It’s been three years since I stepped onboard the Mendix rocket ship. I’m deeply grateful to have had the chance to work closely with Derek Roos for the past three years and I’m very excited for the opportunity to step into the Mendix CEO role on December 1.

Shortly after I joined Mendix, I understood what sets us apart — it’s our people. Our founders were purposeful in creating a culture and environment that would attract the right talent. Their cultural credo boiled down to an incredible set of principles, which we defined as Mendix Blue.

Every Mendixite — and by extension, every one of customers, partners, and Makers in our community — is experiencing the impact of that culture on a daily basis, and it will be my honor to build on this foundation.

We’re coming off another remarkable year. Our customers and community are building software at a pace and scale that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Our customers have built core systems on the Platform, they’ve converted to agile development and established App Factories, they’ve helped citizens weather the ravages of a global pandemic.

On top of enriching our existing customer relationships, we added more than 400 new customers. Our bookings growth is accelerating in all regions, in particular in Asia-Pacific and Japan where we experienced more than 400% year-over-year growth.

We had the best year ever when it comes to analyst recognition, being named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrants for both Low-Code Application Platforms and Multi-experience Development Platforms, and we ranked as a Leader in the Forrester Wave for Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers.

As we embark on this next phase in our journey, I am thankful to be able to rely on an outstanding team. As Derek wrote, we have a vision and strategy that stretches years into the future. Thinking of all the exciting opportunities ahead, it’s thrilling to realize we’re just beginning. While there is no doubt that this next phase of hypergrowth will require us to continue to evolve, as Mendix has done many times before, our mission remains unchanged. We will always “Empower the world to Go Make It!”

Mendix is here to inspire and enable everyone to become a Maker, regardless of industry, company size, or geography.

Let’s Go Make It, together.