The German publishing house BurdaForward (with brands FOCUS Online and Chip) established its first foreign location in the Italian port city of Bari with the help of its strategic partner Fincons Group, a leading IT business consultancy with 36 years of experience in the international market. Initially, around 20 employees will be working in the areas of product and software development. With this move, BurdaForward is pushing ahead at full speed in its transformation towards becoming a tech and media company.
Bari was chosen as a development site for BurdaForward, particularly because of the two computer science faculties located in the city and the strongly growing tech community in the region. At the new Italian product and development location, a large number of software engineers will now be working for the company’s leading high-reach portals (including CHIP and FOCUS Online). Thanks to the partnership with Fincons Group, which has strong credentials in digital publishing and opened its Delivery Center in Bari more than 10 years ago, the Burda subsidiary can gain a foothold even more quickly on site.
“We are investing massively in new technologies because this is the only way we can offer our users real added value on our portals. Finding software experts who can drive these innovations forward is more important than ever for us as a Tech & Media company. We are delighted to have found a strong partner in Fincons who can provide us with competent local support in Bari, for example in the recruitment of top developers,” says Thomas Koelzer, CTO of BurdaForward.
The significant contribution of the Italian Fincons Group to the decision in favor of Bari was partly due to the fact that Fincons Group also advises its clients on IT strategy evolution and process definition and works with them to scout, experiment and adopt innovative technological and organizational tools which they need to concentrate on their core business.
Francesco Moretti, Deputy CEO Fincons Group and CEO Fincons.US, adds: “We are delighted to have been selected by BurdaForward as this vote of confidence confirms our skills and experience in the media and publishing sector, but also cements our presence in the German market where we have recently opened an office as part of our international expansion. Facilitating BurdaForward’s strategic development by helping them set up part of their operations in Bari represents a key part of our offering: that of enabling clients to realize their strategic objectives and drive digitalization.”