IBA Group and Belarus Shortlisted for 2016 NOA Awards

News Release

Prague, Czech Republic

September 9, 2016

National Outsourcing Association, UK, names IBA Group finalist in Awards for Best Practice in Outsourcing in two categories

On August 19, the British National Outsourcing Association (NOA) announced the names of the 2016 NOA Awards shortlist. Now in its thirteenth year, the National Outsourcing Association Awards recognizes and celebrates the efforts of companies who have demonstrated best practice in outsourcing.

This year, the participants competed in 18 categories. IBA Group was invited to participate in the NOA Awards following the recent nominations for the 2016 EOA Awards. As a result, IBA Group was shortlisted for the 2016 NOA Awards in the categories Outsourcing Destination of the Year (Belarus) and Award for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

IBA Group submitted Belarus for a NOA award because the Belarusian IT outsourcing industry contributes significantly to the national economy and serves as a foundation of information society and knowledge economy in the country. The Government of Belarus declared IT a foundation of information society and included outsourcing services in the National Strategy of Sustainable Economic Development. With a population of 9.5 million people, Belarus hosts the largest IT outsourcing companies in Eastern Europe.

For the CSR award, IBA Group submitted the project Promotion of IT in Belarus among People with Disabilities. Implemented by the IBA Institute, a member of IBA Group, it was the first IT education project for disabled people in Belarus. In total, 120 disabled were trained, including 89 remotely. Following the course, IBA Group organized a national contest in system administration for people with disabilities with 45 course graduates joining the competition and ten qualifying for the final. After the project was completed, former students volunteered transfer of their competencies to peers and six graduates, including the contest winner, were offered IT jobs.

Commenting on this year's NOA Awards, Kerry Hallard, CEO of the NOA, said: “This is without doubt the most competitive year ever in terms of submissions; the quality of case studies evidencing outsourcing excellence across aspects such as relationship and contract management, innovation, service delivery and collaboration has made the judging process an extremely challenging one. Those buyers and service providers who made the shortlist should feel very proud to get this far as the bar has been raised considerably.”

The NOA Award winners will be announced on November 10, 2016 in London, Great Britain. To see the 2016 NOA Awards shortlist, visit http://www.noa.co.uk/files/103 3.pdf

About IBA Group

IBA Group is one of the largest IT service providers in Eastern Europe. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, IBA Group has offices and development centers in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic, Belarus, South Africa, Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Slovakia. IBA Group focuses on mainframe systems, enterprise applications, web solutions, SAP, business analytics, and mobile applications. IBA Group is recognized by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) as one of The Global Outsourcing 100 in the Leaders Category, and ranks as one of the world's largest software companies in the Software Magazine's Software 500. In 2015, 2014, 2012, and 2011, IBA Group won IT Europa's European IT & Software Excellence awards. For more information, visit http://ibagroupit.com

About NOA

The British National Outsourcing Association (NOA) is the leading association serving both the outsourcing professional and the global outsourcing industry. NOA is committed to advancing the outsourcing profession and improving and growing the outsourcing industry in the UK and globally. The NOA Awards are completely independent, thus being the most highly respected and coveted awards within the outsourcing industry. For more information, visit http://www.noa.co.uk.

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