ThoughtWorks is a global IT consultancy which focuses on agile software development. The company has contributed to a range of open source products, including CruiseControl, NUnit 2.0, and Selenium.In 1992 Neville Roy Singham founded Singham Business Services as a management consulting company servicing the equipment leasing industry.In 1995 the company changed its name to ThoughtWorks and the focus became building software. Singham has described the change as:"We grew to eight people, mostly MBA types. We then realized we had to recruit some top techie weenies, because we needed people who could write coherent code."ThoughtWorks' technology capabilities have evolved from its use of Forte 4GL in the mid-1990s to include Java in the late 1990s, the .NET Framework in 2001, and Ruby in 2004.The services have expanded beyond software development and into areas such as the organizational transformation of business.
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