The Colombian Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Mr. David Luna, honored Consensus with the Merit Medal “Manuel Murillo Toro” for its commitment to the growth of Small and Medium Size Companies through technology implementation in Colombia and the US and its contribution to the Industry.
Consensus was established by a group of experienced consultants 27 years ago and provides strategic technology consulting and implementation to Small and Medium Size Companies to grow their revenue and profits.
Mr. David Luna highlighted how Consensus has been instrumental in hundreds of growth projects in the SMB sector and how its own success story sets an example of entrepreneurship. “It is possible to start from zero and build a Company with care, love, commitment, and trust. Their story, that is why these Companies are here today, and one of the reasons we give this awards is to show others how great companies are built”, said Luna.
At the ceremony
The Minister reviewed Consensus success in the US with Andres Castrillon, President of Consensus International, headquartered in Miami, Florida. “We love this business because we become a strategic partner to our customers, we enjoy to see them grow and scale up, and we have been able to replicate it in several states across the country”, said Castrillon. And he added “In today’s business environment, for SMBs to survive and grow, it is imperative to take full advantage of leading technologies that will make them as efficient and effective as possible. This is what we do at Consensus”.
Earlier this year Consensus was also the recipient of the SAP® North America Excellence Award 2017 for SAP Business One, for its outstanding contributions to driving SAP customers’ digital transformation, helping companies adopt innovation easily, gain results rapidly, grow sustainably and run more simply with SAP solutions.
Mauricio Castrillon, Vice-President at Consensus, said: “These two awards in 2017 reflect the evolution of our organization throughout the last 27 years and are a result of a team of professionals that honor our principles and values”.
“Consensus success comes from our people, our main partner SAP, and of course our great customers, which we value and love to serve”, said Andres Castrillon. He added that “these Awards feel like winning the Oscar in our line of Business and it’s an achievement from the whole team: marketing and sales, administration, support, consulting and customizations. It’s what you get when you have people focused on serving our customers in the best possible way”.
Consensus was founded in 1990 in Colombia. In 1996 they began selling Macola software, and in 2006 they became a SAP Business One reseller. One year later they opened their first US-based office in Miami, FL. Consensus has now offices in Boston, MA, Austin, TX, Atlanta GA and Santa Ana, CA. To date, Consensus has partnered with over 650 small to medium-sized business that were determined to scale up and have successfully reached their business and growth goals. Customers obtained a typical payback time of 9 months and a ROI that ranges between 50% and 120% after investing in Consensus consulting and SAP Business One, the number one business software in the world.