Marker Metro – Three Years On

Posted by: Keith Patton | 14 December 2014

Last month, Marker Metro turned 3. I posted a review of our second year last year.

We’ve grown from 12 to 20 staff, and have moved into larger offices a few streets across in our native Grey Lynn, Auckland. We have grown again strongly but to my great pride retained our focus on high quality across a number of large high profile projects.

After 3 years, we are no longer in the bluster of initial start up mode (in fact we’ve graduated from the excellent Microsoft Bizspark program recently), and are moving into a new phase of what i’d refer to as continual improvement where we look to refine many of our processes and approaches to servicing our clients.

This image pretty much sums up what any busy services company needs to be constantly vigilant against happening!

Our architectural frameworks for building apps and games and designing great UX are enshrined in our people and their experience, and this is the strength of our offering. However we aim to be constantly looking for better ways to share best practice, to seek to innovate our craft to maintain our position as leaders in our space. This is going to be a key focus for what promises to be a very exciting 2015.

2015 will be the year of Windows 10, the great alignment of Windows, Windows Phone an even perhaps Xbox with universal app development. We’ll have a presence at the Microsoft Build 2015 conference and look forward to taking all the latest tools and techniques into our apps and games. What’s more, all this improvement won’t just happen internally, we’ll be sharing news in the new year of an open source push of our own with some of the practices we have developed for porting Unity games.

During 2015, we’ll be doing a delicious website refresh and announcing some major local app releases alongside our international work. We are very proud to be able to continue to continue to bolster the development of the Windows ecosystem locally and give our Kiwi clients world-beating apps.

A key focus for Marker Metro in 2015 will continue to be in the games space. We have already serviced many large publishers such as Disney, Sony Pictures and Zynga who look to us for high quality and timely porting and co-development capability for their titles. Similar to our in house app of 2014 MovieJax, 2015 will see Marker Metro invest in its own games, so definitely stay tuned on that front.

So here’s to the end of three amazing years. I’d like to thank all the staff at Marker Metro, old and new alike for their dedication and passion, it’s been a great ride so far and i cannot wait to see what we do together in 2015 and beyond!

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