The Cary-based totally firm with the quirky call, that is a software program-as-a-provider issuer (SaaS) of operations management solutions, presently has extra ladies on its government crew than adult males.
Its modern ratio now stands at 4-3, in a desire of girls in govt ranks.
“It’s sincerely uncommon, period, and in particular in tech,” says Harrell, who has worked previously in senior marketing roles for Cary’s PrecisionLender and Citrix ShareFile. “It’s the most lady govt leadership team in my career.”
But Ed Roshitsh, CEO of Dude Solutions, emphasizes it changed into not by the layout. “These are two notable leaders that have been to be had [at that particular snapshot in time]. We get the first-class expertise that we will locate.”
There’s no reason to believe otherwise. He desires his A-group. On the eve of the enterprise’s 20th anniversary, the agency is poised for some file-placing boom.
In 2018, the employer did a massive milestone – surpassing $100 million in annual sales. It’s additionally made several acquisitions over the years, maximum lately acquiring Poulsbo Washington-based Paladin Data Systems, which gives software program for local government.
It’s growing at an astonishing clip – at around 25 percent in line with the year, says Roshitsh.
“We’re projecting that to accelerate over the next five years. Over 12,000 companies depend upon our software, and we’re on the right track to feature an extra 2,000 clients to our roster in 2019. Not most effective are we growing at an impressive pace, we’re thriving.”
RECORD-SETTING GROWTH = MORE JOBS IN CARY
By all bills, Dude Solutions is one of Cary’s little-acknowledged massive achievement tales. Like ”the Dude” in The Big Lebowski, the company apparently loves to preserve a low profile.
It all commenced back in 1999 as SchoolDude, while founders Lee Provost and Kent Hudson commenced imparting SaaS answers to control K-12 school centers.
They fast disrupted the market.
“We’re the only natural software program as a carrier issuer in our industry,” says Roshitsh. “Not having to position a computer system up for your facility, getting up the entirety into the cloud. It’s a story that resonates with people. We have a huge and deep moat of solutions.”
As for the unique name, corporate lore has it that the founders picked it due to the fact they desired something brief and memorable. The also preferred the idea that in each building, “there’s some dude fixing something.”
“Dude is extremely ubiquitous now. Females don’t care; adult males don’t care. It’s just dude,” say Roshitch whilst the naming difficulty comes up. “A couple of years ago, we spent a ton of cash into [asking], ‘Hey, is that this name nevertheless relevant?’ The advertising company that we partnered up with stated it’d be the dumbest aspect you ever did if you modified that call. ”
So the call stack and the firm persevered to develop.
In the closing 4 years, it has made six acquisitions, expanding its footprint into other industries — together with authorities, healthcare, senior residing and production. It has different offices outdoor of Cary; one in Seattle, Wash. And the other in Grand Junction, Colorado.
The firm boasts 650 employees nationally and is gearing as much as hiring any other a hundred twenty-five personnel over the next 12-18 months.
“When you’re developing the entirety 25-30 percentage — from 12,000 customers to likely 20,000 within the next 3 or 5 years — the entire lake has to upward thrust,” says Roshitsh.
CULTIVATING A ‘COOL’ WORK CULTURE
Of route, Dude Solutions still wants to be cool. Given the tight labor market, it’s all about creating a dynamic paintings subculture, says Roshitsh.
To that end, the firm lately rolled out a bendy paintings-from-home program that allows employees to work simply from anywhere. It also brought limitless paid time without work for all personnel, and three months paid maternity and paternity leave.
“I’m seeking to entice completely fashioned adults that are waiting to be handled as [such]. To be aggressive in the fistfight that we’re in for expertise, you have got so that you can provide lifestyle values that appeal to the top talent.”
But ultimately, he says, human beings are also interested in the venture-orientated software program.
“Our software program isn’t driverless vehicles or robots. What we’ve truly constructed here is a group of people which are actually jazzed up approximately our stop customer. There are fifty-two million kids in K-12 throughout the US, and our software is touching 32 million of these youngsters. People can get their heads around whether or not clicking on a keyboard or promoting software, I‘m assisting children to live secure and warm with this software program. It’s what drives a whole lot of human beings.”