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“Friends of IT” - the origin story by Olaf Schreiber, CEO

Developing software became my passion over 30 years ago, when I wrote my first piece of code on a ZX Spectrum in my flat in Berlin.

Since that very moment, I have been creating all kinds of software for clients of different shapes and sizes. I bring the same enthusiasm to every project and I always work in a collaborative, friendly way. Although I started out on my own, I soon began building a network of professionals who share my values. Satisfied clients like LafargeHolcim Foundation, Air Berlin, the Ökoinstitut, Assa Abloy, KfW Bank and many more show how powerful this friendly, collaborative approach really is.

Over the years, we have witnessed the exponential growth of IT. It has made our lives and careers rich and exciting. Yet along with all the benefits, we also have to face challenges like the loss of privacy, information pollution, rising complexity, scarcity of resources, exploding costs of IT projects and the risk of technology leaving us behind.

Addressing these global challenges requires a new way of thinking. We have to join forces internationally and erase the boundaries between different types of expertise, while still staying true to our friendly principles.

My friendship with Miloš goes way beyond our shared interest in the world of software development. It was the starting point for bringing together two like-minded teams from Berlin and Belgrade, and creating Friends of IT.

More in common than you might think

Our philosophy

Berlin

Belgrade

In a way, everything you need to know about our company is contained in our name: Friends of IT.

 

Of course we like tech, but we are also friends within IT. We’re one big network. We all share a belief that projects work better if they are run in a friendly manner (and with solid project management).

 

Friendship is about liking someone or something, wishing them the best, and having fun together. But it’s also about being honest, open and critical which can obviously be pretty challenging at times. Last but not least, friendship is about understanding. True understanding is very rare these days.

 

The digital evolution is bringing about major changes and making it very hard to understand what IT (and everything connected to it) is all about. People learn things and create knowledge, but they don’t have nearly enough time to develop a true understanding of their field.

 

The Friends of IT have achieved this kind of understanding – and we know how to use it to create exceptional things.

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We’re not here to reinvent the wheel, but we’ll do it if necessary.
We mostly use proven technologies. If we find an easy solution to a complex problem, we’ll go with it. If we know about an existing solution, we’ll tell you about it. We use state-of-the-art tools in a sleek and elegant way.

We know what we know, and what we don’t.
This is pretty self-explanatory.

If we practice, we do it in the lab…
… not on your project.

Nothing of value comes for free – except a smile.
We look out for ourselves. There’s no free lunch with us – but you’ll get a fair price, plus soup and dessert.

Fun is important.
Of course we want to have fun at work (that doesn’t rule out tough deadlines, though). But we also believe that enjoying our work and the collaboration is the best thing that can happen to a project.

We’ll tell you if we think your approach isn’t the best.
We listen to you, but we won’t shy away from challenging your ideas.

Size doesn’t matter.
We don’t mind whether you’re a startup, an SME or a large enterprise. What matters are the people behind the company, and the specific project.

We’re always straight with you.
If something goes wrong, we don’t hide it. If something goes really right and we finish ahead of schedule, we’ll tell you.

We’re here to stay.
We’ve already been here for a long time and there’s so much more we want to achieve.

Anyway, it's much more fun if we talk about all this in person so...

… give us a call and let’s chat!

Olaf Schreiber

CEO

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