History

A Performance-Enhancing Corporate Plan

Histoire


Sopra Steria
was born from the merger in 2014 of two of France’s oldest digital services companies, Sopra and Steria, founded respectively in 1968 and 1969 and both characterised by a strong entrepreneurial spirit as well as a firm collective commitment to serving their clients.

Sopra Steria has reinforced its position as a European leader in digital transformation. 

2014-2017

A NEW DIMENSION
AND STEPPING UP PERFORMANCE

 
 

2014-2017

A NEW DIMENSION AND STEPPING UP PERFORMANCE

Due to the changes resulting from digital transformation, businessrelated issues are becoming increasingly significant within the digital services market. In this context, a friendly tie-up between Sopra and Steria makes perfect sense, and on 31 December 2014, a new European leader in digital transformation is created : Sopra Steria.
The two groups perfectly complement each other in terms of business activities, strategic vertical markets and geographic segments, and their business cultures are closely aligned. In the first few months of 2015, the integration plan jointly designed by Sopra and Steria teams is successfully rolled out in the operational and functional departments of the new Group. At the same time, the Sopra Steria 2020 Project is launched in order to improve performance in all areas and increase added value. By capitalising on an end-to-end offering delivered to major clients using a vertical approach, the project supports initiatives within the area of digital technology and puts the emphasis on advisory services and the development of software solutions, by means of organic growth and acquisitions.
In 2016, the Group launches New Way, a three-year programme aiming to unite all employees around a single culture and shared fundamental values. The We Share employee shareholding plan makes employees even more involved in the Group’s expansion. With around 8% of share capital held by its employees, Sopra Steria is France’s leading digital services company in terms of employee shareholders.
To support the Sopra Steria 2020 Project, strategic investments continue in services, consulting and the development of business- specific solutions. The acquisition of CIMPA in October 2015 boosts the Group’s presence in the PLM (product lifecycle management) market. Finalised in January 2017, the merger with software publisher Cassiopae strengthens Sopra Banking Software’s position in managing specialised financing. Sopra Steria provides end-to-end solutions to address the core business needs of large companies and organisations, helping them remain competitive and grow. Combining expert business knowledge and added value with innovative high-performance services, the company excels in guiding its clients through transformation projects to help them make the most of digital technology

1985-2000

AN ERA OF REBUILDING

 
 

1985-2000

AN ERA OF REBUILDING

After two decades of strong momentum, the IT services market enters a maturity phase and faces its first tests. In 1985, Sopra rethinks its fundamentals. A model combining two complementary businesses emerges, and the company focuses on systems integration and software development. The Group places financial performance at the heart of its strategy to ensure its long-term independence and prepare for its initial public offering, which takes place in 1990. Steria also reorganises its functional structure. By rationalising and industrialising processes, it gets back on track winning major deals. Everything is ready for the company to plan its initial public offering in 1999.

2000-2014

CONTRIBUTING
TO CLIENTS' DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

 
 

2000-2014

CONTRIBUTING TO CLIENTS' DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

In 2001, the Internet bubble bursts, accelerating market changes. Clients are looking for global players capable of assisting them in transforming their businesses. Steria responds to these challenges by making major, structural acquisitions. The Group doubles in size by integrating Bull’s European businesses in 2001, and boosts its consulting offering with the acquisition of German firm Mummert Consulting in 2005. Xansa, a British group specialising in BPO (Business Process Outsourcing), joins the Steria fold in 2007. In 2013, Steria signs one of the biggest contracts in its history with the UK government, strengthening its foothold in the public sector.
Sopra combines internal and external growth to consolidate its European expansion and its areas of expertise: consulting, systems integration and solutions development. Axway, a subsidiary formed by bringing together the Group’s software infrastructure divisions, is floated in 2011 to let it pursue its growth independently and set out to conquer the US market. Sopra is recognised for its expertise in financial services, leading to the creation of Sopra Banking Software in 2012. In 2014, dedicated human resources solutions are brought together in a single subsidiary, Sopra HR Software.

1968-1985

MEETING THE NEEDS
OF AN INCREASINGLY DIGITAL SOCIETY

 
 

1968-1985

MEETING THE NEEDS OF AN INCREASINGLY DIGITAL SOCIETY

The emerging IT services industry is in step with the demands of an increasingly modern society. Sopra and Steria set ambitious growth targets to achieve critical mass as quickly as possible, and to meet the needs of major clients with innovative products and services. Sopra invests in software development and opens up new vertical markets. Meanwhile, Steria signs a series of major contracts from the public sector