Current members of the SDLC

At C.H. Robinson, we believe in accelerating global trade to drive the world’s economy. Using the strengths of our people, processes and technology, we help our customers work smarter, not harder. As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), we provide a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and Managed Services through our global network. In addition, the company, our Foundation and our employees contribute annually to a variety of organizations. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, C.H. Robinson (CHRW) is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit or view our company video.

At Cerner, we’re continuously building on our foundation of intelligent solutions for the health care industry. Our technologies connect people and systems at more than 25,000 facilities worldwide, and our wide range of services support the clinical, financial and operational needs of organizations of every size.

Together with our clients, we are creating a future where the health care system works to improve the well-being of individuals and communities. By designing leading-edge health information technology, we offer strategies that empower organizations to know, manage and engage their populations. Our applications are developed with clinicians in mind so they can focus on people, not technology. And providers can manage their day-to-day revenue functions with our integrated clinical and financial systems. These helpful tools are designed to work for today and think for tomorrow.

From the beginning, we have innovated at the intersection of health care and information technology. Our mission remains to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities.

Health care is too important to stay the same.

Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through the networks they have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world rely every day on networks that it manages. With more than 37,000 granted patents, they have one of the industry’s strongest intellectual property rights portfolios.

Ericsson at Athlone boasts the biggest Java development site in Ireland, with leading edge Agile software development methods. And, as they say on their website, the team approach means “you are never on your own in a pickle.” The Althlone site has had a $12 million renovation to increase mobility and encourage teamwork where development teams work in pods, with team meeting areas that include stand-up small meeting tables and, ‘information radiator’ screens and/or manual boards. At the Athlone site, there are 80 agile teams working on the next generation product that will be released in about 18 months.

Vistaprint, a Cimpress company, empowers millions of business owners worldwide to market themselves professionally. Our wide range of quality products and affordable prices, along with design tools suited to every skill level and need, mean everyone can create the customized materials they need to get their message across. And it all started the way most businesses do, with one entrepreneur’s ambitious goal.

About 20 years ago, Robert Keane wanted to give small business owners access to the same high-quality, custom-printed products that bigger companies (with bigger print budgets) enjoyed. He developed a patented technology that delivers professional-quality printing in small quantities, affordably. Next, he took a process that was traditionally only available offline and made it possible for business owners to create and order their custom materials online – from the convenience of their own computers.

Millions of customers (and billions of business cards) later, we’ve greatly expanded our offerings and advanced our technology, and our commitment to helping you promote your business is stronger than ever. We’re confident you’ll be 100% satisfied with our products, quality, design experience and attentive service. In fact, it’s absolutely guaranteed.

Historical, Contributing Members

With each year, membership in the SDLC changes as key leaders representing companies are asked to take on major projects, many stemming directly from their involvement with the SDLC.  As such the following companies have been major thought contributors to the SDLC, but are currently not members of the SDLC for the 2018 calendar year.

Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers. It has a staff of around 130,000.

Barclays is organised into four core business: Personal & Corporate (Personal Banking, Corporate Banking, Wealth & Investment Management), Barclaycard, Investment Banking and Africa.

Barclays traces its origins to a goldsmith banking business established in the City of London in 1690. James Barclay became a partner in the business in 1736. In 1896 several banks in London and the English provinces, including Backhouse’s Bank and Gurney’s Bank, united as a joint-stock bank under the name Barclays and Co. Over the following decades Barclays expanded to become a nationwide bank. In 1967, Barclays deployed the world’s first cash dispenser. Barclays has made numerous corporate acquisitions, including of London, Provincial and South Western Bank in 1918, British Linen Bank in 1919, Mercantile Credit in 1975, the Woolwich in 2000 and the North American operations of Lehman Brothers in 2008.


Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $6.2 trillion, including managed assets of $2.3 trillion as of June 30, 2017, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 26 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 12,500 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money. Privately held for 70 years, Fidelity employs more than 40,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit

Founded in 1975, software company Microsoft is best known for its Windows operating system, Office productivity suite and Xbox gaming had 2014 revenues of around $86 billion and 128,000 employees. The Learning Consortium visited the Developer Division (“DevDiv”) which has about 4300 employees and is responsible for making Visual Studio and related applications, which software developers worldwide use themselves in their daily work. Within that group the LC spent time with the group responsible for Visual Studio Cloud services which consists of 467 people and 35 teams each organized around a common set of software features.

Until five years ago, software development cycles took a conventional “waterfall” approach and new releases were typically every two years. Economic conditions have changed as software being delivered immediately over the internet. This has pressured Microsoft to make changes to their practices to realize benefits with faster delivery cycles. DevDiv took the initiative and began experimenting in a few teams in their group with new Agile development methods such as Scrum. Success with a few prototype teams led to a larger change across the entire division. There followed several years of learning how to operate a product development unit across many teams, a process Aaron Bjork, Principal Group Program Manager within the Developer Division, describes as a journey that is anything but a straight path from A to B. Now all 4300 in the division are operating in an Agile team manner.

Riot Games is a privately held online gaming company. The company was formed in 2006, and the co-founders are still involved in leadership roles in the company. The first release of their League of Legends was in 2009. Growth, in terms of users, has been explosive. More than 67 million users play the game each month. In 2010, the first “world championship” of League of Legends was held in an auditorium in Stockholm with 300 people paying to watch the competition. In 2014, 68,000 people paid to watch the world championship finals at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles. An additional 32 million viewer watched online—making the audience for the League of Legends world championship larger than that of the World Cup final, plus the NCAA Final Four final, combined!

The company is a “DNA culture” company—that is, the culture of the company, which puts them squarely in the Creative Economy, was conscious, intentional, and baked in right from the start.

The company manifesto consists of 5 simple principles:

Player experience first
Challenge convention
Focus on talent and team
Take play seriously
Stay humble, stay hungry