Happy Holidays

Every year at Qualtrics, we close the office during the last week of December so our employees can spend time with family, travel, and recharge. This is also around the time we typically wrap up our initial planning for the upcoming year. I am very much looking forward to 2019 — we have a lot of amazing innovation that we are planning on delivering. However, before we close the books on 2018, I wanted to reflect on our accomplishments in Qualtrics Engineering for the past year.

We got a lot done. Internally, we retired a bunch of legacy debt (including several significant platform migrations), meaningfully reworked some of our core foundational services (including our core messaging and job scheduling services), completed five data center migrations, received FedRAMP and HITRUST certifications, launched the XM Platform, shipped mobile apps for our CX and EX business lines, launched our TextIQ product line, and much, much more. Along the way, we grew our Engineering team by close to 65%, opened up a new Engineering center in Krakow (with an amazing team), and welcomed an intern class of almost 65 students.

We had a fantastic year, and it was topped off only by the news of our purchase by SAP. I’m confident this acquisition will allow us to accelerate the new XM category, and I’m excited to work with companies to combine their X+O data to help make the world run better.

There will be more to talk about in 2019 so stay tuned into Stacks and Q’s for news and posts. Happy Holidays from all of us in Qualtrics Engineering!

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John Thimsen
VP, Engineering at Qualtrics
John joined Qualtrics in February 2015. Prior to Qualtrics, John spent 10 years at Amazon in various roles, most recently as an Engineering Director on the Amazon Echo team. His previous experience includes Microsoft, Active Voice Corporation, and Openwave.

John's career has been focused on building large-scale web-based products that impact millions of users, including recommendation systems, consumer hardware products, and e-commerce products. Working at Qualtrics is a continuation of that trend, as Qualtric's SaaS based insights platform helps companies gain insights into their employees, markets, and users. John has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington. He is a long-time Seattle resident, and enjoys biking and snowboarding.

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