Ideaca is a company that you can rely on for high quality project management and a successful implementation. In the end, their team delivers solid customer satisfaction.Jack Chie
Business Engagement Manager, Unilever Canada
Ideaca started with a couple of IT industry veterans whose accomplishments included cycling to Alaska, sailing around the world and growing the largest, most successful SAP ERP practice in Canada. Our co-founders Mike and Evan eventually sold this business and were seemingly content to explore other activities. Within a short time, they realized that they could not hold back their entrepreneurial spirit and started Ideaca in 2000. We started with an initial staff of 10, operating in a small office penning ideas in a tiny boardroom filled with self-assembled Ikea furniture guided by the simple principle of “Great people doing great work!”
Although it may not have been the best time to start a technology company, we knew by doing right by our few customers at the time, Ideaca would eventually become a trusted firm renowned for excellence while maintaining an honest composure that focused on people first. There were struggles of course, recruiting people and finding customers back in the early days was not done by the click of a button, but rather through coffee meetings and occasionally taking a small ad out in the local paper. We never advertised on billboards and grew and continue to grow our business through word of mouth based on high quality of work. We were able to survive difficult times by listening to our customers, doing what was needed, not always what was asked for, while striving to make every customer a reference customer.
Along the way, we built a methodology that offers the best of our experience and knowledge in delivering projects the right way, on time and on budget. Helped our customers solve their business issues by focusing on the people and achieving benefits, not just the technology or hitting the goal-line. We made mistakes, some big mistakes but always corrected and learned from it. We came through the dot-com bust, various financial crises and have survived, even thrived by doing the right thing, focusing and supporting our people and community, fostering a culture of growth and development, resulting in a place people want to stay. Our people help build houses, grow mustaches, serve food, climb towers and that's what make us well rounded people and not faceless consultants.
We have always focused on innovation and being on the leading edge, from developing the first online auction of live cattle for Calgary Stockyards, getting into the AXAPTA (that's what it was called back then) business and to our current work around Cloud and Mobility. In 2012, we have grown our team to over 200+ employees, opened a few new offices, won numerous awards, became industry leaders, delivered benefits-based solutions to our clients across many difference Industries, provided an alternative to the big boys, charged less but did more, had fun, sometimes too much fun, and most importantly, stayed true to our guiding principle when we started with only 10 employees, that is “Great people doing great work!”
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