Just like the season of the year inspiring the company's name [Primavera means spring in Portuguese], Primavera BSS was the awakening of something new. Recognised as a pioneer in the development of business management systems that used the Windows operating system in Portugal, in a moment of technological disruption in which the MS-DOS system started being replaced by a more graphic setting, the Braga-based tech company led, for four years, a little explored market. The venture began in 1993 when two friends trained in Systems Engineering and IT set off to discover the viability of a project that would develop software for the new operating system that was burgeoning. Travelling through Spain and France, Jorge Batista and José Dionísio found a receptive audience and, returning to Portugal, they began to develop an accounting application for professionals using Windows: Contalib. The first Portuguese software house was thus started, which today develops solutions for many areas, such as Public Administration, Civil Construction, Accounting, Industry, Restaurants and Retail, and also solutions specialising in management of logistics, expenses, equipment maintenance, as well as human resources management and company portals. Speaking of Primavera BSS's first steps in the market, Jorge Batista assures us that the challenges were huge, but that the opportunities outweighed the fear of taking a risk. «In 1993 we faced a huge opportunity in market terms, because, almost everywhere around the world, there weren't any applications or solutions for the new Windows operating system», Jorge Batista recalls. «We had heaps of ambition to mark the start of a new era and, somehow, Primavera BSS worked as an evangelist of Windows itself. We were that company that people recognised as knowledgeable in the development of solutions for a more graphic environment, which completely changed the user experience that companies were used to up until them in Unix and MS-DOS systems», the companies co-CEO relates.
Setting the course for the sector in Portugal, Primavera BSS has been following and meeting the management requirements of companies. «I believe that we managed to pull the major market players towards this new graphic world. Today we have some 400 companies that are our partners, reselling and implementing our solutions», Jorge Batista highlights. Funded entirely by Portugal capital, Primavera BSS can currently be found in Spain, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe and the United Arab Emirates (with the recent opening of offices in Dubai), adapting its products to the cultural, tax and legal situation of each country. In 2014, the company's operations brought in 19.5 million euros, a growth of 9% on the previous year, with the African markets representing a major share of revenue achieved. «African markets correspond to about 40% of our overall business, thanks to the use of our services by more than three thousand companies, with particular emphasis in Angola and Mozambique», reveals Jorge Batista.