Now it’s just smooth sailing towards the Christmas holidays and this year is settled. Codemate is doing great, thanks to our awesome customers. We gathered here some highlights from 2017.
The 10 year anniversary party was a memorable one for all the guests and nearby Oulunsalo dwellers. Steve N’ Seagulls rocked hard, Cocktail Company mixed drinks and we got to enjoy the only warm day of the summer. Our founders Jukka and Toni told the best wars stories from the past years and the visitors’ knowledge in Codemate trivia was tested.
The biggest news of the year was Reaktor’s investment in Codemate. Reaktor has long been a benchmark company for us, so joining forces felt natural. With around 30% stake of the company and a nominated board member, Reaktor is giving us a growth boost as an independent company.
The cooperation has started smoothly in R&D projects for an international sports brand in Holland.
Juha Ilola (Reaktor’s General Counsel), Tomi Kyllönen (Codemate’s Chairman), Jukka Katajaharju (Codemate’s COO), Toni Piirainen (Codemate’s CEO) and Antti Mäkelä (Reaktor’s CFO).
New brand image
Codemate got a brand new icon and the visual identity is now being renewed.
The Heart -icon represents dedication, love of what we do and doing things together with customers. Some claim to have seen the angle brackets of coding in there.
This year we got new big clients and many of our key accounts increased the cooperation.
Restel Oy is an example, with whom we developed Cumulus.fi website and new mobile applications for well known horeca-brands, which are released next year.
“Codemate has demonstrated refreshing professionalism in Restel projects, how even difficult problems have been solved and deadlines met. The end results are always top of the class!”
Erno OnatsuChief Information Officer - Restel Oy
An equally huge thanks to all our clients!
Turnover seems to grow almost 30% from 2016.
We hired 27 new people in Oulu, Helsinki and Bangkok. Altogether we are now 85 Codemates and 6 people are starting in the beginning of 2018.
Recruiting was a top priority for us. Tiina Seebeck started as a full time recruiter and Duunitori helped in making an employer video:
In Helsinki and Bangkok offices we moved to bigger premises as the head count doubled this year. Subsequently we will tear down a wall in Helsinki and merge with a neighbouring office space.
Kaisaniemenkatu 1 office in Helsinki. Rocket League matches are on!
eSports and sport tech
Tinkering with computers is such a jolly that most of us spend time with them on the free time as well. Because gaming is more fun when done together, Codemate LAN’s are already a small tradition.
We decided to be among the first Finnish companies to support professional eSports teams, as we started sponsoring SyperJymy CS Go team. The cooperation was revealed in Smash sports tech event.
By the way, we launched Wellness & Sports tech business line this year and Vesa-Matti Suorsa from Polar joined us.
We’ve always been independent of technology providers. The goal has been to ensure technology selection based on actual customer needs, not based on the mighty command of the CTO (we don’t have one), nor motivated by reseller deals. Contractual or technological vendor lock-ups are not a thing we do.
During the years, one technology provider has gained an especially strong position in our tech stack: Amazon Web Services cloud. This year Codemate gained a Standard Tier Partner status in AWS, which is an acknowledgement for exceptional AWS expertise. With the Partner program we can train more Certified AWS Experts and build even better tools for deployment and management of our customers’ cloud environments.
Plans for 2018
More recruits, more business growth, improving the service quality, internationalisation and good parties. Our goal is to develop our service offering in an integrated and wholesome direction. We want to help our customers in doing more business with the digital solutions, not just doing R&D.
Thanks for this year to all our customers, employees and partners!
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