IBM announced plans to acquire Waeg, a leading Salesforce Consulting Partner in Europe, to extend IBM’s portfolio of Salesforce services and advance IBM’s hybrid cloud and AI strategy.
The acquisition builds on IBM’s continued investment in Salesforce consulting services to meet the rising client demand for experience-led business transformation and new customer engagement strategies backed by data, AI and machine learning.
Expressing happiness over the development, IBM Senior Vice President Services and Global Business Services said Salesforce continues to play a critical role in companies’ digital transformations as they adapt to the conditions created by the pandemic.
“Trust is the new currency of customer and employment engagement, and every touchpoint is an opportunity to personalize the relationship. Waeg’s strength in Salesforce consulting services will be key to creating intelligent workflows that allow our clients to keep pace with changing customer and employee needs and expectations,” said Mark Foster.
Salesforce Executive Vice President Worldwide Alliances and Channels Tyler Prince said the company’s partner ecosystem is an important growth channel for Salesforce, and IBM continues to expand its capabilities across the world, most recently with the addition of Waeg.
“The combination of IBM and Waeg’s Salesforce consulting capabilities and assets will help give customers across Europe the capabilities to create streamlined, automated experiences on the Salesforce platform,” said Tyler Prince.
Waeg provides a full spectrum of Salesforce consulting services, from digital strategy advisory, business-to-business commerce, marketing automation and customer experience design to implementation and managed services.
Founded in 2014 with offices in seven European countries, Waeg is a leader in the thriving Salesforce ecosystem, working with leading global brands across industries, with deep expertise in manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences.
This news complements IBM’s acquisition of leading US Salesforce consultancy 7Summits in January, and significantly bolsters global IBM Salesforce talent with strategic consulting expertise and multi-cloud capabilities across Europe.
With over 400 Salesforce certifications, Waeg holds expert distinctions in Salesforce’s Navigator program in Manufacturing, Pardot, Salesforce B2B Commerce and is a specialist across all clouds and the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry.
Waeg Co-Founder and Managing Partner Chris Timmerman said Waeg’s growth was built on the simple notion of helping its clients successfully navigate constantly changing customer demands.
“Now, as we join forces with IBM, we are excited to leverage our collective Salesforce capabilities to accelerate that growth across Europe,” said Chris Timmerman.
The worldwide CRM consulting and systems integration services market is estimated to reach nearly $21 billion by 20241. As a Global Strategic Partner of Salesforce, IBM fuses AI, data and analytics across enterprises to automate workflows and change how clients do business.
Waeg will join IBM’s fast-growing Salesforce business within IBM Global Business Services to accelerate growth across Europe and offer enhanced capabilities and world-class skills on the Salesforce platform.
IBM is expanding its cloud and AI consulting offerings to deliver experience-led digital transformation for enterprise clients. Over the last several months, IBM has made a series of acquisitions to deliver on this strategy by boosting its hybrid cloud and AI technology skills to expand its offerings, including Nordcloud, 7Summits, Taos,
Expertus and Truqua.
With the acquisition of Waeg, IBM is deepening its investments in hybrid cloud and AI to manage complex integrations and unify people, process and technology. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. It is expected to close this quarter.