Owner / Digital Architect
Z9 Digital, LLC
About Allan Vest
Hello, my name is Allan Vest. I'm the Owner / Digital Architect here at Z9.
Let me start out by saying that I'm not a sales guy. What I am is a nerd at heart with a passion for business.
If you were shopping for a lead developer that could learn your business and then go back and architect an online application and run the team to build it and do it all really well... I'm that guy.
My passion has always been for computers. My first computer was a Commodore 64 that I did yard jobs to pay for. Personal Computers (PC's) were not yet a thing. I taught myself to program in the 8th grade. I was the kid in class that would help the computer teacher.
There was never any doubt what I wanted to study. I have a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University. It was always going to be computers.
After college, the Internet was about to be the next big thing. As such, my 12 year professional career in development with three consulting companies was heavily focused in web development, lead web development, and managing web development teams.
The thing that I cherish most during the 12 years as a consultant is that I got to work closely with a whole slew of business owners across many industries building a really wide variety of solutions.
In 2006, I decided to follow my passion for business and started AllMerchants, LLC (now renamed to Z9 Digital, LLC) building custom e-commerce sites.
And over the last 15 years, I feel very blessed... I'm still doing exactly what I love each and every day. I'm still working closely with business owners to build online systems that help make their business a success. I never get bored. Every day is something new.
What We Do
Z9 builds custom enterprise web applications.
We do this with a combination of support, managed hosting, and a toolbox of software that we created over the last 15 years.
We have specialized in building e-commerce systems, order fulfillment systems, and content management systems.
Z9 Commerce 2.x, the latest version of our e-commerce software, is tailored to the special needs of "Promotional Product Distributors".
The company was originally established in 2006 as AllMerchants, LLC and later renamed to Z9 Digital, LLC in 2015.
2020 will be our 15th year in business.
The company is debt free. We are not beholden to investors. We control the future direction of the company.
Our mission is to help companies leverage the Internet to their advantage.
Our philosophy is to work closely with our clients to build the software they need.
The company is headquartered at my home office located north of metro Detroit.
We have had a virtual office of remotely located team members for years.
We have found that this works very well for us. There is no need to waste the time and energy driving each day. There is no need to limit the hiring talent pool to only one geographical area.
Our clients are spread out across the country. What we create lives in the cloud.
With the online tools available nowadays, developers can literally work together in real time and yet be located anywhere.
We just need a computer, a couple big monitors, a phone, and a good Internet connection.
Our virutal office tools include:
- Jira for task tracking
- Skype and/or Zoom for desktop sharing and group meetings
- Slack for chat messaging
- Google Docs for collaborating on documents
- Bitbucket for version control and code sharing
Allan L. Vest
Owner / Digital Architect
Direct: (586) 693-2599