Modulus, NodeSource Push Enterprise Node.js Adoption

In hopes of driving Node.js adoption in the enterprise, NodeSource and Modulus are bolstering their teams and products to better serve developers.

Enterprise Node.js Adoption

As the market for Node.js continues to pick up, companies such as NodeSource and Modulus are stepping in to meet the needs of a growing number of developers seeking tools and support.

NodeSource, a provider of Node.js tools, integration and support for the enterprise, announced it is doubling the size of its leadership team with four key executive hires.

The company, which recently announced Node.js support services for enterprise customers, also promoted two of its top-level engineers, furthering the company’s commitment to help enterprises that want to leverage the capabilities of Node.js in their technology stack.

Node.js is a development platform built on Google Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. It is an open source, cross-platform runtime environment for server-side and networking applications. Node.js applications are written in JavaScript and can be run within the Node.js runtime on OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, NonStop, IBM AIX, IBM System z and IBM i.

Joining the NodeSource executive team are Mark Piening, Dave Lutz, Chip Ray and Kevin Stewart. Mark Piening is the company’s chief operating officer and brings more than 20 years in enterprise software and systems experience to NodeSource, including stints at VERITAS and Symantec. Dave Lutz is vice president of customer success, where he will focus on service, training, and support for NodeSource clients including Uber, NASA and PayPal. Lutz has more than 25 years of enterprise software experience to NodeSource, including having worked at IBM and Oracle. As vice president of product, Chip Ray will drive product strategy and manage NodeSource products. And Kevin Stewart is the company’s vice president of product engineering. He is a 10-year veteran from Adobe where he worked on Adobe Creative Cloud and helped Adobe migrate systems from Ruby to Node. Piening, Lutz and Ray join NodeSource at its Austin, Texas location and Stewart will be based in Seattle.

NodeSource CEO, Joe McCann, credits the company’s "Distributed by Design" architecture as a key factor in attracting top talent to NodeSource in such a short amount of time. The new hires not only illustrate the growing demand for Node.js expertise to keep pace with the rapid adoption of enterprise JavaScript, but also reflect the benefits of the company’s decentralized structure, he said. NodeSource's location-agnostic, employee-centric culture allows the company to hire top talent anywhere in the world without the disruptive relocation process often associated with recruitment, McCann added. In keeping with the modular architecture of Node.js applications, employees are provided with perks such as Airbnb stipends, which enable them to work from anywhere in the world, but also to cluster in a single location when needed.

"Mark, Dave, Chip, and Kevin bring tremendous experience in enterprise software and services," McCann said in a statement. "But they also represent a team that believes deeply in the benefits of a globally distributed company, and the unparalleled scalability and access to talent that this architecture offers. This leadership team will help NodeSource grow our product portfolio, client base, service offerings, and company. From the jump we have built a foundation that relies on self-starting, top-tier individuals in their respective fields."

NodeSource also announced the promotions of Rod Vagg, based in Sydney, Australia, to chief Node officer, and Bryce Baril, based in Portland, Ore., to senior Node engineer.

"At NodeSource, we do things a little bit differently," McCann said in a blog post from June 2014. "We are Distributed by Design, meaning, our team is globally distributed from the beginning. We have no central office. This enables our teammates to spend more time with their families and their friends. It empowers them to travel and get out and see the world."