KualiCo 2014 Year in Review
It’s unusual to write a ‘year in review’ blog post for a company that’s only been around for four months, but I’m excited to share how much we’ve accomplished together with our partners in that short period. We announced the creation of KualiCo in August and we accelerated growth with the acquisition of the rSmart SaaS business and team in September. Utah State University signed on as our first new Grants and Research (Coeus) customer in October, and we’ve been on a roll since then.
By November our team had grown to more than twenty employees, and we, along with some of the contributors in the Finance and Coeus projects, all assembled for the first time at Kuali Days in Indianapolis. We led and participated in presentations, speed-geeking sessions, and the first Kuali developer conference. We also announced KualiCo will co-chair Kuali Days 2015 in Austin, Texas. By the end of Kuali Days, the Coeus Grants and Research, Finance, and Student projects had all agreed to engage with KualiCo to lead the development of these open source projects. Coventry (in the UK), University of Maryland and The University of Toronto joined soon after as Product Development Partners to work with us on the development of Kuali Student. Several more partners for Student will be announced in January.
December has been unbelievably huge for us. A cross-functional team coordinated with UC Berkeley, the Kuali Foundation, and key contacts at the 95 Kuali Ready Continuity Planning subscriber institutions as we migrated from UC Berkeley servers to the KualiCo cloud. The team completed the migration with less than three hours of system down-time. We also launched our community support and feedback portal, where we’ll be accepting and responding to feature requests, and building up an open knowledge base of support resources.
While the Ready team was working on migration, our engineers participated in our first quarterly Hack Week. Engineers get to work on pet projects which are work-related. This time, the engineers wanted to learn Haskell so they developed a user service and a new Continuous Integration service, both using Haskell.
During Hack Week, the Product, Sales and Marketing teams worked together on 2015 planning. The Student team hosted a show and tell session to show off the amazing progress on our new Curriculum Management product, due to be released in July 2015. We identified opportunities to participate in and sponsor industry events. And we’re responding to requests for webinars by planning our 2015 schedule based on customer feedback.
As we wrap up the year, the momentum seems unstoppable. We now have 25 team members and we’re still hiring. In January we’ll celebrate the grand opening of our new Salt Lake City, Utah office. It’s a beautiful space conveniently located near the commuter train, with all necessary amenities within walking distance. We’re excited to expand our engagement with the Kuali project teams, and can’t wait to show off the next version of our Continuity Planning product and our new Curriculum Management product this summer. We’re glad to share this journey with you. Stick with us for an eventful 2015!
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