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Matt Van Itallie

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Matt is the founder and CEO of Sema Lab
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Be Prepared When Scouting For a Sale

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Jun 26, 2019 10:52:21 AM

In 2019, every company is a software company.

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Top Three Leading Indicators of Codebase Quality

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Jun 17, 2019 6:29:56 PM

Sema’s goal is simple. We want to provide senior management, architects and developers with the definitive set of tools they need to find, fix, prevent and manage technical debt.

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Case Notes: Private Equity

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on May 25, 2019 5:36:29 PM


Bain’s 10th-anniversary Global Private Equity Report once again takes in the entire industry, highlighting specific strengths and flagging challenges and opportunities.

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Topics: equity, hedge fund, angel investors, venture capital, venture capitalist, private equity firms, leveraged buyout, investing, equity trust

Announcing Our New eBook: The Coming Revolution in Technical Due Diligence

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Apr 2, 2019 8:19:19 AM

I am delighted to share our first e-book, The Coming Revolution in Technical Due Diligence, which discussed how technical due diligence will change as a result of tools like Sema’s. It lays out a solution that gives diligence teams powerful new ways to gain transparency and visibility during the technical due diligence process. 

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Top 10 Sema Customer Quotes from 2018

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Jan 3, 2019 4:06:50 PM


We at Sema wanted to wish everyone a great 2019.

It has been an extraordinary year, and I couldn’t be more thankful to work with our team of technologists and business leaders.

Of course, our deepest thanks goes to our clients. Their support, guidance and suggestions are helping transform the future of software maintenance.

In their honor we’d like to celebrate the new year with a list: our ten favorite client quotes from 2018.

Without further ado…

Our Top 10 Customer Quotes from 2018

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Topics: software maintenance, customerquotes

Congrats to @GovtechFund on raising $25M

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Jun 11, 2018 12:15:05 PM

Sema is delighted to share the news that one of our partners, Govtech Fund, today announced the launch of its second fund, a $25M early stage venture fund focused on modernizing the internal operations of government. More details here.

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Topics: legacy code, software maintenance, government

Less Maintenance, More mission

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on May 2, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Earlier this year, the Defense Innovation Board

-  a national group of leading technologists including Eric Schmidt and California Institute of Technology professor Richard Murray - put out a list of recommendations to improve how the Department of Defense creates software.
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Topics: legacy code, software maintenance, government

Welcome Brendan Cody-Kenny

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Apr 11, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Sema is delighted to welcome Brendan Cody-Kenny as a founding member of our scientific team, and leader of our Ireland initiative.  We asked Brendan to share a little bit more about himself and why he's so excited about Sema's mission.

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Topics: Sema Team

How Sema Came to Be

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Mar 12, 2018 1:00:00 AM

Imagine a world in which your software development teams could double the time and energy they spend on creating new code. Double.

Think about how rapidly technology has advanced in the past few decades. And then consider—developers spend an average of 55% of their time on legacy software maintenance instead of creating new code. What could technologists accomplish if they could apply more of their brainpower to innovating and solving new problems instead?

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Topics: tech debt, Sema Team, legacy code, software maintenance

Welcome Mounir Boukadoum

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Feb 12, 2018 6:05:00 AM
I am incredibly pleased to introduce Mounir Boukadoum as the newest member of Sema's Scientific Advisory Board.
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Topics: Sema Team