Our story

Our legacy began in Millis, Massachusetts on April 16, 1990.

Founder Andy Youniss and his business partner set out to build a new kind of software company. One that was led by our values of humanity, empathy, trust, and love. One that could make a difference for our customers and the world we share.

30 years later, we continue to put customers and partners first through our investments in the legendary platforms they rely on to run our world.

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  1. Rocket Software

    Rocket Software lifts off from founder and CEO Andy Youniss’ garage in Millis, MA.

  2. Rocket Software

    Rocket moves into our first office space in Framingham, MA.

  3. Rocket Software

    We’re officially on the tech world’s radar with a mention in ComputerWorld magazine.

  4. Rocket Software

    We announce our first formal business arrangement with IBM. What began as a licensing agreement for Rocket QMF tools has evolved into a partnership of 25+ years—a rare occurrence in the enterprise software industry.

  5. Rocket Software

    After eight years, Rocket outgrows our office in Framingham, and we move to a larger space in Natick, MA.

  6. Rocket Software

    While Rocket was based in Natick, MA, we grew the Rocket development team with our first acquisition of SystemSoft. The Rocket and SystemSoft offices shared a building, so uniting the teams was as easy as breaking down the wall!

  7. Rocket Software

    Rocket headquarters moves to our next home in Newton, MA.

  8. Rocket Software

    The addition of Servergraph to the Rocket portfolio gives customers an easy way to monitor different data protection environments, as well as simplify and automate reporting.

  9. Rocket Software

    Mainframe customers get improved access to data and analytics with the addition of ASTRAC (Rocket AS) in the UK. Not only did this give us our first international office, we inherited a racehorse as part of the deal!

  10. Rocket Software

    We’re awarded our first official patent for a "method and system for determining network topology." The core idea behind the patent is still a fundamental part of our Rocket NetCure® network management product.

  11. Rocket Software

    The addition of Rocket Mainstar products gives customers new systems optimization and data management solutions to help maximize the proven processing power of their mainframe environments.

  12. Rocket Software

    Mainframe and IBM® i customers can take advantage of new ways to access and modernize their critical systems with the addition of Rocket BlueZone® and Rocket LegaSuite® products.

  13. Rocket Software

    Customers gain access to business intelligence and analytics capabilities with the addition of Rocket CorVu®. This acquisition also marks Rocket’s entry into the Australian market.

  14. Rocket Software

    Rocket customers have easier access to file system archiving capabilities with the addition of the Rocket Arkivio® business.

  15. Rocket Software

    The UniData® and UniVerse MultiValue Application Platforms find a new home at Rocket. With a partnership spanning 20+ years, and a solid track record of investing in (and growing) acquired companies, IBM felt Rocket was the ideal partner to take over this business.

  16. Rocket Software

    We acquire Boston-based company, Computer Corp. of America (CCA) and the powerful Model 204® mainframe database.

  17. Rocket Software

    The addition of Rocket DevOps (formerly Aldon) gives customers new access to Application Lifecycle Management tools to help them improve software quality and simplify compliance reporting.

  18. Rocket Software

    The addition of Rocket iCluster® to the Rocket portfolio gives IBM® I (AS/400) customers new high-availability/disaster recovery solutions to help ensure uninterrupted operations.

  19. Rocket Software

    The Rocket team moves to our current mission control center in Waltham, MA.

  20. Rocket Software

    The first Rocketcaster guitar makes its appearance at IBM OnDemand. Since then, dozens more have been given away at subsequent events, and others grace the walls of our Waltham, MA headquarters.

  21. Rocket Software

    The addition of Rocket Data Virtualization makes it easier for customers to access and exploit mainframe data in real time, helping companies proactively identify fraud, identify new revenue opportunities and deliver more personalized services to customers.

  22. Rocket Software

    The Rocket Band makes its public debut at The Cave, in Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda.

  23. Rocket Software

    Our MultiValue Application Platform portfolio expands with the addition of D3®.

  24. Rocket Software

    The addition of Trubiquity® EDI and data sharing solutions for B2B supply chains gives Rocket an official presence in Germany.

  25. Rocket Software

    The Rocket Band, led by CEO Andy Youniss, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open for Aerosmith at IBM Interconnect 2015. We can scratch that off our bucket list!

  26. Rocket Software

    We open our first office in Japan, located in scenic Yokohama.

  27. Rocket Software

    Rocketeers around the world celebrate Rocket’s 25th birthday.

  28. Rocket Software

    We name Joe Devlin and Tim Willging to be our first Distinguished Engineers.

  29. Rocket Software

    Just when we thought the Rocket Band couldn’t get any cooler, band members once again took the stage of IBM Interconnect to open for the Rocketman himself, Elton John. He even gave us a shout-out before playing his iconic song.

  30. Rocket Software

    We open our Austin, TX office to house a growing team of Texas Rocketeers.

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    In a victory for all Rocketeers, Ernst & Young selected Andy Youniss as New England Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 in the Software category.

  32. Rocket Software

    Officially launching our new locations in Bengaluru and Pune at the GID Summit in India, CEO Andy Youniss discussed why creating a company culture based on empathy, humanity, trust, and love is so critical to excellence.

  33. Rocket Software

    We’re proud to be part of the founding team behind Zowe, an open source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe.

  34. Rocket Software

    With the acquisition of Perth-based Fundi and its US-affiliate Circle Software, we committed to creating new CICS and IMS experiences for customers who depend on the mainframe to run their mission critical business applications.

  35. Rocket Software

    The first Rocket.Build Community hackathon took place at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. Over 100 students from half-a-dozen local universities locked themselves in for 24 hours to work on projects meant to benefit the Boston-area.

  36. Rocket Software

    The addition of RSD solutions to our mainframe portfolio accelerates innovation and the move to open technology on IBM zSystems.

  37. Rocket Software

    Just as Rocket is about to celebrate 30 years in business, we update our cultural and business models with a renewed focus on customer centricity and the legendary impact of legacy technologies. This event launches the start of our Chapter 4 vision for Rocket Software: Legacy Powers Legendary™.

  38. Rocket Software

    We name six new Rocket Distinguished Engineers: Ron Bisceglia, John Hancy, Tim Hill, Alex Kodat, Rob Scott, and Gregg Wilhoit.

  39. Rocket Software

    IBM names 13 Rocketeers as 2020 IBM Champions. It’s the single greatest concentration of champions of any company in the world.

  40. Rocket Software

    Rocket turns 30! Guided by our core values of empathy, humanity, trust, and love, we are privileged to have spent three decades connecting with customers, partners, users, and Rocketeers.


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