63,000 IT service providers, business consultancy and accounting professionals are responsible for seven per cent of Austria’s GDP. Professional and legal representation through the Austrian Association of Management Consultants and Information Technology (UBIT), guarantees a united platform to represent the interests of these professions. The professional association of UBIT was founded exactly 30 years ago and this is testament to the relatively short history of these knowledge-based, service-providing professions in Austria. A lot has happened since its conception, and the consultancy branch with its annual turnover of around 22 billion euros, 7,000 employers and 73,000 employees is continually growing.