Arhive etichetă: outsourcing

The city of IASI, winner at the CEE Outsourcing Awards in Poland

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Iasi won the title of „Emerging City of the Year” at the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala, which took place on 31st of January and 1st of February 2018 in the Polish capital, Warsaw.

Iasi competed with Debrecen (Hungary), Kaunas (Lithuania), Košice (Slovakia), Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria) in the category „City of the Year for IT and Outsourcing development in Central and Eastern Europe (outside Poland)”. The award was received by Mayor Mihai Chirica, him also being invited by the organizers to be a member of the jury and, in addition, to present in a separate session the arguments of the attractiveness of Iasi for the biggest players in the Outsourcing industry at European level.

„This award, which honors and gives us joy, is still a beautiful acknowledgment of a reality brought to light by several recent analyzes: Iasi is in the top of the most dynamic cities of Romania, with a sustained growth and prospects of a healthy development, and this is largely due to the spectacular development of the IT and Outsourcing industry in the recent years. On behalf of the Iasi community, I thank the organizers of the Gala and our local partners, but especially, I want to thank publicly to the thousands of IT and Outsourcing entrepreneurs and specialists who dared to invest and develop in Iasi. I also thank to the educational environment, schools and universities in Iasi for the constant effort to generate well-trained and competitive workforce that transforms our city into a recognized IT development center at a national level and even European. As mayor, I have always supported and will support the projects and initiatives that confirm and consolidate the status of Iaşi as a city of intelligence and creativity.” said Mihai CHIRICA, Mayor of IASI.

Iasi was represented as well at the Gala CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards by the CONDUENT Company (www.conduent.com), one of the largest employers in the region and was nominated in two categories “Outsourcing of the Year (BPO )” And „Best Marketing Initiatives in 2017” for the branches in Iasi (Romania) and Lodz (Poland), as well as the FAB LAB IASI project (www.fablabiasi.ro), nominated in the category „The best collaboration between business and university environment „.

„Recently, the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala brought to Conduent Romania the nominations in the categories „Outsourcing of the Year (BPO)” and „Best Marketing Initiatives of 2017” for the Iasi (Romania) headquarters and Lodz (Poland) headquarters, nominations that honor us and make us responsible for maintaining the performance standards in what we intend to do in the future.

We congratulate the Iaşi City Hall for receiving the award „Emerging city of the Year” and its actions to create a socio-economic environment favorable to the development of creative and outsourcing industries. We are honored by the partnership with the representative institutions of the municipality and we have all the confidence that their support for the economic dynamics of the city will continue. Thanks to all of my colleagues from Conduent who made possible our nomination at the Warsaw Gala.” said Irina BUTNARU, CONDUENT Romania Country Lead & HRO Europe Operations

Also, PINmagazine, the publication of the regional IT & Outsourcing Industry (www.pinmagazine.ro), was the media partner of the event. Other nominations in Romania were Allianz Technology – Actuarial Support Center (which also won the category „The largest single service provider”) and SCC Heroes with operations in Romania, Poland and Hungary („Recruitment of the Year”).

„Iasi thus gains a well-deserved permanent place on the short list of any major player in the global IT & Outsourcing industry looking to expand its operations in Central and Eastern Europe. It is also a confirmation for the large companies already in IASI that they have made a good choice to develop the technology community in the region.” said Dan ZAHARIA, founder of FAB LAB IASI and co-founder of PINmagazine.

More than 300 industry leaders were present at the 6th edition of the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards with more than 50 companies interested in establishing or developing business in the service industry in Central Europe. The award ceremony was preceded by a half-day summit consisting of panels, in which the topic of „Shared Services and Outsourcing Sector” was discussed in specific data sessions in the field.

Presenting both local and international media, Gala CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing promotes Central and Eastern Europe as a world class service destination for global companies operating in Europe, North America and Asia.

Central and Eastern Europe is well established as a world class destination for shared service centers and BPO investments. With Poland recognized as the most powerful area in the region, other countries such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia are important investment destinations. Within the Gala, Shared Service Companies, Business Services Projects and Industry Professionals receive recognition awards from an industry independent jury for their contribution to the development of the business services sector in Central and Eastern Europe for the year previous.

More details about the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing 2018 Awards Gala can be found here: http://ceeoutsourcingawards.com/.

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IASI – well represented at European level in the Outsourcing industry

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The city of IASI, CONDUENT and FAB LAB IASI  are nominees in the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala, which will take place in Poland, Warsaw between 31st of January and 1st of February 2018.

The city of IASI is nominee in the section of “Emerging City of the Year – CEE (ex-Poland)”. The organizers of the gala have invited the Mr. Mihai Chirica, the Mayor of IASI, to be part of the jury and will also have the occasion to present in a special session the key attraction points of Iasi in front of the biggest players of the European IT & Outsourcing industry.

CONDUENT (www.conduent.com), one of the region’s largest employers in this field, is nominee in both “BPO firm of the year – CEE” category and “Top Employer Branding Initiative” category, with the locations from IASI, Romania and LODZ, Poland.

Also, the FAB LAB IASI project (www.fablabiasi.ro ), the biggest coworking space in the region  is a nominee in the category of “Best University – Business cooperation of the Year” for the partnership with “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi.

We want to emphasize some of the Romanian nominations at this gala besides the above three: Allianz Technology – Actuarial Support Center (Most unique services provider – CEE), SSC Heroes with operations in Hungary, Poland and Romania (Top Recruitment Firm of the Year).

PIN Magazine, the magazine of the regional IT & Outsourcing industry (www.pinmagazine.ro) is an event media partner and will cover this event for Romania.

CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala is at the 6th edition and will have as audience around 300 opinion leaders, with more than 50 being international firms interested in setting up or expanding their business services centres in central Europe. The awards gala will be preceded by a half-day Summit of discussion panels covering the shared services and outsourcing sector; break-out sessions with deep insights into specific issues driving the sector.

With both local and international media organizations present, the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala also promotes the CEE region as a world-class business services destination for global companies operating across Europe, North America and Asia.

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is well-established as a world-class destination for Shared Services centres and BPO investment. With Poland the strongest location in the region, other countries such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia are important investment destinations. Global shared services firms, business services projects and sector professionals will be presented with awards of acknowledgment – by an independent jury from the industry – for their contribution to the development of the business services sector in CEE for 2017.

More details about the gala on: http://ceeoustourcingawards.com

IASI – 21.000 sq.m new green office premises in HIpark mixed use project, an investment of 39 million euros

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HIpark mixed-use project in IASI (Romania)

Article published in Ziarul Financiar, Ziarul de Iasi and Wall-Street.ro

ROPHARMA announces the launch of a new mixed use project of offices and residential, with a full range of services and retail space, the estimated investment being amount to approximately 39 million EUR.

Ms. Lori COLLIN, the project coordinator together with B23T and Brown & Marinescu Consulting, have created for IASI a project based on the needs of the large office spaces (2670 square meters per floor), updated according to the current and future needs of the tenants, with a residential building with large studios or 2 – 3 rooms (“smart home” type) that combine space “Living” and “Working” with multiple features such as kindergarten, bicycle track, car park for electric ones, cafes and multiple green areas.

The HIpark is a project designed to be truly institutional quality mixed use project, residential, retail-services and office buildings, a development to be recognized as a first mixed-use asset in Iasi, one of the landmark prime assets in Romania. There are two independent structures: the Office Building (GF+ 1 level + 7 floors above ground, GLA 21.200 sq.m) and the Residential Building (GF + 9 floors above ground, 9.500 sq.m).

“We presented to ROPHARMA a personalized project, after the meetings we had in Iasi with multinational companies, that emphasize the importance of time spent at the office of the employee, and the needs of his personal life. We wanted to respect the rules but it comes with a cutting edge in terms of design and technology”, said Lori COLLIN.

The HIpark is located in IASI’ s most dynamic business corridor, near Bucsinescu intersection, next to Sfântu Lazar Street and Tudor Vladimirescu Boulevard, the preferred location for multinational occupiers and international investors between two main commercial areas, next to the University campus and in a highly dense residential area.

“We build because we want to be a model in IASI to show that people can live and work in a friendly, sustainable and modern environment” , Lori COLLIN said. “We want to launch this project in the spring of the 2018, together with all the endorsements and we are looking meanwhile for a co-sponsor, preferably with the role and with knowledge of a real estate developer, to make the joint perfect of ROPHARMA’S strong financial position and the know-how came from a partner as a developer.”

In the last three years, the city of IASI has become a pool of domestic and foreign investments in Outsourcing and IT&C Services, focusing on new working conditions, real estate developments at international standards in office buildings, shopping malls even in the residential segment.

With a current office stock of 235,000 sqm (according to PINMaps), Iasi ranks third after Timisoara and Cluj in terms of real estate development, but only second after Cluj in the top of the more successful cities and the fastest growing IT&C.

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The HIpark concept is the first project in Iasi with multiple mixed functions – called mixed use, which has a contemporary approach. We combine efficiency from the office area (over 2.670 square meters per floor), with a modern, smart and green lifestyle.

From the beginning, HIpark was designed for the needs of the city. Both the employee and the tenant, which can also be the same person, will have a pleasant, balanced and modern way of living. Because the needs of the tenant from IASI are not the ones from the past (they want spaces of over 2.000 square meters, with low and controlled consumption, natural light in multifunctional spaces) the architects have been conceived a floor plan with various options, for all types of tenants.

Cycling track goes directly to the ground floor of the building to the special area for parking, lockers and showers. For the fit employees or for the habitants of the residential units we have the first running track that goes to the gym of the building, but from the external area of the first floor to provide a different atmosphere. For those with kids, we have prepared a part of the ground floor as a kindergarten and after school, so parents can be close to their children at all time.

Business restaurants, small co­ffee places, a bakery, a bank, a pharmacy, a medical clinic, a bicycle store or a dry cleaning make urban life feel easier and balanced. The parking places are prepared for the normal and electric cars, but also for the bicycles.

The modern office buildings are becoming the new software and outsourcing factories – engine for economic development of IASI for the regional community of the metropolitan area of IASI.

ROPHARMA is a pharmaceutical company listed Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB). The current capitalization of the company is 188 million lei and the consolidated value of the fixed assets is 148 million lei. Consolidated equity as of 30th of June 2017 amounted to 158 million lei. Ropharma has two pharmaceutical production facilities (GMP standards) and food supplements and one production facility of powdered milk. It also holds an important part at a private hospital in Brasov, designated by the World Health Organisation in 2013 as the cleanest hospital in Europe.

Article published also in Outsourcing Today, PINmagazine, Transilvania BusinessThe Diplomat and Outsourcing Advisors.

 

IT Business Destination: IASI

Article by Andreea Per published in „be BlueAir” magazine

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Although the Romanian IT market is concentrated in Bucharest, alongside Cluj and Timisoara, Iasi is starting to make a name for itself as an extremely attractive pole for this market. Ziarul de Iasi newspaper published an analysis in which it was stated that the total turnover of IT&O companies present in the city was 465 million euros in 2015.

We wanted to share with you more info on this emerging city so we asked Extind, the creators of PIN Map Iasi (www.pinmapiasi.ro) to help us gather it. PIN Map Iasi is a map that gathers office spaces and noteworthy initiatives in the IT&O local industry (airports, international flights, co-working spaces, conference rooms, etc).

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Multinational companies such as Amazon, Xerox, Conduent, Continental, Centric, Capgemini, CRF Health, Endava, GoDaddy, Levi9, Mind Software, Oracle, Preh and many others have chosen to come to Iasi and benefit from the large number of specialists here in order to create software and deliver high quality services at low costs.

“These companies chose Iasi due to a number of factors: a wide talent pool in the research and development area, an open-minded university, local authorities that support investments that slowly turn Iasi into a green city and last but not least, the available stock of modern office buildings”, says Dan Zaharia, senior consultant at Extind.

“The great reputation of the engineers from Iasi and the existence of the international airport were two of the important factors that convinced us to open Preh’s second engineering center in Romania here’’ said Jochen Ehrenberg, director for Product Development and Production at Preh.

Startups and Romanian companies here

We also asked Florin Cardasim, co-founder of the Codecamp community (www.codecamp.ro) to give us a number of examples of succesfull Romanian IT companies here:

  • Romsoft, founded in 2001, develops custom software applications
  • Gemini CAD Systems, a leading global supplier of technology for industries working with soft flexible materials such as textile, composites or leather
  • SABS Software, outsourcing company for software solutions
  • Intelligent Bee, a custom software development company

As for recent start-ups, we wanted to find out from Raluca Apostol, the co-founder of Marionette Studio what is the formula they used going on their own: “Having gathered over 10 years of experience in reputable software companies as employees, we decided, together with Bogdan Apostol and Adrian Pironescu ,  to create an innovative product, an animation browser software and this is how Marionette Studio was born (http://marionettestudio.com). As we actually base our product on AI to automate the animation process, we could have started this business anywhere in the world. We decided to do it here, in our hometown.’’  It does look like the standard start-up formula, gather experience somewhere else and then, when good enough, start a business and innovate.

Human Resources 

With 1,100 IT graduates per year, Iasi is placed third in the country alongside Timisoara in respect of the graduate output in the IT industry (after Bucharest and Cluj). However, if we are to refer to the number of graduates in technical fields in general, Iasi is, after Bucharest, the largest training centre  (6,624 in 2015). These are joined in the employment industry by students from other neighboring university cities such as Suceava and Bacau. These numbers, nevertheless, fail to tell the entire story, as we should also mention a significant number of students who, hired during their studies, end up abandoning school and focusing solely on their jobs. If we count those graduating from adjacent fields ( economics, languages etc) and those graduating from professional reconversion schools like the IT Informal School (www.scoalainformala.ro ) the annual output adds up to 2800 people.

The relatively large number of students who graduate each year is not enough for the market demand, which has determined employers to compete in offering their prospective employees a wide range of benefits apart from a competitive salary. When we spoke with Raluca Ene, Managing Director of Chapter 4, one of the most successful Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, Employer Branding and Brand PR in Romania, she mentioned “I gladly noticed on my latest visit to Iasi an extremely high level of employer branding activities (Ed. Employer branding = a cumulation of attributes and qualities of an employer which differentiate it by its culture). Due to the high demand of employees on the market, companies have developed innovative campaigns which any European employer would boast about. I’m glad to see that in Iasi, the huge benefit of such campaigns has pushed employers to develop very creative hiring campaigns. ‘’

A durable and long-term solution for the lack of sufficient employees in the industry however is the establishment of public-private partnerships focused on the high-level training of a much larger number of students and also on keeping them in Iasi by offering them higher living standards.

Required Improvements

As mentioned above, a soft spot in the development of this industry is the tendency of IT specialists in the N-E region to migrate to other more developed countries or regions in Romania, however, the creation of an entrepreneurship environment and the focus on attracting higher added value outsourcing services can allow companies to attract and keep talented people in the region.

One of the weak points that further slow down the development of this area is the lack of infrastructure in the north-eastern part of the country, which prevents the access of potential international partners, investors or clients there. A telling example is the limited number of flights from Iasi to Bucharest, Europe and connections with the rest of the world. That is why, through the new routes offered from and to Iasi with Blue Air, we would like to offer several such possibilities and to actively help in developing this high potential area.

Conclusion

IT entrepreneurship should be stimulated in Iasi by public and private measures and the increased added value of the IT outsourcing services here will lead to the sustainable development of this sector. A strong community is essential for attracting investors and for the consolidation of the IT industry and not by chance, the strongest and most vibrant IT communities in the country, Codecamp,  has been created here.

#FabLab în curând la Iasi

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Articol publicat in Iasul in afaceri.

Conform hartii realizate de catre echipa PINMaps, in Iasi exista 4 spatii de co-working existente, iar, in plus, in aceasta toamna se va inaugura un spatiu modern afiliat FAB LAB, o rețea globală de laboratoare create cu scopul facilitării inovației si a fabricației digitale.

Pe baza unui concept realizat de echipa de arhitecti Miolk, spațiul polivalent Fab Lab Iasi va oferi pe o suprafață de peste 700 mp scenarii de folosire flexibilă (zone de demonstrații / concursuri, co-working, makerspace, săli de cursuri și video / conferințe, birouri dedicate) și va funcționa ca o platformă independentă care sa catalizeze inovatia si colaborarea adresată comunității tehnice din Iași.

Dincolo de flexibilitatea spatiului, Fab Lab Iasi se pozitioneaza ca un laborator de fabricație digital echipat cu mașini cu comandă numerică, oferind utilizatorilor posibilitatea de a realiza aproape orice prototip, in acest laborator putand fi folosite imprimante 3D, echipamente de gravare/taiere cu laser, masina de frezat, imprimanta de circuite electronice.

Localizat foarte aproape de campusul universitar “Tudor Vladimirescu”, Fab Lab Iasi are printre scopuri ca, in parteneriat cu Universitatea Tehnica “Gheorghe Asachi” Iasi,  sa dezvolte programe de stimulare a studentilor si absolventilor de la facultatile de profil tehnic pentru facilitarea inovației, a fabricației digitale și a spiritului antreprenorial in randul acestora.

Cu un program de acces extins, cu trei sali de conferinte cu capacitate de 50-100 de persoane, cu 40 de posturi de lucru individuale, dotat cu acces la internet de banda larga si sistem de video-conferinte, Fab Lab Iasi isi doreste sa coaguleze comunitatea tehnologica din Iasi, sa sprijine organizarea unor evenimente de profil, sa promoveze proiectele dezvoltate aici pentru a pune in valoare polul regional de talente precum si spiritual intreprinzator.

IASI: 16.400 angajati in IT & Outsourcing

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Articol publicat de Diego Ciobotaru in Ziarul de Iasi.

Circa 16.400 de salariaţi lucrează astăzi în industria IT & Outsourcing din Iasi, in crestere cu circa 30% fata de perioada anterioara, potrivit unei analize realizate de „Ziarul de Iaşi“ în colaborare cu Camera de Comerţ şi Industrie, Facultatea de Geografie a Universităţii „Al.I. Cuza“, PINmagazine.ro şi companiile Extind, Wiron şi Train2Perform.

În condiţiile în care universităţile nu au reuşit să crească cifra de şcolarizare, fluxul de noi angajaţi este alimentat de iniţiative de reconversie profesională cum ar fi Şcoala Informală de IT. De asemenea, asistăm la o creştere a conferinţelor pe tehnologii moderne care cresc notorietatea oraşului în rândul specialiştilor din domeniul IT şi Outsourcing, dar şi în rândul tinerilor din regiune care sunt în proces de alegere a viitoarei cariere.

Această creştere robustă a numărului de angajaţi în industria IT şi Outsourcing pune multă presiune pe dezvoltatorii actuali de clădiri de birouri din Iaşi şi va genera interes pentru fonduri de investiţii externe. Deja clădirile moderne de birouri se află într-o zonă periculoasă, cu un grad de ocupare de 98-100%, spre exemplu United Business Center – Palas, Tester Park, Şandru Office sau Moldova Center.

Marile companii IT nu mai acceptă un standard de tip «merge şi aşa» pentru a lua în calcul relocări sau deschideri de noi locaţii. Vor fi atractive doar clădirile de birouri proiectate după standarde internaţionale de clădiri verzi, cu un mix de funcţiuni la parter – restaurant, after-school, sală de fitnes etc. – plus dotările normale pentru clasa A de birouri: suprafaţă de minimum 1.000 de metri pătraţi pe nivel, podea tehnologică înălţată, sistem HVAC cu aport aer proaspăt, generator şi alte alternative de alimentare cu energie electrică, locuri de parcare suficiente.

Conform hartii realizate de catre echipa #PINMaps, in Iasi exista 4 spatii de co-working existente, iar, in plus, in aceasta toamna se va inaugura un spatiu modern afiliat FAB LAB, o rețea globală de laboratoare create cu scopul facilitării inovației si a fabricației digitale. Pe baza unui concept realizat de echipa de arhitecti Miolk, spațiul polivalent #FabLabIasi va oferi pe o suprafață de peste 700 mp scenarii de folosire flexibilă (zone de demonstrații / concursuri, co-working, makerspace, săli de cursuri și video / conferințe, birouri dedicate) și va funcționa ca o platformă independentă adresată comunității tehnice din Iași.

Emisiunea Digi24 TV despre industria IT din Iasi

Dan Zaharia Digi24TV

Emisiune Digi24 TV despre industria ITO din Iasi

Saptamana aceasta, Digi24 TV a realizat o emisiune la Iasi despre pozitionarea orasului IASI ca magnet pentru industria de IT & Outsourcing din regiune.

A fost pus accentul pe rolul universitatilor pentru alimentarea polului de talente necesar acestei industrii, dar si pericolele ce pandesc aceasta dezvoltare fulminanta.

Link emisiune – http://www.digi24.ro/emisiuni/jurnalul-de-seara/jurnalul-de-seara-24-mai-20-00-2-730808

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