IVSZ is the largest and most significant leading interest group of the Information and Communication Technologies industry in Hungary. The association is constantly operating as a joint platform for information technology, telecommunications and electronics sectors since it was founded in 1991. Due to the nature of the industry, as it is one of the most dynamically expanding and developing industries in the world, ICT has a significant role in the economic prosperity of Hungary. Therefore, with reference to the increasing dominance of the sector, the Association of Hungarian ICT commenced to have serious function in the Digital Transformation of Hungary. With clearly communicating the innovative industry trends and relevant concerns the association is also dedicated to implement and spread the importance of the digital economy. Therefore, IVSZ was always aspired to represent effectively the sectorial and social interests and strategic goals of the Hungarian information society and the ICT sector. As, the association has approximately 450 precious member companies; additionally, the communication of their interest is a critical purpose also.
The Hungarian ICT industry is an ever expanding, dynamic field with innovative ideas that worth to invest in. The emerged number of innovative companies in the information and communication technologies sector indicates the progression. However, the industry does not realize it’s full potentials yet, the findings indicate approximately 22,000 IT experts are missing from the Hungarian market and there are further export opportunities for the companies also. For this reason the association targets to emphasize the great possibilities in the sector and the importance of digital economy. Further, it is important to communicate the relevance of education with special focus to information technologies, as it is required for the development of the digital economy.
Mission, visions & objectives
Accordingly, our primary objectives are to symbolize the interests of our precious members and the SME sector. The sector represents approximately HUF 180 billion of Hungarian ICT exports and the whole ICT sector contributes 12 percent per year to the entire Hungarian GDP. The way we see, is that the Hungarian ICT sector is the major driving force of innovation, with companies on the global market, that have unique competitive advantages in software development. Unlike other traditional industries, it is almost entirely value-added and based exclusively on human expertise, knowledge and experience available in Hungary.
Another purpose of association is to create an internationally integrated and innovative ICT sector in Hungary. For over twenty-five years, IVSZ has evolved into a major and individual organization in the field of Hungarian information technology, therefore IVSZ functions as a crucial and pioneer member of the industry. The main mission of the organisation is to contribute to the continuous development of the Hungarian information society and knowledge driven economy by identifying and elaborating breakthrough points and through intensive lobbying. This mission clearly indicates all the aims and goals of the association.
Further, the real value and power of IVSZ lies in its broad professional knowledge base made up of many highly qualified professionals, who play a key role within the domestic intellectual capital stock. Furthermore, IVSZ targets to be a perfect knowledge base and a communication organization to foster business and to promote and support the reputation and recognition of the ICT sector. As recognition of our professional competence and workshop activities, government and professional organizations (e.g. NFM, NGM, NFÜ and NIH) all consider the Association of Hungarian ICT as an indispensable, independent and strategic consulting partner within the ICT industry.
IVSZ has defined three important strategic objectives: industry development, market expansion and the development of IT education. Accordingly, IVSZ aims to focus all the available resources on these identified priorities. Further, the organization has recently commenced to realize the great potentials in ICT export and concentrate on this field. Therefore, the association has just introducted it’s export guide to ease the international market entry procedure of Hungarian companies and to help their orientation in the entry process. Finally, we also target to encourage the companies to start exporting, as it would create tremendous benefits.
Within the prominent 450 members of the association there are several Hungarian small businesses, that have already reached recognition in their own field and they are widely know in the global market also. The members are categorized based on their size and activity. Member companies range from the prestigious multinational firms to small unique start-ups. The members do not solely consist prestigious national and multinational firms from all over the world like: T-Systems, Vodafone, Cisco or IBM but also include all the Hungarian key players. Important small and micro firms with Hungarian origin are for instance: XAPT HUNGARY, BalaBit or Precognox Ltd. This active membership is contributing efficiently to the activities of the organisation.
IVSZ must maintain a strong and long-lasting relationship with Hungarian government bodies also in order to establish the legal environment for a competitive Hungarian ICT sector. Representing the members’ interest in the European Union is a significant function of the association; therefore IVSZ is a member of DIGITALEUROPE, the largest lobbying organization in the digital technologies field in Europe and has been working together for more than fifteen years.