Ideagen Plc is to launch a new research and development operation intended to strengthen its product suite and identify opportunities for innovation.
Already one of the fastest growing firms operating in the multi-billion Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) market with market-leading software applications and a global client roster of blue chip companies, this new department will drive Ideagen’s efforts to innovate, improve and build the next generation of software applications.
Ian Hepworth, Ideagen’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “I am excited to announce the formation of this new research and development department at Ideagen.
“Research and development is absolutely critical for any organisation operating in the software and general technology industry. At Ideagen, we have amazing, world class products and an outstandingly talented and experienced workforce, but we understand and have recognised that there can be no room for complacency in what is a constantly changing and ever-evolving sector.
“I am really looking forward – and am very excited – to see the impact that a dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled R&D department will have on our organisation, our products and our future.”
The new department will be headed by current Chief Development Architect, Kim Fowler, who will become Ideagen’s Head of R&D.
Ian added: “Kim’s passion and experience are second to none and I truly believe this is an outstanding step for everyone involved. The launch of our new R&D department and the appointment of Kim will be the cornerstone in shifting our cultural focus towards innovation to ensure we stay among the leading players in a GRC space that is filled with opportunity.”
Kim joined the Ideagen Group in August 2016 following the acquisition of Covalent Software Ltd, where he was a Principal Software Developer.
He launched Babble&Geek in 1997 and has offered guidance to a range of clients including Tesco, Sainsburys, NASA, ESA, and Northrop Grumman.
Kim said: “The new R&D department marks an excellent opportunity for both myself and the company to really take research and development at Ideagen to the next level.
“The remit of the R&D team will be to focus on how we can innovate, improve and build the next generation of products. This will involve working directly with employees across development, sales, support and technical services to truly understand what and where our focus on innovation should be in order to deliver the most value.
“These are exciting times for the company, and this is certainly a challenge that I am very much looking forward to.”