Electric Cloud Expands in Europe

Electric Cloud, the leading provider of software production management solutions, is expanding its operations internationally with the establishment of a direct presence in Europe. The company has set up its European headquarters in Oxford, UK and has appointed Andrew Patterson its European business director.

The move reflects the growing interest and demand from European software development organisations for Electric Cloud’s innovative, award-winning software production management solutions. It also follows the successful completion, in January 2007, of a $9 million Series C round of financing led by Rembrandt Venture Partners in which all the existing venture capital investors – Mayfield Fund, RRE Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners – participated.

Leading companies such as Agilent Technologies, Force 10, Intuit, Kyocera, LG, LSI Logic, Mercury Computer Systems, Motorola, Qualcomm, and Samsung rely on Electric Cloud’s software production management solutions.

“Software build management and acceleration have been recognised as the next important areas for enterprises to address as part of their Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). We’re seeing a steady, dramatic increase in demand across the globe, particularly in Europe.” said Mike Maciag, CEO of Electric Cloud. “By establishing a direct presence in Europe, we now have the infrastructure in place to effectively bring our award-winning solutions to this market.”

Electric Cloud ElectricAccelerator, ElectricCommander, and ElectricInsightElectric Cloud helps IT and ISV software development organisations, plus the burgeoning embedded application market, with a full product suite for software production management. While a host of tools have been available on the market to make the “front end” of the software creation process simpler and more efficient, the back end of the development process – the build/package/test/deploy tasks that make up the “software production” process – has been largely overlooked. As software has become increasingly more complex, these tasks have become a costly and time-consuming bottleneck, sapping development productivity, slowing time to market and diminishing product quality. Electric Cloud’s solutions effectively remove this problem by automating, accelerating, analysing the entire software production process.

Award-Winning Software Production Management Solutions
Electric Cloud’s suite of tools – ElectricAccelerator, ElectricCommander and ElectricInsight – significantly improve back-end development productivity in the face of increasing product complexity and time-to-market pressures for software delivery.

The winner of a Dr. Dobb’s Journal Jolt Productivity Award in March 2007, ElectricCommander is an enterprise-class solution for automating software production processes, making software build, package, test, and deploy tasks more repeatable, more visible and more efficient. It has an extensible architecture that can scale to manage any size project with ease. It requires minimal process changes to get started or to deploy across teams. It provides the reporting and visibility software developers need for compliance efforts and release planning, plus an unprecedented level of flexibility to suit developers’ unique processes.

Leveraging patented dependency management technology, ElectricAccelerator breaks the “build bottleneck” by accurately executing parallel builds across scalable clusters of inexpensive, standard hardware to reduce build times by as much as 20 times. Faster, more accurate builds dramatically reduce the time developers spend waiting for their builds to complete and enable them to do complete builds before checking in their changes.

ElectricInsight provides unprecedented visibility into the ‘black box’ of software builds. It mines the information produced by ElectricAccelerator to provide an easy-to-understand, graphical representation of the build structure for performance analysis and optimisation.

“The Electric Cloud software suite solves the problem of software development productivity being impacted by inefficient builds. Our solutions transform software production from liability to competitive advantage,” concluded Mike Maciag, CEO of Electric Cloud.

About Electric Cloud
Electric Cloud is the leading provider of Software Production Management solutions that accelerate, automate and analyse the software development tasks that follow the check-in of new code. These include the software build, package, test and deploy processes. The company’s patented and award-winning solutions improve productivity in the face of increasing product complexity and time-to-market pressures for software delivery. Until now, most organisations have used ‘homegrown’ solutions that can be difficult to manage, brittle and isolated, resulting in process bottlenecks. This is all compounded by increasing adoption of agile development methods, distributed teams, and pressures of compliance mandates. Leading companies such as Qualcomm, Intuit, Motorola and Expedia rely on Electric Cloud’s Software Production Management solutions to change software production from a liability to a competitive advantage.