IBA Group Celebrates 10 Years in Germany
May 31, 2010
On June 25, 2010 IBA Group, a global IT service provider of 2,500 IT and business professionals, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its German office.
IBA Group was formed in 1993 in Belarus as a software development company. With the rapidly growing demand for state–of–the–ar t IT technologies in the countries of the former USSR and for talented developers in Western countries, IBA evolved into an alliance of companies with development centers in Belarus and the Czech Republic, and sales/support offices in Germany, Cyprus, the United States, and Russia. In 2005, following the admittance of the Czech Republic to the European Union, IBA Group relocated its headquarters to Prague. The German affiliate of IBA Group was set up in May, 2000.
Ulrich Lasarzik, CEO of IBA IT, recollects: “In response to numerous requests from customers working in the automotive industry, a number of meetings with prospective clients were held in Stuttgart and Northern Rhine–Westphalia. As Lasarzik puts it, „the task became clear very quickly.” For effective cooperation, good command of German was needed. Also, it would be difficult to implement the complex solutions without the presence of IBA employees at the customer premises. The underlying reasons were the following: the German customers would like to speak only their mother tongue and the application software was very tightly connected with the business processes of the clients.
Eventually, a project involving IBA system programmers from Minsk who spoke good German or had translator diplomas was launched in late 1999. That was the birth point of IBA IT GmbH, the German affiliate of IBA Group. Legally, the company was formed in May 2000. After extensive discussions with the local government bodies, the first official work and residence permit was issued. Three programmers from Belarus were working in Germany by the end of 2000.
A breakthrough that transformed the German IT industry and had positive effect on the IBA IT GmbH development was the introduction of a Green Card for foreign IT specialists. Aiming to overcome the shortage of skilled IT staff in the country, the Green Card program brought thousands of foreign IT specialists to the German IT industry. The procedure for obtaining a job permit was simplified and standardized. Within a few months, the number of IBA employees in Germany grew to more than 20.
In the past 10 years, the German IT industry saw dramatic changes both in terms of technology and business. New concepts emerged, such as Web 2.0, service–oriented architecture (SOA), cloud computing, social media, and 3G mobile communications. IBA did not stand aside from the new developments. Moreover, the company made it its mission to introduce change and improve business performance of its clients through the use of advanced information technologies. To this end, IBA built a diversified portfolio of technical skills to address all aspects of a client's IT needs. A special focus was placed on enterprise applications (including portals and Web 2.0 solutions), Lotus technologies, data warehousing, SAP and other enterprise resource planning systems, mainframe software, business intelligence, distributed systems, and new technologies like .Net and SOA.
This resulted in many new projects. Currently, 37 percent of the IBA Group's clientele comes from Germany. The company is collaborating and innovating with some of the best–known companies, such as IBM, Goodyear, FTS, T–Systems, and Software AG.
Although the German IT industry was badly affected by the recent economic crisis, the IBA's affiliate in Germany was able to survive. Lasarzik views the 10th anniversary as an opportunity to celebrate the company's stability and to announce the launch of new initiatives.
About IBA Group
IBA Group is one of the largest IT service providers in Eastern Europe performing software development, migration, maintenance, support, and IT consulting services with more than 2,500 IT and business professionals. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, IBA Group has offices and development centers in the United States, Germany, Belarus, Cyprus, and Russia. IBA Group focuses on mainframe systems, enterprise applications, web–based solutions, SAP and other ERP systems, Lotus technologies, and business intelligence. IBA has achieved SEI CMMI Level 4 and is ISO 9001:2000–certified. IBA Group serves clients in more than 30 countries across diverse markets and industries, including banking, railway, telecommunication, manufacturing, healthcare, trade, and public sectors. IBA Group is recognized by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) as one of The Global Outsourcing 100 in the Leaders Category, ranks #1 in the neoIT and CMP's Global Services 100 — 2007 in the category TOP 10 TO WATCH IN EMERGING EUROPEAN MARKETS, and is a Software 500 company.
For more information, visit http://www.ibagroup.eu
Contact in Germany:
IBA IT CEO
Tel.: +49 (0) 2436 380 98 90