South sound software developer debuts on the Inc. 5000 list at #3810.

Reflecting years of investment, hard work and a dedication to customer service, Alliance Enterprises, Inc. (Alliance) catapulted onto the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies released last week. Alliance, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, ranked No. 3810 on the 35th annual list of entrepreneurial companies on the rise. Alliance founder and Director of Research Rick Gifford noted, “It’s great honor and proof that you don’t have to be a startup to have record growth. We’ve doubled in size in the last three years and that translates into more high tech jobs right here in the south sound.”

Alliance’s revenues grew 80% from 2012 to 2015 largely based on the strength of the company’s Aware application, an enterprise records management solution designed for vocational rehabilitation professionals. Aware is now used in 30 states and 24 tribal nations to help individuals with disabilities get training and find new jobs. Alliance growth is being fueled by the rising demand, within the public sector, to migrate enterprise applications to the cloud. Alliance’s cloud services have grown 1,000% in the past year and the company was most recently recognized as Microsoft’s Public Sector Rising Star Partner of the year.

Alliance executives credit much of their success in managing the rising growth to the company’s newest software offering, MyObjectives. Wendy Massey, Alliance’s Director of Operations and Human Resources commented, “Growth is a wonderful thing but it must be managed or it can overwhelm the employees and break the company. Our goal achievement software has allowed our employee teams to keep pace with the ever increasing demands that accompany rapid growth.” The MyObjectives solution helps self-directed teams achieve better outcomes by integrating goal achievement, engagement and gamification within a process that is rewarding and fun. The software-as-a-service is currently used by Alliance and other small businesses, non-profits and corporations across North America and Europe.

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. Media President and Editor-In-Chief, Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The Inc. 5000 hall of fame includes Microsoft, LinkedIn, Yelp, Pandora Radio, Dell and Zillow, all making the list before becoming technology giants. Along with Alliance, this year’s new entrants include well-known brands, Square®, Dollar Shave Club® and ipsy.

“An Inc. 5000 listing is a tribute to our Alliance team members who continually strive to improve our products while providing unmatched service to our customers,” said Alliance CEO Chris M. Pieper. “Our recipe is simple. The more we invest in delighting our customers, the more revenue growth we enjoy and the more jobs we create.”

Methodology used for Inc. 5000 list:

The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. 5000:

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.