In 2016 we had our first ShipIt Day ever. More than expected, it proved to be a means to use our brain cells even more creatively. So this year we’re doing it again!
The main rules of the 24-hour ShipIt Day? All participants have 24 hours to make something shippable, together, that will benefit the company as a whole. Management will leave the building and, after those 24 hours, they will serve us some outstanding home-made spaghetti.
We have a tradition to celebrate our customers, employees and partners on Valentine’s Day. Although not many business-to-business companies choose to do so, this is actually the only marketing campaign Foreach runs. You may consider it far-fetched or even a bit corny to link professional relations with passion and romance. If that’s the case, we hope to convince you that we are entitled to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th of January, we organized our very first Ship It Day. "What's that?", you might ask. Well, it's essentially a 24-hour period in which the employees can work on projects they thought up themselves and go off the grid for customers. Don’t worry, the customers were warned. Ship It Day was an opportunity for our people to focus on unbillable passion projects in small teams as long as they could create something shippable afterwards.
2015 was a good year for Foreach. We are grateful for the appreciation we received from our customers and for the chance to work on so many challenging and meaningful projects. We are proud of our talented teams and thankful for their display of enthusiasm and persistence during the year. When we were at our best, we have worked together intensively with our customers and delivered outstanding web products. We are very ambitious for 2016, the year that marks our tenth anniversary.
We’ve come a long way with our open source products and we’ll continue investing in them. Our open source products are Across & Across Modules, Cucumber Web Bridge (CWB), Push Email Notifier and our common Java Libraries. We are quite happy with the progress we’ve made this year. Of course, more would have been better – as always. In 2015, we’ve realized quite a few things …
Almost all our products we wanted to open source, have been made available. E.g.
Foreach was elected a Technology Fast 50 company by Deloitte. In this contest, Belgian tech companies with the strongest revenue growth between 2011 and 2014 are celebrated. Foreach is proud to be ranked among the 50 fastest growing companies in technology. This confirms the validity of our healthy growth strategy.
Last Monday we helped to launch a new Restodays campaign. Restodays is the biggest culinary event held in Belgium and Luxembourg. During a period of 10 days, you can enjoy a three course lunch or dinner at ultra-light prices in more than 400 restaurants. This edition offers a fine selection of restaurants worth to be discovered, including numerous Michelin and Gault Millau rated restaurants.
As probably all software development companies we develop and maintain a number of proprietary libraries that we share across projects. Today we migrated a set of our Java libraries to Bitbucket, so they are now available for the general public. We have open sourced them under an Apache 2.0 license
Foreach is not a Drupal only company; we have almost 10 years of experience in Drupal, but we did our first large Drupal project (>200 mandays) only 2 years ago. Although we had some struggles in the beginning of the project, we quickly saw some benefits of building solutions with Drupal. Since this first project, we have selected Drupal 7 for several new projects and one of our teams is continuously working in Drupal/PHP.