Our History

2007

SSA Group history 2007 year
SSA Group history 2008-2009

Launching the company

The company was established by four co-founders on March 27th, 2007. Before that, Taras, Arkadiy and Pavlo worked together in a small software company called HeliconSoft. Taras and Arkadiy used to be C++ developers, and Pavlo – a PHP developer. The fourth co-founder, whose name is Yaroslav, was an investor and in addition to that was initially responsible for legal matters. Subsequently, the shares of Yaroslav were bought back by three others.

The company’s first office was in Kharkiv city center, located in an old building which was later demolished. Working conditions were hard and the office was regularly flooded during heavy rains or snowfalls. The team members started their first projects such as website development on WordPress and C ++ and hired first 8 developers.

  • Geography: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 12
  • Technologies: PHP, C++, HTML/CSS

2008

2009

SSA Group history 2008-2009
SSA Group history 2010-2011

First long-term clients

At that time, the company started working on their first .NET projects.

SSA Group signed a contract with their first major partner from the United States, a manufacturer of industrial tools. Besides, the Dutch IT Consulting agency hired SSA Group launching a long-termed partnership that lasts to this day.

SSA Group moved to a new office in Aristocrat business center. By the end of 2009, the company grew its staff to 23 employees.

  • Geography: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 23
  • Technologies: .NET, ASP.NET, Databases, Magento
  • Industries: Marketing & Media, Retail & Wholesale, Gambling

2010

2011

SSA Group history 2010-2011
SSA Group history 2010-2011

Start of mobile app development

SSA Group became a Microsoft partner, attaining Silver Application Development Competency.

At the same time, the company started working on mobile app development. The first mobile project was Falling Bricks for iPhone 3GS with the game mechanics similar to Tetris.

The company grew to a team of 36 and moved to a new office in Megapolis business center with an area of 180 sq.m.

  • Geography: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 36
  • Technologies: iOS, Android
  • Industries: e-Commerce

2012

2013

SSA Group history 2012
SSA Group history 2012

First own products

The company received the Microsoft partner certificate – Gold Application Development Competency.

A new office was opened in Kharkiv in Capitalist business center.

SSA Group made the first attempt of product development by launching the Event-O-Planner project in tandem with the Dutch partner and setting up its own two start-up projects HotelinPocket, a platform for rapid development of mobile apps for hotels, and Secret Horse, a gambling platform for predicting horse race outcomes and automated betting. Since then, Event-O-Planner and Secret Horse have become successful and demonstrate organic growth.

SSA Group attended the largest computer expo CeBIT held in Hanover, Germany. It was the first experience of taking part in world-class IT events.sq.m.

  • Geography: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 40
  • Technologies: Azure, AWS
  • Industries: Travel & Hospitality

2014

2015

SSA Group history 2014-2015
SSA Group history 2014-2015

Focus on improvement

In 2014, a new management system was implemented, and the following technical departments were formalized:

  • Databases, Desktop and Mobile solutions
  • .NET CMS and Azure solutions
  • Frontend, PHP and Magento solutions

The company was actively engaged in improving business processes and infrastructure modernization.

SSA Group participated in the Web Summit, an international technology conference, and the world’s largest tourism trade fair – the ITB Berlin. Also, the company attended CeBIT for the second time and took part in Startup Turkey, the event which brings together startup founders, investors, and venture capitalists.

  • Geography: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 61
  • Technologies: JS Frameworks, Angular

2016

SSA Group history 2016
SSA Group history 2016

Company reinvented

The company successfully underwent complete restructuring. That year, the Administrative department was organized, and the technical departments were reviewed based on the idea of focus on specific services, resulting in the following departments:

  • SSA Data & Desktop
  • SSA Mobile
  • SSA Backend
  • SSA Frontend
  • SSA Ecommerce

Also, formalization of internal business processes was implemented, and new offices were opened in Kharkiv with the total area of office premises of 700+ sq.m.

  • Geography: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 86
  • Technologies: Xamarin

2017

SSA Group history 2017
SSA Group history 2017

10th anniversary & Expansion

The company opened its first new office outside Kharkiv, in Dnipro, the third biggest city of Ukraine. Also, the third Kharkiv office in “Poema” business center was opened aimed at hosting two new departments, namely Sales and Marketing departments.

SSA Group took the first steps in IT education field to get skilled human resources. IT Cloud Academy was acquired. Subsequently, IT Cloud Academy became a training center that offers a variety of courses in software development, IT-recruitment, Internet marketing, as well as English language courses for IT specialists.

SSA Group earned Kentico Gold Partner Certification.

In the same year, the SSA Group hosted its first conference on .NET technologies called “.NET FullStack”.

SSA Group expanded the staff to over 120 employees, and the total office area exceeded 1000 sq.m.

The company celebrated its 10th anniversary.

  • Geography: Kharkiv and Dnipro (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 124
  • Technologies: Vue, React

2018

SSA Group history 2018
SSA Group history 2018

Reinventing business strategy

SSA Group acquired Applikey Solutions, a mobile solution provider with headquarters in Kharkiv. In this way, the company increased its market share in mobile development.

That year, SSA Design and SSA DevOps departments were formed. The co-founders started turning aside from direct management of the technical departments and focused on sales, marketing, recruitment and management of operations to create conditions for scaling and improvements.

IT Cloud Academy was actively developing and launching new IT courses. The training center moved to its own office in the business center Solaris, which became the 4th office in Kharkiv.

The academy hosted the second .NET FullStack conference, which brought together over 500 specialists.

  • Geography: Kharkiv and Dnipro (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 155
  • Technologies: Power BI, Azure DevOps, Zabbix
  • Industries: Financial Services

2019

SSA Group history 2019
SSA Group history 2019

Strengthening sales, marketing and recruitment

With the idea of covering a full cycle of software development, the concept of SSA PMO and SSA Quality departments was formulated resulting in 10 technical departments in total so far.

This year, the process of recruitment department reorganization was launched to improve the talent search processes and to strengthen positions in attracting highly skilled specialists.

In spring, SSA Group opened R&D offices in Kyiv and Lviv that helped to double the talent pool coverage in Ukraine. Also, a sales office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands was opened to meet the demand in being closer to our clients. It became the first office located outside Ukraine and the 8th office of the company.

  • Geography: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Kharkiv, Dnipro, Kyiv, Lviv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 175
  • Technologies: ASP.NET Zero, PostgreSQL, PowerShell 6, Azure Cosmos DB
  • Industries: Oil & Energy, Entertainment

2020

SSA Group history 2020
SSA Group history 2020

Weathering the downturn

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed day-to-day life in the company. Transitioning to remote work and making it as effective as on-site work required great effort. However, SSA Group not only improved its existing business processes but created new ones to maintain workforce productivity during the pandemic.

SSA Group has shifted to online learning, launching regular technical webinars and workshops for its employees and colleagues from other companies. In 2020, we strove to enhance the seniority level of our software developers, IT specialists and administrative staff. This year, the company confirmed its Gold Competency in Application Development and obtained a new Gold Competency in DevOps through Microsoft Partner certification.

The company has launched projects with nine new clients from the USA, Europe and Scandinavia. In addition to accepting projects from the eLearning and Construction & Engineering sectors, our team gained experience developing software for business administration and the healthcare industry: two sectors that increased in demand during the downturn.

  • Geography: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Kharkiv, Dnipro, Kyiv and Lviv (Ukraine)
  • icons of three people Team: 181
  • Technologies: Blazor, Flutter, .NET Core 3.1, gRPC, C/C++
  • Industries: Healthcare, eLearning, Construction & Engineering

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