Kitware is a leader in the creation and support of open-source software and state-of-the-art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. Kitware's mission is to develop and deliver cutting-edge software products and services utilizing advanced software quality methods and technologies. Since its founding in 1998, Kitware has combined an open-source business model with state-of-the-art software engineering and world-class imaging expertise to become the industry leader in open-source solutions for medical computing, scientific computing, computer vision, data management, and quality software process. The company's business model is anchored on improving open-source platforms unfettered by intellectual property restrictions, while generating profit by providing consulting services to a diverse set of scientific and engineering communities. This model has proven highly successful and resilient even in the face of the most recent global recession.
Kitware has built a strong reputation by partnering with government, academic, and commercial organizations to create and support large, collaborative, and open-source communities that use, improve, and nurture a common software platform. The company has maintained decade-long open-source collaborations with prestigious organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This has resulted in some of the largest and most successful open-source, community-driven software engineering projects, including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), ParaView, and the cross-platform build tool CMake. Kitware also provides a significant amount of software development services to large and small commercial customers interested in leveraging and engaging with open-source communities. This includes medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the oil and gas industry.
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