Rediker Software, a leader in school administrative software, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 17th to celebrate the opening of its newly finished third-floor office space and the addition of 30 high-tech jobs in software development. The ceremony took place at the company’s 33,000 square foot facility in Hampden, MA with State Senator Eric Lesser and State Representative Brian Ashe in attendance. Rediker Software employees and customers also joined the celebration.
"It's an honor to congratulate Rediker Software on their renovated office space and the new high-tech jobs they are creating in Western Massachusetts,” stated Lesser, who currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. “For decades, Rediker Software has been a global leader in education technology, all while remaining locally owned and committed to their hometown of Hampden and the Greater Springfield community. We know the future of our region depends on creating and retaining high-tech jobs, and we are grateful to Rediker Software for being on the leading edge of the Western Massachusetts renaissance."
Designed for Rediker Software’s new Development and Operations (DevOps) team, the new modern office space features an open layout, two conference rooms, a Microsoft Surface Hub, kitchenette, dining space, and several recreational areas designed to spark creativity and foster a spirit of teamwork among employees. Local artist Nate Duval, known for his whimsical imagery and rock posters, has been commissioned to add wall art to the space.
“The new space brings a taste of Silicon Valley to Western Mass,” said President of Rediker Software Andrew Anderlonis. “It inspires team collaboration and innovative design of future school software solutions with some fun aspects as well. We are extremely proud of how the third floor came out and are excited to share the space with our employees, customers and the local community.”
Developing Next-Generation Technology
Back in the early 1980s, owner and CEO Rich Rediker started Rediker Software from the basement of his family home, much like technology giants Microsoft and Amazon that began in home garages. As Rediker developed more sophisticated programs, sales exploded and by 1998 he and his staff of less than 20 people moved into the current facility in the center of Hampden. Even as business grew, Rediker didn’t imagine that 20 years later he would employ more than 100 people. While Rediker remains the company’s CEO, Anderlonis, who is Rediker’s son-in-law, oversees daily operations.
“Rich Rediker has done an outstanding job ensuring the company has been profitable every year since it was founded,” said Anderlonis, noting the company carries an impressive record of growth. Rediker Software has been included in the "SUPER 60" list - deemed by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc. as one of the top 30 fastest-growing, privately-held companies in Western Massachusetts for the past 23 years running.
Anderlonis added that the last few years have been an especially fruitful time at Rediker Software, particularly when it comes to developing next-generation technology. “With the products we’re introducing to the market, we’re focused on providing even more robust, powerful, and flexible tools for schools to utilize. We consider ourselves the market leader for student information systems,” stated Anderlonis.
Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve
Anderlonis is striving to keep Rediker Software ahead of the technology curve. As part of this effort, Anderlonis created an internship program that provides high school and college students with real-world software development experience. Many of these interns have graduated to full-time positions within the company, becoming the next generation of Rediker Software developers. Anderlonis has also teamed up with Tech Foundry, a Springfield-based technology skill center that trains professionals for the IT workforce.
Brett Couture, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Rediker Software, is leading the company’s new DevOps team. "We have been working hard to build one of the best development teams in Western MA,” stated Couture. “Our team is using the latest technology to create resilient and high-performing modern cloud applications for schools. Our objective is to ensure the continued happiness of our customers by delivering competitive and innovative platforms that streamline school data management for years to come."
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Anderlonis emphasized his focus on Rediker Software’s future. “My goals are to really set the company up for the next generation of management and success with our school software products, and to create a strategic vision going forward,” said Anderlonis. “Finishing the third floor and creating the new DevOps team were important steps in reaching those goals. It’s a very exciting time at Rediker. The best is yet to come.”
About Rediker Software
For more than 38 years, Rediker Software has been a leader in school administrative software for private, public, international, religious and independent schools. Through its innovative solutions, Rediker Software helps schools in over 120 countries manage administrative tasks, maximize school-to-home communication and inspire student performance and success. The company’s products include AdminPlus, a cloud-based SIS solution, TeacherPlus Gradebook, Admissions Plus Pro and Teacher Evaluator. Rediker Software offers experience, reliability, unsurpassed technical support, ease of use, and leading-edge features not found in any other system. For more information about Rediker Software, please visit http://www.rediker.com.