kintone has achieved triple-digit growth in the U.S. and more than 80% growth globally in 2016.
This rapid expansion helped push cloud sales of parent company, Cybozu Inc, to exceed on-premise software sales for the first time in its 20-year history -- after launching its cloud platform just over five years ago in 2011. In addition to aggressive expansion in the U.S., kintone also established an office in Sydney, Australia in 2016, joining China and Vietnam in efforts to increase its reach globally.
The expansion of kintone's U.S. operations is jointly announced with a new National Sales Director, Bill Kennedy, and the promotion of Osamu Yamada from CEO to President of kintone. Formerly Chief Operating Officer, Dave Landa, who in 2014 helped establish kintone’s U.S. headquarters, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer.
“We believe there is a tremendous growth opportunity for kintone in the U.S. -- that’s why we’re doubling down on our investment in the U.S. market and concentrating on growing our business here in 2017,” said Osamu Yamada. “As we build our U.S.-based senior executive team, we’ll be able to further execute on our plans to bring kintone’s low-code, aPaaS platform to more lines of business and operations managers who need a faster, agile approach to application development.”