MercuryWorks is pleased to announce that Chris Karlo has been invited to join the Tampa Bay Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay.

Chris was chosen for membership by the Tampa Bay Business Journal Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to his experience, leadership and influence in the local business landscape and beyond. Chris is a firm believer in giving back, he is committed to making Tampa Bay a stronger and more vibrant community.  Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Tech, Friends of Joshua House and Leadership Tampa Bay.  He has also served as a Board member of Leadership Tampa Bay, Kiwanis Club of Tampa and the Pinellas Education Foundation.

“Tampa Bay’s thriving business community is powered by leaders like Chris,” said Ian Anderson, president and publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. “We’re honored to be creating a space where the region’s business influencers come together to increase their impact on the community, build their businesses and connect with and strengthen one another.”

As an invited member, Chris will contribute articles to the Tampa Bay Business Journal website and participate alongside fellow members in Expert Panels. He will connect and collaborate with a vetted network of local leaders in a members-only directory and a private forum on the group’s mobile app. Chris will also benefit from leadership and business coaching, an Executive Profile on the Tampa Bay Business Journal website, select partner discounts and services and ongoing support from the community’s concierge team.

About Business Journals Leadership Trust

Tampa Bay Business Journal Leadership Trust is a part of Business Journals Leadership Trust — a collective of invitation-only networks of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community. Membership is based on an application and selection committee review. Benefits include private online forums, the ability to publish insights on bizjournals.com, business and executive coaching and a dedicated concierge team. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit trust.bizjournals.com.

Mercury hires Jim Finn as Associate Project Owner to join its professional services team. Jim brings with him over a decade of experience and holds the Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified ScrumMaster, and Professional Scrum Master certifications. He is passionate about providing powerful yet pragmatic solutions through product management.

Mercury hires Paul Laudeman as Senior Application Developer to join its professional services team.  Paul brings with him over 20 years of experience with application development utilizing Microsoft’s .NET framework for the creation and implementation of custom web-based applications. He is passionate about API design, data integration, automation and infrastructure.

Mercury hires David Kuehn as Senior Application Developer to join its professional services team. Dave brings with him over twelve years of experience with application development utilizing Microsoft’s .NET framework for the creation and implementation of custom web-based applications. He is passionate about clean, readable code and enjoys refactoring outdated solutions in a fresh modern way.

Mercury hires Logan Arnett as Senior Front End Developer to join its professional services team. Logan brings with him over five years of experience with front end development utilizing React, JavaScript and Node for the creation and implementation of web-based designs and applications. He is passionate about developing user interfaces that are intuitive and easy to use.

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. 

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

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.

Mercury hires Alex Garrison as Senior Front End Developer to join its professional services team. Alex brings with him over six years of experience with front end development utilizing React, JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 for the creation and implementation of web-based designs and applications. He is passionate about data manipulation and solving complex problems around performance.

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.