CloudBees invests in EMEA, forges partnerships to capitalise on EMEA DevOps adoption
READING, UNITED KINGDOM – 3 May 2016 – CloudBees, Inc. , the enterprise Jenkins company and continuous delivery (CD) leader, today announced 83% revenue growth in its EMEA operations and the opening of its sales and marketing center for EMEA in Reading, UK. The new office will be led by Steven Harris, who has been appointed EMEA sales director. Harris will lead an expanded EMEA team to capitalise on growth in demand for continuous delivery solutions as enterprises seek solutions for greater agility and accelerated time to market.
Sacha Labourey, co-founder and CEO, CloudBees added: “The old ways of delivering software don’t work anymore, and we hear this every day from large enterprises in industries such as finance, automotive and telecom that are making the transformation to continuous delivery and a DevOps culture. We are investing heavily in our EMEA operations, having expanded the in-country and regional teams under the leadership of Steve Harris, and we look forward to playing our part in driving enterprise DevOps transformations for our customers in 2016.”
CloudBees’ revenue goals are based upon a significant increase in demand for continuous delivery solutions, which has powered the growth of open source Jenkins and the enterprise-ready CloudBees Jenkins Platform. Continuous delivery practices also enable an organization to transform to a DevOps culture, which is one of shared goals, collaboration and teamwork. These trends in software delivery are growing around the globe - including in EMEA.
Key regional highlights include:
CloudBees increased its headcount by 175 percent in EMEA in 2015. In Q1 2016, the trend has continued and the company has already made several new hires. The new offices in Reading will coordinate EMEA operations and serve as a hub for the entire regional sales organization and channel operations, as well as marketing and development personnel.
CloudBees grew its EMEA bookings by 83 percent in 2015 with many prestigious brands subscribing to the CloudBees Jenkins Platform. Current customers include organizations such as Allianz Insurance.
CloudBees expanded its partner network, and is providing tools to help its channel partners throughout the region to implement robust and scalable continuous delivery solutions for their customers. To date, eight new partners were signed in EMEA and India in Q1 of 2016 including Kiratech (Italy), Do Consultants (UK), Antelops (Spain), NewLine (Finland), Kloia (Turkey), LSD Information Technology (South Africa), ClicTest (India), Archinnova (UAE).
Mohamed Yassini, founder of Amazic , a CloudBees partner in Benelux commented, “We see a great opportunity in our partnership with CloudBees. Building and delivering high quality software is more important than ever for our customers, and CloudBees is the right partner because they have the vision, products and services to help our clients stay ahead in a competitive landscape differentiated by software.”
Steven Harris, formerly senior director overseeing an enterprise product portfolio at Oracle, has taken on a new role with CloudBees, leading the growing sales team in EMEA which currently includes in-country support in the UK and Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Nordics and Benelux with overall support throughout the region.
The CloudBees EMEA team has also expanded to include DevOps consultants, developers and technical support for EMEA customers, partners and also its product development.
Adam Rates, Senior IT manager, Allianz Insurance commented, “Both the way people buy insurance, and insurance itself, have changed dramatically in the past few years with the shift to online, mobile and comparison buying. Companies that can innovate faster will have happier customers and gain a competitive edge. The key to continuous delivery is implementing effective automation, and CloudBees has helped us to do this reliably and on the scale we need.”
Harris commented: “Continuous delivery is gaining traction across EMEA and we’re seeing very strong demand for enterprise-grade solutions as organizations put Jenkins into production. CloudBees and our partners are in an ideal position to help companies take the risk and complexity out of adopting continuous delivery and to enable their transition to DevOps. Q4 2015 was our strongest quarter ever in EMEA, and we continue to see accelerated growth in Q1 2016. ”
CloudBees, Devops.com and IBM are co-sponsoring a series of CD Summit & Jenkins Days events in London, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris as part of a thirteen-city tour. In each city, experts will share their DevOps and continuous delivery experiences and advice.
Supporting Partner Quotes
Luis Herrera, co-founder and Antelops executive commented: “We need Enterprise grade CI/CD platforms like CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise more than ever. Jenkins, Docker and DevOps movement are coming together to accelerate innovation in software development and deployment. The combination of continuous delivery being executed on microservice based applications running in Docker containers will bring to the enterprise IT the exponential growth in innovation that we have seen in consumer and mobile applications over the past five years."
Stefan Lesicnik, CTO LSD Information Technology commented: "LSD are excited to be offering an enterprise version of Jenkins to the African market as we assist our customers on their DevOps journey. We feel the partnership with CloudBees provides the right level of enterprise features and support to ensure that Jenkins becomes a pivotal building block in our customers infrastructure."
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CloudBees ( cloudbees.com ), the Enterprise Jenkins Company, is the continuous delivery (CD) leader. CloudBeesprovides solutions that enable DevOpsteams to respond rapidly to the software delivery needs of the business. Building on the strength of Jenkins, the world’s most popular open source continuous delivery hub and ecosystem, the CloudBeesJenkins Platform provides a wide range of CD solutions that meet the unique security, scalability and manageability needs of enterprises. The CloudBeesJenkins Platform supports many of the world’s largest and most business-critical deployments.
Backed by Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Verizon Ventures, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of continuous integration, continuous delivery and DevOps professionals. Follow CloudBees on Twitter , Facebook , LinkedIn and Google+ .
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