What are the principles underlying our actions?
We exemplify appreciation, openness and trust
s IT Solutions Austria focuses on people, not on products. We foster a corporate culture characterised by openness, appreciation and trust, thus laying the foundation for a successful cooperation both within our company and with our customers.
We strive for quality and innovation
We can only maintain our pioneering role among IT providers for the financial sector in the region if we continuously strive for the highest quality and innovative solutions. Despite a stringent regulatory environment and increasing cost pressures, our goal is to win our customers over with services at an outstanding level and the innovative strength of start-ups.
We offer an attractive work environment
Our employees are the backbone of our company. Everything stands or falls with them. That is why we want to create a work environment that inspires top performance not only by offering performance-related pay, but also personal and professional training, as well as equal employment opportunities. Above all, we want to provide the necessary creative space for our employees, promote cooperation that transcends departmental or divisional boundaries, and create an environment that gives rise to innovative ideas and products.
Dietmar Böckmann, Christoph Kohlbach and Thomas Kolarik are s IT Solution Austria’s management trio. While CIO Dietmar Böckmann’s area comprises the majority of the application landscape for end customers and bank employees, Christoph Kohlbach is responsible für Accounting and Controlling and the CTO area with Thomas Kolarik as its head is primarily responsible for the required infrastructure, including data centre operations.
Dietmar Böckmann assumed the role of managing director of s IT Solutions Austria in November 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the IT service area CIO AT. In 2007, he began his career at s IT Solutions Austria as a department head. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for a division for the first time – a position that coincided with setting up an offshore centre in India. From 2014 until his appointment as managing director, he was also in charge of Digital Banking & Innovations. Before joining s IT Solutions Austria, Dietmar Böckmann gained many years of experience as a consultant and manager, with a focus on business intelligence, both domestically and abroad. He has a degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Vienna.
"IT plays an increasingly important role for banks. Thus, we have an unprecedented scope and the opportunity to shape the bank with our products and solutions."
Thomas Kolarik was appointed managing director of s IT Solutions Austria in 2011. Since then, he has been in charge of the CTO area. From 2012 to 2015, he had a dual role as managing director of Erste Group IT SK, which is now a part of Slovenská sporiteľňa. Before joining Erste Group, Thomas Kolarik was managing director at 42 Virtual, a company he co-founded in 2001, for almost ten years. He gained several years of experience as a managing director and board member of well-known companies before joining s IT Solutions Austria. However, his wealth of experience is not restricted to the private sector: after completing his PhD in Business Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, he was an assistant professor at his alma mater.
“Today, banking IT is certainly the most exciting work environment for IT specialists. I am convinced that in the future, we will only talk about digital banks."
Christoph Kohlbach assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at s IT Solutions Austria on 01 January 2019. He is responsible for Accounting and Controlling.
Christoph Kohlbach started his career with Erste Group in Holding’s CFO Division in 2012, where he oversaw the Project Portfolio Management. His previous professional experience includes eight years with McKinsey & Company, where he oversaw banking projects in Austria and CEE as well as Germany, UK, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Christoph graduated from Karl-Franzens-University in Graz and earned his MSc degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The story of s IT Solutions Austria began more than 50 years ago. In 1968, the company known back then as SPARDAT was founded and took over the data centre business of the Austrian Sparkassen. In 1996, all Austrian Sparkassen outside of Vienna became SPARDAT customers. In 1997, Erste Bank became the company’s majority shareholder. In 2002, its IT system was switched to ‘SPARDAT plus’. In 2005, SPARDAT became part of the Erste Group’s international IT service provider network and was renamed s IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH. As of 2010, s IT Solutions Austria manages data centre operations for Erste Group as well.
Another important milestone for s IT Solutions Austria took place on 01 July 2016. One company turned into two: Erste Group IT International is now in charge of IT solutions for Erste Group, while s IT Solutions Austria focuses on the Austrian market and thus becomes the general contractor for local solutions for Erste Bank and Sparkassen.
We are a company with a long history and tradition and have already witnessed many changes. No one can know what the future holds, but we will certainly find ourselves confronted with a – perhaps unforeseen – crossroads that will force us to rethink established strategies. It is a fact, however, that IT is becoming increasingly important for banks.
To best serve our customers in future and to help them strengthen their position on the market, we have to grow – from a traditional bank IT service provider to a modern, innovative IT company.
Our vision: We are the ‘Tech’ in FinTech and as the leading IT service provider in the region, we offer our customers stability and security – but always in combination with the agility and innovative strength of a FinTech.
s IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH is the Erste Bank and Sparkassen’s IT solutions provider in Austria and is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting and servicing IT solutions for banking. Furthermore, s IT Solutions Austria is in charge of Erste Group’s data centre operations and on-site technical service in Austria.
Facts & Figures
EUR 362 m
31 December 2019: 934
s IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH
1110 Vienna, Geiselbergstraße 21-25
Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG, 47 österreichische Sparkassen,
Erste Group Bank AG, Erste Group IT International GmbH,
Česká spořitelna a.s., Erste & Steiermärkische Bank d.d (Erste Bank Croatia),
Erste Bank Hungary Zrt., Banca Comercială Română S.A.,
Erste Bank a.d. Novi Sad (Erste Bank Serbia), Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s.,
s Bausparkasse, Erste Group Immorent, EBV-Leasing,
Bankhaus Krentschker & Co. Aktiengesellschaft, s Versicherung,
Vienna Insurance Group, BAWAG P.S.K. Gruppe, OMV AG, Generali Bank AG.