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Thought Provoking Consulting (TPC) continues its expansion into the US by investing in Change 4 Growth (C4G)

London, January 11, 2018Thought Provoking Consulting Group, a specialist retail consultancy, are happy to announce that it has invested in US based Change Management Consulting company Change 4 Growth, formerly known as Sequent Consulting.
Co-Founder of Thought Provoking Consulting, Keith Taylor said "this is a very exciting development for both companies. Change 4 Growth has a strong pedigree in organisational change management which we have not previously been able to offer clients. They have an excellent retail customer list and Beth Thomas, their CEO, is a well-known and highly regarded ex-retailer. They have a strong presence in the US and so will strengthen the group’s presence in this market while we can help them expand into the UK and Europe."
Change 4 Growth is America’s top retail boutique firm for Transformational Change. C4G has created a niche where they help their clients deal with change at every level within the organisation. Whether it is change impacting individual contributors, leaders or the total organisation, their methods and experience have been proven to increase performance, results and adoption for any change their clients face. Without their help, clients have cited they would not have achieved the expected ROI and the transformation would not have been successful.
Change 4 Growth has grown an impressive list of top retail clients including Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor. Its services include organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support.
Beth Thomas, CEO of Change 4 Growth and author of ‘Powered by Happy’ said "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting to continue to grow our US business as part of the Group. I love their customer centric approach and feel a great cultural fit and believe we are stronger together. The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain. Just as exciting will be our ability to work together on driving genuine retail transformation which combines cultural change with the right business process and technology components."
About TPC
Based in the UK and US, Thought Provoking Consulting (TPC) is a specialist retail consultancy, providing retailers with the necessary tools, processes and expertise to improve their performance and realise their strategic vision. TPC provides a range of services and solutions in Pricing, Merchandise Planning, PLM (including 3D), Programmes of Change, Supply Chain and Change Management. We aim to make complex challenges simpler through experience and pragmatism, while always being thought provoking.
Read more at www.thoughtprovokingconsulting.com

OutSystems Announces New Styles Editor, Finishes 2017 with Flurry of Low-Code Innovation

London - 3rd January, 2018 - OutSystems, provider of the number one low-code development platform, today announced that it delivered six new releases of its flagship development environment in the fourth quarter. OutSystems has added a variety of new and innovative features to the product, further simplifying and accelerating how enterprise software is built. The latest innovation is a styles editor built directly into the visual development environment that dramatically reduces UX development time.
These six releases demonstrate how committed OutSystems is to the growing low-code community. OutSystems already provides customisable app templates and components so developers without visual design expertise can rapidly create beautiful user experiences simply by dragging and dropping. The new styles editor allows developers and UX professionals to further customise the experience without the need for any CSS coding, cutting the time it takes to refine the user experience in half.
Organisations still struggle with addressing today's need for agility, so it will continue to be a key focus area. According to leading analyst firm Forrester in their November 2017 report for application development and delivery professionals, Predictions 2018: New Technologies Propel Software Development, “the journey to modern development practices continues.” According to Forrester, “Agile and DevOps practices enable continuous delivery of software, helping companies better connect with their customers. By eliminating waste, delivering in smaller pieces, and learning from direct feedback, these modern dev practices link software development more tightly to business value.”
“Our developer community has grown by more than 60 percent over the last six months,” said Mário Araújo, Head of Developer Relations at OutSystems. “We consider developers our extended team, and we obsess over how to make things easier for them. Every time we release a feature that simplifies development and reduces ramp-up time for new developers, we know we’re contributing to their productivity. Best of all, we’re helping them deliver value to the business.”
“Crafting unique, elegant user experiences helps organisations to differentiate their solutions and win over new customers,” said João Grazina, Front-End Product Manager at OutSystems. “CSS is a challenge for many developers. It requires specialised knowledge to establish the necessary best practices and to deal with the complexity of multiple browsers and devices. Those skills are hard to find. We’ve now made it incredibly easy and visual, with no CSS coding.”
“Our consultants work to help organisations transform business, so we take advantage of the speed of OutSystems to prototype new digital solutions in our innovation team,” said Chad Hahn, Partner at Optimity Advisors, a global consulting firm. “We embrace methodologies like Lean UX, Design Thinking, and Google Design Sprints to rapidly iterate new solutions with the business. Every feature that allows us to move faster means we get feedback sooner, learn more about the solution we are building, and ultimately deliver the best possible experience for our customers.”
Learn more about recent product innovation from OutSystems and how we’re helping organisations accelerate their digital transformation by checking out our What’s New web page. 
*Forrester, “Predictions 2018: New Technologies Propel Software Development,” Christopher Condo, Jeffrey S. Hammond, Randy Heffner, Rob Koplowitz, Diego Lo Giudice, John R. Rymer, 7 November 2017.
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems. Explore careers at OutSystems.

OutSystems Announces the Appointment of John Kinzer, HubSpot CFO, to the Board of Directors

London – 13th December, 2017 - OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code development, today announced that John Kinzer, CFO at HubSpot, has been appointed to its board of directors. This latest announcement, along with the company’s record growth and previous appointments of accomplished executives such as Tom Schodorf, former CRO of Splunk to the board and Bill Macaitis, former CMO of Slack and Zendesk as an advisor, underscores the growing momentum at OutSystems.
 
“OutSystems continues to lead the low-code software revolution and see unprecedented demand in the market resulting in outstanding growth,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems. “John has had a very accomplished career driving scale and growth for notable software companies. We’re excited he’s joining at this important stage in our company’s growth. He has a wealth of experience which will be valuable given the tremendous market opportunity that lies ahead.”
 
John Kinzer brings over two decades of financial leadership experience, including more than 15 years leading Software as a Service (SaaS) companies. He currently is the CFO at HubSpot, a leading CRM, marketing, sales, and customer experience platform, where he manages finance, accounting and security operations. He played a key role in HubSpot's initial public offering in 2014, as well as in leading the recent $400 million dollar convertible bond offering.
 
Prior to HubSpot, John Kinzer served as CFO for Blackboard, Inc., a leading SaaS company in the education space. He played a critical role in the company’s IPO in 2004, in growing the business to over $500 million in revenue, and in the take-private transaction to Providence Equity Partners. John Kinzer serves on the Founder’s Circle of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech, and has been a finalist for both the Washington, DC and Boston CFO of the Year award.
 
“OutSystems has experienced tremendous business momentum and is on an impressive growth trajectory,” said John Kinzer. “Growing evidence of success can be seen in the industry recognition and its highly engaged customer base. I’m looking forward to joining the team and helping OutSystems as they continue to scale and execute on their long-term growth strategy.”
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at http://www.outsystems.com/, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems. Explore careers at OutSystems.

OutSystems Named a Leader in G2 Crowd’s Low-Code Development Platforms Grid Report

Sixth Report in Past Two Years Ranks OutSystems in Highest Category for Low-Code Platforms
London – 11th December, 2017OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for application development, was named a Leader in the G2 Crowd Low-Code Development Platforms Grid report, with the highest ranking for both customer satisfaction and market presence. OutSystems is ranked highest among 15 vendors and is the Leader for the small business, mid-market and enterprise categories.
G2 Crowd rates platforms algorithmically based on data sourced from product reviews and data aggregated from online sources and social networks. To qualify for inclusion in the low-code development platform category, products must generate source code as a base for customisation, allow developers to customise HTML markup and source code, and integrate with databases, web services, or APIs to connect data.
Of the users who reviewed OutSystems, 100 percent rated OutSystems four or five stars, and 100 percent of users believe the platform is heading in the right direction. Furthermore, 94 percent of users said they would likely recommend OutSystems to others.
In fact, one user described OutSystems “as a platform to produce mobile and web apps” for Android and iOS that’s incredibly easy to use. Another user stated that they have “been migrating many ‘old’ applications to Outsystems,” which has been very helpful for adapting to their business needs. Many additional users cited OutSystems as “easy to use” with fast “delivery speed,” which help developers see quality results quickly and efficiently.
This is the sixth report to name OutSystems a Leader in the last two years. Most recently, in October, OutSystems was named a leader by Forrester in The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms For AD&D Pros, Q4 2017.
Gartner also recognised OutSystems as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service (hpaPaaS) 2017 and its Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms 2017.
“Our platform was architected from the start to address any kind of custom application development needed with a low-code approach,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems. “For this reason, we have very high customer satisfaction as our platform can support a wide range of application development needs.”
“The platform’s tooling to support professional AD&D teams is excellent — broad in application and portfolio management, platform and security administration, and development-process management and deep in troubleshooting and performance management. OutSystems’ strengths make it an oft-mentioned choice and contribute to its high growth rate and expanding roster of customers,” the authors stated in the Forrester report.
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems. Explore careers at OutSystems.