Apple mobility partner invests in UK expansion

15th August 2017
Lanna Cooper


Apple mobility partner WWT Asynchrony Labs, the software development arm of $9bn World Wide Technology, has opened its European headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf. The firm partners with Apple in an R&D role with access to alpha and beta products.

They deliver custom software to global brands such as Mastercard, Papa Johns and Emerson, as well as the US Department of Defence.

Asynchrony has benefited from early access to the emerging technologies which have arisen during their government work. The company’s recent work includes a virtual healthcare system built on connected sensors and communication tools, to enable remote care.

Kelly White, WWT Asynchrony Labs London General Manager commented: “London has been on our radar for a long time and we’re delighted to be expanding the tech community into Canary Wharf. Setting up an Agile software lab here makes perfect sense - it represents the maturity of our technology approach and of London as a technology hub. For us, Canary Wharf represents the real strength of London - as a meeting place between fantastic tech innovation and longstanding financial services expertise. Even after Brexit, we think that London is where technology will increasingly impact enterprise.”

Ben Boswell, VP Europe at World Wide Technology, added: “Companies that did not previously consider themselves technology firms are finding that they need to integrate new technology at great speed. Innovation is linked to profitability but all too often the link is not fully made between business outcome and technology delivery. Frankly, the emerging technology market is proliferated by immature solutions and undisciplined agile development practices, which do not lend themselves to immediate at scale deployment. At enterprise level, this simply doesn’t fly.”

“We’ve seen the need here for the mature, disciplined approach that Asynchrony adheres to. The Business Innovation team works with stakeholders to visualise the business impact that is needed, and secured, scalable, production-quality code can be delivered within weeks. From the perspective of our customers, the small up-front investment that comes through such a sharp focus on creating a Minimum Viable Product for a specific business need is a refreshing way to access the latest technologies.”

Founded in 1999, the company has been recognised as a leader in Agile for over a decade, exhibiting an unusually mature approach to the method. Asynchrony are credited with bringing the working practice to large organisations such as the US Department of Defence, who have incorporated it into their permanent operations. Gartner continues to place Asynchrony amongst the top four Agile development outfits in the US.

A survivor of the boom, the company has seen between 30-50% year-on-year growth in every year since then.

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