Mom, I’m going to build governance software when I grow up!

Said no kid ever. But hold on, don’t let your eyes gloss over so fast—our work is undeniably interesting, once you just scratch the surface. The problems are complex and multifarious, but finding solutions is exciting and satisfying. Of the agile mindset, we deploy new code weekly. Here at Build ACL, we hope to give you a glimpse inside our doors. So, let’s solve these problems and build it better.

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Peek behind the curtainBuild Blog

Our team does some pretty impressive stuff. When we get the time, we like to share some of the lessons we've learned with each other and the community at large.

Visual Studio Code — Tips and Tricks

Visual Studio Code for Windows was first released in April 2015 (Visual Studio vs Visual Studio Code). It was released a year later for the Mac. Many developers are always on the lookout for a ...

User Research vs. Usability Testing

Throughout my user experience (UX) career, I have often seen people use the terms “user research” and “usability testing” interchangeably, though they are quite different. Before diving into the ...

Taming your JIRA technical backlog


JIRA backlogs tend to get messy over time with hundreds of JIRA tickets that are great ideas but in many cases, there are either not enough resources or a lack of interest to complete these ...

Supporting Wide Tables in MySQL

In a recent blog post, we saw that MySQL (with the InnoDB engine) has an upper limit on the number of columns allowed in a single table. This limit is dependent on the data types used, ranging from ...

ACL’s HackFest: A New Take on Tradition

Hackathons or Hack Days are nothing new. Tech companies have been doing them for a while now, ACL included. After a few attempts at Hack Days at ACL, we felt the need to reboot and increase ...

The Maximum Width of MySQL Database Tables

The Problem

One of ACL’s cloud-based products stores customer data in a user-defined table format. Tables have rows and columns, with each column having data types (such as characters, numbers, or ...

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The bleeding edge of the web & mobileHow We Build

We are a polyglot shop building a Governance Platform that is deployed across the web, iOS, Android, and Windows desktop, which means we have lots of opportunities to explore the latest technologies.

New languages, ideas and tools spread through our team not because they are mandated but because they improve our ability to deliver incredible value. We believe innovation breakthroughs come from experimentation and not being afraid to take risks and fail. One of our company values is Disruptive Innovation and we are not afraid to disrupt ourselves.

Some cool tools & technologies that we build with include:

react rails ruby nodejs scala java phoenix aws docker terraform postgresql mongodb angular gopher apple ios android dotnet visualstudio

Tooting our own hornKind of a big deal

We love our customers, and realize that their work is weighty. We love that ~90% of the Fortune 500 and organizations in 140+ countries trust us to build their software.

Our vision is to see our customers become the most sought-after professionals in their organization. It is our job to make software that transforms them into the ROCK STARS they deserve to be.

Here are some of our 7,000+ customer organizations:

We've got spirit yes we do#ACLSpirit

Being at ACL means working in an awesome location surrounded by great restaurants, a rooftop patio for summer BBQs, and free beer club on Friday's in our 7th floor lounge. Take a break from solving problems with a game of pool, darts or foosball. If you are a gamer, we have XBox One, PS4 and Wii along with groups playing online games. Our social group organizes regular events and a few times a year we throw big parties to celebrate our accomplishments. We love to have fun and past events included a trip for the entire team to Whistler and renting out an old steel works mill for a huge launch party.

Celebrating being named one of #canadastop100 Employers! #aclspirit #buildacl

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Life at ACL is smooth paddling for our UX team. 🚣🏿‍♀️ #aclspirit #buildacl

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