On November 12th, 2019, ReleaseTEAM Inc officially celebrates our 20th anniversary. We started as a Release Engineering consulting company in November 1999. The software industry was booming, and we enjoyed an intense initial burst of growth and innovation.
Opening ReleaseTEAM felt like a natural progression. We had our first client lined up with US West, and our first business partner, Rational Software. The initial planning of the company mostly took place in a booth at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Boulder, CO. For me, the hardest part of starting my own company was leaving my full-time job at Ericsson.
Reflecting on our first two decades in business, what comes to mind most are the opportunities where we’ve been able to play a significant role for our clients. Helping on challenging and rewarding projects like the Mars rovers, multiple satellite and ground control systems, aerospace projects, IC and embedded products, insurance and financial institutions, and too many more to list.
Although we’ve enjoyed the work, it hasn’t always been easy; we’ve had challenging times. We survived the dot com bubble burst, the tragedy of 9/11, and a few recessions. But it was worth it; with adversity comes evolution.
In the beginning, ReleaseTEAM focused on Software Configuration Management and Release Engineering, but we organically expanded into Build and Process Automation. Then came CI/CD, leading down a natural path into DevOps, with a casual stroll into Agile and SAFe as a bonus. Over the years, our business partner relationships have expanded from the single partner to more than 40 today — industry leaders like Atlassian, GitLab, CloudBees, Microsoft, IBM, JFrog, and many more. We’ve created deep service offerings in Government and DoD programs with our products and GSA schedule. ReleaseTEAM’s current client roster ranges from Fortune 100 brands to emerging technology platforms such as cloud, SaaS, and PaaS.
To our clients: I am appreciative and honored to work with you. Thank you for your trust in our ability to help you realize your vision of success, while always challenging us to grow into a better team. ReleaseTEAM is continuously enriched by the people that we meet and work with at our client organizations. Many of you have become friends and advisors, allowing us to grow and learn both individually and as a company. Thank you for your steadfast commitment and great relationships.
To our TEAM: To succeed in business for 20 years requires having incredible people in your organization. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work every day with a group of talented, passionate, and caring people. Your willingness to give of yourselves and help one other is extraordinary and deeply admired. You are the best.
To our partners: I want to thank our partners who collaborate with us to deliver exceptional solutions that make a positive, sustainable impact on our client businesses. You are part of the TEAM that makes us ReleaseTEAM.
Thank you all for an incredible 20 years, and here’s to celebrating the next successful chapter together.