Milestone Appoints New VP of Research & Development
Milestone Systems has announced Tom Bjerre as its new Vice President for Research & Development. He will oversee planning, development, testing and release of Milestone Systems’ video management software (VMS), and supervise employees located in Copenhagen, Barcelona and Sofia.
One of Tom Bjerre’s primary tasks will be to ensure that Milestone Systems increases its development capacity by 45%, to reinforce the company’s ability to create unique innovations that meet market demand for smart solutions. The investment in R&D staffing encompasses development capacity in deep-driver device integration, advanced video rendering, IoT and metadata sources, online services, advanced data management and the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK).
Tom Bjerre is very experienced from working in platform-based and market-disrupting companies, bringing the perfect mindset to Milestone Systems:
“I believe that the power of a platform economy and platform business model is a game-changer. Milestone Systems’ open platform enables partners to reach customers, with Milestone 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 VP R&D Tom Bjerre, Milestone Systems.
Culture and values are also of huge importance to Tom 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. 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.”
“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 Chief Technology Officer Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems.
Tom 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’ changing needs and levels of market maturity.
During his time as CIO at TV 2 Danmark A/S, Tom Bjerre and his team worked both with cloud and on-premise solutions. A migration of digital services, including an online video platform, required an entirely new architecture, transforming the platform from a large, complex, on-premise monolith to a more flexible architecture based on micro-services. In his most recent position as CIO at TV 2 Danmark, he was responsible for Data, Integration & Services, IT Operations and TV Technology.
Moreover, Tom 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.