While Emergent Networks has been centered around Microsoft IT solutions, strategy and support, CEO Jamie Anderson says the new software business will provide additional avenues for growth.
Emergent Networks’ genesis dates back in 1985 when Anderson’s father began as a one man band software developer while Jamie was still in school. Then in 2003, he took over the practice, became President, and built the company into the 75 person firm that it is today — with satellite offices in Mankato and Rochester.
“Custom software has always been a part of Emergent Networks in one way or another,” Anderson reflects. “Yet I always new that the market was a lot bigger than what we we’re serving. In order to do it right, they needed their own identities and management.”
So he pitched peers Mark Bajema and Brian Cherney on the idea of a partnership that set Emergent Software in motion earlier this year. Anderson says the grand plan is to use the proceeds from development to ultimately create their own apps in house, starting with nascent SaaS product Innovative Mentoring for nonprofits.
Currently officed in CoCo St. Paul, Emergent Software claims 10 employees with the stated goal of doubling headcount by this time next year.