Ranking of the largest IT service providers: The top 25 system houses in Germany 2020

The German system house scene was spared the very big upheavals in 2019. There were also takeovers and mergers last year, but not as large as in 2018. For example, Germany’s largest system house, Bechtle AG, bought several IT service providers in 2019.

Especially in Switzerland, Bechtle strengthened itself in 2019 – with the takeover of five IT service providers with a total of over 200 employees. In total, these five companies taken over by Bechtle had a turnover of over 40 million Swiss francs in 2018. The system house used these acquisitions to bundle its presence in Switzerland in a newly merged company, Bechtle Schweiz AG. Before that, four companies operated largely independently side by side. At the end of 2019, Bechtle had around 560 employees in Switzerland and can therefore rightly be regarded as one of the largest IT service providers in our neighboring country.

Bechtle is likely to remain number 1 in the 2021 ranking of Germany’s largest system houses. Because despite the corona pandemic, the Swabians were able to increase their pan-European revenues by 9.3 percent to 1.3557 billion euros in the first quarter of 2020. This is how Bechtle accommodated the massive relocation of many office workers to their home offices. Because there wasn’t enough equipment for that, like notebooks and VPN access. This led to the unexpected additional home office business, in which even thousands of used laptops were reconditioned and made available to the employees of Bechtle customers because the supply with new devices from China dried up.