Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.—Archibald Putt (pseud.), from Putt’s Law and the Successful Technocrat, 1981.

Welcome to Compass Rose Technologies. We provide software development services and custom software applications for clients worldwide.

About Us

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Compass Rose Technologies, Inc.

Compass Rose Technologies was formed in late 2003. Although a young corporation, our principals have an exemplary performance history in software development and have worked with an extensive list of customers, ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. As a result, our staff has first-hand experience in a variety of technical industries and are aware of the unique challenges and industry expectations to be faced in each.

While we are a small company, we see this as a great advantage to our customers. We can operate with a much lower overhead than larger firms, which in turn allows us to offer our services at affordable rates. However, our experience and proven track record ensure that this cost savings comes to you without having to sacrifice competence and professionalism. In addition, we are able to maintain a personal relationship with our customers, guaranteeing that we can remain flexible to their needs.

Meet Our Senior Staff

Robert “Ted” Calhoun, President

Robert “Ted” Calhoun

President, Senior Information Architect

Born in Ohio, Ted was raised in Missouri and Kansas and earned a dual major in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Kansas. He is an experienced software developer and an Oracle® Certified Internet Applications Developer, with extensive knowledge of Microsoft® technologies and Java programming. Ted wrote his first business application in assembly language and BASIC in the days when the 8-bit computer reigned, and has been learning new technologies ever since. He has worked extensively with customers on-site, and has experience in all areas of the software development cycle, from needs-assessment to implementation to user training. Additionally, he has supervised and mentored development teams overseas. Ted now resides in Chicago.

Joanne Asala, Senior Technical Editor

Joanne Asala

Senior Technical Editor

Joanne, a native Chicagoan, is an accomplished author and editor with more than 15 years of experience in book, magazine, educational, and business publishing. She is skilled in print and on-line editing and manages a staff of more than a dozen freelance proofreaders, editors, graphic designers, and transcriptionists at Compass Rose Horizons, a full-scale editorial services provider. She holds a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Iowa and is certified in tech writing and editing. In her spare time, she likes to blog, and maintains sites on The History of Uptown Chicago and restoring her vintage two-flat.

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