and systems for campus-wide ID card programs, housing management, and cashless dining."  Well that narrows it down!  For that client, Ajilon was hired to develop an automated regression testing framework using WinRunner, work that also led to the firm being asked to develop a front-end web application in PHP.

Women and children first

Ajilon is active in charity and community service, particularly in areas that advance the role of women in technology or introduce disadvantaged children to the potential of a career in technology.  The firm has co-sponsored the Leadership in Technology awards gala, an annual dinner and reception organized by the National Association for Women in Computing, which honors the contributions of women involved in technology through both business and academia.  Ajilon also supports the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Hoop Dreams, which promotes the academic and career opportunities of inner-city students.

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Ajilon Consulting


175 Broad Hollow Road
Towson, MD 11747
Phone: (410) 821-0435
Fax: (410) 828-0106
www.ajilonconsulting.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Stock Symbol: ADEN
  • Stock Exchange: SIX Swiss Exchange
  • President & COO: Jeff Rupp
  • 2010 Employees: 70,000

Major Office Locations

  • Melville, NY

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