Cloud technology and a ‘showpiece’ HQ: Q&A with SpinSys product manager Lou Ferrucci
Founded in 1998, SpinSys provides cloud-based products and consulting services. Based in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County, SpinSys’ “showpiece” headquarters in Fairview Park boasts an open floor plan with amenities that include shared workspaces, a fully stocked restaurant, a game room and gym.
Lou Ferrucci, product manager at SpinSys, talked to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority about the company’s technology, office culture, job openings, the company’s partnership with four historically black universities, and why Fairfax County is the best place for its headquarters.
FCEDA: What does SpinSys do?
Ferrucci: We provide open-source based, data fabric implementation products and services for federal and Fortune 500 enterprises. SpinSys develops systems integration product solutions for cloud-based environments. We specialize in enterprise sustainment and modernization and create business intelligence from big data problems. We modernize and enhance the security posture of complex legacy applications. We leverage innovative technologies to deliver critical information for our customers.
FCEDA: What is the main business focus of your Fairfax County office?
Ferrucci: SpinSys is headquartered here in Fairfax County with reach into 27 different states. Our roots are in Northern Virginia, including Arlington, before moving our headquarters to Falls Church in 2016. Having attracted some of the marquee Fortune 500 companies, Fairfax County is business centric, enabling business to survive and thrive in support of government and private sector customers.
FCEDA: What makes Fairfax County a great location for your company?
Ferrucci: Fairfax County is business friendly and supportive of initiation, growth, and continued success. It’s a great location because of ready access to a highly trained workforce, many of them with clearances to work with the federal government. In addition, there is easy access to D.C. and a high quality of residential and work-life for our employees. Fairfax County also provides access to a choice of Class A office facilities and high-rises for a showpiece office for the headquarters.
FCEDA: Do you have expansion plans?
Ferrucci: We expanded our office space in Fairfax County in 2016 to accommodate our growing staff and to showcase our company culture. SpinSys has grown three-fold over the past three years to nearly 200 employees today. We are always open to attracting the best and brightest for our teams and post open positions on our website.
FCEDA: What are some of the benefits of working at SpinSys?
Ferrucci: SpinSys builds some of the most sophisticated cloud-based system integrations and business intelligence software in the world. With a contemporary office environment that has won architectural and design acclaim, SpinSys’ office amenities include a dedicated Culture Squad that offers our workforce opportunities to connect with those who share interests, like our book club and groups for fans of sports pets, food, and travel, to name a few. Employee benefits include unlimited vacation and excellent medical coverage.
Our matrix organizational structure, core company values, and industry-leading benefits have won us several awards, including recognition as a Washington Post 2021 Top Work Place, Great Place to Work certification, and a spot on Fortune’s 2021 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list.
We invest in the wellbeing of our colleagues by offering a highly competitive health package to include paid dental and vision insurance, heavily discounted medical insurance, an HSA with employer contributions, and FSA plan offerings. We also offer wellness programs associated with and independent of our medical insurance. Colleagues have access to two employee assistance programs, a 401k plan with employer match, a student loan repayment program, tuition reimbursement, and much more.
FCEDA: Tell us about SpinSys’ Partnership Commitment.
Ferrucci: SpinSys is committed to building an inclusive work environment by attracting, developing, and retaining candidates from diverse populations. SpinSys is assisting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through technology transfer, cooperative education programs, and other collaborative initiatives. These initiatives help us in meeting our DOD goals and allow our computer engineers and data scientists to advance new technology. We selected four outstanding HBCUs to partner with in cultivating students for careers in the IT/Health Technology industry: North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M, Norfolk State and Hampton University. Strengthening the infrastructure of participating institutions, our partnership provides opportunities for increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in their pursuit of degrees and careers in computer science, engineering, and supporting areas.
FCEDA: Please describe your company’s use of innovative technology.
Ferrucci: SpinSys embraces innovative technologies to introduce disruptive solutions for our customers. We are a cloud-agnostic solution provider with solutions for AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, for instance. Applying our tagline “It’s About Time,” we leverage innovative technologies to create more time for our customers to do what they enjoy by automating and streamlining solutions.
FCEDA: What differentiates your company from others in terms of technology?
Ferrucci: SpinSys offers the Multiplatform Data Acquisition, Collection, and Analytics (MDACA) suite of applications. This robust big data solution supports data acquisition, storage and access for on-premises and cloud-hosted environments. For one of our customers, MDACA currently ingests 7.5 billion transactions daily, processing 5 million per minute or 87,000 every second. MDACA is designed to support any cloud environment, increase return on investment, reduce time to market and slash costs.
FCEDA: Who are your primary customers?
Ferrucci: SpinSys has historically supported federal and private-sector customers with our products and services. Our primary customers have included the Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, the Defense Health Agency, and the Naval Information Warfare Center-Atlantic.
FCEDA: Tell us about the paper airplane in the company logo.
Ferrucci: It’s representative of both innovative thought and uplifting solutions. We wanted an easy-to-understand icon that represented ideas and ideation. It represents what engineers do with their plans in work as they iterate through them.
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