Create IT marks 20th anniversary with growth of over 30%
Portuguese tech company intends to hire more than two dozen specialized talents in 2022, reaching the milestone of 100 employees. Star products already serve end customers in 23 geographies.
Lisbon, April 26, 2022 - In the year that celebrates its 20th anniversary, Create IT, a Portuguese company focused on the development of business-critical multiplatform systems, reached a turnover of 3.5 million euros, which represents a growth of more than 30%. For 2022, forecasts point to a rate at the same level and the hiring of two dozen new specialized talent.
"The year 2021 went very well for Create IT, especially in the areas of e-commerce, e-banking, application modernization and integration and digital transformation. These scenarios are increasingly carried out in models of a strategic and long-term collaboration with customers, with the creation of dedicated teams focused on technological solutions for core areas of companies such as Sonae, Worten, BPI Bank, Luz Saúde, among many others", reveals Nuno Miguel Guerra, CEO of Create IT.
The star products developed by the company – CloudCockpit (a management platform for Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers) and DiggSpace (a ready-to-use digital workplace platform) – also recorded significant growth, with CloudCockpit’s turnover growing by 38% and tripling the value obtained just three years ago. Currently, around 85% of revenue comes from cross-border business.
These growth levels were verified not only in national clients but also in international ones. For example, Create IT started a relationship with a world-renowned insurance group - Axa, creating a dedicated team that provides high-quality added-value services at a global level.
"It was also interesting that all this work took place in parallel with the challenges inherent to the pandemic, in 3 main dimensions: the priority on people's safety, the community support (with the Mais Próimo Movement and the Aconchegar Initiative) and the focus on the effectiveness of teams with customers. We managed to help reinvent and leverage the companies' business while contributing to society in the most ambitious way we have ever done. There is no better way to celebrate Create's 20 years", emphasizes Nuno Miguel Guerra.
The expectation for 2022 is to achieve growth in the same order, both in terms of services and products. In the service areas, and with the strong involvement in digital transformation initiatives of large customers in the financial, retail and health sectors, Create IT plans to strengthen its teams and increase its presence in the market, streamlining the operation of customers and helping them to grow. In the area of SaaS products, Create IT intends to strengthen the international presence of CloudCockpit, increasing the number of large Microsoft distributors and Cloud Solution Providers that use the product to scale their business more and more easily. Regarding Diggspace, Create IT expects to expand penetration in the business market, further simplifying collaboration and internal communication in any working model.
20 years of growth
In the year it celebrates its 20th anniversary, Create IT is committed to maintaining the family atmosphere, unity and sense of belonging it had with 10 employees when it is close to reaching 100. "The spirit of keeping people first, as the most precious part of our existence, respecting their values, rhythms and needs, has been present since the creation of the company. Fortunately, in the year we celebrate 20 years, it was possible to bring the whole team together in the biggest Create meeting ever held, with the whole team having the opportunity to spend 4 days together in the Azores. It was excellent to meet some people physically again almost two years after the pandemic started", says Nuno Miguel Guerra.
In these 20 years of existence, the head of Create IT highlights as the most emblematic and innovative projects the social network of the World Economic Forum, the pos-sales service platform of Worten Mobile, the International Trade Portal of Sonae, the BPI Risk Management System, the E-Commerce Portals of Grupo Pestana, Continente Online, Wells Online, Worten Online, and BPI Net and BPI Net Corporate.
Create IT is the only company in Europe recognized three times by the community as a winner of the European SharePoint Community Awards. It has also been awarded "Partner Ambassador of the Year" by Microsoft Portugal and partner of the year in the "Solution Partner of the Year" category in Portugal twice.
Regarding the evolution of the team, Nuno Miguel Guerra says that "Similar to what happened in 2021, in which more than 40% of the people we hired were over 30 years old, this year we will also bet on strengthening the team not only with more young people but also with people with high levels of seniority who want to be in a company focused on excellence and continuous learning. We will still maintain articulation and involvement with universities in order to continue to attract the best students to work with us, providing them with a space where they can develop their academic activity in an accompanied and focused way on their personal growth and development."
Social responsibility in DNA
Social responsibility has been a major focus of Create IT over the years and Nuno Miguel Guerra explains how and why: "Our claim 'Innovating Life' refers to the lives of all the people we touch every day through products and projects we develop with clients. Social responsibility is the natural extension of this purpose, helping the community in the best way. This can involve mobilizing more than 1 ton of rice for the Food Bank, helping to reforest the Vale de Marvila in Lisbon, supporting the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital during the great fires of 2017, supporting hundreds of nursing homes with the donation of oximeters and the availability of a free application to monitor symptoms or by getting personally involved in the community in initiatives such as Aconchegar, which, with the support of Fundação São João de Deus and IAMCP Portugal, mobilized civil society in the 4th wave of Covid in Portugal, guaranteeing the delivery of around three hundred beds in hospitals and institutions in 19 districts. Currently, it naturally involves collaborating with initiatives such as Solidarybed, WeHelpUkrain and several others at a national and international level that support Ukraine and the refugees resulting from this war that we all hope to see quickly end".
About Create IT
Founded in 2001, Create IT is a Portuguese company focused on the development of critical and business support multiplatform systems, with a strong component of collaboration and integration, and totally focused on creating value, increasing productivity and measurable gains. Maintaining a strong and rewarding relationship with its customers, it combines the experience of the best technological solutions with the promotion of an environment where talent can thrive.