Last week we wrote about the emerging tech scene in Louisville, KY, where one of our offices is based. So this week we are highlighting the tech scene and culture of Washington, DC, where our other office is located. We’ve been in DC for a few a years now and have integrated ourselves into the DC culture through company outings to Cap’s and National’s games, frequent happy hours, and local tech events.
Digital transformation — that perennial tech buzzword — what does it mean, anyway? Essentially, digital transformation describes the fundamental, all-encompassing change that technology brings to organizations’ key strategies, processes, products, skillsets, and culture. According to the leading pundits, if your company is not digitally transforming, you’re doomed to be disrupted. Sound overwhelming? Join Mission Data and other business and technology leaders at Forrester’s Digital Transformation 2017 conference to learn practical strategies for effective change to your company’s business model.
Founded in Louisville in 1996, Mission Data has expanded over the years with a second office in Washington, DC, and additional team members located across the country. While Louisville is 776 miles from New York City and more than 2,300 miles from San Francisco—two cities leading tech job growth in the U.S.—the tech scene here is building momentum, with no signs of slowing down.
Our CEO, Stu Gavurin, and VP of research and development, Carson McDonald, recently traveled to Florida with one of our clients, EagleWatchGolf, to enhance a mobile solution with beacon technology. The EagleWatchGolf app by Mission Data allows users to compete for hole-in-one jackpots at select holes in participating golf courses.
In developed nations, our collective understanding of the workplace has been redefined by waves of technological innovation.
The steam era advanced mechanical production and transport. The Industrial Revolution brought mass production and distribution of labor. Workplace efficiency bolted ahead during the mid-century’s computer age, before taking a qualitative leap in the past two and a half decades with the Internet age, which has forever changed the ways in which we connect, collaborate, and communicate.
On the final day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, I was in the elevator at my Las Vegas hotel and noticed a bedraggled man wearing a conference badge. I asked him how he enjoyed the conference. He looked at me with tired eyes and said he was absolutely overwhelmed. Like me, it was his first time to CES and he could only withstand a half day for two consecutive days. He told me that he felt there was just too much of everything and no order to any of it. He slumped in the elevator until we arrived at his floor; then he shuffled out and I assume went to bed.
This was my first year visiting CES and I went expecting to learn about which kinds of consumer electronics gear might be making its way into the realm of enterprise use. I saw some of that, but what I found really interesting is the amount of raw technology that is seeking to go straight into the enterprise.
We like a lot of useful and entertaining things here at Mission Data, whether we’re talking about digital products or fun toys that require no electricity at all (i.e., Legos). So in the spirit of the season, here are some fun gift suggestions from our team. We think a few of these items will be appealing to people of all ages on your shopping list.