SDL Tridion Gearing Up to Open R&D Branch in the U.S.

At least, that’s what it looks like… Just came across several posts on various job sites about SDL Tridion looking to hire a Software Developer for its San Jose, CA, office.

Pieter may come and go, but the show must go on.

The new venture is positioned as part of the SDL Tridion Development Lab, headquartered in Amsterdam and supported by guys in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Ukrainians are hiring, too, by the way. They lure folks in with:

  1. “Good, totally official ‘white’ salary”
  2. “Business trips to Holland”
  3. “Free lunches, corporate parties, picnics, sport programs”

Awww, how very post-Soviet, makes me want to tear up 😉 Some things just never change.

OK, let’s get back on track with the SDL Tridion Development Lab:

Our Development Lab is an international blend of ambitious software engineers who take pride in developing products that facilitate the business-critical processes of our customers. We create Content Management software for multinational business communication. We choose technology to match not just the problem at hand, but also the infrastructure requirements imposed by our customers.

Currently, the San Jose office houses mostly SDL Tridion U.S. Professional Services staff, with R&D — it looks like — to come very soon.

So, if you’ve got skills in Microsoft .NET and/or Java, sounds like you can get a job with the SDL Tridion Development Lab. Oh, and some knowledge of XML, XSLT, DHTML, AJAX, DOM won’t hurt either. Trust me on this one 😉

If you’re a fan of the Agile software development methodology, you definitely sound like the right match for SDL Tridion that says:

We do all of our software development using a Scrum process. This means that the team is largely self-organizing and, within a clear, small set of constraints, is left to optimize its own work. Scrum also means that every month, your product manager can expect to see new product functionality that adds value to our customers.

Speaking of skillsets… Leads me to think of an opinion by Adriaan Bloem posted on CMS Watch not so long ago. He was poking fun at this job post for a Boston Ad agency (Ummm, I wonder who that could possibly be…) looking for a Trdion developer with “Strong .Net Skills, XSLT, JSP, UNIX and Java.” All of that? In one person? Right… Good luck with that 😉

SDL Tridion’s R&D presence in the heart of the self-proclaimed capital of Silicon Valley surely seems like a logical progression of the company’s U.S. expansion. The question is who will lead the effort? Clearly, there will be someone magical to take on the R&D effort a la Californie.

Tot ziens!


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