Borland rises, with drop of Meads

It's a fair step up from a serviced office suite to the top floor of Wellington's Majestic centre, but Borland's success in the market has justified the move, says New Zealand manager Chris Gray.

It’s a fair step up from a serviced office suite to the top floor of Wellington’s Majestic centre, but Borland’s success in the market has justified the move, says New Zealand manager Chris Gray.

The parent company’s expanded repertoire, achieved partly by acquisition of companies such as Starbase and TogetherSoft, has given it offerings in all phases of the application development process.

Aspects such as requirements definition and management are increasingly important, Gray says, especially as more of the straightforward code-cutting is outsourced and there is a need for control over an outside team.

“Better software faster” is what Gray described as his “elevator pitch” — the marketing message delivered in the 20 seconds it takes to go up in a lift — though he acknowledges that the journey to the 28th floor of the Majestic Centre gives a little extra time for delivery.

Gray and Australia-NZ managing director Andrew Munro were the curtain raisers to the main speaker at the opening of Borland’s new Wellington office. Some may have seen legendary former All Black captain Colin Meads (pictured) as an incongruous choice for a software company, but he certainly ensured a large and captivated audience. Thankfully, Meads didn’t attempt some stretched analogy between his game and the teamwork of software development — he just talked rugby, and took questions.

Among his controversial opinions: the game has become too “mechanical” and the referee has too much control. In response to a question about lack of a “Plan B” in the current All Black side, he said in his playing days there was nothing as formal as a Plan A and Plan B. “There was just a plan, which worked itself out as we went along.”

Any agile programming aficionados in the audience would have appreciated that line.

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