Infotel was created in 1979 by high-level IT experts, including Bernard CONNES-LAFFORET (researcher in mathematics at CNRS and specialist in complex programming problems) and Michel KOUTCHOUK (expert in IT systems and responsible for developing applications for Air France).
Managed by its founders to this day, Infotel is a close-knit company where growth and profitability can be explained by its long-term strategies (80% maintenance applications) and its close relationship with customers (12 service desks in France). Its profitability is a measure of a sustainable relationship with both its customers and its engineers.
33 years of technological innovation in key projects for major accounts
The start of the adventure
Bernard Connes-Lafforet and Michel Koutchouk founded Infotel, an IT consultancy and software vendor. Infotel foresaw that databases and real-time technology would become two IT development areas for key accounts, and decided to specialise in these areas, offering services, software packages and training.
First customers, first products
Infotel starts providing service to prestigious customers (Air France, BNP, PSA) and develops its first software (Dialog, Page and Gemme).
Infotel moves into new premises in Paris and acquires its first IBM Series/1 computer.
First major projects
Infotel carries out its first major projects on Series/1 for NMPP and CGE, on IMS DB/DC for PSA (central purchasing management for the Group).
Real-time software developed
The software IMS Page and Dialog are installed at BNP and Citroën, and the MTS1 display is used at Galeries Lafayette and the Compagnie Générale des Eaux.
Infopak and image processing
First success of the Infopak software package in France and the US where the Group opened a subsidiary. First image processing project for UAP.
First success with DB2®Infotel becomes the relational database expert with the appearance of DB2®, and carries out its first projects for the bank Indosuez. To cope with this growth, Infotel moves to Bagnolet.
First DB2® software package
Infopak DB2® is launched, followed by the Infopak VSAM option. Infotel develops a signature processing system and the first access quality software Infoscope VSAM.
Internal and external training
To assist its needs, Infotel sets up an internal school to train its engineers. Training activities become important, both in Paris and in the provinces. Infoscope DL1 is launched.
Establishment of the Infotel group
Infotel is structured into: Infotel SA, parent company, managing both software and training, and Infotel Conseil, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, looking after Service activities.
Opening of the agency in Toulouse
The Toulouse venture starts out in a dynamic and competitive IT market. The Infotel Toulouse agency carries out its first technical missions in the DB2®/IBM environment.
Infotel continues its expansion in Europe and sets up Infotel GmbH
The Infotel group sets up a new company in Germany. Infotel's goal with this creation is to continue and strengthen its presence in Europe, and more specially, in the German market where Infotel already has a solid base.
Launch of Info-Recovery
Infotel extends its product offering and launches, from February 1991, a new product: INFO-RECOVERY. It enables recovery to be performed easily and provides complete control over operations, which lightens users' task load and increases reliability.
IBM chooses a Infotel product
IBM chooses to integrate Infotel compression technology in its R/DARS (Report/Data Archive and Retrieval System) system.
Infotel extends the range of systems supported and develops client-server and multi-platform applications for its customers.
Creation of BNS, a patent archiving software
To respond to requirements at the European Patent Office, this system manages a digital collection of 30 million documents, enabling complex documents incorporating extracts from several patents to be printed, and more than 2,000 users to display documents within a minimum time.
Fast database copy
Infotel completes its range of DB2 utilities with Info-Copy to quickly backup large DB2® databases.
Internet at Infotel
Infotel develops its first corporate Internet website and distributes its first Internet server.
Optimised DB2® reorganisation
Infotel innovates with the launch of its MasterReorg utility, enabling automatic, optimised reorganisation of DB2® objects.
ISO 9001 certification
Since July 1998, Infotel Conseil is certified according to ISO 9001 for its software design, development, integration and installation, as service contract packages and service desk – technical assistance activities.
Listing on the New Markets of the Paris Stock Exchange and new "Web-to-Database" positioning
On 21 January 1999, Infotel started a momentous new stage of its development with its listing on the New Markets category of the Paris stock exchange. Infotel adopts a strategic positioning: Web-to-Database, a global technical offer to help companies to open up their IS.
The Infotel group develops
Following Partners Consultants, the companies SI2 and Sporen join the Infotel group, whose growth neared 40%.
The first software for DB2® UBD
Infotel extends its range of software for Unix and Windows systems with the creation of a fast table unloading utility DB2® UDB.
Service desks and AM
Infotel focuses its activity on consulting and signs AM contracts with its largest customers.
Infotel receives the "Innovative Enterprise" status
On 26 February 2003, Anvar recognised the innovation policy implemented by Infotel, giving it the "Innovative Enterprise" status.
Launch of the archiving software Arcsys
Archiving infrastructure designed for businesses, Arcsys takes charge of the basic principles of archiving: openness, sustainability, evolution, traceability, integrity, and security. Today Arcsys is the leading digital archiving solution for sensitive data and large volumes.
Infotel achieves a growth of more than 22% and continues its development with the opening of a new base in Lyon.
The Odaxys group, based in Rennes and Nantes, joins Infotel
In 17 years, ODAXYS has become a leading player in IT services in Grand-Ouest (90% of its activity). ODAXYS's field of expertise (consulting, IS engineering, facilities management, software packages) enable it to build a clientele complementary to that of Infotel.
Arcsys and its applications
The archiving software Arcsys covers new applications, such as fiscal control of computerised accounting and e-vaults.
Infotel obtains the "Prix de la performance"
Bernard Lafforet receives the "Prix de la Performance" in the "Development" category. The Prix de la Performance, organized by "Les Echos" and the partners of the corporate portfolio (Accor, Air France-KLM, American Express, Europcar and Hertz) select three business owners from a region each month.
A new development plan
The new plan "Ambitions 2012" sets two key development strategies: service desks and dematerialisation with Arcsys.
Addax joins the Infotel group
The company Addax, specialised in IT consultancy and services, based in Sophia Antipolis, joins Infotel and strengthens the Group's presence in south east France.
Insoft Software GmbH and Empeiria joins the Infotel group
In 2011, the German software company Insoft Software GmbH, expert in databases, joins the Infotel group. At the end of 2011, Empeiria announces its intention to join Infotel in 2012.
Infotel expands in China
Infotel accompanies the leading European aeronautical constructor in the design and development of aircraft integration applications for operation in airline information systems. To respond to its customers' needs in China, the constructor chooses a dedicated Infotel team for the site in Pekin.
From mobile technology to Big Data
Today Infotel is the leading partner for key accounts (Banking, Insurance, Industry, Service, Intellectual Property and the Public Sector) thanks to its expertise in management IT, from mobile applications to major databases.
From mobile technology to Big DataIn the strategic plan 2016, Infotel group's objective is to accompany clients to mobility and help them capitalize on the potential of Big Data.