Since opening its doors just under four years ago, Allata, a software development company in Eagle, has achieved a 6,134 percent annual growth rate and ranked 40 out of 5000 on the 2019 Inc. Magazine list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S.
Securing talent is essential to Allata’s continued success, and luckily, it is finding exceptional recruits locally. Committed to providing higher paying, professional careers in the Treasure Valley, Allata is turning to programs like Boise-based coding school, CodeWorks, for help with recruiting.
“At CodeWorks we take special care to connect our alumni with employers that can continue to provide career growth opportunities. Working together with Allata we have had great success and it’s a joy to see our alumni grow not only under the professional scope of a developer, but also by gaining the skills of a software consultant," said Jake Overall, founder of CodeWorks.
But it’s not just about getting the dream job. Allata believes in continuing education, fostering professional and personal growth, providing community engagement and giving back to local programs.
To that end, the Allata Academy was designed to acclimate new hires to the Allata-specific culture and client processes as well as strengthen their soft skills by working on a pro bono project. Phil Leary, Senior Vice President at Allata, said the program allows for a safe space to make mistakes, offers new hires extra support, includes guided client interaction, and expects real deliverables.
Recent Academy graduates attended an internal 12-week program comprised of group instruction, individual assignments, and completed a sophisticated mobile application for the Idaho Nonprofit Center to use at its largest annual conference, in September 2020. Allata estimates a $300,000 value of developer hours were donated for the development of the mobile application.
“We are so excited to have partnered with Allata on a conference app for one of our biggest events of the year. We loved the opportunity to not only support the development and training of new Allata developers but the ability to provide a real-world opportunity to create something that will bring tremendous value to our organization and our annual conference,” said Amy Little, Executive Director, Idaho Nonprofit Center.
The completed project is a sophisticated mobile application that the Idaho Nonprofit Center will use to communicate with conference attendees. This three-day annual conference will host 400-500 representatives from nonprofits throughout the state. The application will provide event reminders, session updates, maps and location details, allows attendees to personalize schedules, and is integrated with Survey Monkey allowing for instant speaker rating capabilities. The application will be an invaluable step forward for The Center and its conference communication. Ultimately, the mobile app will allow for quick scheduling changes and updates saving the organization time and money, both scarcities to nonprofits.
Continuing education for its developers, community partnerships, and providing creative outlets, are keys to Allata’s success. Keep an eye on Allata’s growth in 2020. We hear they are in negotiations to build a 30,000-square foot office in Boise!