|Aricoma, member of KKCG, expands SAP services offering with acquisition of dominant part of Sabris||https://cleverlance.com/en/blog/Pages/sabris.aspx||Aricoma, member of KKCG, expands SAP services offering with acquisition of dominant part of Sabris||<div><strong>Aricoma Group, a leading ICT services provider in Central and Eastern Europe and part of KKCG group, has completed the acquisition of the dominant part of Sabris company. Sabris is one of the largest providers of SAP consulting services and projects in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The transaction significantly complements Aricoma's portfolio of enterprise ICT services.</strong><br></div><div><br></div><div>Sabris' clients include major players in the retail, logistics, automotive and food industries, including innogy, ŠKODA AUTO, MALL and Makro. There are 145 experts working in the acquired part of the company. Beside other fields they specialize in implementation and transformation SAP S/4HANA projects and have long been developing ECM competencies based on OpenText and Microsoft Sharepoint products.</div><div><br></div><div>"The acquisition of Sabris is a further step in Aricoma Group's long-term strategy of expanding its offer in the area of enterprise applications by adding SAP based services. This allows us to offer our customers in the Czech and European markets a uniquely comprehensive portfolio of services," said Milan Sameš, CEO of Aricoma Group.</div><div><br></div><div>The team of SAP professionals, including the acquired part under the name of Sabris Consulting, will be newly led at Aricoma Group by Karol Kubeczka, who has worked for many years in the management of NESS.</div><div><br></div><div>"Sabris is one of the leaders in its field. Their experts keep in line with the latest technology and application trends in the world of SAP products," added Karol Kubeczka, SAP Business Unit Director at Aricoma and CEO of Sabris Consulting.</div><div><br></div><div>The remaining part of Sabris, under a new name in the future, will closely specialize in projects related to process manufacturing and in providing application development services in SAP technologies.</div><div><br></div><div>"I am pleased to have led the company to a significant acquisition with the strongest ICT player in the regional market. As a result, customers will gain access to a unique range of professional services of the highest quality. We, on the other hand, will be able to focus on specialized projects," added Vladimír Sýkora, the current co-owner of Sabris.</div><div><br></div><div>Sabris is the third recent acquisition by Aricoma Group, following the purchase of Polish digital marketing and advertising technology experts Clearcode and Bulgarian enterprise software development leader Musala Soft. The group now consists of eleven companies providing all aspects of digital transformation for organisations.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Aricoma Group</strong></div><div>With an annual turnover of over 10 billion CZK and nearly 4,000 employees, Aricoma Group, member of KKCG AG, is the largest ICT service provider in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Aricoma Group includes AUTOCONT, Cleverlance, Komix, AEC, CES EA, Internet Projekt, Seavus, Stratiteq, Clearcode, Musala Soft and Sabris Consulting. For more information, please visit www.aricoma.com.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About KKCG</strong></div><div>KKCG AG, founded by Karel Komárek, one of the most successful Czech entrepreneurs, is an international investment company, which is active in thirty four countries around the world. KKCG’s primary industries include entertainment, energy, IT, and real estate.</div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>|
|ARICOMA Group acquires Musala Soft||https://cleverlance.com/en/blog/Pages/musala-soft.aspx||ARICOMA Group acquires Musala Soft||<p>
<b>ARICOMA Group and Musala Soft announce a deal for the acquisition of Musala Soft. ARICOMA Group, part of KKCG is a fast-growing European NextGen IT services provider. This investment is another key step in ARICOMA’s strategic development. </b></p><p> With Musala Soft, the ARICOMA Group will comprise of 10 technology companies with a consolidated turnover exceeding EUR 400 million, an EBITDA of EUR 39 million and 4000+ professionals. “<i>With Musala Soft onboard, we are becoming a leader in custom software development from South-eastern Europe. Musala is a natural fit for ARICOMA on our path to become a European leader, and we’re excited to work together. Its innovative culture and amazing people will further bolster our internal talent as well as market potential. The leadership team has a legacy of growing the business with client focus and a problem-solving approach. We believe that Musala will thrive as part of ARICOMA and we will jointly accelerate our long-term growth and value creation plans,</i>” says Ludovic Gaudé, CEO of ARICOMA Digital. </p><p> “<i>We are eager to enter a new faster chapter of our development by joining forces with ARICOMA and KKCG. The synergy with both the overlapping and complementary client base and expertise of ARICOMA gives us confidence and fuels the exciting journey ahead. Of course, we will also keep and expand together our dedication to the development of the IT community, business climate, IT education, science, innovation, and inspiring young talent,” says Elena Marinova, President and Chair of the Board of Musala Soft. “I am delighted that we managed to reach an agreement with Musala. This is our second acquisition this year and it fits in line with our strategy to turn ARICOMA into a significant player in Europe. Musala has an exciting portfolio of clients, which will boost our Telco, Finance, and Automotive verticals. Even in these challenging times the IT sector continues to grow and increase in relevance and we remain optimistic about the industry’s potential in the long-term,</i>” adds Michal Tománek, Investment Director at KKCG, the investment company behind ARICOMA Group. The deal signed by the owners of Musala Soft and the ARICOMA Group is for the sale of a 100% share in the company. The full Musala Soft management team will stay on board in the long term and will actively participate in building ARICOMA’s future. The transaction is still subject to approval of the respective anti-monopoly offices and is expected to close in Q4 this year. </p><p> CMS Cameron McKenna acted as Legal Advisor and Deepak Bhandari from Marylebone Capital Advisors Private Limited acted as Financial Advisor to Musala Soft. </p><p>
<b>About Musala</b></p><p> Musala Soft builds future generation software products and enterprise solutions for impactful organizations around the globe. The company is provider of high-end software engineering services in AI, Big Data, IoT, Analytics, Cloud, and Integration. Musala Soft professional team covers with expertise and creativity all elements of the software life cycle. Musala Soft clients are challenging, innovative and trendsetting enterprises in IT, Telecom, Finance and Automotive devoted to stability and growth, daring to pioneer new ideas and build the future. Among them are IBM, SAP, VMware, Deutsche Telecom, A1, Generali, Canaccord, Experian, Procredit Bank, PTV Group, EDAG, Bosch, KPMG, PerkinElmer, Siemens Energy, and the Financial Times. Musala Soft was founded in 2000 and has its headquarters in Bulgaria with a team of 750 employees from 10+ nationalities located in Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Egypt, Albania and Kosovo. Musala Soft is the proud winner of multiple national and international honours and recognitions in Talent Development, Science and Innovation, Quality of Software Solutions, Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility.</p><p>
<b> About the ARICOMA Group</b></p><p> ARICOMA Group is a leading Central European IT Services provider with a significant Scandinavian presence providing services to 1000+ clients in 15 markets from its 8 Europe-based delivery centres. ARICOMA’s focus is to help both private- and public-sector clients navigate the ever-changing demands, risks, and business opportunities. Through its portfolio companies, it provides end-to-end digital transformation solutions, including UX design and consulting, custom software development, IT infrastructure and IT operations management, cloud operations, and cloud security services. Notable members of ARICOMA Group include Sweden- and CEE-based custom software developer Seavus, Sweden-based software developer Stratiteq, Czechia- and Slovakia-based system integrator AUTOCONT, custom software developers Cleverlance Enterprise Solutions and KOMIX, cybersecurity services specialist AEC, and government digital transformation specialist CESEA.</p><p>
<b>About KKCG</b></p><p> KKCG, managed by Karel Komárek, one of the most successful Czech entrepreneurs, is an international investment company with a total value of more than €9bn. KKCG develops its business activities in thirty-three countries around the world and its key fields include the entertainment industry, the energy industry, IT technologies, and real estate. It holds shares in many leading companies, including Allwyn (lotteries and gaming), ARICOMA Group (IT), MND Group (energy), KKCG Real Estate Group, and Springtide Ventures (venture capital fund with investments in European and Israeli IT start-ups).</p><p> Karel Komárek Family Foundation supports a diverse range of projects, such as the construction of the REACH - a new building in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, support for Ukrainian people right after the war broke out and Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic, the restoration of South Moravia, which was damaged by the tornado in 2021, and many Czech cultural heritage projects, including the flagship Dvořák Prague International Music festival. ></p><br>|
|Cleverlance opens new office in Munich||https://cleverlance.com/en/blog/Pages/Cleverlance-opens-new-office-in-Munich.aspx||Cleverlance opens new office in Munich||<p>Technology company Cleverlance is opening another international office as part of its expansion into Western markets. After Valencia, Spain, the new office is based in Munich, Germany. Here, Cleverlance will focus on both Bavarian customer care and new client acquisition as well as technology development projects.
Cleverlance has been successfully operating in the German market since 2017, when the Bremen office was established. Its customer portfolio now includes major German companies (Deutsche Telekom, Bombardier) as well as smaller companies that value the flexibility and extensive competence of a stable supplier.
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"The Munich office also opens the door to more conservative customers who, even after two covid years, appreciate the personal contact and the possibility of having their suppliers close by. The Bavarian market is specific in this area and having an office in its centre is proving to be a great competitive advantage," says Petr Štros, CEO of Cleverlance, adding: "At the same time, we have interesting opportunities to capitalise on our experience in the automotive and banking sectors."
For customers in Germany and nearby Switzerland, Cleverlance is particularly interesting as a supplier of mobile applications, including multi-platform solutions. Like most Czech customers, German customers appreciate that Cleverlance is able to deliver all of its projects in an agile manner, including software testing.
Cleverlance also thinks about the comfort of its employees - the new Munich offices of Cleverlance are located right next to the underground station near Munich Central Station in a pleasant district where quality restaurants and all necessary services are available. This will be appreciated both by Cleverlance's German employees and their Czech colleagues who will be frequent visitors.
</p><p style="margin-bottom:10px;line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;color:#222222;font-family:source-sans-pro, open-sans, sans-serif;"><strong>About Cleverlance:</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom:10px;line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;color:#222222;font-family:source-sans-pro, open-sans, sans-serif;">Cleverlance is a leading Czech provider of IT services, information systems, and web and mobile applications including virtual reality, especially in finance, telecommunications, automotive and public administration. Established in 2000, Cleverlance now has over 800 specialists ready to meet clients’ needs in assignment, analysis, design, development and launch of software applications, including project management, security, and support or full outsourcing of information systems.</p><p style="margin-bottom:10px;line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;color:#222222;font-family:source-sans-pro, open-sans, sans-serif;">Since 2019 Cleverlance has been a member of the Aricoma Group, the largest ICT holding in the Czech and Slovak region, and provides comprehensive ICT services for the corporate sector via its members. Between them, Aricoma Group companies offer customers all the key components of a corporate IT system. Data centers, advanced infrastructure, cloud services, information systems implementation, security, custom software development, outsourcing and systems integration. The group includes major Czech and Slovak companies such as AUTOCONT, Cleverlance, AEC, Internet Projekt, Komix and the Swedish Seavus. Companies in the group employ more than 3000 people and achieve revenues of CZK 8.5 billion. The Aricoma Group belongs to the KKCG investment group and also forms the basis for KKCG’s expansion of its ICT activities within Europe.<br></p><p><br><br></p>|
|Cleverlance opens development center in Spain||https://cleverlance.com/en/blog/Pages/Espana.aspx||Cleverlance opens development center in Spain||<p>
<strong>The new branch of Cleverlance will focus primarily on software development and professional IT services for customers in Western and Central Europe. Cleverlance chose to locate its Spanish branch in Valencia, the third largest city in Spain as well as the third strongest economic region in the country, and a fast-growing one as well.</strong></p><p> Since its establishment in 2000, Cleverlance has focused strongly on employee education and development, and Valencia offers great potential and plenty of suitable candidates. Lubomír Pompl, executive director for Cleverlance España, explains that the Valencia autonomous community is home to seven universities with up to 16,000 new graduates each year, one third of them in engineering and tech fields.</p><p>
<i>“By the end of this year we plan to expand our team by up to 100 programmers and other IT specialists. We will draw young talent to Cleverlance with great job offers. Digital challenges look different in different countries and regions, and customers require solutions adapted to their needs. By recruiting local talent we will build teams that are close to our customers. The Aricoma Group is a leading provider of IT services in Central Europe, and we are currently working diligently on becoming a solid competition for global players,” </i>comments Lubomír Pompl, executive director of Cleverlance, on the new branch opening.</p><p> Cleverlance provides comprehensive IT services and solutions to companies in telecommunications, banking, automotive, services and similar fields. The Cleverlance team includes over 800 IT specialists with experience in a number of areas, who guide clients through the challenging process of digital transformation, from consultation, proposals for how to use information technology and software/app development to fully outsourcing their operations.</p><p> Cleverlance opened its first branch west of the Czech Republic in Germany in 2017. In 2019 Cleverlance joined Aricoma and opened another two branches, on the West and East Coast of the USA. In 2020 Aricoma also acquired the Swedish firm Seavus (with branches in North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Belarus and Turkey), while in 2021 it acquired the Swedish Stratiteq and in 2022 the Polish Clearcode. Also part of the group are other IT Czech companies: AEC, Autocont, Internet projekt, CES EA and Komix. The group has over 3000 employees and an annual turnover of more than 340 million euros.</p><p>
<b>About Cleverlance:</b></p><p> Cleverlance is a leading Czech provider of IT services, information systems, and web and mobile applications including virtual reality, especially in finance, telecommunications, automotive and public administration. Established in 2000, Cleverlance now has over 800 specialists ready to meet clients’ needs in assignment, analysis, design, development and launch of software applications, including project management, security, and support or full outsourcing of information systems.</p><p> Since 2019 Cleverlance has been a member of the Aricoma Group, the largest ICT holding in the Czech and Slovak region, and provides comprehensive ICT services for the corporate sector via its members. Between them, Aricoma Group companies offer customers all the key components of a corporate IT system. Data centers, advanced infrastructure, cloud services, information systems implementation, security, custom software development, outsourcing and systems integration. The group includes major Czech and Slovak companies such as AUTOCONT, Cleverlance, AEC, Internet Projekt, Komix and the Swedish Seavus. Companies in the group employ more than 3000 people and achieve revenues of CZK 8.5 billion. The Aricoma Group belongs to the KKCG investment group and also forms the basis for KKCG’s expansion of its ICT activities within Europe. </p><br>|
|KKCG’s ARICOMA Group Acquires Clearcode to Enter the AdTech and MarTech Market||https://cleverlance.com/en/blog/Pages/Clearcode.aspx||KKCG’s ARICOMA Group Acquires Clearcode to Enter the AdTech and MarTech Market||<p>
<strong>ARICOMA Group continues to deliver on its expansion strategy as it acquires the Polish software development company </strong>
<a href="https://clearcode.cc/" target="_blank">
<strong>Clearcode</strong></a><strong>. The company specialises in custom AdTech and MarTech platform development, and has worked with many top-tier AdTech companies, agencies, publishers and global media companies. ARICOMA Group, an emerging pan-European IT services player backed by KKCG, will acquire Clearcode to enter the booming market of advertising and marketing technology.</strong> </p><p>
<em>“Acquiring Clearcode represents a major step for the ARICOMA Group, and it fits perfectly with our plans to expand to new, dynamic markets across Europe. Poland represents one of the largest markets in the Central Eastern European region and Clearcode has a wonderful position here, ” </em>says Ludovic Gaudé, Head of Custom Software Development operations at ARICOMA Digital, part of ARICOMA Group. </p><p>
<i>“We are thrilled to be joining the ARICOMA Group. This acquisition will turbocharge our growth plans over the next few years. Being part of ARICOMA Group will mean more business opportunities for Clearcode and quicker expansion into new markets and industries,”</i> says Piotr Banaszczyk, CEO at Clearcode. </p><p>
<i>“The decision to be acquired by ARICOMA Group was an obvious one for us. The many synergies between Clearcode and ARICOMA Group were one of the main areas that attracted us,”</i> adds Piotr Banaszczyk. </p><p>
<i>“Being a software development company that specializes in AdTech and MarTech, we’re one of only a few companies that has the experience and knowledge required to design and build the complex tech that powers programmatic advertising and digital marketing. With this acquisition, we’re confident that we’ll quickly become the number one AdTech and MarTech development company in Europe and the US,”</i> explains Tomasz Chmielewski, COO at Clearcode. </p><p>
<i>“The new connections we’ll form as part of ARICOMA Group will allow us to offer more services to our clients, especially around data processing, data science and machine learning, which are increasingly playing a bigger role in programmatic advertising and digital marketing,”</i> Tomasz Chmielewski adds. </p><p> The agreement between Clearcode and ARICOMA Group has been finalised, with a 100 % share in Clearcode now belonging to ARICOMA Group. Representatives of Warsaw Equity Group (who had a 22% stake in Clearcode), also contributed to the negotiations, alongside representatives of the ARICOMA Group. The sale price hasn’t been revealed. </p><p> With Clearcode’s 100 professionals, ARICOMA Group will consist of 10 companies, with a consolidated turnover exceeding EUR 340 million and over 3,000 employees. </p><p>
<b>About Clearcode </b></p><p>
<a href="https://clearcode.cc/" target="_blank">Clearcode</a> is a leading software development company that specializes in advertising technology (AdTech) and marketing technology (MarTech). Since 2009, tech companies, publishers, agencies and brands have been partnering with Clearcode to design and build real-time bidding (RTB), programmatic, data, and analytics platforms for the digital advertising and marketing industries. </p><p> Clearcode offers its clients years of AdTech and MarTech development experience and domain knowledge of the inner workings of the programmatic advertising and digital marketing industries. </p><p> With offices in Wroclaw and Katowice, Poland, Clearcode has over 100 employees across management, finance, HR, development, marketing, and design. </p><p>
<b>About the ARICOMA Group </b></p><p>
<a href="https://aricomagroup.com/" target="_blank">ARICOMA Group</a> is a leading Central European IT Services provider with a significant Scandinavian presence, over EUR 340 million of revenue and 3,000 specialists providing services to over 200 clients in 20+ markets from its 15+ Europe-based delivery centres. ARICOMA’s focus is to help both private- and public-sector clients navigate the ever-changing demands, risks, and business opportunities. </p><p> Through its portfolio companies, it provides end-to-end digital transformation solutions, including UX design and consulting, custom software development, IT infrastructure and IT operations management, cloud operations, and cloud security services. The company is owned by
<a href="https://kkcg.com/" target="_blank">KKCG Group</a>, a private investment company with €7bn AUM. </p><br><br>|