The BizSpark startup of the day is IP-Tech, based in Tunisia. You will find below an interview with Fateh Bel Hadj Ali, CEO and Co-Founder of IP-Tech. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
Fateh Bel Hadj Ali, CEO and co-founder. IP-Tech’s vision statement is mainly providing high quality, reliable and globally-recognized offshore ITO services. Therefore, my role is a mix of a three missions: Talent management, corporate organization and customer satisfaction assurance.
I joined IBM just after graduating from Tunisia Polytechnic School. Two years later, I moved to Paris – France, where I worked as an IT Specialist for three years. After that, I have been providing consulting services for five years to top asset management corporations (Société Générale AM and BNP Paribas AM) to better manage their offshore IT teams.
It’s actually a very pleasant surprise. It’s also amazing since it comes just few days after being elected by Microsoft as Tunisia’s best startup during Microsoft BizSpark Camp opening ceremony. It's also a great recognition of the huge efforts of IP-Tech’s engineers. They are working very hard to achieve technical challenges and to be up to date with latest Microsoft technologies.
As stated above, IP-Tech is meant to be a high quality and reliable offshore software provider. Our engineers are defining everyday complex software architectures and implementing market standards into our customers’ information systems. We are aiming to be the privileged offshore/nearshore destination for software producers and consulting firms looking for highly qualified and result oriented professionals.
After working for several years in the French software industry and developing multiple skills related to distributed software development teams, I have found it appropriate to consider my own IT outsourcing company in Tunisia and remotely export consulting to European firms.
I had several and long discussions that time with Mohamed OUEDERNI, a friend and a school mate at the Polytechnic School who also moved to Paris and followed a software R&D path. We shared the same ambition to build a technological center that exports advanced software development to quality-concerned companies. M. OUEDERNI is currently my partner and IP-Tech’s CTO.
IP-Tech is completely self-funded until this point. Its business model relies on durable partnerships and healthy growth. Therefore, no funding schemes are currently in sight.
IP-Tech has currently 29 full time employees, 25 among them are developers.
Yes, we are hiring experienced and less experienced software developers of different backgrounds to work on our Tunis-based offices.
The platform on which we develop depend most of the cases on our customers’ existing components. But when it comes to define a Microsoft-based new architecture, we definitely recommend the Microsoft Application Platform. It allows our customers to streamline their IT and business processes and to optimize their infrastructure.
I got through IP-Tech the opportunity to work with companies of different sizes, their IT infrastructures and visions are very different. Therefore, a significant opportunity is to scale-up and down business solutions to make products that fit companies of different sizes. This could be a valuable cross-selling offer.
Along with different other Microsoft resources, BizSpark Program incredibly fosters excellence at IP-Tech. It allows our technology specialists to have access to all required software and tools to boost their skills and be up to date with Microsoft’s latest innovations.
I think that any young Software entrepreneur must persevere and always try to find distinctive factors. It’s very important also to build a highly skilled team when targeting business growth.
Actually I do not have a specific model. During my professional, and more generally human experience, I have known people of exceptional qualities. I also saw a lot of practices with which I disagreed. So I’m always trying to make my own path and to avoid others’ mistakes. My mistakes will by themselves contribute in the success of others.
IP-Tech is a young company which is proud of its staff: They are ambitious, able to overcome all the technical challenges they face and to fulfill IP-Tech customers’ satisfaction.