Top 10 Inspiring Leaders to watch 2020
Digital experiences today have a lot to do with businesses and their websites and apps. It is important for businesses to optimize the digital experience with actionable insights to increase traffic and performance. WP Engine, which was founded on the world’s leading CMS WordPress, is the world’s foremost company that delivers innovation through its technologies.
WP Engine was founded in 2010. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices all over the world. Its WordPress Digital Experience Platform has given companies of all sizes the solutions for agility, performance, intelligence, and integrations to improve their businesses. Its innovations have won it many plaudits including Gold Stevie Winner of 2019 For Sales and Customer Service, and Best Workplaces in Technology 2020 by Fortune.
The company has also been one of the best workplaces in the U.S. and has been acknowledged for the same by being presented with Best Workplaces for Women in 2019 Award in 2019, and Best Workplaces Award in Texas (2020).
WP Engine and its award-winning team is trusted by over 100,000 companies across 150 countries all over the globe. It also has a fantastic customer-centric approach that helps businesses with site migration, site launch, and even site growth which is powered by its massive team of WordPress experts who help the customers stay ahead of tech trends online.
Solving iFly’s Traffic Woes
WP Engine has been the name behind the success of many businesses. But its work with iFly, the sports and recreation company that pioneers in body flying experience and vertical wind tunnel technology, was particularly interesting.
iFly began its operations in 1998 and since then has flown over 10 million people of all ages and all abilities. Today, it has more than 80 locations where it offers its activities around the world. As anyone would imagine, the holiday season is a busy time for the company’s website as people make reservations, and make gift purchases. This causes a sharp spike in the site traffic. At a point, the company’s website started experiencing outages and slow loading times. iFly had to make adjustments to keep up with the demand and high traffic. It turned to WP Engine for help.
“When we were looking at the various providers out there, we found that WP Engine had all the components we required already implemented into their platform,” says Max Solodky, Director of Digital Experience, iFly. WP Engine helped iFly optimize its site for higher traffic and additionally also works with load testing. Besides, the WP Engine team stays in touch and works closely to monitor, and helps the website scale up. iFly had one of the best holiday seasons in terms of revenue with WP Engine by its side.
Leader from the Front
Heather Brunner, Chairwoman and CEO
A tech veteran with over 27 years of experience in the field, she has been responsible for creating billions in value, driving customer success and business strategy for many companies. Under her leadership, WP Engine has experienced hyper-growth and undergone global expansion with offices in Austin, San Antonio, San Francisco, London, Brisbane, and Linerick. She has previously been associated to Bazaarvoice, Corematics, Oracle, Accenture, and Triology. She serves on the board of directors for Camden Property Trust, Localeur LLC and the Entrepreneurs Foundation.
Heather is the recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Central Texas Award for Technology.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Trinity University.
“We are grateful for the role we play in our clients’ lives and businesses. We want to earn and re-earn their trust every day.”
“We’re really happy to have found a partner like WP Engine. It’s allowed us to evolve as a business and it also allows us to focus on more of the projects we love to work on, like building beautiful, and effective websites for our clients.” – Tore Vesterby, Partner, Symbiotisk
“WP Engine provided the most simplicity and ease for our eCommerce team. It made it easy for them to do one-click backups, create clone installs, and rely on rapid support, which was absolutely critical for us. The minute we tried WP Engine and tested it out, it was just a very simple decision.” – Justin Sharp, Technology Manager, Bamboo Clothing
“We were looking for a company that could help us with all of the spikes in traffic we were getting across our different WordPress sites. Ideally what we wanted was someone who would take care of it for us so we wouldn’t have to think about it, and that’s what WP Engine provided.” – Ziv Jonas, Co-founder, Shinez