10 Fastest Growing Software Companies 2016
A Premier Provider of Custom Software Development, Technology Enablement Services & Value-Add Consulting: First Line Software
“First Line operates multiple software development centers in Eastern Europe and employs 400+ staff globally. It has completed over 400 projects in 15 countries in 14 different industries.”
Incorporated in 2009, First Line Software is an international premier provider of custom software development, technology enablement services and value-add consulting in big data engineering, digitalization, intellectual integration, Industrial Internet and IoT, digital media and marketing,
enterprise content management, and healthcare IT.
The company started off using Agile methodologies and then as it accumulated significant tech stack knowledge and specific industry expertise, evolved to include the Intellectual Integration approach. Intellectual Integration addresses the primary challenges of business digitalization through critical thinking, insight, and horizontal engineering expertise across multiple verticals and technologies. Together, Agile and Intellectual Integration provide clients with an efficient way to analyze their current capabilities, identify the best way forward, and then execute – whether it’s a complete digital transformation or innovating with a new product or service.
First Line has been recognized with multiple annual rankings and awards by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), Global, Corporate LiveWire, Insights Success and CNews. The company was the first to be awarded with the Scrum Capability Medallion by Scrum, Inc. Most recently, research firm Gartner included First Line in their first ever Market Guide for Technology Integrators (2014) and the Cool Vendor in Applications Services 2015 Report. It is also an EPiServer Service Implementation Partner with one hundred engineers representing 350 person years of experience in implementing Episerver solutions worldwide.
In 2016, First Line Software acquired Massachusetts-based Healthcare Solutions Provider – Solaris Development to support its strategy of growth through acquisition – specifically consulting companies in selected high-growth markets.
A Global Software Engineering Boutique
The company is a global software engineering boutique executing complex technological projects. The First Line team has broad experience and knowledge of innovative technologies, and applies out-of-the-box thinking. The leadership team has IT industry experience dating back to 1991. First Line has built up a reputation of being a company that is capable of providing complex solutions that satisfy customers and add significant value to their business. Another aspect of its differentiation is its strong adherence to Agile methodologies.
“First Line Software is a unique combination of an exceptionally skilled and loyal engineering force, working in an innovative agile environment. We deliver high quality software on time and within budget,” said Nick Puntikov, CEO.
First Line empowers companies to effectively compete in their markets by accelerating and achieving digitalization. As a strategic technology partner, it collaborates with clients to build and implement competitive solutions and products for their global clientele.
The company is a one-stop-shop for:
- Software engineering expertise
- Agile philosophy
It follows a Hybrid delivery model with local presence in the markets where it works. First Line establishes strategic partnerships with industry-specific IT companies where it can add tremendous value. The company is also active in industry organizations such as Object Management Group and the Industrial Internet Consortium.
Experience & Expertise
First Line’s expertise with the Internet of Things includes projects in Wearable Tech, Cellular ID, Smart Cities, and Warehouse Management. The company’s team also has broad expertise in Mobile Development, Enterprise Application Development, Financial Systems, Loyalty Technologies, Media Solutions, Embedded Development, and Healthcare IT.
With its comprehensive services, First Line Software is equipped to work with companies whether the projects require a combination of Intellectual Integration and elements of custom software development or full custom software development of a product or solution. Access to its Dedicated Software Engineering Centers (DSEC) provides clients with a skilled and stable team of software developers, project managers, architects, technical leads and test engineers who can seamlessly augment their development team.
The company has achieved two Microsoft Gold Competencies – one in Application Development and the other in Digital Marketing.
Client Verticals and Big Clients
First Line Software has clients all over the world: in Europe, Scandinavia, Brazil, the US, Australia, Turkey and other countries. They are from verticals such as Big Data Engineering, Content Management Systems (Episerver), Healthcare IT and IoT. Some of its big clients include Bonnier, Dell Software, InnerWorkings, RW3, Viastore, Web2Print, Myler, Change Anything, Timera, Liebherr, Hyundai and Odysseus Data Services.
“We have never had a better release that we can think of. And that is all because of your hard and dedicated work. So here is a big THANK YOU to everyone from all of us!”
– Editor, Leading Scandinavian Newspaper.
“Our First Line Team has been doing a great job. All of the guys check in great code, and they have a forward thinking mindset, not a feature-to-feature approach. They are also very open in terms of sharing knowledge, which is critical to running productive distributed teams.” – Application Development Director, Global Marketing Company.
Ingram Micro Distribution GmbH
The company was looking for a new solution for its Straubing distribution center as the existing system could not meet any new demands or further expansion of the center in terms of flexibility, scalability, and capabilities for automation of the warehouse processes.
Solution & Result
Ingram Micro selected the viad@t WMS warehouse management system. As the exclusive certified integration partner for viad@t WMS in Russia and CIS countries, First Line Software provided the implementation services for viad@t WMS, including customization and integration with other Ingram Micro systems.
Since mid-July 2008, the control and management of all processes has been performed by the viad@t system in both sections of the warehouse complex. In addition to process management at external stock locations – from receiving inventory at the warehouse to placing containers on the charge deck for shipment to clients – the viad@t system provided Ingram Micro with an opportunity to partially automate the process of order-picking. As a result, warehouse efficiency increased by 20 percent.
Envisioning the Future
The company’s current and future focus is on the Healthcare, Big Data Engineering, Industrial Internet, and IoT domains. The First Line team is actively searching for acquisition targets in these areas and is also planning to further develop domain expertise through both organic growth and M&A.
“We combine our technical skills and experience, industry expertise, and transparent Agile programming to advice and deliver solutions that delight our customers.”
Meet the CEO – Nick Puntikov
Nick is an entrepreneur and executive with proven success in building global technology organizations. In 1991, Nick founded his first private software engineering firm – StarSoft. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, the company developed into a premier software services provider to clients in North America and Europe and employed 700 engineers. After its merger with Exigen Services in 2007, Nick continued as the CEO, running a 1,500-person operation in six countries across Europe, the Baltics and China. Today, Nick is the co-founder and CEO of First Line Software with 400+ technology professionals in multiple countries.