Issue 1 2022

Issue 1 2022 7 Dec21525 Most Innovative Software Engineering SME – Colombia Software GBS is a global software house with the mission of helping organise, control and grow small businesses and small government entities in remote regions of the country, including municipal mayors, schools, public water supply companies, and hospitals in Hispanic America, since 2001. The company provides management and technology training, information systems, and consultation to help get new ventures off the ground and become successful. With a presence in Colombia, Central America and the southern states of the USA, Software GBS provides customers with the education, technology and consultation they need to plan and manage their business. Company co-founder, Pedro Sandoval said, “95% of the government entities in more than 1,120 municipalities of the country belong in the category of small businesses. They are located in remote regions of the country, and they do not have access to modern technologies to make an efficient management of state resources. “Software GBS provides them with the means to manage their business and the public financial resources that the state provides for the benefit of communities. The right technology and education are essential to the survival of new ventures and for the transparent management of state resources. That is the purpose of Software GBS: to help Hispanic America entrepreneurs succeed and contribute to the digital transformation of small government entities.” With a history stretching back to 2001, Software GBS is not just a technology house. It describes itself as a family of entrepreneurs with a shared life project of becoming an internationally acclaimed Colombian software house. The company has found and secured a niche, operating in smaller populations and working with companies who are unattended by the largest national and global software providers. There is a large discrepancy in the areas that larger software multinationals focus their attention. In their blind spots, incredibly talented individuals and entrepreneurs are achieving great things, and it is with these companies that Software GBS is focusing its efforts. Software GBS’s main product is an accounting and managerial software that has obtained global quality certifications by Microsoft. Software GBS has been acclaimed by the Presidency of Colombia as an innovator of software, and it has been recognised by the Colombian Institute of Sciences (COLCIENCIAS), the IT Ministry of Colombia, and the Chamber of Commerce. When working with companies and integrating its software, it is key that education comes first for the technology house. Software GBS clients receive thorough education in the management of their small businesses in order to understand the importance of strategy. The company is showing how to craft and implement a strategic plan, measure the results, and make more informed decisions based on information gathered by the management system. With this education, clients are able to make full use of Software GBS’s technology solutions. The software gives them the tools they need to keep their business organised, manage information, make critical decisions, and automate daily tasks. Often, the clients do not have access to good internet connections or modern computers, and their budget investing in technology is limited. Software GBS is able to work around this and make its solutions as available as possible, ensuring that it works for each and every client. At all stages of adoption, Software GBS augments its technology by acting as a consultant. Simply handing over state-of-the-art technology will not help enhance a company’s growth. Software GBS make sure its clients know how to best implement the technology to grow their business. Software GBS’s mission is comprised of these three pillars: Education, Technology and Consultancy. It’s a mission it plans to extend to more and more companies. Digital Transformation Software GBS has designed a strategy that consists of delivering a technological package that includes accounting software, training and technical assistance for a period of six months, free of charge, in order to help in the modernisation of small businesses and state entities in Colombia. The campaign has reached 180 of the 1,120 municipalities in the country and the goal in three years is to reach 100%, benefiting small businesses, and small government entities in remote regions of the country, including municipal mayoralties, schools, public water supply companies, and hospitals. Global Thinking The company has established a branch in Miami, allowing access to a whole new set of customers across Central America. It is developing strategic alliances with universities in the USA and global IT leaders, which will open up more opportunities to help their clients. Software GBS knows that the challenges of the American continent are common and that is why it seeks the right allies to export its successful model in Colombia to other countries in the region. Ultimately, Software GBS’s niche of aiding small businesses and supplying them with the tools and education needed to thrive is admirable and effective. Over the 20 years since its inception, the company has managed to help many family businesses across Central America who may otherwise have struggled in the economy. Contact: Pedro Sandoval Company: Software GBS Website: