Since setting up human+ in February 2019, the last 19 months have been the most exciting, stressful and exhilarating of my career so far. I have founded businesses in the past but normally with more than one other person and never before as the CEO. It’s something I have always wanted to do and I feel very proud to say that I have achieved it.
While I will be sad to lose the human+ brand, I am immensely happy at what we have managed to achieve and the team we have built. It has been an incredible journey. Building a start-up company from within a publicly listed group (The Panoply Group) has been an eye-opening experience and I have learnt an incredible amount about both business and myself along the way. I would like to say a huge personal thank you to the many many people that have made it such a success.
Ciara MacCooey, human+ co-founder and COO, and I have seen the company go from strength to strength in such a short period to establish itself as one of the fastest-growing Intelligent Automation companies in the UK. I firmly attribute this to our focus on “putting the human at the center of automation” - a sense of purpose which really does run through everything we do at human+. We understand that the majority of our clients are at the early stages of their Automation journey so we spend a lot of time helping them make informed choices and ensuring they are fully aware of how automation will impact, empower and enhance their business, people and culture.
In any business, you are faced with various inflexion points and that’s where we found ourselves as human+. Our clients (I’m grateful to say) are asking us to do more and more - from solving technology challenges that transcend Intelligent Automation and providing insight and strategy on organisational redesign as a result of Intelligent Automation. That and as organisations battle to respond to challenges accelerated by Covid-19 have given us an opportunity to look at how we deliver the expertise needed, and at scale.
Today, we saw the launch of Foundry4. A new business set up to combine forces with several other Group companies to form a 90 strong team made up of an incredible array of skills and experience in software engineering, data intelligence, cloud platforms, product management and discovery.
After a little soul searching Ciara and I decided that this was too good an opportunity to miss and that we can really take the Intelligent Automation team to another level with the backing of Foundry4.
We’re going to spend the next three months transitioning over to Foundry4 with a view to us being a fully fledged member of the business by early January 2021. It’s exciting times for us and all of the businesses who are coming together. You can read more about Foundry4 in a recent blog from its CEO James Herbert.