SOFT­WARE

Ottawa Business Journal - Techopia - - System Update -

Roughly 10 per cent of Kanata’s tech work­force is em­ployed in the soft­ware sec­tor, which brings in $576.6 mil­lion in an­nual rev­enues. Not sur­pris­ingly, soft­ware providers took up the most spots on the Ottawa Busi­ness Jour­nal’s roundup of fastest-grow­ing com­pa­nies last year.

At the top of that list was Martello Tech­nolo­gies, maker of fault and per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware for uni­fied com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems.

Founded in 2009, the com­pany has al­ready achieved a num­ber of ma­jor mile­stones, rais­ing $3 mil­lion in fund­ing in 2014 and ac­quir­ing French soft­ware firm Netvitesse the same year. The firm now has nearly 30 em­ploy­ees, 22 of them in Ottawa.

Martello CEO Bruce Lin­ton cred­its the com­pany’s soft­ware-as-a-ser­vice model for al­low­ing it to sup­port a high vol­ume of clients. Martello serves 2,000 cus­tomers in 18 coun­tries.

Lin­ton be­lieves that soft­ware com­pa­nies are able to flour­ish in Kanata be­cause of an in­flux of “peo­ple who un­der­stand very com­pli­cated, tech­ni­cally ad­vanced large sys­tems.

“The re­source pool is ter­rific, there’s many lay­ers of years of ex­pe­ri­ence, so if you want some ju­nior peo­ple, some in­ter­me­di­ate peo­ple and some se­nior peo­ple, they hap­pen to all be here.”

This range of tal­ent will al­low the soft­ware sec­tor to con­tinue to gain trac­tion, says Lin­ton.

He pre­dicts that soft­ware de­fined net­work­ing – “sys­tems that pro­gres­sively work bet­ter be­cause they iden­tify the revo­lu­tion­ary steps that make them work bet­ter” – will be­come a dom­i­nant in­dus­try in Kanata “be­cause we get how to do big stuff like that.”

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