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Dean is currently transitioning to retirement after serving as CEO of Planet Software Pty Ltd for 18 years. As CEO, Dean was responsible for steering this software development company through the highs and lows the industry has seen over the past couple of decades.
In the last few years he guided the company as it transitioned from a custom software developer to a packaged product model, based around its flagship product – Sonia.
Sonia is a vertical product, with a target market of tertiary education.
Dean started his working life as a science teacher but buying an Apple II in 1979 changed his life – and eventually his career.
Dean believes the success of Planet Software can be traced to some simple rules:
Attract bright people with personalities that will be compatible with the rest of the team
Spend a lot of time listening to your clients, take their good ideas and implement them
Plan and track finances – you sleep soundly if cash flow isn’t an issue
Luck – make sure you are there at the right place and right time
Planet Software was acquired by Rubicon Technology Partners via QSR International in January 2019.