We’ve all heard the phrase “data is the new oil” to describe the exponential growth of big data platforms and analytics as key mechanisms of digital transformation. For many organizations, the importance of becoming data-literate — capable of communicating data and analytics in ways that spur innovation, enhance customer experience, increase revenue, and fulfill the more traditional role of risk mitigation — has become a fundamental business asset.
Five years ago, Mission Data built a brand new SaaS platform for Asphalt Institute, a U.S.-based international trade organization promoting quality management for construction materials laboratories.
In this age of a shrinking publishing industry, Washington, D.C.-based The Atlantic continues to defy the odds. Founded in 1857, the monthly literary and cultural magazine with a focus on long-form journalism is profitable, receiving more than 80 percent of its revenue from digital sources, live events, and even a consulting arm.
According to our extremely reliable crystal ball, 2018 is going to be a big leap forward for enterprise technologies. While your company may be humming along and operating just fine, as your competitors leverage new technologies and add capabilities, you could quickly find your brand left in the dust.
No matter what you may have heard about millennials — that they spend too much on avocado toast, or that they’ve killed everything from cars to Applebee’s — one hard truth about this generation is that they are digital natives. Now that millennials represent the largest generation in the workforce, they have a lot to offer in terms of more diversity, tech savviness, and a fresh perspective. The trick is getting them to stay with your company.
It’s not easy for a small company like Mission Data to gain valuable time with executives of large and influential enterprises. Often, companies like us rely heavily on referrals from their existing customers or clients. While this is generally a successful approach, the results are often haphazard, opportunistic, and somewhat slow.
For a change of pace, we were drawn to NextPoint 2017, held in Miami earlier this month. The three-day “speed networking” event offers solution providers face-to-face meetings and access to executives and influencers of substantially-sized retailers.
The status quo—it’s what you’ve always done. It’s just the way your company does things. Why risk rocking the boat? Well, when it comes to digital transformation, delaying the optimization of resources can have real costs. If your organization is on the fence about a digital upgrade for 2018, you’ll want to take into consideration that waiting to make a decision is a risk in and of itself.
In recent years, the Kroger Company, the nation’s largest grocer, partnered with Mission Data engineers to develop several Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives to boost employee efficiency, including a temperature monitoring platform that has now been rolled out at nearly 3,000 stores. Created to reduce a time-consuming, labor-intensive process for tracking temperature data, the IoT platform resulted in millions of dollars in savings, became a leading food safety solution, and improved labor efficiency and consistency.
Tech jobs, along with healthcare, are the most in-demand in the U.S. economy. While that might sound great for those in the field or planning to be, the talent pool in tech is far from capable of meeting the need. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them by 2020.