The Door Says “Open” at ITHAKA

The Door Says “Open” at ITHAKA

January 22, 2016 | ITHAKA | NEWS


New JSTOR technology platform and agile methods position ITHAKA as technical frontrunner in Ann Arbor


January 22, 2016 – Ann Arbor, MI – For developers, designers, product gurus, and QA pros, Ann Arbor is a growing mecca of opportunity.  While start-ups abound, ITHAKA, a twenty year old $80 million non-profit enterprise servicing millions of users in 170 countries around the world through its JSTOR platform has quietly re-built its architecture and methods from the ground up, becoming a technology powerhouse and magnet for top talent.


“We spent the last three years creating and building a technology stack that rivals the leading web companies,” said Dale Myers, VP of Engineering. “We are now deploying production changes 100 times a week and our teams are able to use their talents to quickly solve problems, test new ideas and build new and innovative products. It’s been a game-changer.”

Lead Software Engineer Chris Sellers added, "Our developers now feel empowered to take ownership of our software throughout its entire lifecycle.   No more throwing-it-over-the-wall to someone else.  We are trusted to see it from inception, into production, and through continuous improvement."


The new technology platform is home to JSTOR, a massive digital library that is the mainstay of college students and advanced research activities.  It sees upwards of 12 million unique users at peak months, providing access to over 2,300 journals, 38,000 books, and primary sources as diverse as the world’s largest database of plant specimens to 3-D models of world heritage sites. The teams are now pushing the boundaries of how to make this resource even more valuable by engaging users in product discovery work and building in lean, agile ways.  Examples of some of the work they have done is shared at JSTOR Labs and includes an app taking off among users that links every line of Shakespeare’s plays to the scholarly literature on JSTOR.


Eager to share their work and engage the growing community of technologists in Ann Arbor, ITHAKA is opening its doors by hosting a Tech Open House on February 4 from 4-7 PM at their newly renovated space. The office is home to 110 staff who share collaborative work spaces that support its continuous delivery model. ITHAKA is looking to expand its teams and will be hiring Web Developers, ScrumMasters and other Support and Engineering roles. 


“ITHAKA is a great place for people who want to make a difference in the world and who are interested in balanced teams, KPI-driven work, and who are eager to cut their teeth on the latest technologies,” noted Rahul Belani, VP of Product and the organization’s latest hire. “How often do you get to do what you love and feel great about the impact you can have on the lives of others?”


Learn more about working at ITHAKA or RSVP for ITHAKA’s Tech Open House.




ITHAKA ( is a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. ITHAKA provides three innovative services: JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R. 


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