The Asteros Labs’ product family—Asteros Business Contact, Asteros Business Contact.Telecom, and Asteros Contact Avia, and the Securix integration platform have been included in the Unified Register of Russian Software of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation.
Asteros became the first company in Russia to receive the right to use its own resources to install and maintain Polycom Telepresence solutions for video and voice communications. The first commercial deployment of the Telepresence system for conducting meetings took place in the office of the SIBUR petrochemical company. Multimedia systems were also designed and installed for JTI’s (Japan Tobacco International) Moscow headquarters.
A virtual advisor solution for automated client services was deployed at MegaFon. The new service, which uses the Yandex SpeechKit range of speech technologies, helps MegaFon subscribers quickly receive answers to their questions without using the push-button menu.
Technological infrastructure for Kaliningrad Stadium, built in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has been confirmed by the Chief State Expert Evaluation Department of Russia.
Based on results from 2015, Asteros is the largest integrator of telecommunications solutions in Russia (RAEX rating), and the top company for engineering infrastructure and physical security systems (according to CNews). Asteros won Global CIO’s Project of the Year for the third time. This award was received for creating a fault-tolerant IT platform for the pharmaceutical manufacturer AKRIKHIN. We received gold partnership status from network equipment manufacturer Cisco Systems for the eighth time.
Asteros continues to sponsor charity basketball matches as part of its support for the Shag Vmeste Charity Fund (Eng. “Step Together“).
Asteros adds a new star to the Russian business horizon: Atrinity. The Atrinity brand will unite the Asteros Information Security, Asteros Consulting, and Asteros Service business units as they continue to provide services for strategic and IT consulting, management of IT services, support for information security, business automation, development of geoinformation systems, IT outsourcing, and technical support for infrastructure and IT systems.
The Asteros Group’s achievements are reflected in its high national ratings:
- # 1 in comprehensive infrastructure projects for buildings and facilities (CNews)
- # 1 in providing IT services for the aviation industry (CNews)
- # 3 among Russian systems integrators (CNews)
- # 5 in comprehensive infrastructure implementation for data centers (CNews)
Asteros is also rated in the TOP-10 IT companies by Russian analytics RAEX and RIA Rating.
The Global CIO community provided its assessment of the seasoned expertise of Asteros in infrastructure consulting: the nation-wide project to improve Gazprom Neft’s IT service system management was declared the top industry solution within the fuel and energy sector. The Atrinity team was also awarded the IT Industry Prize by the 2015 CNews Awards as the organizer of technical support for Sberbank’s corporate clients.
Asteros continues to build the office of the future and creates ergonomic comfort at the new VTB Bank office on Vorontsovskaya Street. Another innovative project of this type is seen in the secure infrastructure for the Gazprom Export headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg.
The year 2015 also included a major project for VimpelCom, one of the “big three” mobile providers in Russia. A number of safety systems for VimpelCom’s base stations, data centers, and server rooms were deployed in 52 Russian cities.
MegaFon and Asteros completed a unique project to virtualize all of the telecom operator’s call centers in the Russian Federation. This project won the “Outstanding Contribution to Developing of Virtual Infrastructure at Contact Centers” category at the 2015 Avaya Technology Innovation Awards.
Collaboration between Asteros and the Tolmachevo Airport resulted in the opening of a state-of-the-art airport terminal with the latest engineering solutions, reliable security systems, and a powerful computer infrastructure.
In response to the current market conditions, Asteros created a dedicated unit for strengthening partnerships. Our goal in the short term is to be in the forefront of the import phase-out process and help Russian businesses get the most out of the technologies they use.
Asteros headquarters is now located at the Comcity Office Park in Moscow.
Asteros continued implementing projects at Russia's main sports venue — the Sochi Olympics. The construction of security systems for the coastal cluster of the Olympic Village earned Asteros a commendation from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and awards from vendors.
With revenues of $598 M, in 2014 Asteros received top spots in Russian company rankings and numerous awards:
- #1 in comprehensive infrastructure construction projects for offices and facilities (CNews)
- #1 integrator of telecommunication solutions (Expert RA rating agency)
- #1 provider of IT solutions for the aviation industry (CNews)
For the third year in a row, Asteros holds the top spot on the Russian information security services market according to a report by analysis company IDC. The restructured Asteros Information Security business unit now includes 5 practices for solving the most important information security tasks:
- Technical data protection
- Infrastructure security
- Identity management and control of access to IT resources (IAM/IDM)
- Event monitoring and management of information security incidents (SIEM and SOC)
- Information security audit and consulting
Developing its expertise in SAP solutions, Asteros Consulting migrated 48 of Gazprom Neft's SAP systems to new infrastructure. This made it possible for the oil company to double the performance of its business services. Asteros Consulting became a SAP Gold Partner.
Asteros Consulting created an innovative loan documentation system for Sberbank. This project was recognized by Russia's largest IT community, Global CIO, as the 2013 Project of the Year in the banks/insurance category.
Asteros Consulting continues its successful cooperation with the EVRAZ metallurgical and mining holding company. EVRAZ is one of the first in Russia to launch a corporate portal that supports lean manufacturing. Asteros is perfecting Novolipetsk Steel's infrastructure management by using Microsoft solutions for monitoring a private cloud system, which will allow the holding company to switch over to Office 365.
The Asteros Contact Avia mobile check-in solution was deployed at Sheremetyevo Airport. The application was developed by Asteros Labs with the support of the Skolkovo Foundation. The first contract for the commercial deployment of Asteros Contact Avia was concluded with the Ufa International Airport.
The Asteros Group joined the aviation safety committee of the Airport Association of CIS Civil Aviation.
As part of the company's ongoing support for sports, Asteros became the title sponsor of the International Student Basketball League.
The company's fifteenth anniversary celebration was enlivened by the news that Asteros was among the TOP-10 IT companies in Russia with record revenues of $ 617 million.
Asteros' key areas of business are complex and large-scale projects dealing with engineering and IT infrastructure for offices, hotels and other important social infrastructure (airports, stadiums, educational and cultural institutions). Furthermore, Asteros strengthened its expertise in integrated security in the following areas:
- Technical-engineering security systems
- Screening systems for checking people, goods and transportation
- Emergency control centers, and the Safe City and Safe Region solutions
The Asteros Group continued implementing projects at Russia's main sports and cultural sites. The design and construction of the IT and engineering infrastructure for 56 buildings of the Olympic Village added to the Asteros Group's series of comprehensive projects in Sochi. Engineering infrastructure for the General Staff building of the State Hermitage Museum was created in September. Asteros became a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and focused on developing security systems for recreational facilities in Russia.
Over the course of the year, we continued to develop our expertise in innovative telecommunications solutions. Asteros received high ratings from clients and partners for its work on projects to upgrade the call center of Tinkoff Credit Systems bank, automate the unified call center for the Nezavisimost Group of Companies – one of the largest Russian automobile retailers, and upgrade the call center of SBERBANK OF RUSSIA in Ukraine.
Based on results from 2012, the Asteros Group was ranked as the top IT provider for the aviation industry in 2013 according to Russian IT portal CNews. Infrastructure was developed for the VIP terminal and the new terminal finger of the Sochi International Airport. Asteros Labs, a resident of the Skolkovo Foundation, developed the Asteros Contact Avia common check-in solution, which makes it possible for passengers to register at any airport check-in counter, and launched it on the international market. In 2013, it successfully passed operational testing at Sheremetyevo International Airport. An audit of the IT infrastructure at Novosibirsk International Airport (Tolmachevo) was completed and work was started on a number of other infrastructure projects.
Asteros Labs was the first Russian company to receive the right to use the international telecommunications association's “TM Forum Frameworx Conformance CERTIFIED PRODUCT” seal of quality. Asteros Business Contact.Telecom became the only Russian product to be acknowledged by TM Forum.
Streamlining its personal data protection capabilities, Asteros has completed an audit of VimpelCom's corporate systems in compliance with the requirements of Federal Law of Russia #152.
Asteros continued its cooperation with RSC Energia, Aeroexpress, RusHydro, Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and Gazprom Neft.
Asteros confirmed its strong position in systems integration, taking second place in a rating by global analysis company IDC. According to IDC, Asteros was the undisputed leader in the area of information security for the second year in a row. CNews Analytics, Russia's largest IT news agency, recognized Asteros as the leading provider of infrastructure solutions for offices and facilities.
Key projects of the Asteros Group in 2012:
- Implemented comprehensive engineering solutions for the new terminal of the Vladivostok International Airport — Knevichi air terminal
- Outsourced services to over 22,000 clients of the Volga-Region Bank of Sberbank of Russia in seven regions
- Integration of comprehensive security systems for VTB Arena Park
- Developed a billing system for power supply companies of IES-Holding to provide automatic accounting with customers
- Deployed comprehensive security systems in the Novosibirsk Metro
- Conducted a security vulnerability assessment for Khabarovsk Novy International Airport
- Built data centers for Severstal, RusHydro, RosEvroBank, and other projects
2011 was a year of strong growth and outstanding accomplishments for Asteros:
- #1 IT security service provider according to IDC
- 2nd largest systems integrator in Russia according to IDC
- #3 in IT infrastructure design and deployment services according to CNews
Asteros Group reported $587 million of revenues in 2012.
Asteros was the first and only company in Russia to attain the status of Apple Authorized Systems Integrator offering deployment of Apple devices in enterprise environments and rolling out business applications on mobile devices.
Asteros was awarded the status of Self-Regulatory Organization in design and construction of unique technically challenging and dangerous facilities.
It was only logical that as the next step, Asteros passed certification of Russian Federal Air Transport Agency to assess vulnerability of transport infrastructure facilities.
KABEST was the first Russian company to attain Roskomnadzor's Accreditation in Personal Data Protection and delivered a number of landmark projects for financial services and telecommunications industries.
Asteros Labs received a grant from Skolkovo Foundation to develop a family of innovative software products.
Asteros deployed engineering and IT systems in TNK-BP office at the Nordstar Tower business center. The State Theatre of Nations in Moscow reopened upon large-scale renovation coordinated by Asteros as the general contractor. We deployed a state-of-the-art energy control center for SO UES in Volgograd. We launched an important Safe Sochi comprehensive video surveillance system designed to bring notable benefits to citizens and visitors of Sochi.
We delivered several security and infrastructure projects for Bashneft, MegaFon, TransCreditBank, PwC and Turkmen Atlary (Ministry of Horse Breeding of Turkmenistan), among other clients. Our portfolio of consulting and business application deployment projects now includes IES Holding and NLMK Group.
To support development of Russian basketball, Asteros Group became an official sponsor of VTB United League.
Asteros Group currently employs 1700 staff members.
Asteros continued regional expansion and entered Siberian and the Russian Far East markets.
Asteros completed an ambitious mission to become a top 10 Russian IT company. Asteros became the second largest Russian IT systems integrator according to IDC.
Asteros received the national "Company of the Year" award in the "IT Company" category. The jury recognized Asteros achievements in deploying innovative technologies and solutions as an important contribution to development of the largest companies in Russia.
Asteros Group employs over 1400 people.
To accommodate for significant business growth, Asteros appointed Mikhail Erenburg as CEO. Former CEO Yury Byakov, who headed the business from 2004, was appointed Vice President of Strategic Client Relations.
Asteros launched two internally developed solutions as out-of-the-shelf products: Asteros Contact, an integration solution for client service departments and contact centers, and Asteros.EDU, a distance education system.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, became Asteros shareholder and extended a long-term loan of $20 million. Asteros deal was the first transaction for IFC in Eastern Europe's IT sector and one of the largest transactions in the Russian ICT market.
IDC rated Asteros a Top 5 IT systems integrator in Russia. CNews rated Asteros as the top company in "IT in Aviation" category.
The company set itself ambitious targets – in the medium-term to break into the Top10 biggest players on the IT market. In connection with this, the functioning corporate management system is revised and the company is restructured. The company structure is divided into departments, which are focused on developing the company’s business in the following sectors:
- Aviation and transport
- Energy and utilities
- Finance and insurance
- Oil and gas
- Public sector
- Real estate and construction
The company’s M&A strategy was put into action with the takeover of Averta – a solutions provider in the electronic document management sphere. A representative office was also opened in Krasnodar.
The company’s marketing strategy underwent radical changes. Achieving greater targets meant new demands being placed on the brand. In response to this, the decision was taken to introduce a new brand to the market – Asteros (link to Asteros today). Thus, the Asteros Group appeared on the IT market, bringing with it the unique expertise and accrued experience of BAC. The Asteros Group structure also included Dialog-Kiev, Averta, and KABEST. Asteros attracted big clients like: VTB Capital, Megafon, VimpelCom, MTS, Airports of the South of Russia, and Tinkoff Credit Systems bank.
The Group's current headcount is over 1000.
2006 – 2007
Detroit Investment, an international investment fund, became a BAC shareholder and contributed substantial sums to develop the company.
The company entered the rapidly expanding markets in Russia’s neighbouring countries, opening a branch in Astana (Kazakhstan) and acquiring shares in leading systems integrator Dialog-Kiev (Ukraine).
B.A.C. specialists worked on large projects to create IT-infrastructures and security systems at the TVEL Corporation and constructed IT-infrastructure and a data-processing centre for VTB at their skyscraper 'Federation Tower'. They also provided infrastructure outsourcing support to Sun InBev, developed an IT system for Sheremetevo-3 Airport, and worked out an IT strategy for RAO UES of Russia.
An exclusive partnership agreement was reached with SITA – a world leader in IT development and deployment in the field of commercial aviation. The company expands its portfolio of trans-industry solutions, which also includes products from VMware and InfoWatch.
The number of company employees rose to 640.
In 2007 the company’s revenue reached $203 million.
2002 – 2005
The company changed its role as a supplier of computer technology and began to focus on integrated IT-solutions for its clients. As a result of this, within the company structure there are the following lines of business:
- Deployment of business applications
- Delivery of telecommunications solutions
- Construction of corporate information systems
- Creation of technical-engineering solutions
- IT outsourcing
A branch was opened in Saint-Petersburg.
The company continued to work on perfecting business processes and created a quality management system.
B.A.C. expanded upon what it could offer its clients by signing partnership agreements with global manufacturers like: IBM, Oracle, Hitachi Data Systems, APC, Remedy, Citrix, Xerox, and Nortel.
The number of employees at BAC rose to 280.
In 2005 the company’s turnover reached $66 million.
According to Expert Magazine, in 2005 the company broke into the Top30 largest businesses on the Russian IT market.
1998 – 2001
Six employees of CSS (Computer Support Services) joined forces and created BAC. The new company’s main area of activity became the delivery of integrated solutions in the field of office automation.
The first agreements were signed with global manufacturers of equipment and software – Compaq Computer (now HP), Microsoft, Cisco, and Avaya.
The company carried out a range of large-scale projects, the biggest of which was the construction of an IT-infrastructure for a branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In total, over its first 4 years in business BAC’s client base totaled 150 companies. The volume of business by the end of 2001 constituted $20 million.
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