MADE in Sheffield software is poised to take international markets by storm, enhancing the city’s reputation for digital excellence.
Software engineers from Silicon Valley based WANdisco’s Sheffield office, based at Electric Works on the Digital Campus have launched a major new development of the company’s Subversion software which is used by blue chip companies around the world.
Corporate users include most, if not all the Fortune 1,000 companies Goldman Sachs, Barclays Bank and BT, which has the largest number of Subversion users in the UK.
The new product, dubbed “uberSVN,” has given added momentum to the company’s plans to accelerate its growth by raising money from a stock market floatation, which it will use to acquire complementary software businesses.
WANdisco’s Sheffield-born president and chief executive, David Richards, described the Sheffield team as “phenomenal,” adding: “Coming to Sheffield has been massively successful for us.”
“People think we are here because I am from Sheffield,” continued the former Tapton School pupil.
“We are here because it makes the best business sense for us. We contacted Manchester, Leeds and some other places, but the most business friendly and receptive place was Sheffield.”
Mr Richards also praised the skills of the city’s creative media sector which had created “the best corporate video we have ever had” for the launch of the company’s Made in Sheffield software.
Sheffield City Council Liberal Democrat leader, Coun Paul Scriven, said: “This is brilliant news for the city, coming on the back of the fact that, over the last three months, we have seen about 1,700 jobs coming to the city, many of them in the digital and creative sector, which is changing the world.
“It is good, not just in terms of the growth of the economy and jobs, but in getting Sheffield to be seen by top companies as the place where solutions to digital problems come from. That is important in attracting other companies here to ensure Sheffield stays ahead as an innovator, not just in manufacturing, but in the creative and digital sector.” Coun Scriven said it was important that Sheffield continued to put across the message that it was a business friendly city, a message that was bolstered by the Council’s creation of a £1.4 million reserve to assist businesses and encourage growth, despite opposition talk of ending the fund.