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.

The creative side of designing for enterprise products

This summer I joined ACL as a User Experience(UX) design contractor. In my career as a designer, I’ve learned that designing for technology is a lot more about designing for people than designing for ...

Streaming Structured JSON

JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is perhaps the most ubiquitous way of transmitting data between the components of a SaaS application. It’s the native data format for web browsers and Node.js, with p...

From Hackfest to Production, Integrating with Elasticsearch

Introduction

About a little over a year ago, our Projects Ruby on Rails application provides search functionality that rebuilds a search index in a cron job every half an hour. This means that any crea...

Endless Summer

I recently took parental leave and have been calling it Endless Summer. Obviously the name is nonsense — every summer ends. Time, like a river, stops for no one. Time flows ever forward. All good thin...

Dungeons & Dragons Retrospective

Retrospective meetings are held at the end of our three week sprint to reflect on what happened, and how we can improve for the next sprint. They play a crucial role in team development, and provide a...

Why I search with grep

Why I Search with Grep

Even though Sublime Text has Find in Files, Goto Definition, and Goto Anything, I still use grep and its friends on a regular basis. In some cases, it’s the only viable option, w...

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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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