Capgemini Polska is developing its Business Services Center – the organization is officially opening its office in Gdansk. In Pomerania the company focuses on web projects realized in Agile and DevOps systems, using the latest technologies. Only in the first year the company plans to employ 200 people in the Gdansk office. In the perspective of the next three years it will be about 1000 employees in total.
As Capgemini representatives emphasize, the company decided to enter the Tri-City because of its rapid development as an IT hub, which is shown both by external reports and analyses conducted by the organization. The expansion to the north of the country is also related to the company’s plans for a hybrid work model. It’s important to the organization that employees don’t have to work fully remotely and have the ability to both work from home and come into the office. For this reason, it is important to enter markets where specialists in the areas in which the company operates are available, so that the people hired can work in the mode preferred by the organization. Such a philosophy was applied in Gdansk.
In addition to Agile and DevOps systems, the new center will implement web projects using leading technologies (Java, .NET, Angular, React). Projects will be managed locally, which, from the clients’ perspective, will be an undeniable advantage of the new center of Capgemini Poland.
"What will distinguish the new branch from other existing Capgemini centers is the focus on web technologies in Agile and DevOps – we will build the new branch in the spirit of agile values also outside the projects. At the beginning we will focus on specialization, and in the following years we will focus on dynamic growth, diversifying both projects and clients and enriching our teams with new talent. It is very important for us that our employees have responsibility and influence on projects and on building of the new center", said Jerzy Szwarc, Head Portfolio NSC at Capgemini Poland.
In the first months of operations, the Gdansk branch of Capgemini Poland will serve three strategic clients, including both global and domestic projects. Ultimately, the center is expected to develop very dynamically, increasing the number of clients and expanding the team to approximately 1000 employees within three years.
"The first client we will be working with from the new Capgemini center will be Kuehne+Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics companies with a strong market position in ocean freight, airfreight, land transportation and contract logistics, which focuses on integrated logistics solutions. We have been working with Kuehne+Nagel for many years and as part of this partnership we, as Capgemini, provide assistance in implementing business critical systems, digitalization and automation. In the Gdansk office we will lead projects implementing complex systems related to logistics services providing Kuehne+Nagel’s customers with the fastest and most reliable real-time information about their transport. Other projects include operational processes and tasks as well as systems for data aggregation and analysis. We are looking forward to the start of new exciting projects in Gdansk using advanced and cloud-based technologies, developed in an agile environment with and for our partner Kuehne+Nagel", says Pawel Kwasnica, Kuehne+Nagel Delivery Executive at Capgemini Poland.
Currently Capgemini is recruiting the first people, who will join the new branch. Among the candidates we are looking for people who know the previously mentioned technologies – Java, .NET, Angular, React and who speak English.
SoftServe has opened a new delivery office in Bucharest, Romania as part of its strategy to extend global delivery capabilities. Following the recent opening of delivery centers in Latin America, SoftServe now has 31 delivery center locations globally across key IT sectors. The new office will offer customers key services ranging from product, applications, and systems engineering to cloud migration and development. SoftServe, which employs over 13,000 associates globally, has been operating in Eastern Europe since 2014. Statistically, Romania’s IT market is currently among the fastest growing in the region, accommodating over 115,000 IT professionals, making it a strategic next step as the company continues to expand.
“This has been an important project in the works for over half a year, and we are elated to be opening this new office in Romania, one of the top countries for software engineering,” said Volodymyr Semenyshyn, President, EMEA. “We are intentional in our local community investments, and we look forward to establishing new synergies with the Romanian IT industry.”
Romania, a hub for technology investment and outsourcing, holds a highly skilled and diversified workforce, spotlighting competitive prices and a stimulating business environment for new and experienced talent.
“Romania’s IT sector has seen significant and sustained growth over the past decade, and it was a logical next move for us to continue bringing top-tier service to our customers. Our new office will allow us to continue supporting the professional growth of our team members, and collectively go the extra mile to contribute to our clients’ success,” said Dan Adrian Paraschiv, SoftServe Romania Country Manager. “We are looking forward to sculpting an inclusive and solid engineering culture in this office.”
The company will bring its best practices to new members in Romania, providing attractive benefits and offering associates competitive learning solutions powered by SoftServe University to foster their personal and professional development. The company will also engage employees in social responsibility initiatives, including Open Eyes charity activities and Open/Tech pro bono technology projects.
PAYSTRAX, a payment processing solutions provider, is planning to expand its team in Lithuania. With offices in Vilnius, Klaipėda, Reykjavik in Iceland, and Brighton in the UK, the company is looking to double its current 30-strong team in Lithuania over the next 12 months.
“We have assembled a group of professionals with excellent knowledge of the environment that payment companies like PAYSTRAX operate in. Our team has made a great start, and PAYSTRAX is now ready to grow further,” says the company’s co-founder and CEO Johannes Kolbeinsson.
Having developed successful Fintech ventures in Iceland, PAYSTRAX co-founders chose Lithuania to establish an innovative company that provides state-of-the-art payment processing solutions for European merchants. Lithuania’s well-developed Fintech infrastructure is what made the country a good fit for PAYSTRAX headquarters.
PAYSTRAX provides Visa and Mastercard acquiring services for POS terminals, online, mobile and other electronic payment systems, creating customised solutions and add-ons tailored to the specific needs of users. Most of the company’s clients come from the United Kingdom, Hungary, Denmark, Lithuania and Germany, but the fast-growing Fintech is ready to onboard customers from other European countries as well.
Currently, PAYSTRAX is developing an innovative payment technology that will speed up the onboarding of new business accounts. Usually, the verification processes for legacy acquirers can take 3 to 6 weeks, which can be fatal for some businesses. A solution that PAYSTRAX has rolled out in Hungary allows users to be fully registered within a day and go live with their POS terminals within 3 days. A shortened account verification procedure should be active in the UK by the end of this year, and later expanded to other markets.
To support its fast-paced growth, PAYSTRAX established its second office in Klaipėda, Lithuania’s port city, earlier this year. The company is currently looking for specialists with a background in payments, sales, compliance, customer service and IT to join its Vilnius and Klaipėda teams.
“Payment processing is not a subject taught at university, so we focus on getting good people who are willing to learn and develop as professionals,” Mr. Kolbeinsson explains. “We are hiring people for the long-term and are willing to invest in their training.”
According to Elijus Čivilis, General Manager of Invest Lithuania, PAYSTRAX’s arrival in Klaipėda shows the city’s potential to attract innovative Fintech players.
“Klaipėda’s untapped, high-quality talent pool is an asset to ambitious international companies,” he says. “I hope that PAYSTRAX’s new office in the city will create a snowball effect and expand the Fintech geography in Lithuania outside the capital Vilnius.”
Leading global automotive supplier KOSTAL Group establishes a new business service center (BSC) in Budapest that will employ up to 360 highly skilled workers. The office facility will support and enable the Group’s existing operations in Europe and across the globe.
KOSTAL, a German family-owned business founded in 1912, first became known as a leading automotive supplier over the years, and by now it evolved into a global engineering and production company that is present in 21 countries with over 18,000 employees.
The continuously growing corporation is determined to take the next step forward by setting up its very first global multifunctional Business Service Center that aims to bring a wide range of services, including IT, finance, sales, HR and logistics, under one roof. The idea is to enable the core business to purely focus on customer-centric functions.
"We have chosen Hungary for this investment not just because we believe the Hungarian culture is a good fit for our values, but also because we think Hungary is an incubator for talent", KOSTAL Group Chairman Andreas Kostal said.
The facility is considered as a flagship project that is to maximize efficiency of business processes within the Group.
The establishment of the BSC showcases KOSTAL’s long-term strategy that is built on thinking in terms of generations, not quarterly results. Expectations of the new colleagues are also shaped along these lines as creative professionals are sought who are willing and able to challenge the norm and eager to explore new avenues and challenges.
"Companies that are brave enough to take risks are the ones that stand a real chance of growing. For generations, KOSTAL has been committed to sustainability and responsible use of resources, actively pushing the world towards a more sustainable future with our products. This drive to move forward and innovate has shaped the business activities of our business units and led us to this exciting milestone", Mr. Kostal added.
The newly-hired Director is Peter Csucska, formerly MD at Lexmark Hungary.
The Technology and Software Development Competence Center devoted to Digital Payments will boost its growth in Katowice by recruiting new 40 skilled tech resources by the end of the year.
Nexi Digital, the new Joint Venture between Reply and Nexi Group, is an Innovation Competence Center fully dedicated to deliver high-quality Digital Payments Solutions to Nexi Group, opened its new offices in Katowice, confirming the ambitious and fascinating initiative that places the Silesian City at the center of its development and growth plan.
The new offices are a modern working space for all employees to innovate and to model new digital solutions where to host business partners and local stakeholders to gather and foster collaboration.
Launched in January 2022, Nexi Digital began its operations at the same time in Katowice and in Milan (Italy) bringing together the technological best practices and skills from both countries. Indeed, the Polish office is already a Center of Excellence for the delivery in Agile Methodology of high-quality software products dedicated to Digital Payments and eCommerce Digital Platforms. Nexi Digital goal is to invest in skills, establishing teams that can mix together tech leaders and young talents coming from local academic institutions.
“Nexi Digital represents an investment of Reply and Nexi Group, two Italian excellences at European level” say Alessandro Girelli and Alexandre Bove, the two CEOs of Nexi Digital, that add “We strongly believe in the existence of all the premises to generate value in Katowice. We opened an office in the city and we will collaborate with all its institutions and public administration, as well as with universities and schools to create a hub of excellence and innovate the Digital Payments Ecosystem.”
About Nexi Digital:
Nexi Digital is a new company between Reply and Nexi Group. It delivers cutting edge digital solutions for the Nexi Group, the European PayTech leader. Nexi Digital works with modern technologies, uses agile processes and methodologies, and it operates in a collaborative way with the Nexi Group to contribute to the success of all businesses. Our mission is to support the Nexi Group, to build and operate high–quality, distinctive and timely digital solutions which enable us to deliver value to Nexi’s customers across Europe.
Continuing to expand the functions of its business services centre SEB Global Services in Riga, SEB Group is currently developing its centre of excellence for financial crime prevention, which is responsible for delivering services such as compliance with anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing requirements, compliance with international sanctions, fulfilment of ‘know your customer’ (KYC) requirements and other related services from Riga to 12 different countries across the globe.
Therefore, new teams are currently being created and the existing ones are being expanded by attracting both experienced professionals as well as new employees with an interest to build their career in this field. According to the plans, by the end of this year the total number of employees in Riga specializing in prevention of financial crime could exceed 300 people, which is about twice as much compared to last year.
“With our knowledge and experience we have proven our ability to deliver to SEB Group companies in the Baltics, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Germany, USA and elsewhere top-quality services such as screening client portfolios and transactions against the sanction lists, complying with highly complex requirements for preventing financial crime and other functions. With the expansion of our centre of excellence we will also be able to offer our employees wider opportunities for development and acquiring competencies in the widest range of functions related to prevention of financial crime," says Aļesja Kirčenko, Deputy Head of SEB Global Services in Riga.
With the establishment of centre of excellence for financial crime prevention, SEB Group's competence in anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing, application of sanctions, KYC and other areas related to prevention of financial crime will be concentrated in Riga. SEB Global Services is already the largest company in Latvia in this niche both in terms of size of the staff as well as the international scale and comprehensive scope of functions.
SEB business services centre in Riga was established in 2006 and currently delivers business functions such as transaction services and cash management, global custody and sub custody, compliance and risk, private banking operations, trading operations and trading control, financial crime prevention, and IT development and maintenance to other SEB group companies in Scandinavia, the Baltics and other parts of the world.
Currently SEB Global Services in Riga employs almost 1000 people, but due to the expansion in areas related to prevention of financial crime as well as other business functions, the size of staff is expected to increase to 1100 employees by the end of this year.
One United Properties announced the conclusion of a lease contract with Ford for the development One Cotroceni Park Phase 1. This summer, Ford will open in Bucharest an operations center called Ford Business Solutions Center (FBS). The FBS Center at One Cotroceni Park will join the Center opened last year in Budapest and will become part of the global FBS network, which serves many countries and business areas around the world.
“We are glad that a prestigious company with a long tradition such as Ford has chosen One Cotroceni Park development for the opening of the new operations center in Bucharest called Ford Business Solutions Center. It will benefit from the latest technologies and performance and safety certifications offered by One Cotroceni Park, which provides the teams with state-of-the-art workspaces, strategically positioned in the new business hub of the Romanian capital”, said Mihai Păduroiu, CEO Office Division One United Properties.
The transaction by which Ford Romania rented its new office space in One Cotroceni Park benefited from advice from Alina Calciu, Head of Advisory & Transaction Services within the real estate consulting company CBRE Romania, the local branch of the leader global real estate consulting market.
“Bucharest is increasingly becoming a centre of interest for large companies looking for key locations to develop service centres served by well-trained people and (or with) a quality voice/data infrastructure, and the opening of the Ford Business Solutions Centre in One Cotroceni Park developed by One United Properties SA is yet another argument in favour of such positioning. I am proud of the contribution CBRE Romania has made in this process and I am confident in the potential of the local market.” – Alina Calciu, Head of Advisory & Transaction Services | Occupier, CBRE Romania.
Business process outsourcing company CGS Romania Solutions employs approximately 250 per month, the company's vice president of operations, Mihai Şoproni, stated, speaking during a conference organized by Ziarul Financiar.
During the pandemic, the company grew from 3,500 to 4,500 employees.
"We employ around 250 people a month, and from this point of view, we have to be very careful. The software helps, but we also need human interaction; we have recruiters," said Şoproni during the ZF HR Trends 2022 conference: Resetting the labour market.
The company provides services in 18 foreign languages in the seven support centers in Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Targu-Jiu, Miercurea-Ciuc, Constanta and Galati.
The company this week announced plans for a 10MW facility with capacity for 1,000 racks. It said it will seek Tier III certification for the data center.
The facility will use on-site solar panels, be powered by renewable energy, and use backup power provided by MY Neste Diesel. Construction is due for completion by Q4 2024.
"This is an incredible opportunity to build a new data center that meets companies' needs while also caring for our environment," said DEAC CEO Andris Gailitis.
Owned by a Swiss investment infrastructure fund managed by Quaero Capital, DEAC offers colocation services from facilities in Latvia’s capital Riga and Vilnius in Lithuania.
Established in 1999, DEAC owns one 2.3MW data center and a 0.4MW site in Riga, while its third facility in Vilnius has 4MW of capacity with an additional 400 racks under construction.
"Together with the data center operator DLC, DEAC offers two primary locations in Riga and Vilnius and is quickly growing to become the Baltics' most significant and comprehensive data center network," added Quaero Capital managing partner Sebastien Bourget.
Amina Technologies, a UK-based loudspeaker developer and manufacturer, has announced plans to establish an R&D centre in Kaunas through its Lithuanian sister company, The Invisible Loudspeaker Company. The company plans to hire up to to 20 specialists over the next three years.
The global market leader in invisible loudspeaker solutions, Amina Technologies was set up in 1999 by its current managing director, Richard Newlove. The company pioneered the concept of the hidden speaker. What began as a solution to recreating the noisy, vibrating cockpit of a helicopter in a simulator has been developed into invisible, built-in speakers delivering high-quality sound without visible hardware.
Since its first hidden loudspeaker in 2001, Amina has been continuously innovating and securing IP patents. The company’s increasing attention to R&D resulted in the creation of The Invisible Loudspeaker Company, a sister enterprise developing the Vibrational Panel Technology, which is behind the discreet loudspeakers. The Invisible Loudspeaker Company is steered by Mr. Mikalauskas, who has been working as the Chief R&D Engineer at Amina for more than a decade.
“We design and create audio products for difficult acoustic environments that integrate beautifully within the design aesthetic of the space,” explains Egidijus Mikalauskas, Managing Director at The Invisible Loudspeaker Company. “Our speakers are sound panels that become completely hidden to the eye once installed in the wall or ceiling and finished with a skim coat, wallpaper, or veneer. This technology permits integration of the sound system in any flat surface with no visual impact and without compromising on sound quality.”
As a growing business, Amina was looking for new investment opportunities. With one of the company’s key engineering talents being Lithuanian, the country had come up as a potential investment location.
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