In the year since John Wark opened the doors to the nonprofit Nashville Software School, the developer academy has found its place in the city's creative community — and turned away some folks Wark says looked like they would leave town as quickly as they got here. Pierce Greenberg has the story in this week's City Paper, where he writes about Wark's plans to add night classes and hook up with local government and education officials.
“I’ve shown we can create employable, entry-level developers. So I think we’re at the point where we can have a serious conversation with both the city, who again is committed to development of the tech workforce, and the state,” Wark said.
Erik Carlson, the co-founder of mobile video application Streamweaver, has stepped out of an active role at the company, which just last month snagged $1.3 million in funding. Walker Duncan has more on Carlson's plans for future endeavors.
Mobile phone software developer Metova has added four developers and one quality assurance engineer to its roster, officials announced today. The developers are Benjamin “Seth” Beech, Jamie Hignite, David Mays and Kalan Lee Stowe. Taylor Jackson is the quality assurance engineer.
Beech received a bachelor’s of electrical engineering from Auburn University. Hignite previously worked with the Information Technology Support Services for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. She also worked for four years developing web applications for Yum! Brands. Mays and Stowe graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s in software engineering.
“All of our new developers are proficient in multiple programming languages, but more importantly, they are all great thinkers and problem solvers,” said David Lane, Metova’s vice president of technology. “Their diverse backgrounds in Web and graphic design and computer related services will complement the diverse needs of Metova’s client base.”
Jackson’s role with Metova will be to test client’s mobile applications and to improve the development of those applications. He earned his bachelor’s of science in business administration degree from Tennessee Technology University.
A networking company with nearly 6,000 miles of fiber in the Mid-Atlantic has chosen a local company’s fraud protection product to monitor its entire routing system for malfeasance. Lumos Networks, which is headquartered in Waynesboro, Va., has licensed — for unpublished sums — the Protector fraud management system provided by Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems.
“Because of fraud’s direct effect on revenue, fraud management is an essential component of a service provider’s business strategy,” said David Ledbetter, national sales director for Equinox Information Systems in a company statement. “Protector notifies Lumos Networks when communications fraud is occurring on their network. This real-time alert allows costly fraud to be stopped quickly to help Lumos protect their network as well as their customers.”
So whatever the sales and product teams at OnFocus Healthcare have been doing lately is working great: The enterprise software developer has signed on 75 new clients so far this quarter, increasing the four-year-old company's customer base by more than a third.
"We have been very fortunate to have worked with so many quality-oriented and performance-driven organizations," said Steven J. Mason Jr., President and CEO of onFocus Healthcare. "We are pleased to welcome this latest group of hospitals to our rapidly growing user community, and we look forward to working with them to help create meaningful and sustainable performance improvements in the way they provide services."
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