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 then, the influence of IT on the world has grown exponentially and determines large parts of our lives.
The IT landscape in Germany – and especially here in creative Berlin – has changed rapidly. Challenging projects can no longer be achieved with local developers alone. However, outsourcing them to companies abroad is associated with risks – and is not necessarily everyone’s thing.
By working together on various projects, Miloš Mijajlović – himself the managing director of a software company in Belgrade – and I got to know and appreciate each other and became friends. We have discovered that our teams in Berlin and Belgrade harmonise perfectly. By combining forces we were able to avoid exploding IT project costs and push each other forward technologically. Finally, we decided to merge our teams into one company and founded the Friends of IT GmbH.
Together we develop software of different complexity, for different purposes and for small, medium and large enterprises. But always with the same passion and always in a friendly way. Satisfied customers such as the LafargeHolcim Foundation, the Ökoinstitut, KfW Bank and many others agree.
But what connects us goes far beyond IT. The benefits of those new opportunities are put into perspective by problems such as loss of privacy, information pollution, scarcity of resources, the climate crisis and the increasing complexity – solving those requires a new way of thinking. While we go about our daily business, we help to develop this new mindset.”
Berlin – Bundestag
Belgrade – House of National Assembly
Berlin – Street music
Belgrade – Street music
Berlin – TV Tower
Belgrade – Avala TV Tower
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.
Berlin – River Spree
Belgrade – River Sava
Berlin – Street Art
Belgrade – Street Art (showing a map of Berlin)
Berlin – Summertime in the Mauerpark
Belgrade – Cooling down at Ada Lake
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.
Berlin – Berliner Dom
Belgrade – Church of Saint Sava
Berlin – Christmas "Unter den Linden"
Belgrade – Christmas illumination
Berlin – New Year's Eve at the Oberbaumbrücke
Belgrade – Orthodox New Year at January 14th