DataLab d.o.o. was founded by Andrej Mertelj and Tomaž Teyrovsky on September 9, 1997 as a business software development company for SMEs. They decided to found a company after Gekko d.o.o., where both had been employed and Andrej was an associate, went bankrupt. Gekko had a wide network of computer stores and the second most powerful brand of PCs (PowerPlus) in Slovenia. Its downfall was the result of unclear business operations due to improper IT support. Andrej’s objective was clear: no entrepreneur should be forced to abandon his business due to bad business software. ‘Turning Data into Profit’ has been Datalab’s slogan since the beginning, and clearly shows its mission – to help companies generate greater profit from their business data using IT. We believe that IT is only a tool that helps a company to achieve tangible results (increase profits), and not an end in itself.
A three man team initially laid the groundwork for HERMES, a transactional application on which Datalab’s integrated ERP, PANTHEON, is based. Following initial growth through software development and support, it became apparent that our goals could only be achieved through a broad user base. Implementation and support were becoming more and more of a burden, and the company needed to focus its activities. In 2000, the Datalab partner channel came into being: partners take care of sales, implementation, and support, whereas Datalab develops software and coordinates partner activities. Datalab’s support centers in Ljubljana, Maribor, and Koper became independent spinoffs with their employees as owners. That turbulent year saw a drop in sales due to reorganization, but the company got back on track and is today one of the fastest growing business clusters in Southeastern Europe. The reorganization resulted in more focused activities and clear business processes in the ever growing partner network.
DataLab can be considered a ‘typical’ software company that went from the garage to the stock market. It pursues its primary activity, but does not neglect its social responsibility. It proves that successful IT solutions can also come from Europe. On December 1, 2003, Datalab became a corporation limited by shares with most employees as shareholders, which is a good foundation for achieving our goals.
Datalab is the leading Slovenian company developing business information solutions which is demonstrated by the reference list and four consecutive titles of Best at Infos – Finalist in years 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, Oracle EE & CIS Partner of the Year in 2007, European Seal of Excellence 2008 and 2012, gold prize Best e-Solution and silver prize Best e-Business (JAPTI) and numerous other awards.
Our work is never finished. We wish to offer our users tools that help them get the most out of their data. We wish to increase simplicity of use and cover all aspects of business that are not yet covered. One of the most imporatant fields will be e-business and its inherent lowering of costs.
This brings us closer to our objective – developing the best business software for small and medium-sized enterprises, thus helping them to survive and thrive, as they form the most important part of a nation’s economy.