Alexis Muellner asks the tech panel to address the current technology ecosystem and key issues they face for growth in the near term? He captures there responses in the article, “Talent pool, office environments and inventory of expandable space dominate tech talk”. 

Panelist Chris Karlo states, “One of the key challenges for growth for us is talent – finding people that can help us grow. We’re looking to grow some of our service line offerings and take advantage of opportunities to not just do business here in Tampa Bay but across the country through some of our partner relationships. We opened up a small office out in Arizona earlier this year to get us a west coast presence.”

“But the challenge in either one of those environments is having the talent and motivated workforce in place to help us achieve what we’re looking to do, and a lot of that isn’t necessarily technical components so much as the people, and understanding what businesses are looking to do. We want to be able to help bridge the gap between client needs and the technological opportunity, and then execute.”

To see what the other panelists responses were see the full article on the TBBJ website.

More than a dozen technology-sector business people attended the TBBJ Tech Roundtable Monday to discuss the topic of finding and keeping qualified workers. Eric Snider captures the key takeaways in the article, “5 takeaways from TBBJ’s tech roundtable”.

 – It’s not just a Tampa Bay problem, but a global one. Demand for workforce is not keeping up with supply, which can lead to competition for merely qualified people, let alone the best and brightest. Because Tampa Bay does not have a far-reaching reputation as a vibrant tech community, that’s makes recruitment even tougher. This can lead to outsized salary expectations from even recent college graduates.

– While salaries are obviously important, it’s also necessary for companies to provide stimulating work environments. That can be accomplished through amenities — Nitro Mobile Solutions, represented by president Pete Slade, features walking workstations that allows employees to task on a treadmill — hip, collaborative workspaces, and an innovative work culture. But the basics still prevail: Tech companies must provide workers with stimulating projects that match their skills, as well as consistent, supportive leadership. Big bottom line: Don’t get the reputation as a boring place to work.

 – While companies worry about hiring and retention, they also have valid concerns about the quality of workers in a market that tilts toward labor. Jana Wiggins, CEO of Document Advantage Corp., noticed that hires tend to follow “flavor of the week programming skills, but often lack the pure foundation skills necessary. We pray that they learn quick, and are up and running in the first 90 days.”

  – Chris Karlo, a partner at Mercury New Media, saw the situation a bit differently. He finds that, overall, colleges focus on specific skills in their computer science programs, turning out new workers that lack broader analytic and problem-solving skills. Smaller companies — his has 23 employees — don’t have the luxury of providing a lot of core training.

 – The panelists found American immigration policy too restrictive. A few encountered situations in which they wanted to hire someone from overseas, but shied away because the process was too onerous. “If we can’t get them locally, and we can’t bring them in, what are we gonna do? Outsource,” said Alex Ecklelberry of Technology Growth Engineering.

To see the full article visit the TBBJ website.

Mercury New Media is a Finalist for the Florida Companies to Watch awards.  The award recipients will be selected by a panel of independent judges comprised of representatives of the Associates and others as deemed appropriate by the Associates and the Foundation. The award will be based on the following criteria:

    1. Innovativeness of the product or service
    2. Response to adversity
    3. Contributions by the nominee to aid community-oriented projects
    4. Current and past financial reports
    5. Increase in sales and/or unit volume
    6. Growth in number of employees
    7. Impact of the business in the job market

      The judging panel is allowed complete discretion in determining award recipients. Final results will be announced in early August. Festivities honoring the 2014 Florida Companies to Watch winners will be held October 23, 2014, at Hard Rock Live.

      About GrowFL

      Florida Companies to Watch is presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL has helped more than 700 companies through the Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs.

      The Edward Lowe Foundation brings you Companies to Watch to recognize the vital role second-stage companies play in the economy. The foundation champions the entrepreneurial spirit by working with entrepreneur support organizations nationwide to encourage peer learning among second-stage business owners.

      Mercury New Media was recognized with an Award of Distinction for our work on the n1 Health eBrochure in the 2014 Communicator Awards competition.

      The Communicator Awards program, now in its 20th year, is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. The awards are overseen and judged by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an organization of media, advertising, communications, and marketing professionals. Receiving more than 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes around the world, the program is one of the largest awards of its kind. 

      For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.

      Mercury New Media was recognized with an Award of Distinction for our work on the Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners website in the 2014 Communicator Awards competition.

      The Communicator Awards program, now in its 20th year, is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. The awards are overseen and judged by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an organization of media, advertising, communications, and marketing professionals. Receiving more than 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes around the world, the program is one of the largest awards of its kind. 

      For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.

      Mercury New Media was recognized with an Award of Distinction for our work on the OccuPro website in the 2014 Communicator Awards competition.

      The Communicator Awards program, now in its 20th year, is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. The awards are overseen and judged by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an organization of media, advertising, communications, and marketing professionals. Receiving more than 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes around the world, the program is one of the largest awards of its kind. 

      For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.

      The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2013 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

      Mercury New Media was recognized for their excellence with a Silver award for the Stonehenge Growth Management website in the Finance category.

      The 12th annual, international competition saw over 1600 entries from over 24 countries around world. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2013 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

      “The 2013 competition is undoubtedly one of the best showcases of outstanding interactive media in our long competition history,” Said, Mike Sauce- Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “The continued trend of the convergence of multiple forms of digital media into a single interactive experience has yielded a new level of interactivity with technology and blended artistry. For the most part, designers and developers of interactive media experiences have embraced the concept that we can no longer assume how users interface with technology. That is seen in the fact that most of the web sites are built on responsive code sets to optimize the viewing experience no matter what type of device being used. In addition, entries have pushed the boundaries of traditional thinking in terms of expanded features, blended media, and integration of multiple marketing and technology channels. Winners in this year’s competition highlight the best blend of technology, cutting-edge thinking, outstanding user-experience and overall aesthetics.”

      For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.

      The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2013 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

      Mercury New Media was recognized for their excellence with a Silver award for the Hill Ward Henderson website in the Legal category.

      The 12th annual, international competition saw over 1600 entries from over 24 countries around world. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2013 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

      “The 2013 competition is undoubtedly one of the best showcases of outstanding interactive media in our long competition history,” Said, Mike Sauce- Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “The continued trend of the convergence of multiple forms of digital media into a single interactive experience has yielded a new level of interactivity with technology and blended artistry. For the most part, designers and developers of interactive media experiences have embraced the concept that we can no longer assume how users interface with technology. That is seen in the fact that most of the web sites are built on responsive code sets to optimize the viewing experience no matter what type of device being used. In addition, entries have pushed the boundaries of traditional thinking in terms of expanded features, blended media, and integration of multiple marketing and technology channels. Winners in this year’s competition highlight the best blend of technology, cutting-edge thinking, outstanding user-experience and overall aesthetics.”

      For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.

      The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2013 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

      Mercury New Media was recognized for their excellence with a Bronze award for the Mercury New Media website.

      The 12th annual, international competition saw over 1600 entries from over 24 countries around world. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2013 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

      “The 2013 competition is undoubtedly one of the best showcases of outstanding interactive media in our long competition history,” Said, Mike Sauce- Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “The continued trend of the convergence of multiple forms of digital media into a single interactive experience has yielded a new level of interactivity with technology and blended artistry. For the most part, designers and developers of interactive media experiences have embraced the concept that we can no longer assume how users interface with technology. That is seen in the fact that most of the web sites are built on responsive code sets to optimize the viewing experience no matter what type of device being used. In addition, entries have pushed the boundaries of traditional thinking in terms of expanded features, blended media, and integration of multiple marketing and technology channels. Winners in this year’s competition highlight the best blend of technology, cutting-edge thinking, outstanding user-experience and overall aesthetics.”

      For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.

      The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2013 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

      Mercury New Media was recognized for their excellence with a Bronze award for the OccuPro website in the Health and Human Services and the Self Promotion categories.

      The 12th annual, international competition saw over 1600 entries from over 24 countries around world. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2013 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

      “The 2013 competition is undoubtedly one of the best showcases of outstanding interactive media in our long competition history,” Said, Mike Sauce- Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “The continued trend of the convergence of multiple forms of digital media into a single interactive experience has yielded a new level of interactivity with technology and blended artistry. For the most part, designers and developers of interactive media experiences have embraced the concept that we can no longer assume how users interface with technology. That is seen in the fact that most of the web sites are built on responsive code sets to optimize the viewing experience no matter what type of device being used. In addition, entries have pushed the boundaries of traditional thinking in terms of expanded features, blended media, and integration of multiple marketing and technology channels. Winners in this year’s competition highlight the best blend of technology, cutting-edge thinking, outstanding user-experience and overall aesthetics.”

      For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.