Historic data is an insufficient basis for making good decisions

You cannot see the future by looking backwards. That’s why it’s important for Swedish business leaders to take charge of their decisions by ensuring access to up-to-date data. So writes Fredrik Ohlsen, CEO at Basefarm.

BASEFARM AMONG TOP 10 IN WORKPLACE SURVEY

According to the Best Place to Work survey in Norway, Basefarm reached 10th place in the category 200-499 employees.


– It means that we have succeeded in dealing with the company’s most important asset; our employees, says CEO Fredrik Ohlsen.

The Great Place to Work is based On two parts; the employee survey Trust Index and the Culture Audit survey. Apart from the fact that it is important for us to be ranked one of Norway’s best workplaces in 2017, the survey creates the opportunity for Basefarm to use the result analysis for benchmarking on a series of criteria in relation to other companies of the same segment and size.

Ohlsen with his 22 years of management experience has taken over the management in Basefarm from founder Grethe Viksaas. He stressed that it is essential for a knowledge-based company to put employees first and foremost, and he believes strongly in an open door policy which every day leads to spontaneous meetings with the employees.

– It’s great to be ranked among the top ten in our category and in this way receiving external benchmarking and inspiration, and it is an important tool to position ourselves as an attractive employer in a market where competition for the best brains is great. To further strengthen our organisation, he says, we are actively moving HR from a staff function to being a business partner for the organisation.

The Great Place to Work survey has been developed based on experience in 60 countries. It is conducted annually and on an anonymous basis gathers data from over 13 million employees. In 2017, 28.000 employees in 191 Norwegian companies took part in the survey.

Basefarm was also among Norway’s top ten best places to work in 2016.

GPW: *um is best employer in ICT sector

The unbelievable Machine Company (*um), German innovator in digital infrastructure, has opened a third competence center in Frankfurt/Main.


Barely weeks after being crowned a winner at the regional competition “Best Employers in Berlin-Brandenburg 2017”, we can already celebrate the next award: Great Place to Work, BITKOM and Computerwoche have named us among the best employers in Germany within the information and communications technology sector.

Now in its fifth edition, the competition honors ICT companies for their particularly high quality and attractiveness as an employer, and the winners were announced at this month’s CeBIT event. Among those honored in the third class size (101–500 employees) was The unbelievable Machine Company. The nationwide competition was once again initiated by the research and consultancy institute Great Place to Work, the digital association Bitkom and the trade journal Computerwoche.

As in previous years, many ICT companies of all sizes volunteered to be evaluated independently by their own employees. All companies – *um included – had previously been honored in their respective regions.

The assessment process was the same as in the regional competitions: Representative employee surveys on workplace quality and employer attractiveness, as well as a management survey regarding beneficial HR measures. The employee feedback accounted for two thirds of the total score. Central topics of the survey included:

  • trust and fairness when collaborating
  • personal recognition and appreciation
  • team spirit and participation
  • career support and development
  • work-life balance

For a company to be honored it required a score at least 30 to 40 percent above the sector average, as well as around 80 percent of its employees testifying that it has a particularly good and attractive workplace culture. *um comfortably made the grade:

  • 99% commended our friendly working atmosphere and feel welcome
  • 90% commended our team spirit
  • 84% commended our fairness
  • 84% called *um a very good workplace

It goes without saying that we are extremely happy about being named “Best ICT Employer” and “Best Employer in Berlin and Brandenburg”. Both honors – and, more significantly, the positive feedback from our employees – give us a real incentive to maintain our high standards in the future.


About Basefarm

Basefarm is a European Managed Service Provider. We create market leaders by integrating the key competencies for digital transformation – big data, cloud computing and information security, into one service offering. Our delivery model covers everything from ”idea to cable”; we provide strategic advice, implementation projects and infrastructure operations under one management and on any cloud. Basefarm was founded in 2000 and our team of 530+ top engineers and advisors are servicing global clients from our European offices and data centres in Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

Basefarm was top ranked in Whitelane’s IT Outsourcing study Nordics 2018 and was recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in the European Cloud Computing Market 2015 for our unique methodology in application management. The unbelievable Machine Company *um, part of the Basefarm group, was named Innovator of The Year 2018 by German business magazine brand eins Wissen and Data Analytics Leader by ISG Provider Lens Germany 2018.


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Improved digital customer experience

Press release: Basefarm’s cloud will take some of the pressure off Ruter’s computer systems as they partner up to make travelling, ticket purchases and using the travel planner a smoother user experience.


Press Release April 11th 2017
Basefarm’s cloud will take some of the pressure off Ruter’s computer systems as they partner up to make travelling, ticket purchases and using the travel planner a smoother user experience.

Ruter recently decided to partner up with Basefarm and let them handle the operations for all IT that is crucial for the business. The contract is for three years with a total value of approximately NOK 24 million and is eligible for renewal with an additional five years. Basefarm specializes in IT operations that are critical for everyday business operations; meaning that the entire business comes to a halt if the computer systems fail. Ruter has a comprehensive and complex structure on their computer systems which requires delicate handling. Starting April 2017, the systems will be transferred step-by-step to Basefarm.

“The contract with our former supplier was about to end. With Basefarm, we want to renew and re-structure our IT-operations. Basefarm will, without exception, be responsible for the computer systems that control the user experience at ruter.no and the apps. The system also controls the information that is displayed at the different bus, metro and train stops,” says Terje Shorhaug, Director of Digital Platforms and Systems for Ruter. He adds: “Basefarm seems to be a safe and secure supplier. They have previous experience with cloud services which is an important key to continuous development of our user services.”

The IT environment that Basefarm is managing is complex, with countless different units; ticket machines, apps, validation units, electronical information signs at the bus stops as well as onboard, WLAN -equipment on depots for up- and downloading data to and from vehicles and communications over the mobile network. Not only is Basefarm assuming responsibility for these areas, they are also in charge of the modernization process of all of it.

“The contract is important for Basefarm, both financially and professionally,” says Øivind Haavik, Senior Account Manager at Basefarm.

“We will re-structure and implement new, user-oriented services, where Ruter is ahead in the technological game. We will simultaneously be taking care of technical operations that need phasing-out, while also maintaining systems on several other technical platforms. We are really getting a chance to show how broad our expertise is,” Haavik says.

There were 319 million onboardings in Ruter’s traffic areas during 2014. This number has steadily increased, and in 2016 there was a total of 350 million onboardings. This means that the number of onboardings increased by over 44 000 every day.


About Ruter

Ruter plans, coordinates, orders and markets public transport in Oslo and Akershus. All operative service is performed by various operating companies that work by contract for Ruter and by NSB with local trains.

Ruter AS is a common management company for public transport in Oslo and Akershus which is owned by Oslo municipality (60 %) and Akershus County Council (40 %).

Read more here: https://ruter.no/en/


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Holland Fintech Spotlight: Basefarm

Basefarm is a Northern European managed services provider for mission critical IT that was founded in 2000 in Oslo..


Basefarm is a Northern European managed services provider for mission critical IT that was founded in 2000 in Oslo, Norway by seven dedicated founders who are still all committed to Basefarm until today. Basefarm is a market leader in the Nordic region with three offices worldwide, in Norway and Sweden and a third regional office in the Netherlands opened in 2011. Currently, a staff of 400 serves hundreds of customers hosting mission critical applications with top-tier security reaching millions of end-users over the globe. Basefarm offers multiple cloud solutions (public, private & hybrid) both from six own data centres and public cloud vendors with exceptional availability, security, development, and quality. Moreover, the deep understanding of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI/DSS) and as a Level 1 PCI DSS Service provider, Basefarm is the right partner for organizations that demand high security and data protection levels (confidentiality).For this week’s spotlight we spoke to the experts of Basefarm that make this firm an exceptional technology provider that sets the bar high in its field and being the IT partner of choice for many financial companies with mission critical applications

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Basefarm acquires The unbelievable Machine Company

Press release: Basefarm acquires The unbelievable Machine Company, the leading Big Data and Cloud Services Provider in Germany. 


Basefarm today announced their acquisition of the Berlin-based The unbelievable Machine Company (*um), the leading service provider for Big Data, cloud and managed cloud services in Germany and Austria.

With the acquisition, Basefarm extends their target market from the Nordics and the Netherlands to include Germany and Austria, thus becoming a leading European player. The combined business will have ~100m€ in revenues this year in addition to a wider service offering. Services will range from cloud hosting, security and managed services, to Big Data services, giving customers additional and more business oriented service options.

The acquisition is backed by ABRY Partners, a US private equity firm focused on investments in Media, Communications and Business & Information Services. ABRY Partners is the main shareholder of Basefarm.

*um will continue to work under its well-known brand name in Germany and Austria. Managing Director of *um, Ravin Mehta, will remain Country Manager Germany and Austria, and as such become a member of the Executive management team of Basefarm, as well as a major shareholder in Basefarm, going forward.

Fredrik Ohlsén, CEO of Basefarm says: “We are very happy to add The unbelievable Machine Company to the Basefarm family. *um has an extensive pool of experts within the fields of Cloud Computing and Big Data with solutions supporting customers on the strategic and analytical level linking to their business processes. We see a growing demand for these kind of services in our customer base.  Just like at Basefarm, the *um team has focused on their customers’ success, as well as on the people at the center of the company’s development. This goes hand in hand with the Basefarm culture, so I believe this is a perfect match.”

Ravin Mehta, Managing Director of The unbelievable Machine company says: “The new company will combine the Nordic area, the hottest data center market in the world, with Germany, Europe’s largest market and talent pool, to create a true European hybrid cloud provider.  I am really excited to add extended markets for *um and that we will continue giving our customers top quality local service combined with a global infrastructure.”

Basefarm and *um both have highly successful track records delivering services to enterprise level organizations with high quality and security demands. Both have been named Gartner Cool Vendor in their respective fields; Application Management (Basefarm) and Big Data & Infrastructure (*um).

Financial terms were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close within a few weeks.


About Basefarm

The Basefarm Group is a European Managed Service Provider. We create market leaders by integrating the key competencies for digital transformation big datacloud Computing and information security into one service offering. Our delivery model covers everything from idea to cable: we provide strategic advice, implementation projects and infrastructure operations under one management and on any cloud. Founded in 2000 in the Nordics we are today a team of Europe’s top 500 engineers and advisors, working in Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria.


About The unbelievable Machine Company

We are the specialist for Big Data (Data Science & Data Engineering) and Cloud Services. Founded in 2008, we have now approx. 120 employees and are located in Berlin and Vienna.

We are developing precise solutions for individual business challenges of renowned customers such as the German Postal Service (Deutsche Post), Gebr. Heinemann, Audi, Delivery Hero, Deutsche Welle, Metro Group, and Parship.

The ground­breaking solutions and services of the company have already garnered many awards. *um was the only European provider named by Gartner as Cool Vendor in the category of “Information Infrastructure and Big Data”, and recently selected by the Experton Group as a “Big Data Leader” for the second consecutive year.


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Fredrik Ohlsen, CEO Basefarm: +46 766 31 82 32
Christoph Salzig, Press contact The unbelievable Machine Company: +49-171 9956604
Grethe Viksaas, Chair of the Board Basefarm: +47 916 42888

Basefarm strengthens relationship with AWS

Press release: Basefarm has upgraded its relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to become a Global Channel Reseller. Basefarm can now provide an even better end-to-end service for their customers’ mission critical applications.


Press release: July 7th 2017

Basefarm has upgraded its relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to become a Global Channel Reseller. Basefarm can now provide an even better end-to-end service for their customers’ mission critical applications.

Basefarm has joined the AWS Global Channel Reseller Program and is now able to resell AWS cloud computing services to commercial and public sector customers. Basefarm is now better able to help customers improve productivity, become more agile and reduce risk in their most important applications.

  “This growing relationship enables us to launch new services faster. It is a stepping stone as we continually improve our
service to our customers.”

   Stefan Månsby, VP of Innovation at Basefarm

“We are very excited to see that our relationship with Basefarm is strengthening, says Darren Mowry, head of operations for AWS in the Nordics. They’ve shown a great commitment to us and we are looking forward to doing exciting things for customers in the future.”

Basefarm can now provide access to AWS’s broad collection of cloud services such as infrastructure, core and platform services, technical and business support, administration, automation and monitoring, in addition to competent advice on how AWS can best work for them. Basefarm also gives added benefits through their own innovative hybrid cloud solutions.

“Basefarm adds value on top of the infrastructure and core service offered by AWS,” Månsby continues. “We are able to improve management of our customers’ mission critical applications, so it is a good match.”

With this improved capacity Basefarm can help companies and organizations who want to migrate to the cloud, provide guidance for security, manage services and deliver innovative hybrid cloud solutions. Basefarm customers also have access to round-the-clock local AWS support.

Specializing in mission critical solutions has always been Basefarm’s main focus throughout their long history. With AWS, Basefarm is able to offer end-to-end responsibility for services that supports the customers’ digital transformation.

“Our core offering is centralized around the customer,” Månsby continues. “We think of the big picture, present options, offer solutions and make sure everything works. Customer flexibility and the quality of our service is the most important thing for Basefarm.”


Farmforce engaged Basefarm to improve their AWS experience

“We needed a solution to improve our global customer experience and AWS functionality with DNS service is a great support for us, we work closely with Basefarm and find it easy to interact with a local cloud partner who knows us and our solutions” says Spencer Morley, Chief Operations Officer at Farmforce, and one of Basefarm’s customers.


AWS Global Channel Reseller Program

The AWS Global Channel Reseller Program is designed for Amazon Partner Network Consulting Partners who have built their AWS practice to include professional services and management of end customer AWS deployments. To qualify for the program a partner must meet strict requirements such as staff certifications, training and professional accreditations.


About Basefarm

Basefarm is a European managed service provider for mission critical it. With 17 years’ experience in managing on-line systems and applications, we help our customers achieve their digital ambitions. We are a truly hybrid cloud provider combining our local cloud platforms and public clouds. With focus on close collaboration we make IT a true business enabler for our customers with services ranging from colocation in Basefarm’s data centers to fully managed solutions. Our experts support our customers in Big Data, Hybrid Cloud and Information Security. Founded in the Nordics we are today 500 employees in Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

Basefarm was ranked # 1 in service delivery in Whitelanes IT Outsourcing study Nordics 2016, recognized by Gartner as Cool Vendors in the European Cloud Computing Market 2015 for our unique methodology in application management. Basefarm group member, The unbelievable machine company *um (Germany and Austria), was named by Gartner as Cool Vendor in the category of “Information Infrastructure and Big Data”, and recently selected by the Experton Group as a “Big Data Leader” for the second consecutive year.

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Anna Jäger, VP Marketing, Basefarm, tel. +46 (0)735 26 00 91
Stefan Månsby VP of Innovation, Basefarm, tel. +46 (0)735 26 00 03

Basefarm CEO speaker at Cloud Expo Europe 2014

CEO and co-founder of Basefarm, Grethe Viksaas, will be part of a panel discussion at Cloud Expo Europe 2014 in London, which promises to be Cloud Expos’s largest event yet.


CEO and co-founder of Basefarm, Grethe Viksaas, will be part of a panel discussion at Cloud Expo Europe 2014 in London, which promises to be Cloud Expos’s largest event yet.

On February 26, Grethe Viksaas will take part in the session Quality of service in the cloud – is it important and if so, how can it be monitored and assured? at 16.10-16.50.

Cloud Expo Europe 2014 is Europe’s biggest and multi-award winning cloud conference and exhibition for IT professionals, held in London February 26-27 2014. The event offers 300 speakers with world-class cloud experts, 60 case studies and a exhibition with 150 leading international suppliers.

Basefarm CEO named “IT-leader of the year”

CEO and co-founder of the Basefarm group, Grethe Viksaas, was named  “IT-leader of the year” by the Norwegian Computer Society at the Rosing awards.


CEO and co-founder of the Basefarm group, Grethe Viksaas, was named  “IT-leader of the year” by the Norwegian Computer Society at the Rosing awards.

The Rosing award is awarded to leaders who have achieved measurable sustainable growth, proven market knowledge and true customer insight.  Leaders who are awarded this prize are also recognized for their ability to help their co-workers and employees develop and succeed. For Viksaas both of these aspects are highly present in her day to day leadership.

Viksaas states that the award needs to be shared with the ones who everyday work to make Basefarm stronger and even more successful.

“We were eight people who started the company. However, since that day, every single one of our employees has made the company their own, and we have together brought Basefarm to the position we are in today. We don’t only depend on good leadership, but at least as much on good employeeship,” says Viksaas.

Grethe Viksaas has, as co-founder and CEO of the Basefarm group, established the company as a major Scandinavian player with clear ambitions to conquer Northern Europe. According to the Norwegian Computer Society her ability to combine tough leadership with a personal approach is one of the reasons why she has been able build Basefarm into the company it is today. This is also why she has been awarded the prestigious prize as “IT-leader of the year”.

Along with the award for IT-leader of the year, Viksaas this year has been named one of the 30 most important people for the development of the Norwegian IT-sector. She was also identified as one of the ten most significant IT-women in Norway in 2012.

The jury’s motivation:

“The winner of this year’s award has led a business through a growth phase over several years. The person has led the business from an early phase to a large business. The growth has mainly happened through organic growth. This has not been without growing paints or challenges, and the business has been through several strategic restructurings.

However, an annual revenue growth of more than 20 % year after year is a solid achievement.

We often see start-ups with active entrepreneurs that develop into promising firms. However it belongs to the exceptions that an entrepreneur continues in the role as CEO with a good results year after year. These are situations that require different qualities of a leader.

This year’s winner has nevertheless been extremely successful with this, and still sits as CEO after selling parts of the company three times. This means that she not only works well with her employees , but also that she successfully can make the owners happy.”

 

Basefarm at VMworld in Barcelona

Basefarm will participate as an exhibitor at VMworld 2013 in Barcelona from October 14th to 17th. As a Service Provider partner, Basefarm will also take part in VSPP Advisory Board meeting at VMworld.


Basefarm will participate as an exhibitor at VMworld 2013 in Barcelona from October 14th to 17th. As a Service Provider partner, Basefarm will also take part in VSPP Advisory Board meeting at VMworld.

On Tuesday October 15, our business developer Stefan Månsby will participate in a panel session about hybrid cloud. If you are going to attend VMworld in Barcelona, the panel session will take place in Hall 8, room C between 11AM-12PM.