Milestone Systems Hires New VP for Research & Development

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COPENHAGEN — Milestone Systems has appointed Tom Bjerre as its new vice president for research & development. He will oversee planning, development, testing and release of the manufacturer’s video management software, and supervise employees located in Copenhagen, Barcelona and Sofia, Bulgaria.

A primary task for Bjerre will be to ensure the return on investment by Milestone Systems to increase its development capacity by 45%, reinforcing the company’s ability to create unique innovations to meet market demand for smart solutions, according to an announcement.

The investment encompasses development capacity in deep-driver device integration, advanced video rendering, IoT and metadata sources, online services, advanced data management and the platform software development kit (SDK).

Bjerre is well experienced from working in platform-based and market-disrupting companies, bringing the perfect mindset to Milestone Systems, the company states.

“I believe that the power of platform economy and platform business model is a game-changer. Milestone Systems’ open platform enables partners to reach customers, with Milestone Systems as the orchestrator of the platform. This makes innovations available to buyers through enabling the industry to build intelligent solutions together and expand their reach. I’m excited to take this open platform approach to the next level,” says Bjerre.

Culture and values are also of huge importance, says Bjerre.

“Milestone Systems’ culture is based on values such as growth, passion and empathy — people values that I believe are essential for a company’s success,” he continues. “And always people first: The most creative ideas come from diverse teams. Mixing people with different backgrounds and cultures brings different viewpoints into the discussion, and this is the fuel that sparks innovation.”

Bjerre will be playing a significant role in executing on Milestone Systems’ Cloud strategy, which will offer hybrid solutions combining on-premise and Cloud solutions to fit customers’ needs and levels of market maturity.

In his most recent position as CIO at TV 2 Danmark A/S, Bjerre was responsible for data, integration & services, it operations and TV technology. Bjerre and his team worked both with Cloud and on-premise solutions. A migration of digital services as well as an online video platform required an entirely new architecture, including transforming the platform from a large, complex on-premise monolith to a more flexible architecture based on microservices.

Bjerre is an experienced leader of large-scale and mission-critical IT development and operations. He has been responsible for Saxo Bank’s global IT infrastructure, application infrastructure and business support and IT services.

“Tom Bjerre is a great match for Milestone Systems’ values and culture and has the required skills that the job requires in terms of agile management and ability to collaborate across teams and within the wider leadership group,” says Milestone CTO Bjørn Skou Eilertsen.

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