MercuryWorks was recently recognized by  Tampa Bay Tech as a finalist for Technology Project of the Year in the 15th Annual Tampa Bay Tech Awards.  The  Tampa Bay Tech Awards recognizes industry leaders and innovative work that drives an impact.  The Technology Project of the Year recognizes a technology project developed and lead by an in-house team in Tampa Bay that created regional, national and/or international impact through industry disruption or a transformative effect within the organization.  Mercury was selected as a finalist amid strong competition from numerous worthy nominees.  The Mercury project work recognized was for creation of the new collaboration platform for Coca-Cola Business Services North America.  

Coca-Cola Business Services North America (“BSNA”) is a multi-function business services organization that  provides services including: Finance, Human Resources, Contact Center and more to Coca-Cola bottlers throughout North America.  Historically a business unit within Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola moved to restructure BSNA as an independent unit and associated technology infrastructure.  Unencumbered by legacy systems, this fresh start allowed BSNA and MercuryWorks to envision what the shared services platform of the future should look like and set out to become the best shared services organization in the world.  MercuryWorks partnered with BSNA to map out their technology platform to effectively communicate and collaborate across their enterprise and deliver superior customer service to their bottling clients. 

Using a combination of proven leading technologies and industry solutions, Mercury collaborated with BSNA and Coca-Cola business and technology leaders to design and develop an integrated technology and engagement platform.  This modernized platform touches nearly every facet of BSNA’s business from their clients’ warehouse and delivery trucks to their own highly distributed workforce. 

The resulting platform is comprised of a system of interrelated and connected collaboration platforms, extranets, applications, mobile apps, line-of-business apps and databases.  The new platform forms an integrated whole that shares components and information internally, with enterprise BSNA applications and systems managed by Coca-Cola. The platform was built to scale vertically and horizontally as BSNA expands its client base and service offerings.  In addition, the service-oriented architecture allows for the development and integration of new applications and processes aimed at improving BSNA’s efficiency and effectiveness in serving its clients.

MercuryWorks has been a superb partner that has been an integral part of enabling Coca-Cola Business Services North America in its transformation to become a Modernized Cloud only environment. MercuryWorks truly understands the Cloud concept and in combination with their DevOps & Agile approach is making a significant difference. Modernizing Coca-Cola Business Services North America has allowed us to begin delivering Services to our Business at a speed not possible in the past with the help of MercuryWorks.”

Mark Dunkerley, Sr. Manager, IT Architecture and Systems, Coca-Cola Business Services North America, LLC Tweet

Technologies leveraged by Mercury in the development of the new BSNA platform include:  Office 365, Azure Cloud PaaS, Azure Bot Framework, Microsoft Modern Identity, SharePoint Online, Teams, Power BI, Power Apps, Continuous Deployment, .NET Core, React, React Native, iOS, Android and more.  

The mission-critical system helps BSNA better serve its bottling customers, that touch hundreds of thousands of customers throughout North America and allows millions of consumers to Taste the Feeling of Coca-Cola daily.  

While we did not win the competition, we were proudly represented by MercuryWorks team members at the awards ceremony.  

“It is immensely gratifying to be selected as a finalist by Tampa Bay Tech for Mercury’s work with Coke BSNA.  The completeness of the cloud-centered technologies, enterprise patterns and Agile practices in BSNA’s vision, coupled with our collaborative development brought true velocity and robustness to the final platform.  I look forward to our continued relationship with BSNA – we already have an impressive slate of goals and extensive product roadmap for 2019!”

Donald Bickel, Partner, MercuryWorks Tweet

Additional coverage regarding the competition can be found here. 

We are proud to announce that effective today, Mercury New Media has transitioned to a new name – we are now MercuryWorks! There has been no change to ownership or structure (our “Bat-signal” icon is even still there!) – this update is a renewal of our 20 year heritage of custom software development.

Our pivot to MercuryWorks is intended to better reflect what we do and remove the vagueness of the turn-of-the-millennia “new media” moniker. We even have an updated company mission statement to match:

New MercuryWorks Website

Naturally we also have a new website – you can get an early look at mercuryworks.com – more content will be coming to the site by year-end.

New Address

We are also happy to announce that we have moved to new office space at:

MercuryWorks
2202 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607

Our mail will forward for some time but please do make note of the new address for all of your correspondence.

Today, winners of the 24th Annual Communicator Awards have officially been announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. With entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: PureMatter, Condè Nast, Disney, Republica, Sesame Workshop, MTV, Starbucks, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, and many others.

“We are extremely proud to recognize the work received for the 24th Annual Communicator Awards. This year’s class of entries embodies the ever-evolving marketing and communications industry” noted Derek Howard, director of the AIVA. He added, “On behalf the Academy members, I’d like to applaud the entrants this season for their dedication to producing outstanding content as they continue to push the envelope of creativity.”

Mercury has been recognized with an Award of Distinction for our work on the NCCER website.

For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.

Mercury hires Zach Winter as Senior Front End Developer to join its professional services team. Zach brings with him over seven years of experience with front end development utilizing HTML5, CSS3, SASS, JavaScript, React for the creation and implementation of web-based designs and applications. He is passionate about developing user interfaces that are fluid, intuitive and enjoyable to use.

Mercury has expanded its technical services team with the addition of an Application Developer. Josh Mosser has over a decade of experience in professional software development.  He is passionate about delivering high-quality software that makes the client happy to use.  Josh has extensive experience in code refactoring, API design and development, and requirements analysis. He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Arts in Communication and Multimedia from Saginaw Valley State University.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal recognized MercuryWorks in the recently released Top 25 Software Development companies in Tampa Bay. This is the sixth year in a row that MercuryWorks has been included in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s ranking of top software developers, a testament to the firm’s consistent growth in the marketplace.

The software developers list is made up of the top 25 software development companies in the Tampa Bay area and based upon the number of local software developers and revenue. Of the 25 companies in the Top Software Developers List, MercuryWorks ranked third in the list of development companies offering client contracted custom development services.

When asked about the honor Christopher Karlo, partner at Mercury said, “We are proud of our continued recognition as one of the top custom software development companies in Tampa Bay.  We consistently look for opportunities to help our clients profitably grow their business with innovative custom web solutions.”

Tampa Code Camp is a free, annual one day learning event where developers have the opportunity to take part in practical, hands-on, and interactive sessions to grow your skills and build your career, hear from seasoned developers on web, mobile, native, and cloud development, and connect with the Tampa area tech community!

This year’s event held at Keiser University on October 28th featured over 50 speakers covering topics such as Power BI, IOT, React and Selenium Testing to name a few.  Mercury’s newest Principal Application Developer, Matt Wagner shared his insight on Resiliency Patterns in a session titled “Managing Failure in a Chaotic World”.

Matt Wagner speaking at Tampa Code Camp

This session included a survey of the resiliency patterns and techniques for managing transient failures in a distributed or cloud-connected world. Topics included circuit breakers, retries, timeouts, and bulkheads using the Polly library for C# and the Hysterix library for the JVM.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn to anticipate where communication could fail
  • Adapt to latency, downtime, and error conditions for your dependencies
  • Provide resilient solutions for your customers

Mercury’s Senior Interface Designer Zach Winnie covered the topic of Bootstrap in a session titled “What’s New in Bootstrap 4”.

Key takeaways:

  • Beta 1: 8/11/2017
  • There have been over 5,000 commits, 650+ files changed, 67,000 lines added, 82,000 lines removed in V4
  • V4 drops browser support for IE 8 and 9
  • V4 uses Reboot vs. Normalize
  • Most components refactored with flexbox
  • Covered components that have been removed
  • Covered components that have been added
  • Moved from LESS to SASS in V4
  • V4 Global font increased

Zach Winnie speaking at Tampa Code Camp 17

Did you miss one of our presentations at Tampa Code Camp?  No worries, email us at social@mercurynewmedia.com to get a copy.

To learn more about Tampa Code Camp, please visit tampacc.org.  We look forward to sharing again next year!

AJ Kiefner, Application Developer with Mercury completed the final certification exam and earned the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification in Web Applications.

This certification is a globally recognized standard for developer excellence.  The certification requires passing a series of three exams that cover current Visual Studio versions with an emphasis on HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, C#, ASP.NET, Azure, Web Services, and SharePoint.

For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.

Mercury New Media announced it has achieved a Silver Application Integration competency, demonstrating our expertise in implementing integrated solutions that connect critical information resources and enable business agility. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications. To ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction.

Mercury New Media, is a leading digital application and professional services firm obsessed with web applications, native applications, mobile, websites and everything “data”. Mercury flexes the full breadth and depth of our technical, creative and business acumen to craft finely honed solutions. We seek to build sustained, successful relationships, deliver strategic counsel and forge passionate client relationships.

“Earning the Microsoft Silver Application Integration competency reinforces our expertise in today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge and understanding of Microsoft and its products,” said Donald Bickel, Partner.

“By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

As a Microsoft Partner with the Application Integration competency we are equipped with exclusive training, the latest software, and support on Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services and Microsoft .NET, enabling our team to deploy solutions focused on improving employee productivity, enhancing business decision-making and delivering stronger connections.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

For more information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.

Ryan Tenecyk, Interface Designer with Mercury has achieved MCP status by completing the HTML/CSS/JavaScript exam.

The Microsoft Certified Professional certification validates IT professional and developer technical expertise through rigorous, industry-proven, and industry-recognized exams. MCP exams cover a wide range of Microsoft products, technologies, and solutions.

For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.