• Our history

    Data Respons is a truly a growth company
    with a strong customer focus and a
    technology driven culture.

The company has grown from 50 million NOK in 1998 to more than one billion less than 20 years later through a combination of robust organic development and selected acquisitions – corresponding to an annual growth of 17 %

 

Throughout our history, we have made tough priorities in order to arrive at the robust platform we have today. This includes establishment of new offices to secure proximity to customers, drive for internationalisation, smaller and larger acquisitions, recruitment of great talents, but also change of strategy and restructuring and close down of businesses that has not perform as desired. However, we have never given up on a customer development project – regardless of complexity – in the company’s 30 years of history.

 

Our employees have always been the most important asset and our core values has always been the same;
RESPONSIBILITY, PERFORM, BEING GENEROUS AND HAVING FUN.

1986 – 1999

1986
Data Respons established at Høvik in Norway with main business idea of engineering advanced specialist system solutions based on open standard technology.

Operating as a project organization working for leading industry companies and start-ups.

1998
Established as a leading provider of embedded solutions in Norway with revenues of 50 million NOK.

Focus remains on engineering of customised computer solutions for customers in defence, telecom and maritime industries. Assignments characterized as challenging both in terms of technology and in terms of environmental requirements.

Expanding footprint in Norway through establishment of offices in Bergen and Trondheim.

1999
First expansion outside Norway through the establishment of Data Respons in Denmark

2000 – 2005

2000
Continued expansion in Norway with office in Kongsberg, an important industrial cluster with high density of engineers.

Expansion to Sweden through the establishment of Data Respons AB

2001
Continued strong growth with revenues surpassing 100 million NOK

Break-through in Sweden with major defence contract with SAAB

2002
Data Respons ASA listed on Oslo Stock Exchange in under the ticker DAT

Data Respons OY established with office in Helsinki (Finland) – presence in all Nordic countries except Iceland

The group now employs 125 employees and has 7 offices in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland

Growth continues with revenues surpassing 150 million NOK – Data Respons acknowledged as a leading player in Nordics with customers such as Ericsson, Kongsberg Group, VMETRO, ABB, Brüel & Kjær, Volvo and SAAB

2003
Kenneth Ragnvaldsen appointed CEO.

Business restructured to improve margins – new management team recruited – 52 % growth outside of Norway

New vision “Leading in embedded solutions in Europe by 2010” established (Data Respons was the first company using the term “Embedded Solutions”)

2005
Embedded Solutions continue to drive the grow counting for almost 70% of the business

First step towards becoming a leading player in Europe taken through the establishment of Data Respons in Germany during the first quarter

Rune Wahl appointed CFO

First bolt-on acquisitions completed (Certified Computer Technology (CCT) – a supplier of advanced computer equipment to the maritime industry, and Centrex – a niche player with specialist competence within telecom)

Data Respons integration center established to strengthen competitiveness and capacity to deliver larger customised embedded solutions

2006 – 2010

2006
The company continue to grow and reaches close to 400mNOK in revenues

FPGA specialist company Digitas AS was acquired further strengthening the services offering in Norway

Number of employees reaches 226, with approx. 50% in Norway

2007
The strong growth continued and Data Respons surpassed 0.5bNOK in revenues reaching 635mNOK

Number of employees amounted to 376 – up from 226 in 2006

Throughout 2007, Data Respons continued to improve the local presence with a total of 14 offices across the Nordics and Germany including new locations in Jutland (Denmark), Linköping, Gothenburg (Sweden)

Quality and technology centre in Taipei (Taiwan) established

Sylog AB and Syrén Software AB acquired forming the platform for R&D Services in Sweden

At the same time, Sweden overtakes as the market with most employees in Data Respons

2008
R&D Services continue to grow and counts for approx. 40% of revenues

Strategic acquisitions include Lundinova AB in Lund (Sweden) and Ipcas in Erlangen (Germany)

Two new offices established in Stavanger (Norway) and Västerås (Sweden)

2009
As many other companies, Data Respons was impacted by the financial crisis in 2008 and we experienced negative growth the first time in decades

Several actions was taken to refocus the company

2010
A new vision is launched – “A smarter solution starts from inside”. This is our company’s DNA described in one sentence. We truly believe that we can make the world smarter and we think that this starts from the inside – whether it be inside the heads of our specialist engineers or new technology embedded into the world’s products and solutions.

Sylog is awarded to Sweden’s most growing consulting company

2011 – 2017

2012
Data Respons positive development continues and profitability is improving significantly enabling the company to pay dividends for the first time since listing – and has since then paid annual dividend to its shareholders

Strategy shift towards a more software oriented company implemented.

Data Respons established TechPeople A/S as a joint venture with 50% ownership.

2015
The strong growth continues mainly driven by Sweden (48%) who becomes the largest region measures followed by Norway (36%).

Start of mega trends like Internet of things (IoT) and industrial digitalisation

The interest for Data Respons is picking up and international ownership increases to 10%

Strategic decision to develop a stronger presence in Germany anchored in the Board

2016
Growth continues and revenues passed 1 billion NOK for the first time – a new milestone for the company

In September, Data Respons acquires 100% of the shares in MicroDoc Computersysteme GmbH, a software technology company in Germany with HQ in Munich, establishing a platform for R&D Services in Germany

Market value of Data Respons increases by close to 40% and investor interests is increasing significantly

Sylog AB completes three bolt-on acquisitions to strengthen its position in Sweden

2017
Revenues continue to grow reaching 20% revenue growth – record revenue again!

In March, Data Respons acquires the remaining 50% shares in TechPeople A/S

Foreign ownership increased to 58% at year-end