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About RISE

The Research Industrial Systems Engineering (RISE) Forschungs-, Entwicklungs- und Großprojektberatung GmbH (RISE as in "sun-rise") is an international IT consulting, software development and service company. RISE was created as a spin-off of the TU Vienna and concentrated exceptional "peopleware". The key players of the team have gained more than 25 years experience in IT operations, software development and IT project management. RISE planned, managed and guided some of the most challenging IT projects in Austria and other countries, including the establishment of the Austrian e-card infrastructure (2.5 years implementation period, completed in time&budget). Another outstanding project was the first successful NFC-VDV implementation in Europe for mobilkom and ÖBB in 2005, the at that time biggest IT project in Europe with a 2 billion € total budget. Furthermore, RISE introduced a health and education network in Qatar and was involved in designing an eGovernement strategy for an African country.

Besides these challenges in the public sector, RISE was significantly involved in various industrial projects. However, the professional presentation of these projects is left to our customers and will not be used as a reference. The portfolio of our references ranges from the sectors of banking and finance, mobile communications, telecommunications, business information systems, enterprise IT, security and environmental topics over technological fields of software engineering, Web engineering, mobile engineering, usability engineering, interactive systems, IT security, test automation and network technology. Needless to say, as a company trained in "new technologies" we also build highly stressable prototypes in the field of HW with HW-close software and conduct the piloting of reference systems for large-scale projects that build upon. To provide an example, RISE developed card readers (hardware and software) for all medical practices in Austria. We have been maintaining the software of these more than 10.000 card readers for about 10 years.

Due to our skills, profile and portfolio, RISE has the experience and the know-how to step in at any time as a supplier of subsystems or as an R&D partner for the large European IT firms. Thus, RISE is a reliable partner either for the IT industry or for public authorities and takes responsibility for the overall integration, project management, project controlling, development of key components and fills critical gaps whenever needed.

RISE has a remarkable "track record" as a restructuring specialist and/ or fire department for rescuing large IT projects and provides long-term experience in reorganizing peopleware to enhance productivity and motivation of hitherto paralyzed IT units.

In the last 25 years RISE has supported and solved IT problems of a large variety of companies and public institutions by excellent development and consulting services, and - if appropriate - by outstanding applied research and development. Strategies and architectures of RISE are sustainable, state-of-the-art, integrative and cost-effective. Due to its very special human resources, RISE has the professional range and depth to deliver as the big names in the IT did 15 years ago. The latter find it increasingly difficult because they are not able to offer the luminaries and doyens of the branch the work culture they need and seek. IT specialists are loyal problem solvers who take their responsibilities very seriously. These exceptionally innovative and technically outstanding human resources remain where they are sincerely respected and where the problems of their customers are taken seriously and mean significantly more than one digit in the overall budget plan.- RISE offers a authentic home for these specialists.

The proven expertise of RISE ranges methodically from the corporate sector (IT strategy, IT controlling, project and risk management) over classical software development (Web application, application programming, mobile services, secure software engineering, middleware & service development) to the operation of critical back office services (security, availability and performance) as well as the management of critical business applications (e-health, treasury systems of large banks, private cloud services).



RISE currently has over 300 employees and networks with about 100 specialists who regularly cooperate with RISE in teams. Key players of RISE are 15 international top-level project managers, consultants and architects, about 50 IT consultants (senior and competence level) as well as 80 software engineers and engineering specialists. Our development capacities can - if necessary - rapidly double. Thanks to the large project history and an honestly cultivated IT professionals network, RISE is capable of recruiting experts in a short time. Our project team members know each other well and share a long experience of cooperation.

RISE staff members see themselves as pragmatic, problem-solving and goal-oriented professionals in a known turbulent and volatile field where expertise and leadership skills very directly influence the project success and the overall efficiency of a project. RISE employees act in many IT projects as problem solvers when conventional service companies technically fail. Thus, many employees of RISE currently hold leading roles in many European and non-European projects for the design of large-scale IT infrastructures.

The CEO of RISE, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Thomas Grechenig, won medals at international mathematical olympiads in his youth, and is now an IT architect with international reputation. He still plans international large scale information systems in the fields of e-government, enterprise IT, telecommunications and finance and advises the leading members of RISE in the management of their departments. For example, Thomas Grechenig was with his team chief architect of the German health card (EUR 1.8 billion project volume) from 2005 - 2008 and is responsible for numerous IT infrastructure projects worldwide. A significant part of the middle management of the company has been cultivated from the more than 25 years of professional history of his project culture.



RISE has offices, branches and subsidiaries throughout Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France, United Arab Emirates and India. Its headquarter and development center is located in the city Schwechat near the airport of Vienna. This Austrian headquarter is owned to an invitation of the mayor of Schwechat, national council member Hannes Fazekas in 2003. Mayor Fazekas' long-standing and sustained concerns to profile Schwechat as an innovative city is well known and part of a long-term regional economic policy. RISE has offices in six countries and - corresponding to the trend of modern IT - is able to act in international and multilingual IT projects. Countries where we have been engaged once come back to our services because of our reliability, solution expertise and technological force. The subsidiaries and offices in France, Germany, UAE, Brazil and India have all been risen from different project activities. More than 60% of the RISE service and development services are thus exported.


Vision, mission and investment in the future

"RISE = engineering force."
"RISE is building highly reliable IT."
"RISE solves the problem completely."
"RISE systems perform smoothly."
"RISE protects your investment in IT".
"RISE pushes very complex systems."
"RISE masters highly complex large-scale projects."

We guarantee your problems will be solved, and we tell you in advance if you can really reach your goal in the defined time and budget frame. RISE accomplishes challenges once accepted. We - that is almost unique in the world of modern information technology - do not fail as soon as we are authorized to take responsibility. Documented by many references, we promise that we are able to join, complete and stimulate any existing customer-supplier relationship and to achieve sustained success. This is our unique vision and mission as a company in a very moving and volatile branch of business.

In which stage of life as a company is RISE? RISE reinvests substantial parts of the economic success in the development and expansion of the technical infrastructure, in the creation of new products as well as in relevant basic research and solution oriented IT research. Thus, RISE remains young and is yet extremely experienced as IT provider.

Created as a spin-off of the Technical University of Vienna, RISE is still cooperating with the research group of the TU Vienna, but also with other universities. Close research and development cooperations exist in the scientific fields of software engineering, usability and interaction design, web and mobile engineering, IT security, mobile computing and operating computer science.


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