Sven Ole Skrivervik is Basefarms new CTO

Press release: “A natural next step was to switch to IT operations where cloud-based solutions plays an important role,” says Sven Ole Skrivervik.


Sven Ole Skrivervik has been active in the development of the Norwegian IT industry both on the supplier and customer side since the beginning of the 90s. He is leaving NextGenTel to join Basefarm as their CTO from January 1, 2018.

“I have been working all the way in IT and communications throughout my career. In my recent years, my main focus has been to combine technology with economics and strategy in a CTO role where I have led highly competent technology driven employees within future-oriented solutions. A natural next step was to switch to IT operations where cloud-based solutions plays an important role, “says Sven Ole Skrivervik.

Skrivervik experiences Basefarm as well positioned to enable and support customers digital development processes.

He started his career in his brother Helge’s “Skrivervik Data” in 1987 where he the following years participated in the fact that vendors like Cisco and Sun Microsystems became a success in the Norwegian market before joining an IT role at Kværner ASA. There the main focus was to standardize and develop IT solutions in a global Norwegian-based company. Thereafter he joint Sun Microsystems Norway where he got a key role as a product and technology manager at a time when Sun Microsystems more or less was synonymous with Internet development.

In the ISP company BlueCom, Skrivervik was then responsible for launching a national communications infrastructure to support DSL based deployment in the Norwegian market before continuing to Catch Communication and Ventelo Norway through acquisitions. Furthermore he worked as entrepreneur at Xperion, Director of Technology and Customer Service at Proact IT Norway from 2008 and CTO at Telio Telecom / NextGenTel from 2013 focusing on mobile services development.
Skrivervik has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bergen in 1989 and a MBA from NHH in 2004.


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Innovator of the Year 2018

The unbelievable Machine Company is one of the most innovative companies in Germany. This was the result of an extensive analysis by the business magazine brand eins Wissen in cooperation with the statistics portal Statista.


The unbelievable Machine Company is one of the most innovative companies in Germany. This was the result of an extensive analysis by the business magazine brand eins Wissen in cooperation with the statistics portal Statista.

In the fall of last year, brand eins Wissen and Statista analyzed the innovative spirit of German companies on a large scale. To this end, 2,000 representatives of ”innovation award-winning companies”, 250 experts from the Berlin Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) and an expert panel of 20,000 executives were interviewed. The surveys related to the categories “products and services”, “processes“, and “corporate culture”.

Unbelievable Machine receives the award as Innovator of the Year in the Technology and Telecommunications category for companies with up to 250 employees.

“We are pleased to be on this list of the best,” says *um Managing Director and Basefarm Board Member Ravin Mehta. “Especially because it’s all about good work. It is said that the company’s innovative strength must be visible and has to be perceived by customers, competitors, and multipliers. Obviously, we have succeeded in doing the same here.”

With this award, The unbelievable Machine Company continues its unparalleled success story of recent years. Only recently, Focus Business rated us as a top employer in the mid-sized sector, before Great Place to Work voted us the best employer in the ICT sector as well as the best employer in Berlin and Brandenburg. ISG/Experton named us Big Data Leader 2017 and Data Analytics Leader 2018.

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The unbelievable Machine company is part of Basefarm Group https://www.basefarm.com/en/press-room/basefarm-acquires-um


BASEFARM ACQUIRES THE UNBELIEVABLE MACHINE COMPANY

Basefarm 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.


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How secure is the Winter Olympics, really?

Hackers have already struck during the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. Terrorists no longer need to be physically present because they can use computers or drones as their means for attack.


Hackers have already struck during the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. Ticketing systems and the official web pages were subjected to cyberattacks during the opening ceremony. Terrorists no longer need to be physically present because they can use computers or drones as their means for attack.

Each year the need for better security grows, and this is evident in the 23rd Olympic Games. According to ABC News, the host country security staff is no less than 60,000 people, including 50,000 soldiers. This doubles the Olympic Summer Games security staff in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Eight hundred surveillance cameras are in use during the games, underlining the fact that information technology is central as a countermeasure as well as a threat. The opening ceremony was not only the official kick-off for the games, but also for hackers to start their probes, according to The Guardian.


Preparation is the best prevention

For Basefarm, and everyone involved in managing mission critical IT systems and solutions, the recent security threats contain few surprises.

Secret agents, commando soldiers and intelligence officers seem exotic, but they are just the more noticeable than the everyday security of protecting information and computer access. Just like the Olympic Winter Games IT security staff, Basefarm is prepared for hostilities. These could be DDoS attacks, data breaches, data losses or other incidents.

Before the event even started the Olympic systems have been thoroughly tested through the use of Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration tests, in order to lower the risks by finding issues before an attacker does, just as Basefarm does as a service.


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“To ensure the protection of Basefarm clients we have Security Incident Response Teams who work in close collaboration with our Security Operations department.”
Fredrik Svantes, Senior Information Security Manager at Basefarm

Svantes continues: “ We work proactively before incidents occur by implementing security solutions such as Web Application Firewalls, SIEM or IDS solutions. We also work with forensics when an incident occurs, to determine what happened and how to prevent it from happening again.”


Hacking to alter doping results

The Olympic committee is also preparing for hacking attempts to alter doping results, and even the athletes might be targets with the aim to reduce their performance. An attacker might, for example, release sensitive personal information such as delicate pictures in an attempt to influence athlete preparations and performance.

One way to protect yourself against these type of attacks is to use Multi Factor Authentication to secure personal data and other IT services. As a bare minimum one should use a password manager to ensure that the same password is not used for multiple services.


“Sharing is caring”

For two years, the US Diplomatic Security Service has been preparing in South Korea. Reistad is the Olympic security coordinator for this huge agency with a staff of 45,000 in no less than 170 countries.

“The main strength we bring is information sharing. It doesn’t help any of us to stay compartmentalized over here,” Craig Reistad said to Wired Magazine.


Coordination is key

Information sharing and coordination can prevent or reduce the extent of incidents. Coordination starts well in advance and is not something to establish as the incident unfolds. Lack of coordination can ultimately cause small issues to develop into a crisis. Good organization and information sharing between various security stakeholders is therefore an important measure during the Winter Games.

Basefarm also stresses the importance of information sharing. We are a member of FIRST.org, which is a global information security forum for information sharing which has stringent requirements for joining. Basefarm is also a member of TF-CSIRT and one of the founders of the Swedish CERT-Forum, which assists us to even further increase our information sharing in the information security field.

Security steals headlines during every big event, but keeping your systems and information secure is what we in Basefarm do every day.


Fredrik Svantes, Senior Information Security Manager in Basefarm

Fredrik Svantes is Senior Information Security Manager in Basefarm
who has a long experience of security leadership and is heading our global,
Security Incident Response Team.


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Grethe Viksaas awarded “Leader of the Year”

Basefarm’s chairman and founder Grethe Viksaas received the prestigious “Leader of the Year” award from SHE on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.

Basefarm’s chairman and founder Grethe Viksaas received the prestigious “Leader of the Year” award from SHE on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.

SHE started running conferences in 2015 to pay tribute to and promote women leaders and entrepreneurs. SHE’s goal is to have women think big and be inspired to take the next step on the career ladder or in their own business.

The judging panel stated that “You are a good role model and an inspiration to those around you. Therefore, we have selected you as Leader of the Year at SHE 2018 – good luck in your future endeavours

Watch recording from the award (Grethe is awarded 57 minutes into the recording)

In the summer of 2000, Viksaas founded Basefarm with seven colleagues. The company was to focus on the operation of internet services. After leading the firm from its inception until 2016, she is now chairman of the Basefarm group with 500 colleagues spread across Norway, Sweden, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

“Throughout my own career, I have competed on the same terms as men and have benefited greatly from looking at situations with a women’s perspective. It is great to receive this recognition. I hope this will inspire others to go all in with what they believe in.”
Grethe Viksaas


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Basefarm Best Workplace 2018 in the Netherlands

Great Place to Work® The Netherlands surveys the levels of trust, pride and pleasure within organisations. Every year, it composes a list of nominees based on the answers given by employees to a questionnaire with 58 items, as well as an evaluation of HR policy.


With high marks for employee satisfaction and HR policy, we have been awarded the title “Best Workplace 2018”. How did we do this? First of all, by mastering the art of “lagom”…

Great Place to Work® The Netherlands surveys the levels of trust, pride and pleasure within organisations. Every year, it composes a list of nominees based on the answers given by employees to a questionnaire with 58 items, as well as an evaluation of HR policy. Only organisations that score high in both areas are awarded the “Best Workplace” title. It’s the first time we have been awarded best workspace 2018.

Appreciation goes both ways

“We are delighted with our first award in The Great Place to Work as a Dutch top performer in our category,” says Chris Jansen, Country Manager for the Netherlands at Basefarm. In particular, he is greatly pleased with the high marks in the employee survey, which accounted for 2/3 of the end score. “With our Northern European background, our goal is always to put clients and employees first. If they are happy, the business thrives. It’s fantastic that our people recognise these efforts, are aware of our appreciation for them and have fun working at Basefarm. For me personally, it’s a huge source of joy and a privilege to be part of such a competent and motivated team of colleagues. It’s simply a Great Place to Work.”

At an international level (in the Netherlands, but also in Norway and Sweden), Basefarm’s HR team has been working with Great Place to Work since 2013, with the goal of creating a truly great workplace. Earlier, these efforts resulted in top ten listings as Best Workplace in Norway (category: 200-499 staff) for 2016, 2017 and again this year in 2018. The Great Place to Work audit is part of a yearly cycle in our organisation. We apply a structured and systematic approach to the continuous improvement in our employee satisfaction, by asking for feedback, following up on this and always communicating our efforts.


The art of just right amount

What makes a difference for a company such as Basefarm when it comes to employee satisfaction? According to Stephanie Westerling, HR Manager for Basefarm in the Netherlands, the Scandinavian roots of the company play a big part in this. “Our values in terms of family, social interaction and harmony have positive impact on the culture of our organisation and our HR policy.” She refers to the Swedish expression “lagom”, meaning the art of “just the right amount ”. “We are ambitious and driven, but balance is important to our employees. We notice that when this is looked after properly, our people are more productive and happy while satisfaction amongst our clients goes up.”


Basefarm Greatest Place to Work

We have been working with employee satisfaction in order to improve as an employer for many years now. Since 2013 we do this in a structured way by using the methodology of Great Place to Work (GPW). The method focuses on Trust in Management, Pride in your work and the Relationship to your colleagues.

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How Basefarm became a Great Place to Work

25-04-2018
Basefarm is a great workplace. However, don’t take our word for it: ask the experts at Great Place to Work who have certified Basefarm in Sweden and listed Basefarm Netherlands and Norway among the best workplaces in 2018. This is the result of a long-term commitment in making Basefarm a great place to work.


25-04-2018

Basefarm is a great workplace. However, don’t take our word for it: ask the experts at Great Place to Work who have certified Basefarm in Sweden and listed Basefarm Netherlands and Norway among the best workplaces in 2018. This is the result of a long-term commitment in making Basefarm a great place to work.

“These awards make us proud,” says Marcel Ravenshorst, SVP Human Resources at Basefarm.

“Five years ago, we set an ambitious goal to become a Best Workplace and have made employee satisfaction a priority in the organization. It is very rewarding now to see the outcome of the work done in Basefarm, not only the awards, but also the improvements that have been made. This is a reward for everyone who has contributed to make Basefarm a great employer: the employees, the managers and our HR team.”


Systematic work always works!

Since 2013, Basefarm has systematically worked on a ‘Great Place to Work Cycle’ which is an annual feedback loop from the employees providing feedback to management regarding areas of improvement. In this way, the managers fully support the defined areas and addresses the feedback from the organization. Communication around the plans and progress are key factors for success.

Internal communication and how to make expectations clear are two examples of feedback items that were defined as improvement areas.


How to improve internal communication

Some things we have done over the last 2 years is to improve our communication around our strategies and goals and keep our employees informed what we are doing to get there. We have implemented a Leadership Communication portal, a KPI dashboard and introduced a continuous service improvement (CSI) program for prioritized projects in Basefarm.

We organize quarterly all-hands through skype and local dialogue meetings between the CEO and all staff in each country, where he addresses questions, explains our strategic goals, provides status updates on prioritized projects and informs the organization on our financial results. Furthermore, we introduced Slack for interaction between employees, customers, in projects and for the integration of Basefarm with our new colleagues of the newly acquired Unbelievable Machine in Germany and Austria.


Clear expectations for improved employee satisfaction

The second improvement area was to set clear expectations to the organization and the employees. “What is expected from me holding a specific position?” or “what do I need to do to obtain a more senior position?”. We are in the process of implementing a Capability Framework that defines position descriptions including core competences, technical and behavioral skills, and qualifications for all positions.

We asked Rick Stiphout, Technical Account Manager in the Netherlands, what he thinks about working here: Basefarm helps me develop in doing what I love to do: satisfying customers by adding value to their business with our technical expertise.”


Meet the Basefarmers

Dan Yden and Mari Warlo Melsom are department managers in Sweden and Norway and we asked them how they work with teams and individual development.

“I help my team perform by identifying, strengthening and investing in each team member’s unique set of competencies, enabling them to succeed in reaching both their individual and corporate goals,” says Dan Yden, Head of Microsoft Datacenter Services.

He says the most important thing when creating a team is to constantly visualize and nourish the success possibilities in the team culture.

“This creates an arena where each member contributes and take personal responsibility in achieving the team goals,” Yden says.

Mari Kristine Warlo Melsom, Department Manager Service Delivery in Norway, says that diversity of skills is important.

“Getting teams that consist of individuals with different abilities and talents to work together to solve a common problem creates real enthusiasm,” she explains. “To achieve this, it is important to make each team member understand their part and especially the value they bring to the customers.”

“Each team member must also respect and recognize each other’s specialities and differences,” Warlo Melsom continues. “Furthermore, they need to realize that working for a team means that everybody must attempt to be the best edition of themselves and to strive to develop in that direction. This requires self-discipline and will. As a leader, that is what I am trying to achieve with my teams.”

We asked Marcel Ravenshorst what he personally likes most about working at Basefarm: “I love being able to make a positive difference. I can tackle an issue and make improvements. I can continually take on new challenges, so I am never bored and am always developing myself. There are so many opportunities where ideas can have a positive impact. “


Work-life balance

Some of the other areas Basefarm focuses on to be a great workplace include health, family and the work-life balance. Read more here what we do to improve work-life balance.

You often hear about sustainability when it comes to the environment, but it is also important to create a sustainable work life. Always remember that to have a successful career you need balance between your work and private life and in Basefarm it is possible to schedule your work accordingly.

If you are looking for a great place to work we invite you to check out our career page!

Basefarm’s Great Place to Work certifications and awards:

– Netherlands: awarded Best Workplaces in 2018 (category 20-50 employees)
– Norway: awarded Best Workplaces in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (category 200-499 employees)
– Sweden: Certified Great Place to Work – 2018
– Germany *UM: awarded Best Workplaces (ICT) and Best Workplaces (Berlin and Brandenburg) in 2017


Basefarm Greatest Place to Work

We have been working with employee satisfaction in order to improve as an employer for many years now. Since 2013 we do this in a structured way by using the methodology of Great Place to Work (GPW). The method focuses on Trust in Management, Pride in your work and the Relationship to your colleagues.


Basefarm Careers

At Basefarm you will become part of a positive, pleasant, and stimulating working environment. Your colleagues are genuinely interested in technology and its application to business; colleagues who have plenty of professional pride and integrity. We have a slogan, “nerds, systemized”, and this says a lot about our internal culture. We continually strive to make each other better.

Look at our open positions here!


Basefarm top ranked in Great Place to Work® Survey in Norway and the Netherlands

According to the Great Place to Work® survey in Norway and the Netherlands, Basefarm has been awarded the title Best Workplaces 2018 which puts Basefarm in the top in their categories in two countries. Basefarm is also certified for Great Place to Work in Sweden.

Basefarm top ranked in Great Place to Work® Survey in Norway and the Netherlands

25-04-2018
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According to the Great Place to Work® survey in Norway and the Netherlands, Basefarm has been awarded the title Best Workplaces 2018 which puts Basefarm in the top in their categories in two countries. Basefarm is also certified for Great Place to Work in Sweden.


According to the Great Place to Work® survey in Norway and the Netherlands, Basefarm has been awarded the title Best Workplaces 2018 which puts Basefarm in the top in their categories in two countries. Basefarm is also certified for Great Place to Work in Sweden.

“We work very hard to improve the organizational culture and work climate for our staff and I’m so proud that both Basefarm Norway and Netherlands are ranked among the best workplaces in their respective countries” says CEO Fredrik Ohlsen.

The Great Place to Work survey has been developed based on experience in 60 countries. It is conducted annually based on anonymous data gathered from 13 million employees worldwide. This year, 31.000 employees from more than 200 Norwegian companies and 55.000 employees from 145 Dutch companies took part in the survey.

These are the best workplaces in Norway in 2018. Click through to the category 200-499 employees.

These are the best workplaces in the Netherlands in 2018 in the category 20-49 employees.

The Great Place to Work® score is based on two parts; the employee survey Trust Index and the Culture Audit analysis. The survey allows the opportunity for companies to use the result analysis for benchmarking on a series of criteria in relation to other companies of the same segment and size.

“It’s great to be ranked among the best workplaces in our categories and in this way receiving external benchmarking and inspiration, we hope that more talents would like to join Basefarm when they see that we are a company where people thrive and enjoy working” says Marcel Ravenshorst SVP Human Resources.

Read more about how Basefarm has worked to become a Great place to Work.


About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is a global research, consulting and training consultancy that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. They support and advise businesses, non-profits and government agencies in 50 countries on all six continents. Their in-depth knowledge of organizational cultures gathered from their research across the global gives them a unique insight into what makes a great workplace.


About Basefarm

The Basefarm Group 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. 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. Interested in joining our team? Check out our available positions in Basefarm on our career site.

For more information please check out www.basefarm.com.


Basefarm Careers

At Basefarm you will become part of a positive, pleasant, and stimulating working environment. Your colleagues are genuinely interested in technology and its application to business; colleagues who have plenty of professional pride and integrity. We have a slogan, “nerds, systemized”, and this says a lot about our internal culture. We continually strive to make each other better.

Look at our open positions here!


Basefarm Greatest Place to Work

We have been working with employee satisfaction in order to improve as an employer for many years now. Since 2013 we do this in a structured way by using the methodology of Great Place to Work (GPW). The method focuses on Trust in Management, Pride in your work and the Relationship to your colleagues.

Basefarm top ranked by Nordic customers yet again

26-04-2018

Yet again, Basefarm achieves a top placement in Whitelane and PA Consulting’s IT Outsourcing survey 2018. The study, which looks at IT outsourcing trends and measures customer satisfaction among customers, is a significant independent measure for the industry.

2018-04-26

Yet again, Basefarm achieves a top placement in Whitelane and PA Consulting’s IT Outsourcing survey 2018. The study, which looks at IT outsourcing trends and measures customer satisfaction among customers, is a significant independent measure for the industry.

When it comes to service quality delivery, the cloud providers are clear winners and Basefarm claims a 5th place in the index, after global players like Amazon, Salesforce, TCS and Microsoft. Customers in Norway are most happy with Basefarm, where they are ranked as number three overall, with an average satisfaction score of 78%.

The research is based on 330 participants from top IT spending organizations in Denmark, Finland Norway, and Sweden who have evaluated over 1,000 unique IT outsourcing contracts. In total 32 IT service providers were evaluated and ranked based on the opinion of their customers.

Outsourcing strong in financial and manufacturing
The report shows that outsourcing is still a strong trend across Europe, especially in The Netherlands where 53% of customers say they are planning to increase outsourcing over the next two years, followed by Belgium/Luxemburg with 50%. In the Nordic region, 36% of customers say they will outsource more, primarily in the financial (42%,) and manufacturing (38%) sectors. The strongest growth areas for outsourcing are predicted in applications development, maintenance and testing (78%) followed by data centre and application hosting (65%). The biggest drivers to outsource are not surprisingly cost reduction, wanting to focus on core business and lack of internal resources.

Nordic customers are generally happy
Nordic customers tend to generally be happy with their service providers, 56% saying they’re ranking satisfied or very satisfied. Basefarm is placed in 8th position on the overall satisfaction index across the region with a score of 73%, well ahead of the Nordic competition. The index is topped by TCS followed by Salesforce.com, and Accenture; a partner to Basefarm, as are some of the Big5 Indian providers on the list.

“It’s really rewarding to see that our customers value their relationships with us. The trends are clear. Organizations are continuing to increase their use of data, they are recognizing that all data shouldn’t necessarily be treated the same way and that data can be used to not only cut cost, but to drive innovation. As a result, our clients leverage our vast knowledge in big data on top of our hybrid cloud capabilities” said Fredrik Ohlsén, CEO at Basefarm. “To manage and develop complex systems requires expertise and innovative thinking. Basefarm’s experience in areas like hybrid cloud strategy and security, not to mention big data analytics, machine learning and AI makes us perfectly placed for what’s to come.”

Cloud operation 24/7
The study also points out a mismatch between customers’ and service providers’ view on who should be managing the cloud. Customers believe this should be handled by the internal IT department while service providers think this is best done by one of their outsourcing partner. Currently, only 20% of customers are using their outsourcing provider in this way. With more complex data and a rapidly evolving cloud service scene, this is an area where internal IT often lack experience and resources and have difficulty keeping a 24/7 operation going.

Looking towards the future – Agile and AI
The study points at big differences across the Nordic region when it comes to adopting Agile as a delivery model, with Finland leading the way with 62% saying they already use Agile, compared to only 35% in Denmark.

When it comes to who is leading the digital transformation in organizations, this is being led by multifunctional teams in 39% of organizations, followed by IT in 27%, showing the importance of matching this multifunctional approach with cross-functional teams also on the service provider side. 60% of organizations have already adopted new technology such as AI and robotics, and three out of four organizations regard benefits that may be gained by robotics and AI as significant.

Please contact Whitelane  for an executive summary of the report.


About Basefarm

Basefarm 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. 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 ranked # 1 in service delivery in Whitelane’s IT Outsourcing study Nordics 2016 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 eins Wissen and Data Analytics Leader by ISG Provider Lens Germany 2018


About Whitelane​

Whitelane Research is an independent organization that is dedicated to out(sourcing) research and events. We conduct extensive IT outsourcing studies in 13 European countries and interview CIOs of the largest IT spending organizations about their plans for outsourcing and their service providers. Whitelane also organizes end-user and service provider events. The purpose of these events is for end-users and service providers to exchange ideas about different outsourcing topics and how to achieve better sourcing relationships. Moreover, Whitelane hosts best practices groups for end-users in the form of a forum exclusively designed for executives who use sourcing as a fundamental part of their business strategy. For more information visit whitelane.com.


About PA Consulting Group

An independent firm of over 2,600 people, we operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Gulf.
We are experts in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, and transport, travel and logistics.
Our deep industry knowledge together with skills in management consulting, technology and innovation allows us to challenge conventional thinking and deliver exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, governments and communities worldwide.

Our clients choose us because we don’t just believe in making a difference. We believe in making the difference. www.paconsulting.com

 

Basefarm Continues to Grow Across Europe

11-05-2018
Press release:
 Increased demand for “from idea to cable” solutions covering big data, cloud computing and information security, from customers across Europe, driving growth.


London – 10 May 2018. Basefarm, a leading European Managed Service Provider, offering integrated key competencies for digital innovation – big data, cloud computing and information security in one service offering, continues to grow across Europe thanks to increased customer demand.

Following years of steady organic growth, Basefarm group’s sales jumped by over 33 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 (including sales from The unbelievable Machine Company for 2017) to 869 MNOK (approx. 78.5 million GBP). Number of staff increased by 15% to a total of 537 and the company recently opened a new office in Austria. Basefarm also added more than 45 new customers in 2017.

“We are increasingly meeting customers wanting more than someone hosting their mission critical IT solutions. They want “from idea to cable” services, meaning they want support right from the business idea generation phase, through to operation of applications.” said Fredrik Ohlsén, CEO of Basefarm. “Our customers are specialists in their fields, be it in travel, finance, automotive, public sector etc. They want us to look after their most mission critical data and applications, but they also want know-how and hands-on support in how to transform their data into solutions that will drive digital innovation for their business.”

Since the start in Norway in 2000, Basefarm has grown into one of the most trusted managed service companies in Europe. Today they’re operating eight data centres and, together with public cloud partners, they offer hybrid cloud solutions and advanced operations of mission critical applications for customers like Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, web based treasury platform NordkapYellowstar Solutions based in The Netherlands, offering IT for the social supply chain and Office Management, largest provider of total solutions for IT, communication and office space in the Nordic region. Their initial offering has expanded over the years to include more specialised professional services and offers in key areas like data security and privacy in relation to the management of mission critical applications.

With the purchase of leading German big data company “The unbelievable Machine Company – *um”, with clients like Deutsche Post DirektBMW Group, and the largest matchmaking agency in Germany, Parship, in the summer of 2017, Basefarm took an additional step into the wider European market. Today the group offers all areas of digital transformation and innovation in one integrated solution.

Data is the main driver for most businesses and organisations and the need for digital transformation and innovation cuts across private and public sector. This has led to a significant increase in demand for the one stop shop approach offered by Basefarm.

Their joined-up offer spans everything from helping customers define what is mission critical data and build and manage hybrid cloud solutions, to using big data to develop apps and solutions that can scale, while taking into account tougher security and privacy demands right from the start. These are areas where customers would previously have had to go to a number of different suppliers and consultancies for support and still have very qualified, specialist staff in-house. Instead Basefarm is now enabling its customers to focus on the strategic part of their own digital journey, allowing them to continuously take advantage of new business opportunities.


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 eins Wissen and Data Analytics Leader by ISG Provider Lens Germany 2018.

For further information please contact:

Helena Liden, JustPR
helena.liden@justpr.co.uk
+44 7798 871 585

The Norwegian Government pushes for further cloud computing

19-04-2018
Two years after launching Cloud Computing strategy for Norway, the Norwegian Government will establish a government marketplace for cloud services. The goal is to increase benefits of the technology in the public sector. Also, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) strategy will be described in upcoming reports.


Two years after launching Cloud Computing strategy for Norway, the Norwegian Government will establish a government marketplace for cloud services. The goal is to increase benefits of the technology in the public sector. Also, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) strategy will be described in upcoming reports.

In April 2016 the Norwegian Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Erna Solberg launched no less than the country’s national cloud computing strategy. The main objective was to provide public and private enterprises with more room for maneuver when deciding which ICT solutions to use.

Has the outcome been as expected? To get a closer view of this, blog.basefarm.com was welcomed by Paul Chaffey (H), state secretary to the Minister of Local Government and Modernization Monica Mæland.

“Cloud computing adopted widely”

Mæland followed Jan Tore Sanner, who presented the strategy and is now Minister of Education and Integration.

“Our main impression is that cloud computing is adopted widely in Norwegian public administration,” State Secretary Paul Chaffey says to blog.basefarm.com.

Before being appointed state secretary, Chaffey was CEO of Abelia. Abelia is the business association of Norwegian knowledge and technology based enterprises and associated with Norway’s largest employers’ organization: the NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry). Several IT and telecommunication companies are Abelia associates.

In the government political platform

“Several governmental organizations were already underway when we presented the strategy and more have joined in. The strategy was also a sequel to the Circular on digitization for 2016 and thus an element in a targeted work,” Chaffey says.

The circular clearly states the Norwegian Government’s command: “Cloud computing shall be assessed on the same basis as other solutions when considering major changes or reorganization of ICT systems or operations.”

In recent years, several political parties have formed a coalition to establish the government in Norway. The Solberg Government is formed by her own Conservative Party (H), the Progress party (FrP) and the Liberal Pary (V).

Their political platform The Jeløya-platform (limited English edition, Editors note) includes “Establish a central marketplace for cloud computing services” as a goal for the coalition.

“As late as April 13, 2018, we arranged the Dialogue conference for procurement/market place for Cloud Computing Services in accordance with the Government’s program statement,” Chaffey says.

Motivate through marketplace

“There are major opportunities. Therefore, we want to create the central marketplace where, for example, suppliers can be pre-approved. We do not do this without further notice, but seek advice from the industry. The Dialogue conference was one listening post where I did see Basefarm on the participant list.”

Earlier this year, the Government announced that it will present its own parliamentary report on innovation in the public sector, also in accordance with the Jeløya-platform.

Big data and AI opportunities

“We have explicitly stated that artificial intelligence and big data should be followed up. These technologies provide many opportunities for the public sector, but also raises ethical and political issues that we must relate to,” he says.

This month a strategy for the use of public data for the transportation sector (Norwegian only, Editors note) was presented by the Ministry of Transport and Communication and clearly shows the Government’s big data dedication. “Data is the fuel of the digital economy and in the increasingly digitized transport sector,” the summary clearly explains.

Based on his Abelia tech association background, Chaffey talks with great insight about cloud computing, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The state secretary has great faith public sector IT professionals are well-informed about the new technology opportunities.

For example, he points out that 119 Norwegian municipalities are in the process of mergers, and will use this as an opportunity to reconsider the operating model for public service delivery and thus also the underlying IT solutions.

“My clear impression is that cloud computing is on the municipalities’ agendas.”

Top management needs insight

Public sector innovation was on the agenda at the annual Senior Public Management Summit 2018.

“My impression is that our top level management is aware of the paradigm shift which is implied by the cloud, big data and AI. After all, the management is starting new IT application development processes. Therefore, they must have this kind of insight,” Chaffey says.

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