Our story

Telling our story, we find it tempting to think that it is now complete. The opposite is true. As a company, we’re evolving day by day, growing as new colleagues join our journey and new customers find us. With each new person, our story evolves some more.

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Starting Schuberg Philis was an act of resistance. It was bravely waving goodbye to traditional IT companies. Many are so large that they feel anonymous, hierarchical, and cost-centered rather than simply committed to achieving 100% impact. This way of working didn’t make our founders nor their customers happy.

So they asked themselves: how would it be to start doing work the way we actually want to do it? To enable talented professionals to flourish and eliminate anything else that could get in the way of performing at their best? To this day, Schuberg Philis is a continuously unfolding answer to that question.

In hindsight, this may seem like an interesting business idea. In reality, it’s the recognition of a human need ignored all too often: to master your own destiny.

Unlocking that need was something we envisioned could lead to job satisfaction and professional fulfillment. This proved true. Schuberg Philis was built the way we actually wanted to work. Along the way, we actually also made ourselves and our customers a whole lot happier.

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Actually

This is a word we keep an ear out for. “Actually” often signals that something could be better or truer. For example: “Well, actually, when you look at it from that angle…” So when we hear the word, we let it be a reminder to work the way we want to on projects that make us proud and happy. After all, our company started with its founders asking themselves: “What if we started doing things how we actually want to?”

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Become who you are

We urge our colleagues to become who they truly are. We encourage each other to discover where our true strengths lie, what we still want to learn, and which activities do or don’t suit us. In this process, some of us end up going in a radically different direction than expected. Still, we often become happier people along the way.

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Meaningful contributions to society

Our work closely connects us to mission-critical processes in organizations that have high and wide impact on society. This means that, directly or indirectly, we also have some influence on society and developments in the world. We realize we have choices about how we use our skills and talent, for whom, and towards which causes. And we always try to make the right choice.

The day we struck out on our own

October 17, 2000. At ’t Jagershuis café in the small town of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Philip, Gerwin, and Pim looked each other in the eye. Were they really going to do this? Yes, they were really going to do it. The three friends held good positions at leading IT companies, but before yearend, they had all handed in resignations.

This wasn’t a clever entrepreneurial move. This wasn’t some breakaway team beginning its own company by adopting some of their old employers’ customers. It was an act of resistance that led to a turning point. Our founders wanted to make a clean break with the culture they were leaving behind.

On that decision-making day, they had no clear idea yet of where their adventure would take them. But they had an understanding of all the things they no longer wanted. At the very least, they promised each other, they would never again settle an agreement with a customer knowing full well they couldn’t deliver on it. They decided that the entire service-level mode of thinking had to go. So did being accepting the feeling that their customers were so faraway. The same went for a whole series of other work processes that had, up till then, seemed baked into the IT industry.

Our founders’ thinking went one step further. For starters, they wanted to focus their energy on IT processes that were mission-critical for large customers that really matter. They also had another significant realization: We want to do this with an organization that is built around people – one where we ourselves would also like to work.”

Our Ambition

Since Schuberg Philis was founded in 2000, we’ve grown considerably. Within 10 years, our turnover impressively reached 50 million euros. Today our nearly 400 colleagues work together to provide 100% customer satisfaction. Our turnover has reached almost 100 million euros.

Because it’s in our DNA to evolve and adapt to our customers’ ever-changing needs, we shifted our focus from providing dedicated on-premise infrastructure to cloud migration services, bespoke software solutions, and more. Once this transition was underway, we kept expanding and in the following years experienced an average growth of 16%.

We remain a proud partner to customers, long-time and new, as we deliver mission-critical IT services that address the needs and priorities of their businesses. Yet, to deliver complex solutions for complicated challenges, and to do so with speed and securely, our ambitions continue to grow. And so, in responding to consumer demands, we ourselves keep learning, improving, perfecting – and then some.

Beyond IT

Our customers’ business goals fascinate us far more than their technology problems. We’ve evolved our focus from traditional IT outsourcing to the broader, richer world of business IT, a field in which we now lead. Because IT is only becoming more essential to do business and we have a proven track record in this field, customers have started asking us increasingly complex questions. To better answer them, we’re creating larger, more diverse teams who can respond to customer challenges not only rising in number but widening in scope.

Conversations with customers are more frequently intimately connected to their own vision of their company’s future. That’s encouraged us to continue developing and expanding our own skillsets as we tackle more complex issues across a variety of disciplines that go beyond IT.

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Annual Report

Our 2020 annual report shares more of our reflections and future visions.

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