Sopra Steria

Sopra Steria Group SA
Société Anonyme
Traded as Euronext: FR0000050809
Industry Information technology consulting and services
Founded 1968 (as Sopra)
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
  • Vincent Paris (CEO)
  • John Torrie (Deputy CEO)
Revenue €3.6 billion (2015)
Number of employees

Sopra Steria Group SA (commonly referred to as Sopra Steria) is a European information technology consultancy established in September 2014 upon the merger of Sopra Group SA and Groupe Steria SCA (commonly refererred to as Sopra and Steria, respectively). Technically, Sopra was the company to adopt the new name, retaining its legal personality.

The primary business areas of the company include consulting services, systems integration and solutions, integration of ERP solutions, implementation of application solutions, as well as subcontracting solutions for providing technical support to users and application maintenance and outsourcing services and operation of professional processes.




Logo of Sopra. The motto of the company was Talented together

Sopra was seated in Annecy, France, had a revenue of €1.349 billion (2013) and 16,290 (Dec. 2013) employees. Founded in January 1968 by Pierre Pasquier, François Odin and Léo Gantelet,[1][2] Sopra is one of Europe's longest established IT service companies. From the outset, Sopra positioned itself in all IT service sectors and soon became a key player in the French market. On March 2014, Sopra Group became Sopra. In April 2014, Sopra announced a merger with Steria in an attempt to create the European leader in computer services.[3] Sopra is a consulting, IT services and software development company. Its subsidiary Sopra Banking Software develops and distributes software for the financial services market. Sopra employs more than 16,000 people and generated a turnover of 1.349 billion euro in 2013.

Three complementary business lines:[4]

Sopra is focused on the following business sectors :


Sopra's main acquisitions are :

Axway Software subsidiary

In 2001, Sopra creates its subsidiary Axway to access the EAI market (Enterprise Application Integration) :

Axway Software splits from Sopra in June 2011 consequently to its stock market launch.[23]


Logo of Steria

Groupe Steria SCA was founded in 1969, was based in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, had a revenue of €1.75 billion in 2013 and had more than 20 000 employees. was a multinational information technology services company headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. It delivers IT enabled business services, focusing on key vertical market sectors: public services, finance, telecommunications, utilities and transport. The company provides consulting services for its clients' core business processes, and also develops and operates their information systems.

Steria has 20,000 employees across 16 countries. In 2013, Steria revenue amounted to €1.75 billion.[24] Steria is listed on the Euronext Paris market and over 20% of its capital is owned by its employees.

Following the merger of Steria and Sopra, Groupe Steria SCA and its subsidiaries are now part of the Sopra Steria Group, a European leader of digital transformation established in September 2014.

Steria was created by Jean Carteron in 1969. Francois Enaud took over as Group chairman and CEO in 1998[25] and Steria listed itself in the Paris Stock Exchange the next year. In 2000, Steria acquired three service and telecom companies in France to become one of top five French service providers. In 2001, Steria started the Fondation Steria,[26] a community support group. In July 2007, Steria acquired the United Kingdom-based IT outsourcing and technology company Xansa for £472 million in cash.[27][28] At the time of the acquisition Xansa had a total of around 8,000 staff, of whom around 5,000 were based in India.[28] According to the terms of an agreement signed with AURELIUS on 20 October 2012, Steria completed the sale of its Spanish subsidiary on 28 November 2012.

Steria has sites in the following locations: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Luxembourg, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden and United Kingdom.[29]

The Steria Corporate Center for Real-Time and Embedded Software expertise, located in Aix-en-Provence, France, focuses on aeronautics (Eurocopter, Dassault), defence (DCNS, DGA) and transportaIt uses products including QC (TEST DIRECTOR), SCADE and VAPS.

Services offered by Steria included: Applications management, Infrastructure management, IT service management, Business process outsourcing, Testing and quality, Cloud - Workplace on command, infrastructure on command and Security - Right Security

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) is a joint venture between Steria and the United Kingdom's Department of Health. It provides services in finance and accounting; payroll and human relations; family health services; and commercial procurement.

NHS SBS employs over 1,400 people, recovers more than £12 billion of debt, pays 200,000 NHS employees and processes £36 billion of payments per annum for its NHS clients. It works with over 40% of NHS organisations to deliver operational efficiencies, cost savings and improved service quality, and is on target to deliver £250 million of cost savings to NHS trusts and organisations.[30]


The primary business areas of Sopra Steria are: consulting services: strategic consulting, implementing of restructuring projects and development towards new technologies, etc.; systems integration and solutions: design and implementation of Internet technology solutions (portals, merchant sites, Intranet and Extranet networks, etc.), integration of ERP solutions, implementation of application solutions (customer relationship management, HR management, etc.). The group also offers subcontracting solutions for providing technical support to users and application maintenance; outsourcing services and operation of professional processes: supervision, administration and operation of IT infrastructures, operation of finance, administration, human resources functions, etc.


  1. Histoire – Les deux derniers grands capitaines de l’industrie des services informatiques encore à la barre de leur entreprise, nr. 218, p1026-1028, iLogiciels & Services
  2. Pierre Pasquier, dernier pionnier, Olivier Hensgen, 23 maart 2009, La Tribune
  3. Sopra announces merger with Steria
  4. Annual financial report – Additional informations on page 6
  5. 1 2 Rapprochements conseil et SSII : quand l'amont et l'aval ne font qu'un
  6. Sopra fait ses emplettes en Italie et en Grande-Bretagne
  7. Valoris se décide pour Sopra
  8. Sopra settles in the UK by acquiring Newell & Budge
  9. Sopra se renforce dans le secteur bancaire avec le rachat de CIBF
  10. Sopra s'offre l'éditeur de logiciels financiers Delta Informatique
  11. Callataÿ & Wouters racheté par le français Sopra
  12. Callataÿ & Wouters signe un accord avec le groupe Sopra et formera ainsi un acteur européen majeur
  13. Sopra annonce la finalisation de deux acquisitions au Royaume-Uni
  14. Historique de Sopra Banking Software
  15. ChannelNews – Sopra Group finalises the acquisition of HR Access
  16. Sopra finalise l’acquisition de COR&FJA Banking Solutions GmbH
  17. l'EAI prend le chemin de l'independance – Information Builders, Sybase et Sopra ont tous trois regroupé leur activité d'éditeur d'EAI au sein d'une entité distincte.
  19. Information-Age – Viewlocity backs out of EAI
  20. Bloomberg Business Week – Cyclone Commerce, Inc. was acquired by Axway Software S.A.
  21. 4-Traders – Sopra Group: Axway Finalizes Merger with Cyclone
  22. GARTNER – Axway and Atos Origin Unite to Offer B2B Integration Services
  23. Euronext – Axway IPO, NYSE Euronext Paris
  24. Steria - Who are we?
  25. Steria - François Enaud - Chairman and CEO
  26. Home Page
  27. "Xansa surges after rival's £472m bid". The Telegraph. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  28. 1 2 "France's Steria to buy UK IT group Xansa". Reuters. 30 July 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  29. Steria - Locations
  30. retrieved 30/5/2012 11:38
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