April 2017

Rocket celebrates 27 years this month! It all began on the morning of April 16, 1990.  I was 28 years old when I started coding our first software product in a spare bedroom in my house.  Our vision was to build a software company that would be long-lasting and that would make a difference.  From the beginning, Rocket was going to be a different kind of software company.  Everything at Rocket was going to start with building great products with great software engineers.  In fact, the first Rocket business cards had the title of “Scientist” printed on them.  Rocket Scientists!  But it was also going to be about much more than ones and zeroes.

It was about building a company for the long term, listening to our customers and partners, delivering software that matters to you, treating people well, having empathy, putting ourselves in your shoes, and making your agenda our agenda. And it was about building something that would make a difference, injecting humanity into the software business, treating customers as partners, and making IT leaders heroes by helping them solve their most challenging technology problems.

Our ability to be around for another 27 years? It’s all about continuing to differentiate ourselves with our unmatched level of flexibility and commitment to the needs of our 10,000+ customers, partners, - and customers of our partners.  Our growth depends on our ability to deliver exceptional customer (and partner) experiences every day, with every interaction, with each customer and partner.

Our ability to be around for another 27 years also depends on the next generation of Rocketeers. And it depends on our ability to relentlessly innovate in creative ways.

Thank you for your trust, your love, your business, and your partnership.  I hope you will celebrate with us on April 16.

Onward and upward.

Andrew J. Youniss
President and CEO, Rocket Software, Inc.

 


And while we’re on the subject of 1990, here are a few songs that were on the radio when we first opened our doors:

"Roam": This song (a staple of our own Rocket Band!) helped move the B-52’s from cult status to mainstream success.

"Free Fallin’": Tom Petty’s solo debut (minus The Heartbreakers) generated four major hit songs. This three-chord gem - co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne - made the Top 10 in January 1990.

"Don’t Know Much": Music legends Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville paired up to record this beautiful duet – and take home a Grammy Award.

"Nothing Compares 2 U": Sinead O’Connor was already a star when this re-imagined Prince song (and iconic video) launched her into the stratosphere.