In 2010, Laurent Ribardière (CEO of 4D, the company he founded in
1984) had an intuition:
Very quickly, companies must simplify and rationalize their development process for cross-channel applications if they want to consolidate their strategy for deploying professional business applications.
Such a platform, agnostic in terms of technology, able to integrate any framework, and to integrate into existing enterprise environments would represent considerable benefits for enterprises in terms of productivity and the rationalization of investments.
In 2013, a new version responded to the community’s
needs. The platform hereafter integrated a graphical editor to design interfaces and
models, a server and a framework.
Wakanda had thus just created the first Web RAD (Web Rapid Application Development), capable of generating Web and desktop applications. Developers benefit from a notable increase in productivity by having at their disposal,within a single development environment, the non-specific bricks at the heart of their business such as front-end design and data models in HTML and CSS.
Very quickly, Wakanda decided to integrate technologies like Angular, Bootstrap, Ionic and Cordova in order to offer the first M-RAD (Mobile Rapid Application Development), capable of generating mobile, Web and desktop applications within the same platform.
In January 2015, the 4D group created an independent subsidiary for
which it became the sole shareholder. Wakanda ceased to be an R&B lab project and
became an autonomous publisher of the eponymous solution.
Wakanda’s ambitions are to become the reference software publisher in the Web & mobile application development platform in France and internationally, responding to the expectations and needs of enterprises: Having a RAD platform for Web and mobile development. With Wakanda, the enterprise can better structure and standardize the development process and implement an " Apps factory."
Wakanda has made 4D’s successful philosophy its own: Simplify what was previously complex, with the speed and power necessary to compete on all levels, all while offering unequal added value and optimal productivity.
Its mission is to offer its customers a high-performance solution, benefiting from the support of a publisher, to help in the integration and implementation of their digital mobile, Web and desktop projects.
Laurent is an IT and software industry icon. Alongside Asmae Benkirane, they’ve launched the
Wakanda project with the ambition of revolutionizing the development, deployment and maintenance of
mobile and desktop applications. Together, they have imagined and created the first unified development
environment, bringing together client-side Web standards (HTML & CSS) and their object manipulation
Laurent has audaciously made his mark on IT history for thirty years with his software innovations. In 1984, when Apple launched the first Macintosh, he wrote ABC Base, the first graphical relational database management system, which became 4D. A developer at heart, he hasn’t stopped innovating, offering the first graphical RDBMS with integrated client-server running in 32-bit, and then the first database with an integrated Web server, as well as the first integrated system for dynamic application sharing.
Laurent’s DNA is made of a subtle mix of innovation and creativity, focused on one goal: To simplify the life of developers and make their work more enjoyable.
As founder of the 4D group, over which he presides, Laurent is a self-made man. As CTO, he oversees the development of Wakanda in order to offer users the best Web and mobile development experience and to meet the present and future needs of enterprise.
Wakanda is imbued with the same philosophy as 4D, offering an innovative open source solution that simplifies and accelerates the development of mobile and desktop business applications. In a single click, the development platform can be installed and allow development teams to quickly work together and focus on the business needs of the project. I want to simplify developers’ lives the same way I’ve simplified my own.
A co-founder of Wakanda along with Laurent Ribardière, Asmae Benkirane has taken over at Wakanda with the
goal of making this startup the international reference of publishers of solutions for creating mobile
and desktop business applications.
Asmae has 25 years of experience in software development. She has solidified her career within the 4D group, where she fills the position of Vice President and Deputy CEO. With a degree in engineering and IT from the Ecole Centrale d’Electronique, Asmae began her career at RMT (Roland Moreno Technology).
She has supervised, from the start, the R&D for the Wakanda project by bringing her engineering know-how combined with her vision of the software industry. Via her rich managerial experience and her profile as an engineer, Asma has a fine comprehension of the needs of enterprises. As CEO, she manages Wakanda’s business strategy.
Wakanda will become an internationally known software vendor in the application development market. Wakanda provides enterprises a platform to industrialize application development processes taking into account their legacy systems.
Samir Salibi joined Wakanda to develop its marketing activities and to listen to the needs of the market.
Using his strong experience in cloud and software platforms, Samir has defined the product and market
positioning strategy for the entire Wakanda product line to make it the leader in development platforms.
He has furthermore personally guided the definition and the realization of the new Wakanda cloud offer,
which offers customers an optimal, flexible and elastic deployment solution. Beyond product marketing,
Samir guides the entire operational marketing team to build a lead generation machine. He coordinates
all product and corporate communication activities.
Passionate about innovation in the software sector, Samir has worked for 10 years in the software and IS industry, first at Orange as an innovation project manager, then as product owner and pre-sales for a Web desktop and marketplace for SaaS. He then went to Cloudwatt to guide innovation projects and construct the PaaS development platform and to further confederate French and European publishers around a European marketplace cloud. He was also in charge of managing the relationship between publishing partners in product management solutions.
A connoisseur of IS, cloud and SaaS, Samir combines experience in engineering and management. He has a sharp vision of the market and its expectations. He holds a degree from the Ecole National Supérieure des Mines de Nancy and TELECOM ParisTech.
I joined Wakanda because it’s a startup that offers me the opportunity to participate in the creation and business development of a platform that’s clearly innovative.
Hamza Hikmat is a specialist in software architecture and the cloud. He fulfills the role of Chief
Product Officer: In charge of product engineering, he guides the development teams and assures the
global vision of the team and the quality of delivery.
He also has under his responsibility the management of the Wakanda community, to keep it active and to identify client needs in term of product functionality. He thus contributes to the elaboration and the planning of upcoming software innovations and guarantees their proper development.
Hamza has a degree from the Institut National des Postes et des Télécommunication in Rabat, Morocco, with an emphasis on telecom enterprise management.
I discovered upon arrival to what point the culture of innovation and of satisfying client needs were anchored in the spirit of the company. It immediately made me want to participate in the adventure.
Ricardo Mello is Wakanda's Regional Director and is tasked with developing the company in the US,
Australia and New Zealand. He was previously Wakanda's Product Director, during which time he
developed the Wakanda application.
Ricardo Mello has that rare quality of being able to combine high-level experience as a developer with his experience as head of international client sales. Born in Brazil, Ricardo began his career with Netline. It was the early days of the Internet, and he was involved in the company's technical and business development. A relentless traveler, he left for the US and joined Experian. His experience in both sales and the technical side of things enabled him to take up a post as Senior eMarketing Developer. He spent five years there before moving to France and being appointed Head of New Technologies with the Uti Group.
With his combined expertise in computer engineering and marketing, Ricardo Mello has detailed knowledge of the stakes involved for companies in the digital transformation and the various problems that business lines come up against.
Ricardo is finishing his MBA in international marketing at Royal Holloway (University of London). A computer studies graduate from the Rio de Janeiro Pontifical Catholic University, he is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and English.
I was won over by Wakanda right from the start – I felt that the company had a high level of technical expertise and the desire to create an innovative environment that would set it apart from its competitors. They already understood a great deal about developers' needs and had a clear vision of the stakes involved for companies. It was a fantastic opportunity for me – I could bring my international experience to a company that was already highly internationalized, and make use of my dual background in software engineering and marketing. We made a number of development choices and now the market has proven that the choices we made were the right ones."