This month we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of creating an association specifically focused on embedded PS organizations. In September of 2005, Tom Rich, Greg Burnett, and I helped launch the Technology Professional Services Industry Association (TPSA).
Check out the twenty founding members:
- BEA Systems
- Computer Associates
- Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc.
- GlassHouse Technologies
- Hitachi Data Systems
- Hyperion Solutions
- IKON Office Solutions
- Juniper Networks
- Mercury Interactive
- Mentor Graphics
- Parametric Technology Corp.
- Peregrine Systems
- Progress Software
- SBI Group
- Software AG
- Sterling Commerce
- Sun Microsystems
For a real walk down memory lane, check out an article in the IT press that covered the launch:
Here is a telling data point on how the technology industry continues to mature and consolidate. Nine of the 20 founding member companies of TPSA have since been acquired! And I am not talking small software startup companies. BEA, Sun, and Hyperion to name just a few.
Despite the amazing consolidation that continues to occur in the tech industry, TSIA has a thriving PS community of over 90 members. This community allows TSIA to aggregate one of the richest datasets available related to the actual performance and practices of embedded PS organizations.
I remember how proud we were to have recruited such a great list of tech companies. And to this day, I am personally grateful to the individual PS leaders in those companies that took an early chance on a new community and a new Executive Director. I am even more proud of the fact that five years later, I am still here. Working with people like Bo DiMuccio to deliver on the promises we made to those founding members five years ago.
Former TPSA members, current TSIA members, thank you so much for your continued support.