2010-10-28 / Front Page

Software development company opens new facility

Infragistics CEO has lived in So. Brunswick for over 20 years
BY SAM SLAUGHTER
Staff Writer
On Oct. 25, Infragistics, a software development company, cut the ribbon on its brand-new 74,000-square-foot worldwide headquarters in Cranbury.

Infragistics is a company that creates development tools for user interface. They also make components for Microsoft.net.

“They are the things you don’t even realize you are using,” Director of Public Relations Dawn Colossi said.

“We help our customers design great experiences,” CEO Dean Guida said.

The company was formed in 2000 as a result of the merger between Guida’s company Protoview Development Corp. and Sheridan Software Systems Inc. Guida has been a resident of Dayton for almost 20 years.

Guida started working with computer development software as a teenager. Growing up, he said, he always wanted to be an entrepreneur.

“When I was about 16, instead of buying a used car, I bought one of the first IBM PCs and I taught myself how to program. I started writing software for people and making money,” he said.

After learning to program, Guida attended college in Florida for engineering, and then moved north to work. While working as a consultant for AIG, Guida and another person came up with the idea to create a software development toolkit.

Currently, the company has around 250 employees worldwide. There are offices in the United Kingdom, Japan and Uruguay as well as development centers in Bulgaria and on Long Island in New York.

Before moving to their current space, Infragistics was located in nearby West Windsor. About 170 of the employees will work in the new headquarters, leaving space for an estimated 160 more. The need to move grew out of the ever-expanding company and the need to be able to house more employees.

The building, located on Commerce Drive in Cranbury, used to be a 54,000- square-foot mix of warehouse and office space. After a year of renovation, which will be completed in November, the new space will have a dual-level warehouse as well as a number of new features, Guida said, that will make it feel more like a home.

“We bought furniture you might buy for your own home,” he said.

In addition, Guida said that there would be a number of aesthetic additions that would be conducive to a creative environment. He pointed out multiple libraries where workers could go to research or relax with a book.

“We have a really neat space here,” he said.

There would also be a bamboo room, surrounded by bamboo, to meet in, and also outdoor meeting spaces with fire pits and Wi-Fi capabilities.

The multitude of open spaces and the overall environment, Guida said, will lead to better productivity on the part of the employees.

“It’ll help create software and take care of the customers,” he said.

Looking ahead, Guida is confident in the company’s ability to remain on the forefront of user interface technology.

“The key is to have great people on your team that are connected and passionate about technology. We’re all really interested in technology and fusing human interaction with technology to deliver these cool experiences,” he said. “That’s where we key in on.”

Infragistics is also already getting involved in the local community. At the facility, the company has already and will continue to host free programs that invite locals to learn about the latest technologies and how to utilize them. These groups will not only help spread their company’s name, but also enlighten the local community on topics that many may not be familiar with.

Over the years, Guida said, Infragistics has worked with many high-profile companies. Aside from Microsoft, Infragistics has also done work for other Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and Charles Schwab.

Contact Sam Slaughter at sslaughter@gmnews.com.

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