Croatia’s big IT firm can open joint ventures in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 25
By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:
SPAN, one of the biggest IT companies in Croatia, is ready to create joint ventures in Azerbaijan, SPAN Chairman Nikola Dujmovic told Trend Oct. 25.
SPAN started working in Azerbaijan three years ago on the automation and CRM (customer relationship management) projects in telecommunications, and the company has decided to open its office, SPAN Azerbaijan, Dujmovic said.
SPAN Azerbaijan is being created with a 100-percent Croatian share, but in the future Croatia is ready to establish joint ventures with Azerbaijani companies, he added.
He noted that the company, which is specializing in cyber security, is ready to offer Azerbaijan a number of high technologies.
In addition, Dujmovic said, SPAN is ready to offer a number of services for the financial sector of Azerbaijan.
SPAN also has proposals for banking, insurance and other companies operating in the financial sector, he added.
These proposals cover cooperation in both the field of cyber security and the consolidation of the infrastructure as well as mobile banking, which makes it possible to significantly expand the customer base, Dujmovic noted.
SPAN had preliminary talks with a number of companies, but they were unofficial, he added.
Dujmovic expressed hope that the company’s first steps in Azerbaijani market will be taken at BakuTel exhibition to be held in late November.
SPAN is going to present a number of proposals there, some of which will be made together with Microsoft, he said.
Dujmovic noted that the services offered are attractive first of all by lower prices compared to services of other similar companies.
Regarding further expansion of the company’s business in Azerbaijan and in the South Caucasus region, the chairman of SPAN said his company currently plans to develop its activities only in Baku.
SPAN doesn’t have sufficient human resources to operate in the whole territory of Azerbaijan, and the company doesn’t consider entering markets of other countries of the region, either, he added.
SPAN’s offices are also present in the UK, the US, Czech Republic and Slovenia. The company is a major exporter of intellectual property in Croatia.