The ARICOMA Group is well known in the Czech Republic. Despite the fact that the brand still remains in the background of established IT companies, it has the position of an undeniable IT leader. With the strong KKCG group on its back, almost three thousand employees, and an annual turnover of over eight billion Czech Korunas, it has a significant advantage over its competitors.
However, many have raised eyebrows in the debate over the company's international ambitions. Can a company with primarily Czech owners compete with the largest, most respected and most aggressive players in the field of enterprise IT or digital transformation on a European scale? The acquisition of the Swedish technology company Seavus is proof that ARICOMA Group is serious.
Not only because this time it did not fish for acquisitions in the domestic pond, but above all because Seavus is a truly respected predator in the field of IT consulting, software development, cyber security and compliance. After all, Seavus’ clients include the telecommunications companies Sunrise, Tele2, Globalstar, A1; banks such as Erste Bank, Banca Intesa or Marginalen Bank, or the technology giant Bosch. Additionally, about eight hundred employees work on projects not only in the Nordic countries, but also in Benelux, Switzerland and the United States.
This is a good reason to interview Kocha Boshku, CEO of Seavus, so he can present his own view of the company's activities to date, as well as the outlook within the ARICOMA Group. "When we founded Seavus in 1999, we were inspired by the Latin word 'Saevus' which means wild or savage. We have instilled in our company a competitive spirit, a mentality of strength and perseverance. We thought we could defeat even the biggest and strongest - all Accenture and Tata’s of this world. We did not back down from this path, and thanks to that we are where we are today," says the man with Macedonian roots, who, with Seavus, managed to conquer the markets from Sweden "wildly" through IT solutions.
"Of course, it's remarkable to see the pace of the IT world. When we started our business at the turn of the millennium, we could not even imagine where the whole field and all the digital transformation would go. You can't bet on anything you know today. Everything is turbulent, fast, and full of technology. However, we have managed to simultaneously thrive with our solutions,” he added, and when asked about the outlook for the coming years, he answered optimistically with a mischievous smile on his face: "Today, I would bet that corporate IT will be largely outsourced to the ARICOMA Group throughout Europe by 2025."
In any case, ARICOMA Group now has a player in its portfolio who can significantly accelerate international expansion. Kocha Boshku also has high expectations. "From the first meetings with the representatives of ARICOMA Group, I perceived a positive atmosphere and great openness. I feel that we are becoming part of something big that can really have legitimate ambition to become a major international technology holding company."
As it seems, this CEO and Seavus are by no means afraid of big challenges. "When many colleagues tell me that fintech or gametech start-ups are 'customers from hell', I always oppose them. These start-ups can exert such pressure on progress and innovation in the industry and unleash a real technological hurricane in the whole field. I like the intersections of these two worlds. I like the spirit and chemistry found in small predators, the ideas of which we then try to apply into the world of respected and large companies. In any case, the whole process of digital transformation is an incredibly wild ride and it's great to be there to experience it,” concludes Kocha Boshku.
One thing is certain: ARICOMA Group not only acquired a respected partner with international references, but also a piece of an unrestrained, wild spirit, which can be very useful these days in relation to technology.
"I like the spirit and chemistry found in small predators, the ideas of which we then try to apply into the world of respected and large companies."
CEO of Seavus
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