Business View Caribbean | July 2020

53 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN JULY 2020 ROCKSOLID TECHNOLOGIES PUERTO RICO’S SOFTWARE SPECIALISTS to go on their own. Their first customer was an auto parts manufacturer out of Michigan called Federal Mogul. Their first big project was building a business intelligence engine (back then called a data warehouse) for Federal Mogul, worldwide, to analyze margins. Conceptually simple but, technologically, very challenging – then and now. “Rock Solid’s first location outside of the mainland was Puerto Rico, which was kind of international. Different market, different language, different pricing, different makes of F ounded in 1994, Rock Solid Technologies is a software engineering company based in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Austin, Texas with a sales office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The company is recognized as one of the leading information technology development companies in the Caribbean for developing high-quality software solutions for public and private sector clients in the Caribbean, North America, and Latin America. Business View Caribbean spoke with Angel L. Perez, Rock Solid Technologies’ VP of the Puerto Rico & Caribbean IT sector, about the evolution of this innovative company, its solutions for today’s tech challenges, and his insights into the future of the industry. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation. BVC: How did Rock Solid Technologies begin in Puerto Rico? Perez: “My partners, Rick, Ray, and Lon were three engineers from the mainland who met in college and got together to work in a start-up; building software for the auto parts aftermarket. The company they were working for became very successful, but after 15 years they decided