2017 is nearly at an end. In this brief period between Christmas and the New Year, I want to take a moment, and look back on what has been a remarkable year for Belatrix, and thank everyone that made each of these achievements possible.
Early on in 2017, we took the step to strengthen our management team and build the foundation for the rest of the year, bringing on board Horacio Yenaropulos as our new Chief Financial Officer. We reorganized the area of Innovation, responsible for continuing to drive Belatrix’s innovation-as-a-service business model. Working on strengthening our management team never ends, and in 2018 we will be launching a new role, that of the CIO, who be will responsible for taking care of all the many software applications used for our internal management.
In February we expanded our Lima, Peru offices by more than 25% due to increased demand. We continue to be impressed by the quality of technical talent in Lima, helped by the numerous technical universities and colleges in the city.
In March we joined our partner, WSO2, in San Francisco at their WSO2Con event, to discuss digital disruption and the power of open source digital technologies to help organizations make this transition. We also sponsored the 7th annual World Congress for Software Quality (WCSQ) event, where we spoke about how organizations can make the best use of techniques such as Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and Specification by Example (SBE) in order to improve efficiency, and accelerate iterative and progressive delivery.
In April, my co-founders and I were recognized as the EY Entrepreneurs of the Year. This important award recognizes successful and talented entrepreneurs with great growth potential in their industries. I was also very privileged to have the opportunity to judge the top socially responsible companies at the Global Sourcing Council 3S Awards, which recognizes companies which use technology innovation to create a positive social and environmental impact.
In May, we held an incredible hackathon in Lima, Peru, together with the largest bank in the country, BCP. More than 250 software experts and enthusiasts joined us for the event to develop new ideas that could help society. At the event we saw first-hand just how fast emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT), are coming to the fore, as well as the depth of expertise people already have in these new areas. We were also delighted to travel again to San Francisco, this time the headquarters of Google, to discuss the future of the nearshore services industry. At the event we presented our Innovation Labs, which are specifically designed to help start-ups in their early stages, build a powerful ecosystem, and create a minimum viable product.
In June, we continued our focus on helping organizations take advantage of new and emerging technologies, by publishing a series of articles and whitepapers on microservice architectures, and how they can help organizations become more nimble and responsive to customer demands.
In July, we expanded our operations to Colombia. Based in the capital, Bogotá, this is our 4th center in Latin America, along with our offices in Mendoza and Buenos Aires in Argentina, as well as Lima, Perú. Belatrix’s Fernando Gonzalez has been responsible for getting the offices up and running. In addition, during July, we sponsored an important hackathon, “Mujer Segura” (“Women’s Safety”), which aims to generate innovative ideas to help solve and prevent gender-based violence and discrimination, while fostering women’s empowerment and autonomy.
In August, we opened our new US headquarters, located in Silicon Valley. Belatrix has a long history working with companies in the Valley, so this was a natural next step. The office is being led by Belatrix’s Director of Technical Consulting, Pablo Lecea, and Silvana Gaia, Technical Consultant. They are experts in helping organizations bridge the gap between their commercial/strategic objectives and the technology that can help them achieve this.
In September, the B2B research company, Clutch, again recognized Belatrix as one of its top technology services companies. We also published some fascinating research into blockchain, where we argued that the technology will make many existing business models obsolete.
In October Belatrix won the prestigious IDEA Award for Enterprise Institutional Excellence in Argentina. We also held another hugely successful hackathon, this time in Buenos Aires.
In November, we were again highlighted as one of the best places to work in Argentina, by the organization Great Place to Work. Belatrix was 8th in the country, in the category of companies with more than 250-1000. In addition, we were present at the prestigious 2017 International Congress of Computer Science and Information Systems (CICCSI). Here Belatrix’s Gabriel Vasquez spoke about the power of DevOps in the context of digital transformation.
And coming finally to December, we opened our new headquarters in Mendoza, Argentina, which marks a major step in the history of the company. The new office building is located in the heart of the city, in a well-known, historic building. We were delighted to welcome the Governor, Alfredo Cornejo, and the Mayor of the city, Rodolfo Suarez, along with other local dignitaries, to attend the ceremony. Meanwhile, in Colombia we moved into our new offices in Bogotá. We were also delighted to be again recognized as one of the best places to work in Peru, ranking 8th in the country.
December was also productive in terms of bringing a new client with a new approach. Everybody is talking about digital transformation… Belatrix is doing it…!! An Argentinean company, one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural machinery, signed the contract to hire us to launch their digital transformation journey. In 2018 we’ll be busy helping them, and other clients, through this critical voyage.
In 2018 we’ll also be expanding again our Lima offices- work is due to start already in February.
I want to thank all of Belatrix’s collaborators and their families who put in such effort to make Belatrix what it is. Thank you to our clients who put their trust in us to deliver critically-important software to their businesses. I’m excited about what 2018 has in store for us, and invite you to join us on this journey.