Learning From Successful High-Growth Software Companies


All software companies have a similar story. They want to grow, but they run into the same challenges.

In this episode, host Ross Beard, Vice President at Shadow-Soft, discusses how the podcast will tap into the collective knowledge of successful high-growth software companies who have been there, done that so that you can learn how to navigate those challenges, too.

Topics from the episode:

- Why Shadow-Soft wanted to start a podcast

- The 3 challenges companies face when wanting to modernize their infrastructure and applications

- What will set this show apart

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You are listening to application modernization, a show that spotlights the forward thinking leaders of high growth software companies. From scaling applications and accelerating time to market to avoiding expensive licensing costs, we discuss how you can innovate with new technology and forward thinking processes and save some cash on the process. Let's get into it. Hello and welcome to the introductory episode of application modernization. My name is Jordan Alfred and I'm one of the producers of the show. We're here today with Ross Beard, vice president of Shadowsoft. Ross, thank you so much for joining me. How's it going today? Hey, Jonas, it's going really well. Thanks for having me. Yes, we are so happy to have you here. So, to give everyone a bit more context, today we'll be talking about what you, the listener, can expect to hear from the podcast. But before we jump into that, Ross tell us a little bit about yourself and the work that you're doing at shadows offt yes, so shut usoft is a boutique it consulting firm, and what we really focus on...

...is helping our customers modernize their infrastructure and the applications. My role at Shautusoft is to really seek to understand our customers needs and then help them overcome their challenges along the way, whilst bringing together all of our experts and consultants on our side. Awesome. So why did the team at shadows off decide to start this podcast? Yes, we've been working with a with many high growth software companies as over the last two, three four years, and what we found is there's a very similar story that these companies follow. They are looking to grow and they're growing from ten customers to a hundred customers to a thousand customers, and there are some common challenges that they run into along their growth journey. So we really wanted to start this podcast we could tell their stories,...

...talk about their challenges and talk about their successes so that other high growth software companies can learn something from people that have done it in the past. Yeah, so what are some of the common challenges that you might have seen that sparked you guys to even want to, you know, discuss some of their stories here? So there are really three key challenges that a lot of high growth software companies run into. Firstly, they need to scale their applications to meet customer demands. What I mean by that is that you know, you might have an infrastructure architected in a way that supports ten customers today, but as you grow to a hundred customers or a thousand customers, decisions need to be made to enable that growth. So we really specialize in helping our customers navigate those decisions and embrace new technologies like containers, cubinators in the cloud to enable the applications to scale. Secondly, these growing software companies need to be quick, they need to move fast and they need speed to market.

So what I mean by that is they have their customers asking them for new features and improvements and they need to release those new features out to the market quickly to combat competitors. So we work with them to embrace new processes and embrace new technologies to speed up software deliveries so they can get their features out to the market quicker. And lastly, it's about cost saving. So as customers grow from ten to a hundred, two to a thousand, you know costs add up. The cloud consumption model, you know it can get expensive. So we work with our customers to identify ways to architect their environments to identify cost savings. We also help them find ways to avoid expensive licensing costs, really with the intent to drive down costs so they can generate additional margin as they bring on new customers and loving it. I love it. So...

...what can listeners expect to hear when they're listening to each episode? Just to kind of reiterate that, yes, you're going to hear a real story from a high growth software company. So we're really try and peel back the onion to understand how they've grown over the years and and really some of the specific challenges that they ran into as they were modernizing and specifically modernizing their application and infrastructure. Really, my goal here is to give you some key ideas that you can walk away with and implement yourself so that you can follow in the footsteps of other successful high growth software companies. Absolutely so, Ross tell me a little bit about how this show may be different than any of your competitors. So it's a it's a great question. I think the show is going to be about the guests, right. It's going to be about telling their story and, you know, really understanding how they were able to navigate their...

...journey. So it's not going to be about us. Yes, we've played a role in helping some of these customers, but it's going to be a lot about how they've navigated the challenges and their advice to other high growth companies. I'm loving it. Love it alrighty. So how can listeners connect with you in case they have any ideas for the episode topics or get that you should feature on the show? Yeah, visit our website at shadowed softcom podcast. From this page you can subscribe to the podcast, you can suggest guests or give us some feedback. Awesome. Well, that wraps it up for our introductory episode. Thank you so much for joining me today. Ross. I'm really excited to see this show grow. So thank you to everyone listening in today. Make sure that you come back and tune into episode one of application modernization. Application modernization is sponsored by Red Hat, the world's leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, including high performing Linux, cloud, container and...

COUBERNETTI's technologies. Thanks for listening to application modernization, a podcast for high growth software companies. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast player so you never miss an episode. And if you use apple podcasts, do us a favor and leave a quick writing by tapping the stars. Join US on the next episode to learn more about modernizing your infrastructure and applications for growth. Until next time,.

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