18 Turkish tech companies among top 500 in EU, Mideast, Africa

18 local Turkish companies make the cut in top 500 tech firms in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

18 Turkish tech companies among top 500 in EU, Mideast, Africa

Investment in research and development by technology firms in Turkey have placed them at the forefront of the information revolution in the wider region, shows a recent rankings by a prominent international consulting firm reveal.

Eighteen Turkish companies were listed among the top 500 in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, according to the annual list compiled by Switzerland-based Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the world's auditing, tax consulting and corporate finance leaders.

Parkyeri Communication, Internet and Marketing Publicity Services, placed 36th on the list with a 3,433 percent growth in five years, was the first Turkish firm to receive the coveted Deloitte Fast 50 Technology award.

The companies, most of whom were founded in the last decade, placed emphasis on research and development, which made all the difference to set them apart from their local and regional competition.

Research and development (R&D) investment by Turkish technology firms has helped land them among the world's tech leaders, recent rankings by a prominent international consulting firm reveal.

Eighteen Turkish companies count among the top 500 in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, according to the annual list compiled by Switzerland-based Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the world's auditing, tax consulting and corporate finance leaders. Heading the pack is Parkyeri Communication, Internet and Marketing Publicity Services, whose 36th-place finish this year, has made it the first Turkish firm to receive a Deloitte Fast 50 Technology award.

The company's staggering 3,433 percent growth rate fueled its rise to the Deloitte list's loftiest climes.

Deloitte ranked other Turkish firms as follows: Borusan Telecom, 100th; Defne Data Processing, 113th; Bilgi Sistemleri Sanayi, 133rd; Bircom Telecommunications, 180th; Done Communications, 184th; Milsoft Software, 242nd; Promena Electronics, 245th; Estore Electronics, 252nd; Project House PH Consultancy, 268th; Elit Computer, 270th; Treda Information Technologies, 281st; Kont Information, 328th; Hitit Computer, 371st; Nexum Boğaziçi, 384th; Teknoser, 395th; Planet Electronics, 450th, and Banksoft, 459th. Many of these companies pointed to "specialization and anticipating demand, then investing in it" as the secrets of their success. Profiles of several follow.

Turkish products cheaper than those of European rivals

Bircom Telecommunications has devoted the past 37 years to helping customers find ever more efficient ways of transferring data and images. With its focus on growth differentiation, the company has worked intensively on R&D and organized training. Bircom CEO Burçin Bircanoğlu said their entire product range is cheaper than European equivalents.

"This way, we provide firms with an opportunity to obtain state-of-the-art products at prices lower than those of our European rivals," Bircanoğlu said. "Our success has brought us where we are today: Fourth among Turkey's 50 fastest-growing technology firms. We strive to foresee the future and offer the latest in technology products."

Focus on value-added services

Borusan Telecom aims to become the top alternative telecom operator in the corporate market and focuses on innovation, superior quality and value-added services and products for its customers, said Mehmet Başer, the firm's operations director.

"The main element of our rapid growth is our unique approach to our work and customers," Başer said. "We have concentrated our investments in technologies that help us provide services integrated with the customers. We provide customers with various access services, thanks to the infrastructure management license we received in July 2007. This will help us offer better quality and supply services and products at lower cost."

First with POS

Founded nine years ago, Planet Electronics stands out thanks to its 35-member R&D team and credit card payment software utilities. In July 2007, the company was sold to French Ingenico, one of world's largest payment systems firms. It is preparing to implement its first project in Turkey and Europe soon. According to General Manager Alpay Sidal, the firm owes its success to its R&D.

The company serves 15 banks in Turkey, Sidal said.

"We have initiated the common POS (point of sale) implementation and will now focus on R&D and value added products and services," he said. "Anticipating non-contact cards and considerable GSM-sector growth, we are planning our investments. We now have a new payment systems project underway."


Investment in interactive voice systems

Defne Data Processing services mobile and fixed operators, including Turkish Telecom, Avea, Viscom and Vodafone. The company's 1.42 percent growth over the past five years is a result of focusing on one field and developing strategies for future demand. Defne Data Processing ranks 113th on Deloitte's list and third among Turkish companies.

"Focusing on one field has brought us success," said company General Manager Oğuz Haliloğlu. "Specialization leads to rapid corporate growth. Another factor is foreseeing demand and channeling your investments accordingly."

Defne Data Processing has set a precedent in this field. The firm has developed infrastructure that serves thousands of people simultaneously via interactive voice-response systems in the banking and telecommunication sectors, Halıloğu said.

"We are the only ones doing this business in Turkey," he added. "Only two local companies are able to provide a system that serves hundreds of people. We are the only company serving up to 7,500 people."

Success due to R&D

Last but not least is the big surprise story of the year: Founded by five partners under age 25, Parkyeri does business in e-trade and mobile solutions. The only Turkish mobile messaging company on the market, its success owes to R&D investment and shaping future technology, company officials said.

Parkyeri has three separate offices so everyone could work near home and a fourth, summertime, office in Çeşme. Their success story dates from a Superonline project that Superonline decided to abandon. General Manager Giray Pultar and four colleagues bought the project with their royalties.

The firm now allocates 10 percent of revenues to R&D, Pultar said.


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