IBA Group Celebrates 20 Years of IT Excellence

News Release

IBA Group, an alliance of IT companies with more than 2,500 people, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. A series of events will be held in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, the Russian Federation, and Kazakhstan. The celebration will begin in April in Minsk, the birthplace of IBA Group.

The company's traditions go back to the 1960s. Those were the days when the IT industry of Belarus began growing dramatically. Computer research and computer production organizations, as well as IT education facilities were established. As IBM–compatible computers were produced in the country, local programmers were experts in IBM mainframe architecture.

In the 1980s, people from IBM came to Minsk, the Belarusian capital. At that time, the city was already known as one of the largest IT centers in the USSR because of the computer production facilities and design institutes concentrated here. Minsk supplied 60 percent of the USSR demand for computer production.

These developments led IBM to expand into the region with a joint venture with two Belarusian companies, namely the Computer Research Institute and the Minsk Computer Production Association. As a result, the International Business Alliance (IBA) was formed in 1993. However, the joint venture did not last long and IBM withdrew as a part owner of IBA in line with its strategy. IBA went on operating independently.

In 2005, following the admission of the Czech Republic to the European Union, the company relocated its headquarters to Prague. Eventually, the small company evolved into the international IBA Group of more than 2,500 employees and offices in ten countries.

At present, the company's portfolio comprises over 200 proprietary products, numerous vertical industry solutions, and an array of IT services. The IBA's expertise ranges from mainframe software and SAP solutions to business intelligence, corporate performance management, and mobile applications.

Global giants like IBM, SAP, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Goodyear, and Rockwell Automation, partner with IBA on hundreds of projects in software engineering, development, migration, and maintenance.

IBA Group supports IT education in Belarus and the Czech Republic through training courses and R&D laboratories, and is a sponsor of international and national contests among IT students.

Sergei Levteev, IBA Group Chairman, comments: “April 2013 marks the 20 anniversary of IBA Group and it is truly a milestone for the company. We are proud to have grown to where we are today. We achieved our goals through the collective dedication of our employees and by building trust and confidence with our customers. We survived and became even stronger after the dot–com bubble of 2001–2002 and the recent economic crisis. We grew sustainably from year to year. Today, we look forward to the next twenty years of serving our clients, supporting our employees, and growing young talents.”

IBA Group invites you to take a quiz devoted to its anniversary and to win a prize. The quiz consists of 20 questions based on the information from the IBA Group's website.

You are also welcome to congratulate IBA Group, creating your greeting.

For more information, visit www.ibagroupit.com

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