GENBAND's Kandy.io system has drawn a lot of attention in recent years, and its latest move should bring even more its way. Kandy.io announced that a new Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) was set to open in Ottawa, and an opening ceremony was planned for June 9, 2016 at 9:30 am, featuring no less than Ottawa's own Mayor Jim Watson.
Reports suggest that the Kandy Cloud CoE will comprise 70,000 square feet, and serve as a complement to existing GENBAND facilities already in Ottawa. It will come with a complete lab with all the latest, state-of-the-art materials, and will host not only the leaders of R&D operations, project management and others, but will also bring in new hires, particularly local graduates.
With the Kandy Cloud CoE, it will be better able to deliver the latest in cloud-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for its platform, giving its target markets—including independent software vendors (ISVs), communications service providers (CSPs) and developers in general—access to the widest range of possible services.
Mayor Watson also noted that the CoE would serve as “...a tremendous addition to our thriving tech landscape” as well as proof of “...our City's ability to attract world-class R&D companies, thanks to our skilled technology workforce and growing innovation community.” The opening event Mayor Watson will be seen at will also feature an appearance by the Kandymobile, a fully-loaded RV that shows off just what Kandy can do in an enclosed environment.
Kandy's founder and CEO, Paul Pluschkell, commented “The appetite for embedded real-time communications is only growing, fueled by the Internet of Things and a recognition that contextual real-time communications are the best avenue towards value creation in today’s digital landscape. The CoE will enable us to further propel our development of these solutions and Ottawa, aptly named ‘the Silicon Valley of the North,’ allows us to draw on a tech-savvy talent pool while participating in a thriving ecosystem.”
Kandy's impact can't be underestimated. It's been receiving awards ever since its launch, and making a name for itself throughout much of the real-time communications world. It's delivering value on several levels and made quite a splash at the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) event. So opening up a new operation to further its development in Ottawa isn't out of line, and GENBAND is likely eager to shovel more fuel onto Kandy's rapidly-growing fire. A system can only perform so well for so long in isolation, so if continued success is to be realized, then Kandy's capabilities will have to grow and change to match. That's exactly where a new CoE can help.
With a new CoE to help out, we should be hearing quite a bit out of Kandy in the months to come. Hopefully it will be enough to fend off the competitors who will likely want a piece of this clearly vibrant market.