March 29, 2017
2016 was a pretty phenomenal year in technology; Pokémon was resurrected by the Pokémon Go App, Facebook Live was created to stream events in real-time, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Touch Control steering wheel was released at the Detroit Auto Show. Inventions are happening in and outside of the automotive industry as technology in Detroit is catching fire, and people are starting to notice. The city was recently referred to as “the Silicon Valley of the Midwest” and was also named the “Number 1 City for Women in Technology” by SmartAsset, a personal finance tech company headquartered in New York City.
The excitement around opportunities in Detroit continues to build as the city focuses on bringing new businesses to the area while also supporting the companies that have been around for decades. There has been a huge push in the last several years for companies to move downtown to the core of the city to help make an immediate impact through purchasing real estate, creating new job opportunities, funding non-profit organizations, and showcasing a strong entrepreneurial start up environment. With the increased activity, Detroit has been able to start improving their public transportation system as well.
OST continues to intentionally build on our momentum by committing to build a robust team in our Detroit office in order to help us solve the transformative business problems of today’s world . In fact, we have some extreme momentum with our clients in the Southeast Michigan area, especially around digital transformation solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT), software development, data analytics and design strategy. Just recently, we added a Principal and Lead Developer to our growing team and we are only getting started. Over the next twelve months, it is OST’s goal to continue to create a diverse team that can serve the needs of a changing business landscape.
Since opening our office in Detroit in the summer of 2013, we have experienced some growing pains in the process. The biggest obstacle we are still overcoming is most likely the simplest, name recognition. During the last several months, I have mainly encountered developers who are unfamiliar with our company and don’t know what to expect in my outreach. I can happily say, though, that as we continue to build our network in the area, I have received referrals and the OST name is getting out there. We will continue to work hard in this area by doing what we do best – understanding the needs of our customers across the business and crafting solutions which delight them and their end users.
Growing the number of OST employees in software development in Detroit is just the tip of the iceberg. I dream of us continuing this growth through the continued replication of current OST services such as Data Analytics, Design, Configuration Services, Data Center Solutions, and Managed Services. We can do so with planned, timely, growth that will allow us to balance the current and opportunistic workloads.
At OST, a favorite quote is, “We hire smart people who are passionate about the work they do and the rest will fall into place.” The point is, we have a strong track record, the support of our leadership, and the freedom as individuals to make a real impact on a large scale. That type of culture and the success that ensues do not happen overnight and they are not part of an extreme tech bubble. After 20 years in the business, we continue to evolve and expand our capabilities and I am so excited to see how much we can achieve.