Custom software development and consulting services
Relevance is a software services and consulting organization. How we work and the tools we use are all derived from our core beliefs, namely:
* software is everywhere. All parts of society have some reliance on software now.
* software is powerful; the ability to create software represents enormous leverage.
* people matter. Software is an artifact, people are what give it meaning and value.
* the greatest good can be generated through sustainable businesses.
These principles create a lens through which we see the world of software consulting. We do not limit ourselves to a specific vertical market or type of application, but rather focus on bringing repeatable excellence wherever we have the opportunity to engage with interesting problems. Interesting problems are hard problems, where the solution is not obvious but the value for the end user is real and measurable. We work humanely, treating our teammates, partners, customers and vendors with respect and honesty. And we seek to minimize our negative externalities while creating positive ones, through policies like "Open Fridays", where our team members can work on open source, community projects or personal growth instead of billable work.
When we engage with a partner, we provide more than just software development: we provide a software development ecosystem. Our goal is to flesh out your team, filling in whatever gaps are necessary. The heart of our efforts are our developers who work in pairs and bring experience and knowledge to the task of writing good code. We supplement those developers with whatever other roles the project requires: coaching (to keep the project running smoothly), architecture (high level technical direction with an eye toward end results), design (graphical and experience), deployment/ops, and quality management. In short, when we engage on a project, we seek to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks and that we work effectively, efficiently and humanely to create value for all the project stakeholders."
The Change We Seek®
Software developers are the accelerant of change in today's economy. Because so many businesses now depend on software, the values Relevance brings and builds into its products can change the way enterprises view and determine value.
• Relevance seeks to bring its values to its customers and introduce them to new techniques: data transparency and ubiquity, humane work schedules, communication over confrontation, open source and open business, and the single-minded dedication to identifying the "Simplest Thing That Works".
• The company has a distinct emphasis on how it treats its employees: working at Relevance shouldn't feel like a j-o-b.
• Relevance also focuses on sustainable practices, local sourcing, and giving back through open source and pro bono work. Everyone on the Relevance technical team spends Fridays working on open source software that is contributed back to the community.
What makes us a better company?
B Impact Report
The Accountability section of the Assessment evaluates a company's governance and transparency. This section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.
The employee section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.
TThe Consumers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company’s product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).
The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.
The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.
|Overall B Score||86|
80 out of 200 is eligible for certification
*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment
Environment: >51% recycled office supplies; >5% renewable energy; 100% of facilities LEED certified
Employees: all employees paid living wage; >15% of net profits included in profit sharing plan; >50% of individual/family health insurance premiums covered; +6 weeks paid maternity leave; +4 weeks paid paternity leave; +4 weeks vacation
Community: >40% expenditures directed toward local suppliers; >20% of suppliers majority owned by women/minorities; >15% of suppliers located in low-income communities; >75% of employees take time off for community service
• Relevance chosen as an NC Company to Watch! Go»
• Relevance listed #739 on the Inc 500|5000 list 2011 Go»
• Relevance featured in Triangle Business Journal's Best Places to Work 2011 Go»
• Relevance listed as one of the Triangle's Fastest Growing Businesses 2011 Go»
Blogs / Feeds
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