Dutch company Macaw choses Vilnius for first international office
Macaw, an award-winning employer and digital solution provider, has selected Vilnius as the location for its first office outside the Netherlands. In establishing a company in Vilnius, Macaw plans to grow exponentially and recruit highly talented information technology specialists who will develop Microsoft and Sitecore based solutions for international customers.
“Lithuania is attractive for us for its highly qualified specialists, geographical situation and cultural similarities to the Netherlands,” explains Macaw’s CEO, William van der Pijl. “After several successful projects together with partners from Lithuania by merging their teams and ours into one, we are convinced that our employee-centered culture will be appreciated in Lithuania. With an office in Vilnius, we will be able to grow successfully.”
“Within Macaw we blend business understanding, the best people and top notch technologies to deliver best-in-class digital business solutions that make customers successful. We work on themes such as Digital Transformation, Customer Engagement, Employee Empowerment, Data Driven Business, Optimize Operations and Enable the Mobile Mind shift”, said Mr van der Pijl.
Macaw is active in Finance & Insurance, Services, Manufacturing, Trade & Retail, Education & Health and Industry for customers such as Deloitte, Heineken, Volkswagen, Reed Business and Perfetti van Melle.
Macaw will employ about 20 information technology specialists in its Vilnius office. This number is expected to grow to more than 200 professionals of various levels of expertise within the next few years. Currently, the company has a team of 250 in the Netherlands.
“Our specialists work with Microsoft technologies like .NET, Cortana Intelligence suite, Dynamics365, Azure, Xamarin, Office365, different frontend frameworks and Sitecore. Macaw in Lithuania will be an integral part of Macaw, sharing the same values and culture. The Vilnius office will work in blended teams with Dutch colleagues on the creation and development of digital solutions. So, we will bring challenging projects giving our specialists in Vilnius the opportunity to grow” says Mr van der Pijl.
The company has always paid particular attention to the professional and personal growth and well-being of its employees. The results of this approach are clear to see: Macaw has been named best employer in the Netherlands four times.
“Lithuania’s IT cluster is now at a mature stage,” says Mantas Katinas, managing director of the foreign investment promotion agency Invest Lithuania. “Consequently, further growth is only possible by attracting projects that require particularly high competence. As a Platinum Partner of Sitecore and multiple Gold Partnerships of Microsoft, Macaw offers high end integrated business solutions. Together with it’s unique company culture, this company will indeed be very attractive for IT specialists,” Mr Katinas concludes.
When deciding on where to invest, the company considered various cities in Central and Western Europe before selecting Vilnius.