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Meet the team behind Axify
Axify is a product of Nexapp, a Canada-based company from Quebec City that has been specializing in software development since 2014. Based on modern software development approaches, DORA's State of DevOps study and its own experiences with continuous improvement and delivery, Nexapp developed Axify.
Simple software to improve software delivery
Self-financed and sustainable company
A start-up in the Nexapp ecosystem and its 75 employees
Developed in Quebec City, Canada
President and co-founder
Vice-President and Managing Director
VP Engineering and co-founder
Director of Culture and Talent
Rafaël Van Coppenolle
Samuel Bilodeau, CPA
As a young company, Nexapp brought in a BDC consultant to help implement a management framework. With a system of red, yellow and green indicators, the management team monitors team morale, customer satisfaction, budget progress and service quality. Since the core of the business is software development, we measure ourselves at this level as well.
Rapid growth means that we are managing dozens of projects simultaneously. As a result, the team needs to improve visibility into project progress, delivery times, team well-being and product quality. The question is how to automatically obtain specific metrics in real-time to predict or react to problems faster.
A developer between projects is working on connecting to the Jira API, which we use at Nexapp to manage our clients' projects. The goal is to extract metadata! The management gives him complete freedom to do research and development and try out new technologies. Alexandre Walsh, our VP of Engineering, uses science and existing theories (such as Google's DORA study) to imagine the early stages of the concept behind Axify.
We decide to invest $400,000 in Axify and dedicate a full-time development team to the platform. This is how we accelerate feature development, look for ways to extract more data and create a chatbot to ask team members questions about their morale.
We are officially starting the pivot from an internal product to a commercial SaaS! The feedback is positive when presenting demos and talking about Axify to industry colleagues. They confirm that the platform brings much value!
As the platform reaches an exciting level of maturity, the team launches a program of pilot projects to test the product. The objective is to assess the product's value in various business contexts and team sizes, as well as with different work methods.
The team is focusing on market needs and customer feedback to add features that will accelerate platform user adoption.
We continue to talk to our users, follow market trends and observe the reaction to new features to develop the best platform for operational excellence in software development!
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