Homegrown software company SpryPoint, featured
in high profile, US based utilities publication
Keir Pollard. President of Charlottetown based SpryPoint recently spoke with UMC (Utility Market Connections)
a well-known US based utilities publication.
Here is an excerpt from that interview, check out the entire interview by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
UMC: Give me a little background history on SpryPoint. How was the company founded and what are the origins of its name?
Keir Pollard: I had been working in the utility industry with mainframe and client-server software for over a decade both in
home-grown systems and packaged ERP platforms. I saw a lot of unproductive work and stagnation in developing and delivering
software and a lot more frustration from users that work with applications on a daily basis. By 2011, one could see the revolutionary
successes of the first generations of true cloud-based software, and it was clear that this was the path to frictionless application
delivery. This was also six months after the release of the iPad. When I got my hands on a first-generation iPad, I said
“This is how I want to work!” A few months later, I founded SpryPoint and immersed myself in the craft of enterprise web
development. Since then, we have built up a talented and productive development shop and support organization.
Our senior management team has over 40 years of experience in development, sales and implementation of enterprise utility solutions.
There is an interesting backstory to how we came up with the SpryPoint name. We are headquartered in Prince Edward Island,
which on the east coast of Canada and is known for its 800 miles of coastline, beautiful beaches and brutal winters. We wanted
our brand to have a connection to our home province and also reflect our agile approach to solution delivery and customer service.
There is a small community on the coast of PEI by the name of Spry Point which is well known for the “PEI Ark” which was a
research facility for sustainable energy that was built in the wake of the 1970s-energy crisis. The name felt like it fit with the
energy, agility, and purpose that we bring to work each day.
UMC: What is the company culture like at Sprypoint?
Keir Pollard: I’m a firm believer that if you are not enjoying what you are doing, you should be doing something else.
I truly enjoy the craft of software development, and know from experience some of the things that make for productive and
enjoyable development environment. A peaceful office, a supportive team, great equipment and productive development
toolsets are the first part. The second part is a well-rested mind. Although we are a small company and we know that the work
we are doing really matters to people in the real world, we encourage our team to work regular work hours, then go home.
In order to build great software, you really need to take time to recharge and spend time with family, play sports, or do
whatever drives you. We work hard the whole time we are in the office, then leave it alone and attack it again the next day.
While we are a group of passionate web and mobile developers, you will find no Nerf cannons or video game consoles in our office.
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