ALTEN, the local subsidiary of the French group and one of the most important IT and engineering consulting companies, claims that the year we are going through is a very good one for the IT&C industry. In fact, due to the super qualified workforce, Romania delivers projects at the highest level.
The company plans to reach over 730 employees in 2021, following a recruitment of 100 IT and engineering specialists for offices in the country.
The dynamics of the projects of the last months, as well as the cautious optimism of the clients are favorable indicators, which announce a good year for the entire IT&C industry. The pandemic has already forced companies in the region to change their perspective and business model, which has boosted the demand for support and consultancy for the research and development (R&D) area.
“The Research & Development (R&D) part is extremely dynamic, even in times of crisis, such as the one we are going through, because it determines employees to constantly innovate. It is, practically, their responsibility to develop, for the future, new, alternative, efficient and viable solutions for very competitive industries, such as the automotive industry, for example ”, states Lidia Pleniceanu, Business Unit Director at ALTEN Romania.
2020 for the company
The last year has affected us all, in one way or another, and transformed the way we approach work and business. We have seen how, at least during the lockdown months, many organizations have chosen caution and postponed their new projects and investments. Since last autumn, however, a slight dynamism has been observed in many sectors of activity. The pandemic has stepped on the accelerator pedal for local digitization projects. It was a challenging time. Overall, the IT sector (more specifically, software development), the telecom area and the financial-banking area were the least affected by the changes in the economy. ALTEN customers in these areas continued to develop projects at a pace close to normal.
Moreover, the company currently has new projects in progress or discussions for new projects. In terms of solutions, last year there was an increase in demand for software that supports employee mobility and remote work. A macro trend, however, which has not been affected by the health crisis, refers to the change in approach from customers, from outsourcing resources to high value-added projects. More and more clients are asking experts to help them manage complex IT and engineering projects.
2021, between uncertainty and optimism
Romania is a bidder for the development of local activities, due to the good ratio between cost and quality. Today, when most companies are extremely attentive to this aspect, as well as due to the accelerated digitalization, which allows us to work more efficiently from a distance, we are becoming more and more attractive as a country.
“For 2021, we aim to hire at least 100 new specialists. With this action, we hope to report, again, a double-digit increase in business “, underlines the representative of ALTEN Romania about the company’s recruitment plans for this year.
For many businesses and even industries, digital solutions have meant, in the last year, the difference between bankruptcy and market survival. The lack of predictability has led other companies to respond differently to the crisis and to focus their attention in the short term, responding to current challenges.
Another reaction to the difficult times was and is, for many of the organizations, to invest in the future, in the R&D part. At the same time, the R&D segment is the one that will support the development of ALTEN in the next period.
The projects we are working on now and which will be implemented in the next 3-5 years will lead to the development of new and viable solutions for different markets. An eloquent example of this is that of R&D projects in the automotive industry, an industry that has been visibly affected in the pandemic by declining sales and yet continues to invest without interruption. However, experts consider it beneficial for the entire IT industry, the openness of many organizations and industries to the beneficial potential of technology. With the professional reconversion of many of us – this will result in a change of perception, as well as a more open embrace of technological means. However, although optimistic, the evolution of the technology sector, but not only, will depend, for the most part, on the evolution of case dynamics, as well as on the decisions of the authorities in this direction, taken at national and international level.