Thoughts from the team at Mission Data

Mercer Transportation Mobile App

Certain industries are expected to be on the cutting edge of technology. Transportation generally isn’t one of them. That’s why our recent project with Mercer Transportation was so much fun to work on. Mercer Transportation is a trucking and logistics company using a mobile app (for iOS and Android) to make it significantly easier for their drivers to get and share vital information.

We developed an app that lets Mercer drivers complete mandatory check-ins and regularly communicate with Mercer HQ via the app. No more dialing into a call center and then waiting on hold or for callbacks. The app also lets the drivers access key information about their loads like pick up location and delivery destination. With all the information shared, contained and secure inside the app the drivers can decrease their dependence on paper records and transcribing information from phone calls.

The Mercer Transportation app empowers drivers and uses technology to make it just a little easier for them to do their job. For a technology company there is nothing more gratifying than knowing a tool we developed has practical real world applications that helps people.

Advice for New Coders: How to Be Job Ready

Last month Mission Data developers and operations personnel attended the Code Louisville job fair. The goal of the job fair was to allow those who had completed the first Code Louisville curriculum course to share the knowledge and skills they’d learned with potential employers.

We were happy to be part of the reverse job fair and show our support for the Louisville tech community. Code Louisville is a strong first step down the path to being a skilled, in demand developer. We asked some of Mission Data’s current developers to share their advice on next steps these novice developers might take.

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What You Need To Know About the Heartbleed Bug

Over the past few days there has been a lot of talk about the security of SSL, the encryption protocol which enables secure transactions on the Internet. Unfortunately, due to a bug in the most popular Open Source SSL library, OpenSSL, an estimated 66% of the world’s secure sites, including Amazon, Google, and eBay, were affected by the bug now know as Heartbleed. The question is, how does this affect the average user?

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Code Louisville Job Fair

Tomorrow night we’ll be participating in Code Louisville’s first ever “reverse job fair.” Code Louisville is a collaboration between the Metro Louisville Department of Economic Growth and Innovation, Greater Louisville Inc, EnterpriseCorp, the Louisville Free Public Library, KentuckianaWorks and private companies who are dedicated to nurturing technology innovation in Louisville.

Mission Data and other local technology companies will be meeting with the first graduates of Code Louisville to talk about their new skills and discuss upcoming internship and job opportunities. We’re hopeful that this new crop of developer talent will be the first in a long line of students to complete the Code Louisville program and then find jobs in the Louisville tech community.

Mission Data CEO Stu Gavurin Selected for MindShare 2014 Class

MindShare, a prestigious organization for CEOs of the most promising high tech companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area has tapped Mission Data CEO Stu Gavurin for inclusion in their 2014 class. With his induction into the group Gavurin joins a veritable “Who’s Who” of tech entrepreneurs and CEOs in the region and gains access to MindShare’s significant alumni network of CEOs, angels, mentors and advisors.

As part of the group Gavurin will be participating in exclusive development and networking events. There he’ll form new connections to both pillars and rising stars in the DC tech community. These new relationships will offer opportunities for camaraderie, personal and professional development as well as partnership and growth opportunities for Mission Data.

The entire Mission Data team looks forward to strengthening our ties in the Washington DC community through Stu’s involvement with this distinguished organization. Not to mention that we’re very proud of our CEO for being recognized for his outstanding leadership. #humblebrag

An Elegant Compromise: Responsive Retrofitting

The growth rate of mobile internet traffic over the past few years is staggering. More and more people are accessing the web with phones and tablets instead of (or in addition to) a desktop computer. This fact has led to some significant changes for web designers. Where once we asked clients if a new site should be targeted for desktop users or mobile users we now build sites to accommodate both audiences simultaneously. Not every project is made up of a new or completely redesigned site though. Sometimes a client’s budget or deadline restriction demands a compromise that improves an existing site’s mobile performance without a complete redesign. That’s where Responsive Retrofitting comes in.

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Mercer Microsite Launch for Davos

For the third year in a row Mission Data worked with Mercer to build a microsite highlighting their important work with the World Economic Forum. As in previous years the microsite was launched to coincide with the World Economic Forum’s Davos Annual Meeting.

This year’s refreshed site focuses on the launch of Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches, a book authored by members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills. Education and Skills 2.0 is available as a PDF download from the microsite.

As part of Mercer’s Human Capital Index the microsite also features the newly released The Human Capital Report and accompanying video. This report “ranks 122 countries representing 90% of the world’s populations and identifies the countries that are best positioned to contribute to effective workforce development, growth potential, and economic success.”