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Plutora has created a platform that enables organizations to manage software releases, test environments and deployments with transparency and control. Below is our recent interview with Bob Davis, CMO at Plutora:
Q: Could you tell us something more about the company and your history?
A: In 2011, the company was founded by two IT executives, Dalibor Siroky and Sean Hamawi, that felt that release and test management tooling was largely a manual process and as such, very ineffective for today’s software development methodologies. It was Dalibor and Sean’s goal to create a solution that enhances collaboration between IT teams and business, optimizes IT resources to improve efficiency ensure predictability and controls risk by reducing the root causes of potential failures before they impact the delivery schedule. Fundamentally, Plutora improves the entire software delivery process.
Q: Who is your ideal client and why?
A: “At least 40% of all businesses will die in the next 10 years… if they don’t figure out how to change their entire company to accommodate new technologies,” John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco Systems. We agree with this, and have specifically recognized that enterprises are striving to become software juggernauts in order to compete in today’s economy. Moreover, these organizations typically have hundreds if not thousands of people in their IT departments, managing hundreds of core applications with many interdependencies between those applications. They also have distributed delivery teams, and elements of delivery that are dependent on outsourced partners. This is a significant pain point our customers experience in their software delivery systems. Our enterprise platform helps companies that were bogged down by poor collaboration, or blind to the software delivery process as a whole, strengthen their process and improve efficiency, helping them deliver amazing software.
Q: What have been some major milestones over the last 12 months?
A: It is an exciting time at Plutora. In the first half of 2017, annual revenue increased 100 percent along with 100 percent customer retention. Additionally, the Plutora team has doubled in the past 12 months. And in May 2017, our new corporate headquarters opened in Santa Clara, California.
We made the 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific. As a company that has roots in Australia, we take pride in seeing continued success in that region. In November, Plutora was recognized as a global leader in the 2017 Red Herring Top 100 Global.
Q: What geographic markets are you focusing on currently?
A: We are in expansion mode this year. As a company, we have demonstrated a product and market fit, and we’ve established a strong base of blue-chip customers worldwide, so we are now intent on capitalizing on opportunities and increasing our sales and marketing efforts in North America, EMEA and APJ.
Q: What are your plans for 2018?
A: Plutora’s goal from the start has been to create solutions that provide insight across the whole software development and application delivery lifecycle. And we have never wavered from this commitment. Today our core focus remains – how to best provide continuous delivery management solutions that offer transparency and control across large software enterprises. We use this tenet to address today’s challenges as well as chart our roadmap for future plans. Overcoming the difficulties of managing test environments is a significant obstacle to achieving DevOps efficiencies for enterprises today, but there are many other challenges that create pain points for enterprises throughout the continuous delivery cycle. Our products now provide visibility into the entire software delivery process, but we will continue to evolve each module to improve insights that result in better planning, decision making and execution as the landscape evolves.
The IT landscape is complicated and we don’t see it simplifying in 2018. Teams are dispersed, businesses are migrating to the cloud and methodologies like Agile and DevOps are bringing on greater speeds of delivery. This puts pressure on enterprise software delivery that needs to be addressed. Plutora will continue to do that and give control back to IT teams.