Currently with 300 employees, 3,000 client apps between the Apple and Android stores, and 500 large enterprise applications running all manner of corporate activity around the world, the Indianapolis division of DMI, Inc. (formerly Allegient), is planning to double in size by the end of 2019. Up to 180 of those new jobs will be located in Indianapolis.
The company was already on a fairly rapid growth trajectory before the acquisition 18 months ago, having doubled in size about every four years since 2001. The added resources of global end-to-end mobility company DMI, however, have dramatically increased the Indianapolis division’s deal size and scope, which has boosted the need for more tech talent.
“Next year is going to be an accelerated growth year for us because of the DMI acquisition,” said Gregg Gallant, president of DMI’s Digital Transformation Solutions Division (and founder of the former Allegient).
The local DMI Digital Transformation Solutions Division in Indianapolis is made up of three primary groups — business solutions, app development and platform services. Business solutions is a Design Thinking-driven group of problem solvers and agile scrum masters who help clients define the problem and manage the process of solving it. App development — the largest of the three groups — builds the solutions using primarily Java and .NET platforms. The third group, platform services, builds solutions on top of platforms like Salesforce, Microsoft and Pega, one of the up and coming platforms that enables robotic process automation.
Since the acquisition in June 2017, the Indianapolis division’s deal size has grown as much as 40x and its pipeline has included larger and larger enterprise projects under the DMI platform of companies. According to Gallant, being able to scale up due to the DMI global footprint has made the division competitive in a way that the company couldn’t achieve on its own. Whereas the company was able to bring new technologies and platforms to client projects as needed in the past, there are now entire DMI divisions dedicated to Internet of Things connectivity and customer experience, for example, which further legitimizes the company’s bonafides as a cutting edge enterprise partner.
Gallant’s take on the success of the acquisition and accelerated growth is rooted in shared values with Jay Sunny Bajaj (DMI’s chairman and CEO) and Dr. Ken Bajaj (president of DMI). “I discovered a real affinity for solving problems something like 30 years ago after graduating from Notre Dame and coming here to work for the City of Indianapolis. That grew into a real passion for solving problems by infusing technology, which was a guiding principle of our company and a shared value with DMI.”
The smartphone changed everything for everyone both personally and in business and despite it only being 12 years since the iPhone debuted, Gallant believes it was a real turning point for his company and numerous other tech employers in Indiana. It’s also a huge part of the future as mobility earns a larger and larger percentage of users’ first point of contact regardless of the device or platform. As the business world embraces the concept of mobility, DMI has been an integral partner with large enterprises helping them empower their digital workforces through applications that optimize operations.
“I think that’s one of DMI’s real competitive advantages in recruiting top talent — the opportunity to work on these vast enterprise apps with Fortune 500 to Fortune 50 clients that are challenging to be sure, but they’re also a lot of fun,” said Gallant. “For a problem-solver like me and like so many of our team, it’s hard not to get excited about working on projects that have hundreds of thousands of users and people interacting with them daily all over the world.”
Approximately 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Indiana are a DMI client in some form or another, but the company doesn’t necessarily limit its client list by industry or size. “It’s the challenge of solving the problem that appeals to us,” Gallant said.
In order to meet the hiring needs of filling up to 180 tech roles over the next year, DMI is ramping up its recruiting efforts with major universities and colleges throughout the state as well as outreach to experienced developers nationwide. They have also formalized the DMI training program at the division over the past several years, which includes a six-week boot camp covering everything from technology sets and consulting best practices to business etiquette.
As DMI prepares for accelerated growth, the company has renovated office space to meet the need for more team collaboration rooms as well as for more employees choosing to work in the office. “It’s a cultural thing. People really want to be a part of what’s going on at the office and they’d rather work together as a team, which is a healthy sign,” said Gallant. “We’re taking everything to the next level now and doubling in size over the next year is going to be quite an adventure.”
For a complete list of open positions at DMI, please visit https://dminc.com/about/careers/.