1995Together with my partners, I left Denmark to establish a small PC distribution company in Lithuania. The company specialised in computer distribution to Russia, Latvia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
2000I grew my PC distribution company to employ some 300 people. I then decided to start a software development company.
2001-2002I moved to Ukraine, and with my first client and four software developers, I started Ciklum. We used a traditional model of outsourcing, and slowly gained more business from other clients. By late 2002, we had established a company in Denmark to make contracts and legal matters, and other administrative tasks easier.
2003Together with one of our clients, we developed Ciklum’s Client Own Team model, which was subsequently introduced to other clients. Business growth was slow due to 9/11 and the Dot Com crash
2004Although business was still rather slow, we managed to get a few new clients, which enabled us to start investing in Sales teams.
2005The business grew faster, our workforce reached approximately 60 employees, and we began to work harder to acquire new clients. By now, our model had proven to be very successful, especially for the longer-term relationships we were developing. We started using this model for all new clients, and suggested that existing clients change to this model. All did so.
2007Ciklum growth was steady and confident, which enabled us to develop the company in further directions. We introduced the Consulting Team (CSC) as a way to aggregate our best practices and share them among our clients and employees. We also introduced Peak Resources as a new service,and opened an office in Dnepropetrovsk.
2008While still growing, we were focused on developing stronger HR practices to attract and retain quality staff. This strategy was also dictated by the hard market conditions, which required companies to retain existing resources.
2010Our business was booming, with growth not only in the number of employees, but also in the quality of our work. We saw increased customer satisfaction,and productivity, and aimed to reach even greater heights in satisfaction among both employees and clients. We were recognised as a ‘CeBIT 2010 Top 20 Innovative Company, delivering services/products for small and medium-sized companies’, and named a ‘2010 Top 100 Global Services Provider’.
2011In January 2011, Ciklum acquired 50 percent of SCR Gruppen, with the intention of eventually acquiring the rest. We continued to invest in the quality of the valueadded services we provide; from launching new educational programmes and activities within Ciklum Community, and putting a greater accent on Agile Consulting in Ciklum Consulting Office, to growing our Project Office team fourfold to 130 employees, aiming for growth to reach 200 in 2012.
2012In April 2012, Ciklum changed its ownership structure: I remained the major shareholder, while Horizon Capital acquired a minority package. 2012 saw us strengthen our management team and the overall efficiency of our operations, achieve revenue of more than 100 million USD (giving us growth of almost 160% during 2011-2012), and focus on our ambitious growth plan to reach 5,000 employees by 2016.
Who we are
We are Ciklum. We are your multi award winning partner with over 12 years’ experience, in getting you the most productive IT software development staff in our nine state of the art Development locations. We are your partners in helping you develop and grow, we anticipate your needs and help you scale your business in a cost effective and efficient manner.
We are all about results, we were the first company in Europe to become ICAgile certified training consultants, we know how and what your business needs to get your product to market quicker because we have done it for more than 200 of the world’s most innovate brands already.
What we do
Our unique business model is unlike a traditional software outsourcing model. We help you hire and retain your own Software Development team and then we host your team in our state of the art development locations. Helping you reduce costs and providing you with scalable growth. This is your team, your staff work for you, you know how much each is paid, you decide whom to hire, fire, or promote, they use your systems, and they speak your language.
We also provide a world class agile business consulting team with expertise in agile business transformation and DevOps consulting. Our consulting team is the only Nearshoring consulting team in Europe to be certified trainers in ICAgile.
Our projects office contains a team of 150 specialists that can help you take your idea from conception to creation using the latest agile software development methods in a cost effective and rapid time to market.
…I can say that this is my best team I have ever worked with, and I have seen many in my life! I can vouch for every person who works here – they are intelligent, honest, purposeful, and motivated, and can bring a bunch of ideas.— Victor Nessytov, Country Manager, Playtech
How we do it
As we have been voted best IT employer in the Ukraine on multiple occasions and with the help of our 90+ in-house recruitment and retention specialist, we attract the brightest IT talent from a pool of over 41,000 IT personnel. Then we help you pick the right people to meet your business goals. To date we have helped our 200+ partners hire and retain more than 2500 staff for their own development centers.
What we stand for
We stand for openness, transparency and excellence, Ciklum is a winner of Red Herring 100 Europe, recognized as CeBIT 2010 Top 20 innovative company delivering services/products for small and medium sized companies, and named the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Top 100 Global Services Provider. Ciklum is rated Best Larger IT Employer 2010 & 2011 in Ukraine by DOU.ua. Ciklum is a member of the Hi-Tech Initiative, the IT Ukraine Association and the European Business Association (EBA). Most recently Gartner Inc. named Ciklum as a “Cool Vendor” in its ‘Cool Vendors in Application Services, 2013’ report
Ciklum’s senior management team has revolutionized IT outsourcing by blending their individual strengths and expertise in IT, human resources, administrative specialities and Eastern European business to create transparent and unique partnerships between clients, IT teams and employees.
Interested in joining us, but not sure where to start? We are glad to offer you any type of employment! Our own team model would be the right choice if you are interested in long term opportunities with the industry’s best representatives worldwide.Like to be involved in different projects within your favorite technology – Project Office is waiting for you!