W “We are pleased to name Rob Strube as Chief Technology Officer for BlueBolt. Rob brings massive technical experience in commerce, content management, site search, and systems integration. His ability to foster teams providing those services is unparalleled,” shares David Risner, CEO at BlueBolt Inc.
Chicago, IL – February 16, 2023 – BlueBolt Inc. announced the appointment of their current Senior Vice President of Technology, Robert Strube, to Chief Technology Officer. BlueBolt is quickly evolving into new web, mobile, and business data technologies. Strube’s ability to offer strong technical leadership, and to navigate growth challenges will help guide BlueBolt during this next expansion phase.
“We are pleased to name Rob Strube as Chief Technology Officer for BlueBolt. Rob brings massive technical experience in commerce, content management, site search, and systems integration. His ability to foster teams providing those services is unparalleled,” shares David Risner, CEO at BlueBolt Inc. “This is a great day for BlueBolt to welcome Rob into our executive team.”
When Strube was asked why he was excited to take on the Chief Technology Officer role at BlueBolt, he shared several goals including:
- We have an incredibly talented implementation team, including some very experienced senior developers. My main goal is to provide opportunities for people to share their own knowledge with the implementation team at large. This should help all of us continue to improve and evolve as developers and help prevent some of the silos that can inadvertently get erected around our various implementation practices.
- Containerization has in some ways revolutionized the industry. I plan to put more emphasis on leveraging these technologies in our day-to-day development operations. This should help reduce some of the challenges we’ve run into when needing to set up multiple local development environments (each running drastically different software stacks). This will also allow us to be more technology agnostic, ensuring that we can pick the best platforms and solutions for our clients regardless of our internal systems.
- Technology and software development can be extremely challenging at times. We’ve all experienced encountering a problem that we have trouble circumventing. Another top priority would be to encourage developers to reach out and “raise a flag” when they’re running into challenges. Many technical folks are hesitant to admit when they need some assistance, believing it’s a sign of inadequacy. We want to foster a very open climate, especially in the wake of many folks working remotely.
- We have folks on staff that are true experts with a particular platform and/or stack. I plan to work with them to create more formalized best-practices and standards and take advantage of their deep expertise. This work has already begun (for example, Chris Sharp, our Optimizely practice lead and certified Optimizely OMVP, has created “Optics” which provides a standard toolkit for most of our Optimizely implementations), and we hope to replicate this approach with our other practices as well.
Before BlueBolt, Strube was the founder of a boutique tech company called Restful Brilliance, which Bluebolt acquired in late 2018. During his time at Restful Brilliance, Strube oversaw architecture and implementation of web applications, architecture and implementation of integrations between enterprise systems, architecture and implementations of public and private APIs to support various initiatives, technical training for clients for the solutions Restful Brilliance created. He also interacted directly with clients to collect and refine requirements and proposed different software platforms to meet client needs.
These skills and more made Strube, and his company, the right fit for BlueBolt’s long term objectives. Please join us in congratulating Rob Strube in his new role at CTO at BlueBolt.