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Meet Derek Roos of Mendix in Seaport

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derek Roos.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Derek. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Mendix was born out of the personal frustrations of our founders, who experienced just how painful and unsuccessful application development projects can be. One was a business user who was frustrated that IT couldn’t deliver what he needed. The other was a developer who was told by end users that his software didn’t work.

The reason for this disconnect, they realized, was that IT and business lacked a common language. They set out to solve that with Mendix – to create a platform that embeds collaboration in every stage of the app lifecycle, and that speeds development by a factor of 10 or more using visual models instead of code.

Today, more than 4,000 organizations worldwide, including MIT, New Balance, ADP, and the Boston Globe, use Mendix to build web and mobile applications. We grew 78 percent in 2016 and are a recognized Leader by Gartner and Forrester in a market expected to exceed $15 billion by 2020.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The category of rapid application development didn’t exist when the company started. Therefore, getting buy-in from prospective customers was difficult in the early days because it was a challenge to convince business owners and IT leaders of how this technology could help their business. But seeing is believing and once we had an opportunity to show how the platform makes it possible to build applications quickly and without code, it made it easier for business leaders to see the value in it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mendix story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a technology company that provides a platform that enterprises use to speed up digital innovation. The platform makes it possible to build web and mobile applications without having to code. As a result, more people can be involved in the process of developing an application. For example, an energy company in the Netherlands is training dozens of people each year from their business teams on how to use the Mendix platform to build applications. This makes it possible to incorporate feedback from users in the business on what types of applications can be built.

In terms of what sets the Mendix technology apart from others is it makes it possible for all people in the application development process to actively contribute to the application development with a feedback channel.

In terms of company culture, everyone in the company is encouraged to try new ideas and if it fails that’s okay, it’s best to experiment, test and iterate then to not take action.

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