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SII Concatel attends the Diada TIC 2018, with the intervention of Joan Carrillo, General Director of the company.

On September 27, a new edition of the Information and Communication Technologies Day took place at Cosmo Caixa, organized by GrausTIC. As silver sponsor, SII Concatel actively participated in the event, with the intervention of the company’s General Director, Joan Carrillo.

 

“Inspiring the digital revolution: the humanization of technology” it was the title chosen this year for the new edition of the DiadaTIC. At 9 o’clock in the morning, the welcoming ceremony began, with the interventions of Gerardo Pisarello, alderman Barcelona en Comú of l’Ajuntament de Barcelona; David Quiròs, alderman of Culture and Innovation of l’ajuntament de l’Hospitalet de Llobregat; Francesc Torres, rector of Universidad Politécnica and Dani Pujol, president of Graus TIC. Afterwards, Montse Serra, General Director of HP Enterprise Solutions and Joan Giró, President of the Advisory Council of the Association of ICT Professionals in Catalonia, were in charge of holding the inaugural conference of the event, under the theme: “Men and machines, called to live together”.

At 10:30 the discussions began.  Joan Carrillo, had the opportunity to talk about artificial intelligence and its impact on society. During the debate, Carrillo affirmed that one of the great challenges faced by Cognitive Artificial Intelligence is to develop a natural language, that is, a language that allows the machines to “speak” with the user and understand it. with agility

In addition, Joan Carrillo emphasized one of the most important problems facing the sector today, and is the lack of specific professional training programs that meet the demand for work generated by the digital transformation we are experiencing.

Other discussion tables focused on the following topics: the impact of technology on the mobility of people, with special emphasis on the electric vehicle, autonomous and / or connected; the application of ICT in logistics; the use of technology in the health field and the incursion of the digital into public administration.

The program Popap of Catalunya Ràdio was present throughout the event, and conducted an interview with Carrillo, in which the Director shed light on the future of artificial intelligence, and explained how his humanization is achieving a potential improvement in the everyday life of people. To listen to the full podcast  access here.

During the event, a discussion dedicated to the role of women in Digital Transformation was given, moderated by Jara Forcadell, Founder and Vice President of Young IT Girls, an association formed by young engineers and professionals in the field of ICT.

In the event the “GrausTIC 2018 Awards” were presented, awarded to those organizations that have contributed to the ICT revolution. The winners of this year were: Jordi Marin, awarded as Best ICT Professional of the year; i2CAT, Center for Research and Innovation on the Internet, with the prize for Business Excellence; Estabanell Energia, awarded with the Digital Innovation prize; Popap and radio program of Catalunya Ràdio dedicated to technological innovations, awarded with the ICT Communication and Disclosure Award 2018.

The event ended with a lunch that the attendees took advantage of to make networking, approaching positions and debating on the future challenges of ICT in a more relaxed environment.

Year after year SII Concatel is proud to participate in the DiadaTIC, reaffirming its commitment to the development and revolution of technology.

SII Concatel, participant and sponsor in the new edition of the DiadaTIC

On September 27 a new edition of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Day will be held at the CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, organized by GrausTIC. SII Concatel is the silver sponsor of the event, and will actively participate in the debate on Cognitive Artificial Intelligence.

 

This year the DiadaTIC is organized under the title: “Inspiring the digital revolution: the humanization of technology”, with the firm conviction that technology and ICT should always be at the service of people and in the creation of a better future .

As in the past editions, the objective of this meeting is to debate and reflect on the new challenges and opportunities of ICT in the healthcare environment, business logistics, public administration, mobility of people and the impact of emerging artificial intelligence cognitive in different areas.

At 8:30 in the morning, at the CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, the event will begin, with the distribution of the accreditations. David Quirós, councilor of Culture and Innovation at Ajuntament de Barcelona; Gerardo Pisarello, councilor of Barcelona en Comú at Ajuntament de Barcelona; Francesc Torres, rector of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Dani Pujol, president of Graus TIC, will be in charge of carrying out the opening ceremony.

At 10:15 the round of debates will begin, in which SII Concatel will participate actively. In 3rd Table there will be a debate entitled “The Impact of Cognitive Artificial Intelligence”, in which Joan Carrillo, General Director of SII Concatel, will speak with a presentation.

Access more information about the DiadaTIC in this link.

One more year, SII Concatel is present at this event, confirming its faithful commitment to innovation and the transformation of the world through technology.

The SII Group publishes its Annual Activity Summary for the year 2017-2018

The SII Group has published its Annual Activity Summary for the year 2017-2018, a document that includes information on the commitments, values, innovation and annual financial results of each of the group’s headquarters.

 

For the 2017-2018 year, the SII Group, has consolidated a turnover of € 560.9 million, resulting in a net benefit for the group of € 25.8 million. These good results are due to the broad experience that the group has in the innovation of the Information and Communication Technologies sector, which leads its clients to trust in the company year after year, through its different venues.

As the members of the Board of Directors Group affirm, the key to the company’s success lies in four pillars:

 

  • Accompanying customers geographically, building a correct balance between the proximity of projects and the globalization of them. Thus, Grupo SII has a presence in 18 countries on four different continents, with 78 locations.
  • Technologically accompany customers, as the group’s commercial offer is constantly enriched to offer new knowledge and future technologies.
  • Invest in methodologies and create experience
  • The sustainable registration of the SII Group in its social environment, through a responsible social policy that favors the individual over the organizations.

For more information about the SII Group, access the full document here.

From SII Concatel Spain we are proud to be part of a group that is constantly growing.



            

We attended the 10th edition of the Barometer of the Technological sector in Catalonia, organized by CTecno

Last Thursday, July 12 we attended the 10th edition of the Barometer of the Technological sector in Catalonia as collaborating partners of the event. The event, organized by CTecno, took place in the auditorium of the Imagina-Mediapro building at 7:00 p.m.

As every year, SII Concatel participated in the presentation of the 10th Technological Barometer promoted by the Cercle Tecnológic de Catalunya (CTecno). This is an annual study that analyzes the situation of the technological sector in Catalonia, with the aim of reflecting on the reality of the sector, analyzing the growth capacity of it, and the trends it faces.

This study has become a benchmark in the sector, as it not only considers the information of the companies that offer ICT services, but also the companies that demand these services are represented. In this new edition more than 1000 companies have participated, contributing with their data and their experience making the study as exhaustive as possible.

As in the past editions, the journalist Pere Mas, regular contributor to TV3 and RAC1, has once again been the presenter of the act, being responsible for entertaining an evening attended by more than 400 people.

Jordi Pugineró, conseller of Digital Politics and Public Administration; Lluís Gómez, Commission for Economic Promotion, Business and Innovation of the City Council of Barcelona and Jordi William Carnes, president of CTecno, were in charge of welcoming all attendees, with a speech in which they discussed the trends of the sector.

10th edition of Barometer of the technological sector in Catalonia. Source: CTecno

The central conference was given by Josep Maria Ganyet, professor of Communication at Pompeu Fabra University, CEO of Mortensen and disseminator. Ganyet said that the future is composed of atoms, bits and genes, with the addition of a fourth industrial revolution and highlighted the importance of privacy in the network so that users feel comfortable transferring their data, as long as they are anonymous .

Then there was a discussion pannel, composed by Cristina Cruz, ICO Team Leader of Nostrum; Ignasi Salvador, Innovation Director of Celsa Group; Julio Lorca, director of development in the digital health area of ​​DKV and Joan Angulo, CEO of CTTI – Center de Telecomunicacions i Tecnolgies de la Informació. The debate focused on the challenges facing the ICT sector and how to deal with improving talent. It was possible to extract inisghts such as we must continue promoting technological vocations to create digital talent, in order to not be forced to look for it outside our borders.

Technological Business Status at Catalonia. Source: CTecno

During the ceremony, the data extracted from the Barometer were published, in which it noticed that the ICT sector has 111,600 workers in Catalonia, representing 3.5% of the population employed in the territory. In addition, we currently find 15,077 companies focused on technology, having grown by 17% during the last three years. During this year, business digitalization has grown, with 34.4% of companies working with a high degree of digitalization. The Barometer reflected the good state of cybersecurity in the technological companies of Catalonia, with data such as 77.6% of Catalan companies stating that they have not suffered any cyber attacks during this year. To know all the data of the 10th Barometer of the Technological sector in Catalonia, click here.

At the end of the event, four attendees raffled off exclusive passes to attend the IOT Solutions World Congress 2018, which takes place in October in Barcelona. It is a unique event dedicated exclusively to uniting IoT suppliers with the industry and which aims to help the latter increase productivity through this disruptive technology.

SII Concatel attended the delivery of the III Technological Entrepreneur Award organized by the French Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona

Last 4th of July in the Old Estrella Damm Factory took place the third edition of the Prix Entrepreneur Tech, an event organized by the French Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona and sponsored by SII Concatel, who was also part of the jury of the contest.

 

One more year SII Concatel has had the opportunity to attend the Prix Entrepreneur Tech, an event organized with the aim of boosting entrepreneurs and putting startups in contact with large companies and investors that can help them to continue growing.

Juan Alvarez de Lara, CEO and founder of Seed & Click and vice president of AEBAN, in his speech at the III Prix Entrepreneur Tech

At 18:30 pm, the delivery ceremony began, in an enviable environment, the old Estrella Damm Factory, which had already served as the stage for previous editions. Juan Alvarez de Lara, CEO and founder of Seed & Click and vice president of AEBAN (Spanish Association of Business Angels), was in charge of conducting the ceremony and presenting each of the participants of the contest.

The eight finalists in this Prix Entrepreneur Tech edition had the opportunity to present their projects infront technology and / or business professionals. We were able to meet emerging startups as Affluencesdedicated to control and assistance to spacesAtriom, an installer platform; Draagu, a platform for the sale of images; Emotion Research Labfacial recognition startupHellomybot.io, omni-channel chatbot platformKPC – Key People Check Mental TechArtificial intelligence platform for human behavior Polaroodomiciliary expenditure platform of the household and Wiidiia hybrid personal assistantAll the participants stood out for providing innovative ideas, making the task of the jury even more difficult.

Carlos Blanco, entrepreneur and private investor in the new technologies sector, in his speech at the III Prix Entrepreneur Tech

While the members of the jury were deliberating, Carlos Blancowinner of numerous entrepreneurship contests and with extensive experience in the field of private investment in the new technologies sector, took part to discuss about the best way to launch a suceed startup in Barcelona.

In addition, there were also the members of the startup Mabrian, winner of the first edition of the contest, and Immfy, awarded in the second edition of the Prix. Both explained the progress of their projects and thanked the support received from the French Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona.

The winner of this edition, chosen by the members of the jury, including Joan Carrillo, General Director of SII Concatel, was Draagu, a marketplace which allows the purchase and sale of photographies. From SII Concatel we congratulate the winner, and we wish him the best of luck to advance his project.

 

Draagu recieved the trophy of the III Prix Entrepreneur Tech winner, and also: one year of free membership in the French Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona as a member of the Chamber’s sponsorship committee, thus having access to exclusive events with more than 100 Franco-Spanish companies, a tutoring with corporate sponsors and meetings with some of the 450 companies associated with the French Chamber of Commerce to explore synergies.

The event continued with a networking in which all the attendants were able to share ideas and experiences in a relaxed atmosphere, thus fostering collaborations and synergies among the attendees.

 

 

 

SII Concatel, sponsor and jury of the III Prix Entrepreneur Tech

Next Wednesday, July 4, the third edition of the Prix Entrepreneur Tech will take place, a contest organized by the French Chamber of Commerce that seeks to boost entrepreneurial talent. SII Concatel will participate as a sponsor and jury of the event, which will be held at the Estrella Damm Old Factory at 6:30 p.m. 

 

 

The Chamber of Commerce and French Industry of Barcelona organizes the delivery of the III Prix Entrepreneur Tech, a contest that, as in previous editions, has the purpose of helping startups and facilitate theircollaborations with large companies and investors.

It is a unique opportunity for all those startups that want to take their project one step further and make it known to potential investors. This initiative seeks to encourage and support innovation and boost entrepreneurial talent.

The event will feature the intervention of Carlos Blanco, an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the field of private investment in the new technologies sector. During the ceremony, the eight finalist companies will be presented and, after the deliberation of the members of a specialized jury, composed of SII Concatel, among others, the Prix Entrepreneur Tech will be presented for the best presented project.

On one hand, the 25 first companies that participate in the Prix Entrepreneur Tech and that fulfill the requirements, will have one year free of adhesion to the French Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona in the category of “Young Entrepreneur”. On the other hand, the winner project will take the III Prix Entrepreneur trophy, as well as one year of free membership in the French Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona as a member of the Chamber’s sponsorship committee (thus having access to exclusive events with more than 100 franchise and spanish companies), a tutoring of corporate sponsors and a meeting with officials associated with the French Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona.

Year after year SII Concatel has been present in the editions of the contest, always betting on innovation in the technology sector and, therefore, supporting those companies that start their business career in the IT sector. That is why we encourage all startups who participate in this new edition of the contest, and we wish them all the best of luck.

Learn more about the III Prix Entrepreneur Tech

 

SII Concatel, partner in the 10th edition of the Barometer of the technological sector in Catalonia, organized by CTecno

Next Thursday, July 12, the Cercle Tecnològic de Catalunya (CTecno) presents the tenth edition of the Barometer of the Technological Sector in Catalonia, with an act that will take place in the auditorium of the Imagina-Mediapro building at 7:00 p.m.

 

This is an annual study analyzes the situation of the technology sector in Barcelona and Catalonia, with the aim of reflecting on the reality of the sector, analyzing the growth capacity of it, and the trends it faces. The CTecno Barometer has become a benchmark in the sector, since it not only consider the information of the companies that offer ICT services, but also the companies that demand these services are represented.

This year the study has counted with the collaboration of more than 1,000 companies, contributing to offer a much broader and real vision of the evolution of a sector in constant change.

As a collaborating partner of this edition, SII Concatel will attend the event, which will feature lectures by professionals from the sector, such as: Josep Maria Ganyet, professor of Nous Mitjans at UPF and regular collaborator of RAC 1 and La Vanguardia; Quirze Salomó, founder of Nostrum; Ignasi Salvador, Innovation Director of Celsa Group; and Julio Lorca, director of development in the Digital Health area of ​​DKV.

As in the previous editions, the event will be conducted by Pere Mas, collaborating journalist of TV3 and RAC 1.

 

 

 

SII Groupe announces its annual financial statements for fiscal 2017-2018

  • Income from operating activities up 14 percent
  • Net income up 15.2 percent

The SII Groupe  has released its financial results for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. They were approved by its Management Board on June 4, 2018 and are currently being audited.

Management board chairman Eric Matteucci commented that “Fiscal 2017-2018 was highlighted by a sharp acceleration of growth in France and in international operations. In addition to strong organic growth, the Group benefited from the addition of Feel Europe, which bolsters SII’s position in the banking and insurance sector. Helped by sound fundamentals, SII expects organic growth of between 11.5 and 14 percent next year, and anticipates that its operating margin will continue to rise thanks to efforts aimed at improving profit margins at Feel Europe, and in international operations. “.

Annual revenue for fiscal 2017-2018 surpasses target

Revenue for the year ended March 31, 2018 totaled €560.90m, well above the announced estimate of €545m. The 15.6-percent organic growth was remarkable considering that the period had fewer working days (five less than in fiscal 2016-2017). With the additional impact of the acquisition of Feel Europe (which generated revenue of €53.9m), the Group posted growth of 27.8 percent for the year.

Added staff and effectiveness of local offices

The expansion of the SII Group’s business has caused it to increase its hiring. At the end of the year, it employed a total workforce of 7,552 persons, up from 6,775 at the end of the previous year. The increase in the average headcount in France accelerated during the period to 8.3 percent, from 7 percent the previous year. With 22 local offices, the SII Group is well represented throughout France, where 70.1 percent of its staff is based outside the Paris area.
Also in France, the average billable hours ratio (excluding paid vacations) improved by 0.7 points over the period, ending at 91.3 percent, compared with 90.6 percent the previous year.

Improved profits

Gross income from operations for fiscal 2017-2018 was €39.9m, representing an operating margin of 7.1 percent. As anticipated, profitability was affected by the higher number of holidays during the period, which were only partially offset by the improvement in billable hours. Operating income was also temporarily affected by the dilutive impact of Feel Europe. The Group has taken the needed steps to achieve its aim of improving margins at that subsidiary by 2019.
Thanks to the year’s strong performance, SII’s net income improved by 15.2 percent to €25.8m for the period ended March 31, 2018.

With a higher cash flow in fiscal 2017-2018 (up 9.6 percent to €25.3m) boosted by growth in the business, the Group had net cash of €20.1m at the end of the year, while its equity increased to €142m.

Proposed dividend of €0.15 per share

In keeping with its dividend distribution policy, SII will propose to the annual shareholders’ meeting on September 20, 2018 that it approve a payout of €0.15 per share, higher than last year.

Outlook

With the market for its services still expanding, the SII Group expects to continue its development and anticipates organic growth of between 11.5 and 14 percent in fiscal 2018-2019, which would generate revenue in the range of €625m to €640m. A more auspicious calendar (one additional working day) and the expected gradual improvements in profitability at Feel Europe and international operations cause SII to project an increase in its operating margin for fiscal 2018-2019.

The SII Group has released its annual revenue figures for fiscal 2017-2018

    • Annual revenue at €560.9m for fiscal 2017-2018 exceeds guidance.
    • Growth remains sustained at 27.8 percent, including organic growth of 15.6 percent

Management board chairman Eric Matteucci commented that “The SII Group’s revenue for the year was up 27.8 percent to €560.9 million, exceeding our target of €545 million. Organic growth reached 15.6 percent, well above the average for our sector. Results for the fourth quarter were in line with those of the first nine months of the year. I wish to thank all our teams, in France and abroad, for their strong commitment, and all our clients who have remained loyal to us for many years. Our results confirm the fact that we have followed the right strategy and make us confident about the continued development of the SII Group.”

The SII Group reported revenue of €560.9m for the year ended March 31, 2018, exceeding its own forecast and up 27.8 percent from fiscal 2016-2017.

Feel Europe, whose full results were included in consolidation for the first time, contributed revenue of €53.9m (including organic growth of €4.6m). For the year as a whole, organic growth amounted to 15.6 percent, a remarkable result given that the period had significantly fewer working days (5 less than in fiscal 2016-2017).

Marked growth in France

Business in France generated revenue of €314.97m. Excellent results in the Group’s traditional lines of business combined with the addition of Feel Europe to produce growth of 33.8 percent there, including organic growth of 12.8 percent.
In the last quarter of the fiscal year, sales reached €87.73m, a 26.5-percent improvement (including 13.2 percent on a like-for-like basis) over the same period in fiscal 2016-2017.

Continued expansion of international operations

Revenue from international operations increased by 20.9 percent (of which 19.4 percent was organic growth) from the previous year, to €245.93m. Business in Poland, which accounted for 21.6 percent of the Group’s annual revenue, continued to grow significantly (by 35 percent to €121.3m for the year). In Germany, where revenue was unchanged during the first half, it finished the year up 9 percent, helped in part by expanded activities and a favorable base effect for Cadcon’s traditional business. Revenue in Spain was up 7 percent for the year. Operations in other countries also contributed to growth, including in Romania (up 12 percent), Canada (up 249 percent), Morocco (up 69 percent), Colombia (up 34 percent) and The Netherlands (up 26 percent).
In the fourth quarter alone, revenue from international operations rose by 23.5 percent to €68.01m, largely due to organic growth of 20.1 percent.

SII Concatel, committed to data security: GDPR

In order to adapt to the New General Regulation of Data Protection, SII Concatel introduced at the beginning of 2018 its process of adaptation to this new regulation, which comes into force on May 25.

The GDPR affects all companies that work with the data of European citizens, even if they are located outside European territory. The purpose of the new regulation is to inform users about what data are used, how and for what purpose.

SII Concatel has always been committed to the security of her clients’ data, and has always respected their will. That is why the company strated at the beginning of 2018 a process to inform all its suppliers, partners and business contacts about the change in regulations.

Furthermore, it has carried out actions aimed at obtaining the explicit consent of all its contacts when it comes to continue receiving commercial communications from the Company as well as the articles o Enjoy IT, the blog of the professionals of SII Concatel, written from the experience of workers in the world of Information Technology and Communication, can continue to do so.

Although it is a challenge for all companies, SII Concatel understands its adaptation to the RGPD as an opportunity to move towards a safer and more informed society, in which data is treated more transparently, as well as to improve the relationship between the company and its customers.

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