The first half of 2019 has been a period defined by growth and expansion for Oktana. Great things have been happening and we wanted to take a moment to share.
We are also thrilled to report we’ve officially reached a headcount of over 200 developers worldwide.
Historically, our development team has been based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Like any technology company, we’re always on the hunt for great talent, challenging ourselves to learn new skills and provide more value to our partners. With that in mind, we expanded into neighboring Paraguay in late 2018, opening an office in the capital, Asunción. Expansion into Paraguay set the stage for the growth we’ve experienced as, over the past six months, we’ve been able to bring on new team members in a wide variety of roles. The team has become an essential part of the Oktana family.
Why Paraguay? The population is young and entrepreneurial. There has been increased investment by the government in science and technology and several accelerators and other programs have launched to help fuel entrepreneurship. For us, this is the right environment to find developers eager to work on big projects and expand on their knowledge.
Fun Facts about Paraguay
- Population: 7,000,000+
- Slightly smaller than the state of California
- Literacy rate is 94% (vs. 86% in the United States)
- World’s fourth-largest exporter of electricity
- Host of Guinness Book of World Records world’s largest barbecue, attended by approximately 30,000 people
Next Stop: Peru
With offices in New York, San Francisco, Montevideo, and now Asunción, where are we headed next? We’re excited to announce our office in Lima, Peru is open and ready for business. After our successful expansion into Asunción, we looked for other new cities to grow into and found Lima was the perfect place.
Why Peru? The capital, Lima, has a population of over 9 million people, making it one of the largest cities in South America. Because the majority of our customers are based in the United States, it’s important for us to ensure our team schedules align with US timezones and work hours to enable collaboration. Like Paraguay, Peru’s workday naturally overlaps with the US workday. Peru is a growing and stable country, so we’re confident it’s a place we will be able to contribute to and grow.
Fun Facts about Peru
- Population: 30,000,000+
- Nearly twice the size of Texas
- Founded in 1551, National University of San Marcos is the oldest in the Americas
- Incan Empire was larger than imperial Rome at its peak
- Home to both the world’s highest sand dune and deepest canyon
As we continue to expand, it’s important to ensure our Oktana family feels connected regardless of location so we’re increasingly focused on building our company culture and communication between offices. As the year progresses, we may reach out to you, as our partners, to share your story so each developer is able to better understand the projects keeping their colleagues up at night.
Mulesoft & Informatica Certification
With a growing team, we’ve also expanded on our certification game. The developers at Oktana are always hungry to learn new things and prove they’re the best of the best so we have expanded our certification options. We have achieved a number of new Salesforce certifications, like Commerce Cloud Developer and Community Cloud Developer, and have stepped outside of core Salesforce certification to explore other options that fit our team, including Mulesoft and Informatica certifications. Read more about Mulesoft and Informatica here.