A Kansas City-based software development company is joining the discussion on international technology and the global impact it has on business. Blue Ocean Consulting was co-founded in 1995, in Lawrence, Kansas, by two University of Kansas graduates, Juan Sola and Scott Woodward. While studying to get their Master’s degrees the two discovered a need for website development in the area. BOC had huge success in 2015 with its revenue increasing by 35 percent, naming a new president and adding 10 employees to the company roster. Sola answered a few questions about a global perspective on technology and software and how BOC competes internationally.
Where are you originally from and how did you find/start BOC?
I am originally from Malaga, Spain. I studied Computer Engineering at the University of Kansas where I met my business partners. We started Blue Ocean Consulting with no money, but with a lot of passion and dedication, while still full time employees at a research center at KU.
What do you do at BOC today?
I am currently Director of Information Technology. I love technology and building IT infrastructure has always been a great passion of mine. I am currently concentrating on expanding and improving the IT infrastructure for the rapidly growing staff at BOC. I am also building a Continuous Integration software development pipeline for all our work.
How critical is it to a client to have a global perspective on technology/software?
Technology keeps making our world a lot smaller. This trend will continue as the Internet grows and computer networks get faster. Because of this, every business has an awesome opportunity to expand beyond physical boundaries. As the mobile revolution progresses and with new technologies ready to take off, like the Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Hyper-converged IT, etc., this trend will actually accelerate. Also, the line that currently separates the physical world from the digital world will continue to blur. This new world is truly global and every business should be aware of it.
What is the international economic environment like today?
I think we have already seen many signs that the global economy affects every country and every person on the planet. Events in one country can have great repercussions on the rest of world. It is definitely an environment with great opportunity, but certainly also with a lot more uncertainty and increasing competition.
Is it imperative that U.S. clients be thinking about global competitors and how their technology/software competes internationally?
Yes, technology and the Internet level the playing field globally for many businesses. Also, the global economy, as stated above, can affect every business and individual on the planet. It is imperative to think globally. The only thing making things difficult is time-zones and the fact that half of the world has to sleep at any given time.