GDi company in Montenegro opened, local presence in all 9 “core region” countries

GDi company in Montenegro opened, local presence in all 9 “core region” countries 

GDi GISDATA, June 1, 2010

GDi GISDATA Podgorica, a GDi Group daughter company in Montenegro, held its first users conference – GDi Day Montenegro. This gathering brought together almost a hundred participants, among others, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Information Society of Montenegro.

GDi GROUP (GDi GISDATA / GDi Systems), one of the leading specialized technology companies group in the region and the largest company for geoinformation applications in Central and South Eastern Europe, opened its daughter operating company in Montenegro GDi GISDATA Podgorica, and held its first local users conference. GDi GISDATA Day Montenegro 2010 gathered almost a hundred participants. Besides GDi users from Montenegro, as well as regional and European geo informatics experts, some of the leading Montenegrin governmental officials participated in the event; including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Information Society of Montenegro, dr. Vujica Lazović.

As a part of a program of GDi user’s conference in Podgorica, Director of GDi for the SEE region, Mr. Andrej Lončarić, provided an overview of the regional GDi projects.
Mr. Frank Holsmuller, Marketing Manager of ESRI Europe from ESRI Rotterdam office, commented on current trends in geo-info technologies, while Mr. Goran Stepanović, Director of GDi companies in both Montenegro as well as in Serbia, and Mr. Dino Rastoder, Technical project Manager for Montenegro projects, gave the overview of local projects in Montenegro. Further, attendees had an opportunity to hear several specialized lectures, presented by technological experts from GDi offices in Belgrade and Zagreb.

Mr. Vujica Lazović, Deputy Prime minister and Minister for the Information Society of Montenegro, opened the conference with his introductory remarks. Mr. Lazović welcomed the opening of a local GDi company in Podgorica and pointed out that the continued implementation of advanced geoinformation technology applications will contribute significantly to the overall development of the information society and e-government in Montenegro.

Andrej Lončarić, Director of GDi for the SEE “core” region, pointed out that by opening of Montenegrin GDi local company, GDi demonstrates its commitment to provide excellent solutions and support to the local clients everywhere GDi operates. Opening of GDi company in Podgorica, also completes the strategic local presence business plan and development of the GDi, that now with the GDi company in Montenegro, has a local company and a local office in each and every country of the GDi “core” southeast Europe region of 9 countries.

„With opening of a GDi local company Podgorica, we once again confirmed our strategy of regional development. Besides providing even beter and closer support to our existing GDi clients in Montenegro, by establishing of GDi company locally in Montenegro, the GDi Group had also fully completed its business plan of full local presence in all 9 countries of our “core region”. By doing this, we not only support our GDi users even better and use the human resource potential of all countries – but we also strengthen the preconditions for further steady and sustainable growth in all countries of the region“ said Mr. Andrej Lončarić.

Two significant local Montengro users of GDi solutions that presented and shared their experiences with those during the GDi conference were the Real Estate Directorate of the Government of Montenegro presenting the project of establishing the national GeoPortal as well as the Forestry Department withing the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Waters of Montenegro, presenting the FODEMO project for forestry.

During his presentation at the conference, Mr. Goran Stepanović, Director of GDi companies in both Montenegro and Serbia highlighted a number of advantages that arise from opening a new office, for business operations of GDi GROUP. „While is possible to successfully implement a business strategy in Montenegro by serving local users from a bigger center, such as Belgrade – the local teams always provide a significant additional quality, because of the better insight into the needs of their own market. This approach also has a positive effect on us as service providers to our clients, the GDi solutions users. In our opinion, Montenegro has significant human resources potential that can be integrated and used in various projects of GDi Group across the region. Here in Montenegro, as well as throughout the region, the general GDi Group strategy is to significantly invest into the development of local professionals“ said Mr. Stepanović.

By opening GDi GISDATA company in Montenegro the GDi Group had full completed the implementation of its strategy of having permanent local presence in all markets of the “core region” 9 countries, as key infrastructure to provides local business and technical consulting and support to all GDi users locally. This also guaranties to GDi users across the region lower overall costs, faster return of investment and better efficiency of implemented solutions.

Mr. Boran Lončarić, CEO of GDi Group, referring to the now completed network of regional presence of the GDI group said: „With GDi Montenegro completing the local presence plan, GDi Group now has 9 local companies in 9 countries of our “core” region in central and southeastern Europe, with close to 200 highly trained and specialized business and technical expert professionals working in 11 physical offices. GDi therefore now covers a contiguous area with a surface of 377.000 square kilometers, populated by approximately 37 million people, containing 260 cities of more then 25,000 people, and with the total gross national product of EURO 321 billion. So GDi is now, even just in its “core region” operating locally in a geographic area larger then Germany and close to surface area of Japan, with a population similar in size to Spain or Poland, and with the total gross national product bigger than gross national product of one of either Austria, or Sweden or Belgium”.

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