KJR's History

From a garage on the Gold Coast, K.J.Ross & Associates was born. We've had to ride the wave of innovation and change, but the passion and ideology that launched KJR in 1997 remains the same. Here's our journey.

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away...
1997
K.J.Ross & Associates was established

With Y2K approaching, demand was high for technology and software testing. K.J.Ross and Associates was established in a garage on the Gold Coast by Kelvin J. Ross.

1998
Employee #1

Steven Butler became Kelvin’s first hire and he’s still on board as a loyal employee and Principal Consultant up in the Brisbane office.

1999
Certified Software Test Professionals (CSTP) training program launched
2000
The world didn't end!

Y2K didn’t cause the world to implode – perhaps because KJR saved so many computer systems from crashing…!

2002
SMARTCat was released by K.J.Ross & Associates

SMARTCat was ‘on the prowl’ – proactive production monitoring tests for web applications at a time when most other offerings would do little more than ping the server.

2002
Welcome to the Test Manager Forum

We founded the Test Manager Forum – an annual event to celebrate and educate the software testing industry. TMF ran until 2015 under the new name Software Quality Forum.

2005
Found a home in Sydney

After servicing Sydney clients since inception, we officially marked KJR territory on Sydney soil.

2005
Our first Agile project
2006
Melbourne office opened
2007
A base in Canberra

We set up permanent roots in Canberra to service our growing federal government clients.

2008
Beginning of OneSchool

This year marked the first release of a multi-year project wit the Department of Education and Training Queensland.

2008
Iqnite Systems & Software Quality Conference was launched in Australia by KJR
2010
At the top of Qld ICT

KJR founder, Kelvin Ross won the Achiever award for taking risks and making a difference within the Queensland ICT community.

2010
The first Ross Report was released

Our industry benchmark report was released annually until 2014.

2011
NATA accreditation

KJR became one of only two Test Labs in Australia to be able to certify medical software for conformance to NEHTA specifications.

2011
Microsoft Gold Partner status: unlocked
2013
The KJR Yellow Jersey premieres

KJR commenced it support for TourXOz and Black Dog Institute. The Yellow Jersey has appeared in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

2013
NDIS was a success!

The NDIS scheme was launched on a high-quality platform, on-time – thanks to KJR.

2014
Ashley Howden becomes CEO
2015
A new lease on life

K.J.Ross & Associates re-branded to KJR.

2016
Became a 'Cool Company'

Named in Australia’s Top 100 Coolest Companies to work for (and again in 2017 and 2018). Although we didn’t need an award to tell us that!

2017
Sponsored Sydney Kings NBL team

KJR took up a spot right next to the hoop at Qudos Bank Arena as a Sydney Kings sponsor.

2018
KJR turned 21

Celebrated KJR’s 21st birthday! An immense achievement for a smaller technology-based firm.

2018
Taking on Adelaide
2018
Joined the University of Canberra Capitals family

And watched them take out the WNBL Championship (in 2019).

2019
Young Women Leaders in AI inaugural intake

As a founding Platinum sponsor, KJR is making a focused effort to address the inherent bias that exists in the development of artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms.

2019
Qualified Security Assessors for PCI DSS Assessments