Investing in the Future with 3Pillar Competency Centers

This is an exciting time to be CTO of a software product development company like 3Pillar. Technological innovation is happening at an unprecedented pace. Rapid advances in mobile, cloud, and big data technologies in the last few years have revolutionized the way software products are envisioned and brought to market.

As new technologies and new capabilities within existing technology families emerge, it is vitally important that a company in 3Pillar’s position have extensive first-hand knowledge of how to harness these game-changing technologies. It’s also important to implement tried and true best practices that all software developers should follow to build products that are maintainable and perform well at “internet scale.” That’s why, in addition to 3Pillar Labs and the Product Design offering we recently announced, we’ve also been working internally for more than six months to bolster 3Pillar’s Competency Centers.

Whereas 3Pillar Labs is responsible for looking ahead at emerging technologies – machine learning based recommendation engines, GoogleTV, and AppleTV, for example – our competency centers revolve around core technologies that are central to our clients’ software product development efforts. The competency centers focus on existing technologies, like iOS development, and staying abreast of the latest developments in those technologies. We currently have competency centers in Java, iOS, Android, and Quality Assurance, and we recently created fresh new competency centers for Windows 8 and User Interface Design.

How Does it Work?

Developers at 3Pillar are aligned around core competencies. Each competency center has leads in the respective delivery center (the United States, Romania, India, and Argentina) where the competency is widely used. The competency center leads are very highly skilled and experienced developers who are responsible for fostering global collaboration, thought leadership, development of a uniform engineering approach, and training and mentoring.

Look for future blog posts from some of our competency center leads on how the competency centers contribute to achieving those goals, and why they make 3Pillar not just a great product partner but a great place to work.

Colin deSa

Colin deSa

SVP Product Engineering & CTO

Colin deSa is SVP of Product Engineering and CTO of 3Pillar Global, where he has technical oversight across all 3Pillar Global’s delivery centers. He has played a key role in our expansion in the US, Eastern Europe, Latin America and India. Colin led the implementation of agile development practices at 3Pillar Global, greatly improving visibility, flexibility and delivery times. He continues to lead efforts to develop and refine best practices for distributed agile development. Colin is also responsible for leading R&D at 3Pillar Global. His interests are in mobile systems including sensor-based technologies, Big Data, and distributed agile development strategies to improve the efficiency of distributed product development.

Colin has a proven track record in building new software products and services as well as in executing the turn around and repositioning of existing products. He has successfully led the development of a wide range of products in diverse domains including Internet security, health care, CRM, and bond trading. Colin has an M.S in mathematics from Colorado State University and an M.S in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He has nine patents in digital cryptosystems and broadband digital multimedia.

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