30th anniversary

30years2Sigma Orionis has celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014: the company was founded in April 1984.

All the company’s employees, both past and present, are proud to have been involved, and on occasions initiated, a large number of ambitious projects, to have experienced and benefitted from contacts with a large number of people and cultures, to have created the equivalent of over 300 person-years of activities and to have made a modest contribution to the progress of our societies.

On this occasion we have received many testimonials from persons and personalities who have had the opportunity to meet or work with the company since its creation. We would like to thank them all and are delighted to share our below “guestbook” (and the video report prepared by Web TV Nice) with you.

I am delighted to have worked with Sigma Orionis for a long time on developing an international framework in the field of ICT and business development. I look forward to Sigma Orionis’ continuing efforts in enlightening, connecting and inspiring people and leading the development in the field of ICT toward the future.

Seiichiro Matsumoto
Chief Project Manager - Social Innovation Business Division - Hitachi - Japan

Roger Torrenti dignifies the profession of consultancy, becoming a valid interlocutor on strategy issues, summarizing industry trends, sharing/debating very valuable points of view with public and private organizations, he became an industry influencer vs. only a reporter of industrial trends, providing real added value to Sigma´s customers. Even when his point of view or those of Sigma staff are different from yours, he justifies the conclusions and directions to follow, instead of blindly telling the customer what the customer is willing to listen.

Jorge Blasco
Founder & CEO - Light Wave Technologies - Spain

I have spent a significant part of my professional life looking at technology evolution, with amazement, and asking what would be the implication of such an evolution on the economics and on social fabric. I have to say that working with people at Sigma Orionis has helped me not to find the answer, I do believe there is none, a priori, but to frame the questions much better. The contribution to reflection and the engagement resulting from it has marked my experience with Sigma Orionis throughout several years.

Roberto Saracco
Node Director - EIT ICT Labs - Italy

EBN is very proud to be a recent collaborator with Sigma Orionis; proving that after 30 years, the team still strives to create mutually beneficial and dynamic global partnerships. Sharing the same passion and ambition for high quality project conception, management & delivery, we hope to be a key partner for the next 30 years!

Robert Sanders
Head of International Projects - European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN)

Congratulations to Sigma Orionis on their 30th anniversary! It was personally a great experience and learning opportunity to have partnered with Sigma Orionis on several projects. I really enjoyed working with Roger, Karine, Camille and the team! Best wishes for the future.

Prof Lye Kin Mun
Deputy Executive Director - Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR - Singapore

Sigma Orionis can take a project from concept to completion, providing outstanding resources and proven project management expertise. Their services benefit science and society across all levels of society, particularly in technology, higher education, and economic development. Their capabilities have helped us improve the funding of science, create partnerships between universities and industry, develop greater scientific capacity, and improve the dissemination and the commercialization of new technologies – an outstanding service for the global community.

Dr Raslan Ahmad
Senior Vice President - Head of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology

In a world tending to idolise technology, in which magical thinking transmutes business strategies into social progress, and hyperconnectivity into the supreme stage of freedom, Sigma Orionis is discordant. Which singularises Roger and his team, makes them efficient, endearing, and… long-lasting is that they put a clear priority on cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches, that they systematically ask why: why doing this, for which expected impact? In fewerwords, they are looking for sense and possible options rather than proclaiming answers. May the wind be gentle for Sigma Orionis in the future, inasmuch as wind can facilitate a star’s journey…

Margot Dor
Strategy Development - ETSI

Sigma Orionis and CABA have had a long working relationship and have grown together through the expansion of new markets, new technologies and new products and services within the home and building automation industry. As an organization, CABA is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and we would like to extend our congratulations to Sigma Orionis for reaching its 30th anniversary. CABA is extremely proud to recognize the strength of Sigma Orionis in demystifying technology and identifying new markets for its clientele.

Ronald J. Zimmer
President & CEO - Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)

I have been working with Sigma Orionis over the last couple of years in a number of contexts and was always amazed by their staff’s dedication to delivery, effectiveness and speed in organizing and communicating. The Sigma Orionis experts I have known and worked with do an excellent job as consultants in a competitive and demanding international environment. I am looking forward to future cooperation and wish the team all the best for the future!

Alexander Degelsegger
Key Expert Science & Technology - Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI) - Austria

The importance of vision… (in the PARADISO project coordinated by Sigma Orionis). Beyond the Dante’s metaphor, PARADISO is the concatenation of the words “paradigm” and “society” and therefore signifies the necessary combination of critical thinking and political and social awareness. The challenge is immense; to make the humanist vision of the European project central to the world, and use the incredible potential of new technologies, whether emerging or converging, for peace and equity.

Philippe Quéau
Director of the Division of Ethics and Global Change - UNESCO

Warm congratulations on this significant anniversary. We began working with Sigma Orionis last year and are impressed not only with their professionalism, organisation but also with their commitment and ability to engage with scientists from diverse backgrounds working in a business area new to Sigma. It has been a pleasure to work with the team and we are grateful for the insights that Roger and his colleagues bring to our debates.

Bob Allkin
Information Projects Manager - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RGBK) - UK

We’ve worked with Sigma Orionis to hold the 2012 NEM Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. It was planned with great attention to detail. We had a successful conference with both Sigma Orionis and the local team doing a great job in ensuring a smooth execution.

Enis Erkel
Head of R&D - Turk Telekom Group

It was a privilege to have worked with Sigma Orionis. It constituted a very important path in our political and technical engagement with Africa. It helped maximize our relationship with African countries and the African Union Commission taking advantage of all the knowledge and trust that Sigma Orionis has remarkably built with African partners. It allowed us not only to make our work more efficient but to make people aware of the importance to work through the pioneering multistakeholder model, which is very stimulating and constitutes one step further a stronger Europe & Africa Partnership. And all my admiration for the outstanding team I had the privilege to work with: Karine and Laura.

Ana Cristina Ferreira Amoroso das Neves
Director - Department of Information Society - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) - Portugal

During my 23 years at the European Commission, I appreciated the extraordinary effectiveness of Sigma Orionis in making the ideas developed by the Commission a reality and then enhancing them. From China to Africa, through Europe, Roger Torrenti and his team have succeeded in planting the seeds of real societal changes while respecting European ideals and local cultures.

Jacques Babot
Principal Administrator (honorary) - European Commission

The expertise of Sigma Orionis in project coordination guided ASTI towards expanding its knowledge networks. It also opened avenues of possible ICT Research collaborations with the European side even after the end of the SEACOOP and SEALING FP7 projects. It has been a great experience working with them. Congratulations on its 30th anniversary. May it continue to succeed in its future endeavours.

Denis F. Villorente
Director - Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) - Philippines

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