Careers at ThoughtWorks
ThoughtWorks’ mission is to better humanity through software and help drive the creation of a socially and economically just world.
In the late 1980s Chicago entrepreneur Neville “Roy” Singham founded Singham Business Services, a management consulting firm serving the equipment leasing industry. In 1990 he changed its name to ThoughtWorks and recruited employees to assist him with the effort. In 1993 he incorporated the firm under its new name, and began developing software applications and services.
In the 2000s ThoughtWorks underwent some more changes in direction. It adopted the philosophy of Agile Project Management, which promotes collaboration with customers and rapid responses to change. Later in the decade it began placing a strong emphasis on revolutionizing the IT industry and using technology as a tool for social change, partnering with humanitarian organizations.
Benefits at ThoughtWorks
Business model of ThoughtWorks
ThoughtWorks has a mass market business model, with no significant differentiation between customer segments. The company targets its offerings at firms of all industries and sizes seeking software and associated services, including consulting.
ThoughtWorks offers three primary value propositions: innovation, performance, and brand/status.
The company places a strong emphasis on innovation. It created the first continuous integration (CI) server, Cruise Control. It focused on developing CI into what would become continuous delivery (CD), ultimately introducing GoCD (an open source CD server) and Snap (a cloud-based CD tool).
The company has demonstrated strong performance through tangible results for clients. High-profile examples of positive outcomes for customers include the following:
- BresicWhitney used ThoughtWorks‘ services to create a new mobile web app for its customers, which has increased convenience and decreased its sales cycle from several days to 24 hours
- Target Australia used ThoughtWorks‘ services to develop a highly experiential native app that created a more interactive experience, resulting in its app reaching the #1 spot in Apple Store
- Dominos used ThoughtWorks‘ services to implement digital initiatives such as GPS order tracking and emoji-based ordering, helping the firm post a record interim profit of $43.3 million
- MTV India used ThoughtWorks‘ services to rapidly design a new mobile app, developing complete functionality within three months
- Expedia used ThoughtWorks‘ services to enhance its web platform, enabling it to run more experiments on its new site in the first three months than in the entire previous year
The company has established a strong brand as a result of its success. It has 3,600 employees working in 37 offices in 12 countries. It has several prominent cilents, including Coca-Cola, eBay, Cisco, Skype, and Siemens. Lastly, it has won many honors, including recognition by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR) as one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For“ in Atlanta and as one of the top employers for women in Brazil by the Great Place to Work Institute.
ThoughtWorks’ main channel is its direct sales team. The company promotes its offerings through its website, social media pages, workshops, and participation in conferences.
ThoughtWorks’ customer relationship is primarily of a personal assistance nature. Customers work closely with company employees as part of consulting engagements.
That said, there is a self-service component. The company’s website includes numerous articles and access to a newsletter.
ThoughtWorks’ business model entails designing and developing software and related services for its customers.
ThoughtWorks does not maintain a formal partnership program; however, it forms strategic partnerships from time to time with various types of organizations.
In 2014 it established an alliance with WE’VE, a marketplace for designers and artisans, focusing on a transparent supply chain and economic sustainability.
In 2013 it partnered with Mercy Corps to develop new technology solutions to improve Mercy Corps’ work in addressing global relief challenges.
ThoughtWorks’ main resources are its human resources, who include engineering staff that design and develop its software and consulting staff that provide advisory services.
As a startup it has relied on funding from investors, raising $28 million from two investors as of October 2000.
ThoughtWorks has a value-driven structure, aiming to provide a premium proposition through significant personal service.
Its biggest cost driver is likely cost of services, a variable expense.
Other major drivers are in the areas of customer support/operations and product development, both fixed costs.
ThoughtWorks has two revenue streams: revenues generated from the sale of software, and revenues generated from the sale of related services, including consulting.
info: Roy earned a Bachelor’s degree at Howard University. He previously served as the President and CEO of ThoughtWorks. He has over 20 years of technology experience and has provided management services to firms in a wide variety of industries.
info: Guo earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Peking University and an M.S. in Chemistry at Northwestern University. He previously served as China Managing Director, General Manager of China Operations, and Director of Technology of ThoughtWorks.
info: Rebecca earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics at Bradley University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Rice University. She previously served as Vice President of Global Innovation at ThoughtWorks.
info: Martin earned a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at University College London. He previously worked at Coopers & Lybrand and at a small tech firm called Ptech, before becoming an independent consultant. He has two decades of experience.
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