Algonquin Studios is pleased to announce the creation of a Product Research and Development team within the organization and the promotion of Bill Stewart to the role of Director of Research and Product Development.
In his new role, Mr. Stewart will focus on research and development related to Algonquin’s core, client-facing products, including the company’s content management products - QuantumCMS, LegalLink, Proposal Builder - and all new products developed for the content management family.
This move represents a significant investment in Algonquin’s commitment to the growth of its product line and gives the company the ability to proactively push into new markets with new and better solutions. Mr. Stewart’s work will also allow Algonquin to respond more quickly to its existing, international customer base with faster updates and new releases.
“I’m excited about the opportunities this new role will provide for me and for Algonquin Studios,” says Mr. Stewart. “We have great ideas for the future of our existing suite of content management products and new additions to the line. My new position will bring us one big step closer to realizing those ideas and to continuing to grow our strong presence as a software and services provider.”
Moving forward, Mr. Stewart and his team will define scope, produce delivery timelines, and build new client-facing software products. The Research and Development team will also be responsible for implementation details and for coordinating with Algonquin’s support team on updates. They’ll also work with the company’s custom development team to identify improvements that will allow for easier builds and implementations of custom features and functionality to existing products. The team will also identify new product opportunities and bring them to the senior management team for consideration. While at first Mr. Stewart’s efforts will be focused on Algonquin’s line of content management products, it is the company’s goal to grow his team and the products it produces.
“I am tremendously pleased to say that over the past few years, Bill has done an amazing job shepherding the QuantumCMS product into something far beyond what Algonquin’s founders had envisioned when we installed the first version back in 2001,” says Steven Raines, Algonquin Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “He’s managed to do this under shifting market conditions and resource availability and, while working with a host of other contributors, Bill has overseen the implementation of something we can all be truly proud of and for which we consistently receive praise from our customers. I am supremely confident in Bill's ability to continue to drive QuantumCMS to the next level in his new role and to do the same with a growing line of products.”
In addition to the new Research and Development team, Algonquin will continue to offer business and technology consulting and custom software development services to clients in industries including the legal, health care, financial services, and not-for-profit fields. Bringing years of knowledge and experience to the planning, design, and execution of complete custom software development projects, from concept to production roll-out, Algonquin’s consultants and developers have implemented full-featured, scalable, and fault-tolerant enterprise-wide information systems for companies all over the world.
“We have a lot of great people here at Algonquin Studios; some of our developers are extremely energized by working with clients while others interested in focusing on better, faster, and more elegant solutions,” says Mr. Raines. “It’s my hope that by having two separate groups, we'll be better positioned to accommodate different interests and still keep the same powerful group of talented professionals together as a team for years to come.”