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Experio Is Born Again As Hitachi Consulting

Amy Rogers Nazarov

The company was founded two years ago as Experio. Hitachi Consulting CEO Michael Travis admitted that the Experio name did not have as much "oomph" in the marketplace as does the current name.

Hitachi Consulting may also better reflect the series of companies of which it's comprised. The new entity was created from WaveBend Solutions; Tactica; Grant Thornton's consulting arm, which was called Experio; and several hundred Arthur Andersen employees.

Hitachi Consulting CEO Michael Travis bills solution provider as 'agnostic.'

Travis said the Grant Thornton personnel acquired in 2000 are "very skilled and capable around enterprise applications," while the Tactica and WaveBend people brought deeper technical skills.

"A lot of the people that came over in the Arthur Andersen deal had a lot of re-engineering and change management [experience]," said Travis, himself a former Arthur Andersen principal.

A Hitachi Consulting spokesman said that hourly billable rates for managers or senior architects will start at $160, while senior consultants will bill between $120 and $160 per hour and consultants between $100 and $120 per hour.

Hitachi Consulting will be an agnostic solution provider, Travis said.

"Right now, we have no financial relationship in selling Hitachi products," he said. "We have no compensation relationship. I think we see, however, that there are some interesting Hitachi products in the marketplace and a [potential implementation] services line for us in the future. Maybe we can help other Hitachi [partners] do some value-add."

Hitachi Consulting has practices around J.D. Edwards, Oracle, SAP and Siebel Systems products, Travis said.

The company is dividing its offerings into five categories: Strategy and Business Improvement Solutions, Customer Solutions, Supply Chain Solutions, Technology Solutions and Enterprise Solutions, he said.

Business is solid in the Western U.S. regions, Travis said, but he would like to see it expand eastward. "We would like to have more on-the-ground people in the East. We have an office in [Georgia] and [Maryland] and New Jersey, but we feel like there is a lot more business there in the Eastern corridor."

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