An interview with the IBA CEO
- IBA Group
- On May 14, 2015
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Sergei Levteev has been the IBA CEO since the company’s inception in 1993. In 2005, he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBA Group. Mr. Levteev spearheads all aspects of the company’s business efforts, including overall vision and strategy. During his tenure, a small firm evolved into an international group of 2,500+ employees. Sergei holds a B.S. degree in electronic engineering from the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio Electronics (BSUIR). Prior to IBA, he spent four years with the computer engineering association BelNPOVT, an IT organization of more than 40,000 employees. As Deputy General Director of BelNPOVT, Sergei earned extensive senior executive experience. His career also included serving at Elorg–Data, a Finland–based IT company. His strong leadership skills combined with proven experience and energy make Sergei an ideal choice for the challenging role of the IBA head.
Brief company background and your role.
IBA Group is one of the largest providers of IT services and solutions in Eastern Europe. We serve clients in more than 40 countries through offices in ten countries, including the UK, the US, and South Africa. Our clients are global giants like IBM, Goodyear, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Gazprom, and Rockwell Automation, as well as many other large-scale and medium-sized businesses.
IBA Group has a diversified technology portfolio. IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Red Hat, and other IT leaders appointed IBA as their business partner. I would like to highlight that IBA Group differs because we are able to develop solutions involving a set of different technologies.
I would also like to mention another of IBA Group’s differentiations. It is our stable and professional team. IBA’s over 2,500 experts have university education and are certified by IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and other world IT leaders. The employee turnover averages 5-7 percent per year.
As for my role in the company, I am Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO. This role entails setting strategic goals and operational directions for IBA Group. I am the one who bears responsibility for company reputation, for hiring and maintaining a team of the best IT professionals, for financial stability of the company, for its market positioning, and for many other issues that make IBA Group a successful and trustworthy IT provider.
What challenges is the industry facing at the moment and how are you overcoming these?
The IT industry is evolving at a very rapid pace. The last 20 years brought a completely new buyer to the limelight and we need to respond proactively. The buyers are mobile, software-savvy, and innovation-oriented.
Therefore, today’s IT providers should be ahead of the technology development. We at IBA Group have adopted new technologies that are now called CAMSS (cloud, analytics, enterprise mobility, social media, and security) and move towards providing an integrated digital platform for the customer.
In addition, new trends are coming to life, including artificial intelligence, robotics, atomically precise manufacturing, and the Internet of Everything (IoE). The IT industry is a part of all these developments. IBA responds by applying microelectronics for its products, and developing cloud and NFC solutions.
IBA Group keeps expanding its product and service portfolio. Our solutions are an integration of software and hardware. The Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system developed by IBA that is functioning in the Minsk public transport was recently awarded a European IT & Software Excellence award by IT Europa. IBA is now making the next step by developing smart card and NFC solutions that will be functioning not only in the transport sector, but also in other areas and branches, such as loyalty programs, libraries, and museums.
What can we expect to see from IBA in the future?
We at IBA Group keep doing research, expanding technology expertise, and diversifying our offerings. We intend to proceed with payment systems that serve banking, transport, and other sectors.
Cloud computing is also a growing line of business for IBA Group. We expand provision of cloud services and are currently in transition from the custom development model to Application as a Service. IBA is building its own data processing centre for customers in Eastern Europe and the CIS where the cloud infrastructure is not yet well developed.
I see a lot of things that can be automated, modified or improved and IBA keeps exploring new trends and opportunities. In would conclude by saying that we are planning to release innovative solutions to satisfy the new demands of new clients in the changing world.