Welcome to Leipzig: adesso

Large modern offices flooded with light and with views over the Leipziger Markt and the Old Town Hall: It’s been just over a year since Dr Marco Peisker coordinated the establishment of adesso’s new branch office in Saxony. He was the pioneer that accompanied the office’s opening at this new location, step by step all the way from legal requirements to the search for real estate and the hiring of new staff.

adesso SE is a leading medium-sized IT consulting and system integration service provider in Germany. Founded in 1997 with headquarters in Dortmund, it is now active in 24 cities in Germany alone, with additional locations in Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary and the Netherlands, and a total of more than 5,000 employees.

The decision to open a branch in Leipzig was taken in August 2019. “The city has seen fantastic development over the last few years. We wanted to be closer to our regional partners and customers. It’s easier to forge closer relationships with companies when you’re there,” explains site manager Dr Marco Peisker. Leipzig has the perfect conditions, with well-developed infrastructure and a university network facilitating close links between business and science. The IT service provider also received support from Invest Region Leipzig GmbH, which assists companies in expanding into the Leipzig region and in particular establishing contacts with scientific institutions. Commitment to teaching and joint research projects with universities are some of adesso’s key focuses, not just with a view to recruiting young talent. Leipzig is also home to an impressive number of experienced professionals. Dr Marco Peisker found the recruitment process here excellent. There are currently 25 people working at the branch, and the number is growing. adesso’s Leipzig location is not focused on a particular industry. At present, its staff includes experts in the fields of insurance, health, public, lottery, Microsoft and SAP.
“Our company’s business model rests on four pillars,” explains Dr Marco Peisker. In addition to its established strategic consulting services, adesso also offers classic corporate and IT consulting. There are also industry-specific consultants who can provide in-depth professional, methodological and technical expertise. Software development is a further pillar: “This includes both customised and standard software solutions covering the entire technology sphere, and which can then be tailored to the specific needs of the company,” says Peisker. adesso also offers conventional IT management, which includes setting up and operating complex data centre infrastructures as well as hosting and supporting entire application environments.

While adesso will continue to grow – another 20 employees are to be hired in Leipzig alone over the course of this year – one thing is certain: the company’s distinctive location on Leipziger Markt is here to stay.

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Dr. Marco Peisker, Site manager, adesso SE

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