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Industry Computer software, IT services
Founder Tieren Zhou
Headquarters Lafayette, CA, U.S.
Area served

Tech Excel is an information technology company established in Lafayette, California in 1995.[1] It is a privately held enterprise with clientele in 25 different countries.[2] The founder of the company is Tieren Zhou,[3] and he has remained Chief Executive Officer and Chief Software Architect of the company to date.[4]

Corporate History[edit]

Techexcel was founded by Tieren Zhou, in 1995. The company now also has offices in North Carolina, London, and Beijing.[5]

In 1997 TechExcel released the programs TechExcel ServiceWise, a program that has seen continued use and development to date.[6] In 1997 the company also released a program called DevTrack, which according to authors Luis Levy and Jeannie Novak, is used by videogame and software developers to track all bugs in a program at once "by managing a central database through a web interface" and providing "advanced sorting functionality".[7] The company experienced slowed growth and a reduction of staff in the recession of 2002, but saw expansion following this period.[5] In 2006, after nine years of developing various interrelated programs, the company released the program package TechExcel DevSuite. According to software reviewer John Jainschigg, the program is "an integrated project-planning environment aimed at the specific needs of software builders".[8] In 2007, TechExcel was named to East Bay Business Times's 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the East Bay Area.[9]

Software Uses[edit]

The function of TechExcel programs are, generally, to unify Application Lifecycle Management with Support and Service applications,[10] for both agile and non-agile development teams.[11] The software is used in a diverse number of industries: communications, engineering, retail industry, and video games.

Recent Events[edit]

In the first year the Software Development Times 100 Awards List merged the categories of "concepts as continuous integration and delivery" and "agile development" into a single "life-cycle management" category, TechExcel was named one of the 20 best companies—alongside companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Mercurial.[12] In the last several years they have also been nominated for an American Business Award[13] and have been a finalist for the 2009 Best Project Management Solution award, which is awarded by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).


2000: CRM Excellence Award for ServiceWise software program[14]


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  2. ^ "TechExcel". The Software Network. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Software: TechExcel Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Tieren Zhou Ph.d.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Patrick Hoge (August 2, 2009). "TechExcel makes the tough calls". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "TechExcel Announces ServiceWise and CustomerWise 8.7". SF Gate (online hub of the San Francisco Chronicle). Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Luis Levy and Jeannie Novak (2009). Game Development Essentials: Game QA & Testing. Cengage Learning. p. 99. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "TechExcel's DevPlan". Dr. Dobb's: The World of Software Development. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "East Bay Business Times Names TechExcel to "50 Fastest Growing Private Companies" List". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "iRely Streamlines Service Operations in Less Than 90 Days with TechExcel ServiceWise". Digital Journal. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Look what 2011 washed in: New products and a new focus on agile for ALM in 2011". Software Development Times. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "The SD Times 100 2011: They write the songs". Software Development Times. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Products & Product Management Categories – 2009 Honorees". American Business Awards. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Awards for TechExcel". TechExcel. Retrieved 22 January 2012.