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adesso celebrates 25th anniversary

IT service provider adesso celebrates its 25th anniversary. The software company founded by Rainer Rudolf and Prof. Dr Volker Gruhn, the current Chairman of the Su-pervisory Board of adesso SE, in Dortmund on 13 May 1997 has risen to become a leading IT service provider, recording significantly above-average rates of growth and establishing a team of about 6,300 employees in Europe. The recent promotion to the SDAX index also reflects the company’s successful performance on the stock market. In addition, adesso has been crowned “Germany’s Best Employer” (Great Place to Work®) on multiple occasions, a seal of approval for the strong employer brand of the company, which set a new recruitment record in 2021 with over 900 new hires.

adesso’s business model not only proved extraordinarily resilient during the coronavirus pan-demic, it has also paved the way for significant sales and earnings growth in previous years too. Since its first listing on the stock exchange as adesso share in 2007, the share has rec-orded a price increase of almost 3,000 percent to the delight of investors.

Programme of anniversary celebrations

adesso is celebrating this milestone with a range of events for employees at all locations in Europe and is also inviting customers and business partners to an anniversary digital day.

adesso digital day customer event in anniversary year

adesso’s traditional customer event is due to take place on 2 June 2022 at Classic Remise in Düsseldorf. At the event, key figures and decision-makers from a variety of industries will be able to find out more about the pressing IT and economic issues of our time in talks and presentations. The event is centred on sustainability and the cloud, with presentations focus-ing on two key topics: Green Software Development and Low-Resource Cloud Usage. Re-nowned journalist Claus Kleber, former news anchor for German broadcaster ZDF and pre-senter of the heute journal news programme, will be providing the keynote entitled “How Sili-con Valley controls the destiny of the human race”.

Everyone not able to celebrate live with adesso on the Digital Day can experience the com-pany’s development in a state-of-the-art 3D presentation as part of a Virtual Hub specially de-signed for the birthday. In this digital experience area, visitors will soon be able to inform themselves about the company via touchpoints. Colorfully illustrated milestones – from the beginnings as a two-man software start-up at the beginning of the New Economy in 1997 all the way through to adesso’s current standing as a leading IT group – are available on

The New School of IT from adesso: a new understanding of the role of IT

Prof. Dr Volker Gruhn (58), in his various roles as adesso founder, professor of software en-gineering, IT manager and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of adesso SE, likes to look back on adesso SE’s 25 years of history: “adesso was never a start-up in the conventional sense, as we generated our growth without any external capital or investment right from day one,” said Gruhn. “So it is all the more pleasing to see what we have created here entirely on our own.”

“Of course, our journey and our development continues unabated – we will continue to grow and expand internationally moving forward,” added Gruhn in reference to the challenges and key topics on the road ahead. “With our New School of IT, for instance, we intend to finally give IT the status it deserves in businesses: IT belongs in the management board with a seat at the table where decisions are made, so that digital solutions can be of the requisite quality to ensure our economy is competitive on an international stage. This is what adesso is com-mitted to moving forward.”

Volker Gruhn

Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of adesso SE, founded adesso in 1997 together with Rainer Rudolf. (Copyright: adesso)

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* The employee figures stated are calculated according to the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) key figure.

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