Excella, a leading Agile technology firm in the D.C. metro area, announced plans to undergo a corporate restructuring to advance its expanding client portfolio and spin-off its rapidly growing training division and award-winning Extension Center internship program.
In response to increasing market demand for its training and internship programs, the company has created a new organization, NextUp Solutions Inc., to focus its leadership, infrastructure, and investment in these growing markets.
“The spin-off of our training and internship businesses is exactly the kind of success Excella was founded to create,” said Excella CEO Burton White. “This spin-off lets these businesses focus on their learning-centered missions while our consulting business sharpens its focus: delivering bold solutions for our clients seeking to transform the world around them through technology.”
Newly formed NextUp Solutions will deliver two distinct services, both centered on transformational learning: Agile/Scrum training and university-based technology apprenticeships. NextUp’s roster of instructors will continue to educate patrons on the benefits of Agile/Scrum practices via classes across a host of leading frameworks and methodologies. Steve Cooper will become the CEO of NextUp Solutions, while Burton White will serve as Excella’s CEO, along with Jeff Gallimore serving as CTIO.
“Establishing an independent training business lets us focus on building a world-class learning organization to help teams transform how they work and produce,” said Steve Cooper, NextUp Solutions CEO.
Beginning in 2020, NextUp will launch the first Exelaration Center, formerly known as Excella’s Extension Center, based at Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center. Exelaration Centers will build custom technology-focused apprenticeships for corporate and non-profit organizations, with plans to establish Exelaration Centers at other universities beyond its headquarters in Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center.
“We saw the potential to share our mentor-based internship model by evolving to Exelaration Centers,” said Cooper. “Through our tech apprenticeship model, companies who are looking for a world-class internship program can now partner with an Exelaration Center to build their future workforce. We can use any company’s software development projects as the launch pad to create a job-ready, tech talent pipeline for any organization.”
The program was recently ranked #3 in Vault.com’s “2020 Best Tech & Engineering Internships.” Based on a nationwide survey of 14,000 current and former interns, the program is also ranked #6 for “Best internships for Employment Prospects” and #11 for “The 100 Best Internships.”
Excella will continue to support clients across the public and private sectors and plans to increase investments and focus on Agile and DevOps solutions, expand its AI offerings, and grow its footprint in new industries, markets, and across the U.S. Excella’s Agile approach, which it has come to be known for, will continue to be central to both companies. They will continue to collaborate on training for consultants, agile transformation for clients, and instructor opportunities for thought leaders and coaches.
“This move positions us to achieve success across both enterprises. Excella and NextUp will continue to work together toward our shared mission to never stop transforming, and we encourage everyone to adopt this mindset and use technology to fuel progress,” said White.
Excella is an Agile technology firm and transformative partner to Washington, DC’s leading organizations. Since 2002, federal agencies, prominent brands and trailblazing non-profits have turned to Excella to transform bold ideas into elegant technology solutions. We believe technology exists to solve challenges and evolve thinking – we help organizations harness this power to make real progress. Learn more at www.excella.com.