Six years ago Appirio started as a small company with a couple of cubes in Salesforce.com's AppExchange incubator in San Mateo, California. Now we're a global company headquartered in San Francisco employing nearly 500 cloud experts worldwide, and supported by a cloud developer community of 45,000 developers in 65+ countries. We have offices on three continents, but today I am most excited to announce our expansion into my hometown, Indianapolis.
Indianapolis?! Why not Munich or Sydney?Well, maybe someday we'll be there too, but for now Indy makes a whole lot of sense for a rapidly growing company like Appirio. First and foremost, building an office and a modern Cloud Development Center in the Midwest gives Appirio and our customers access to a large, highly-educated pool of technical talent that can invest in, grow, and develop into a team of next-generation cloud architects. This team will not only be in close proximity to our U.S.-based customers, and partners like Salesforce.com and Workday, they can also support customers worldwide. We Appirians have become experts in using social and cloud technologies, as well as our own Cloud Enablement Suite, to collaborate very well virtually.
Today co-founder Narinder Singh and I joined Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on stage at a press conference to announce our plans to bring at least 300 jobs to the City of Indianapolis over the next three years. You can read the official statements in our press release, but for this blog, I thought it'd be much more interesting to get a more personal perspective from one of our employees on the ground in Indy, Nick Marson.
Nick, you've been in the IT industry for over 10 years but decided to leave the traditional IT world behind and bet your future career on public cloud technologies. Why?After spending eleven years in various, traditional IT roles, I was ready for a new challenge. For years I’d rolled with a slogan, “enabling with new tech, gracefully releasing the old”, but my previous roles didn’t afford the the luxury of exercising this approach very often. Much of my time consisted of installing Microsoft security patches, maintaining the Exchange Server, rebooting the SAP farm (a weekly task), and maintaining big, dreaded APC uninterruptible power systems. During the most recent couple of years, cloud computing became a growing part of my professional life, and I enjoyed the work. When Appirio decided to open an office in my hometown, I jumped on the opportunity to go “all in” with the public cloud.
What made Appirio stand out for you initially?Three months ago I saw Appirio co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Narinder Singh, on a YouTube video saying:
“We started Appirio with the mission to change an industry and the kinds of folks at Appirio are passionate about that. They’re in to looking at things differently than people have seen before and using that difference to make businesses’ and companies’ lives better.”Narinder's words—along with Appirio's innovative take on technical consulting and their dedication to the public cloud resonated with me and eventually changed my career path. When Appirio chose Indianapolis to land its second U.S. office(and here's a list of all the reasons why I think Indy makes sense for Appirio), I jumped at the chance to join the team.