While Pyxis had experienced significant revenue growth in recent years, in 2011 the company faced heavy internal challenges that led to a major restructuring. This marked a difficult period in the history of the company that still leaves vivid memories in the minds of employees.
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In May 2011, the idea of a Pyxis franchise in Switzerland was born. Gaël, originally from Switzerland and a junior developer at Pyxis at the the time, wrote business plan with François Beauregard and Christian Lapointe.
When the compnay had to restructure, Gaël and Christian decided to conquer new markets in Europe and to export the Pyxis Technologies brand by opening an office in Switzerland.
The hardship that the company was going through pushed it to make fundamental internal changes in order to clarify its positioning and its services. This is how the different branches of the company were created: /studio for software development; /campus for Agile training and /consulting for consulting and professional coaching in Agility.
Urban Turtle, the new Pyxis Technologies product
GreenHopper, the flagship product of Pyxis’ Green line, had been a huge success with its version for Jira (Atlassian) and its version for Team Foundation Server (Microsoft). This success allowed Pyxis Technologies to attract the attention of Atlassian who decided to buy the Jira version in 2009. GreenHopper was then renamed Jira Agile and finally, it was fully integrated into Jira.
Pyxis continued the development of the version for TFS (Microsoft) and secured the future of this product by renaming the version “Urban Turtle”.
Establishing an international network
After many internal changes, the company decided to expand even more around the world. François Beauregard, who had taken over the presidency from Martin Proulx, decided to create a worldwide network of self-organized companies.
The company already has a branch in France and Switzerland, but aimed to expand further in Europe and Asia, with the creation of Pyxis Belgium and Pyxis Singapore offices. In North America, Pyxis Portland, Great Lakes, Vancouver and Ottawa were created in the United States and Canada. By opting for an international posture, Pyxis Technologies wished to develop its brand image abroad and to bring together entrepreneurs around the same culture of Agility.
At the same time, the company aspired to become the reference for Agility in the French-speaking market. This is how the website agileknowhow.com was created and has since been incredibly successful with French-speaking customers. In fact, the Agile Know How blog is one of the only information platforms on Agility available in French and whose articles are written by experienced and certified coaches and trainers from around the world.
From 2010 to 2015, Pyxis Technologies has navigated between successes and challenges, but to summarize this five-year period to these challenges would be too restrictive. The company overcame and started its global network project with the appearance of several branches around the world. With a new entity and with a division of services better identified and more diversified for the clientele, Pyxis has succeeded in its transformation and looks to the future with a brighter eye.
Discover the rest of the Pyxis story in the next article that will cover the period from 2016 to 2020.
You missed the previous article? Read the history of Pyxis from 2005 to 2010.