Intelligent CXO Issue 21 - Page 44

“ We didn ' t have huge plans of growth – we just wanted to do what we love to do .”
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Can you tell me more about Intellias and what it does for its customers ?
Intellias is a global technology partner , an IT services company that provides software engineering work for our clients globally . Our key markets are Europe , including the UK , North America and the Middle East . These are markets that are investing a lot into Digital Transformation and into software engineering . We are a partner to those clients who have great ideas , and we help them breathe life into those ideas . Our mission is to breathe life into great ideas through the power of digital technology .
Myself and my partner , Michael Puzrakov , founded the company in 2002 – 20 years ago . We have grown the business from a two-
Vitaly Sedler , CEO at Intellias man company to more than 3,000 colleagues today . We built our competence around key verticals – transportation , financial services , automotive , telecoms and digital . Currently , Intellias has about 140 clients , starting from the smaller start-ups with great ideas up to Fortune 500 companies in different sectors .
How did it start and how has it grown since then ?
We started in 2002 and at that point of time , we were young 25-year-old software engineers . So , we said to ourselves , we love what we do , we have great passion for technology , great passion for coding , for engineering . And it was with this in mind , we started our own business . We didn ' t have huge plans of growth – we just wanted to do what we love to do . We wanted to work with clients . We wanted to do software engineering , to do coding . And that ' s what we started to do . And of course , for many years I have not been coding at all , I miss those times . I think I would be even happier if from time to time , I could have the chance to sit at a keyboard and code something , some modern programming languages for our clients , but that ' s not the case – we have a business to run .
The company was founded in Ukraine and has four offices there . How has the company coped with the war and how is it coping with the war ?
Full-scale war is not something that we expected . We hoped that this would not be possible at all in the 21st century and it ' s ridiculous . It ' s unbelievable that this could happen . We are a European country , just like Poland , like Romania , like any other Eastern European neighbour . And when the war started at 5am , I would say this came as an unbelievable surprise . We did not believe

“ We didn ' t have huge plans of growth – we just wanted to do what we love to do .”

Intellias is on a mission to breathe life into great ideas through the power of digital technology . The Ukrainian company has clients all over the world and celebrated its 20th anniversary last year . It has four offices in Ukraine and although it had to evacuate staff across the country when Russia invaded , its Business Continuity plan worked incredibly well , and the business has continued to expand . CEO , Vitaly Sedler , spoke to Intelligent CXO about how well the company has coped during fullscale war and how Intellias will continue to grow .

CONTINUING TO HELP COMPANIE THEIR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATIO IN A TIME OF WAR

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