Both new branches will focus on mobile application development services, virtual and augmented reality, deployment of IoT technology in industry, and sales of the cloud version of the People@Work workflow management system.
Cleverlance's director Petr Štros comments on the strategy abroad: “The opening of the German branch was a great strategic success, that enabled the company to grow above average this year. Cleverlance develops mobile, virtual and internet applications for German customers. This shows the importance of being close to our customers.”
Gartner data show that in 2019 Cleverlance's turnover will grow up to threefold compared to the forecast for the growth of the IT services market in the Czech Republic. In the summer of 2018 Cleverlance entered another market by opening a branche in Palo Alto, California.
Office in Palo Alto
"We are successful in gaining customers on the East Coast as well, which is why we opened two branches in the US. The office in Palo Alto, California has grown into a regular branche, and in cooperation with the parent group Aricoma we have opened a second branch in Boston,” adds Petr Štros to the strategic expansion plan.
Cleverlance is part of Aricoma Group, the largest Czech IT holding, founded this year by the KKCG financial group. Aricoma comprises complete portfolio of companies that complement each other and focus primarily on corporate IT solutions. According to Aricoma's CEO Milan Sameš, the group is building a major player in the IT services market from the best in the domestic market and is targeting also clients abroad. The group employs nearly two thousand people and its total sales last year exceeded CZK 6.75 billion.
Cleverlance was established in 2000 as a purely Czech IT firm specialising in Java technology. By 2003 it was already the largest supplier of solutions on this platform in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As Cleverlance reacted to technological changes and business trends, it added new technology, solutions, competencies and knowhow to its portfolio and it became a recognized player on the Czech IT market. Among Cleverlance's most significant customers in 2018 were Komerční banka (Societé Génerale), O2, Všeobecná úverová banka (Intesa Sanpaolo), Creditas Bank, ČSOB (KBC Bank), Škoda Auto, T-Mobile and the entire Deutsche Telekom Group, Vodafone, Moneta Money Bank, Slovenská sporiteľňa and other major companies in finance, telecommunications, trade and industry. In 2018, the consolidated turnover of Cleverlance reached CZK 1.1 billion.