Corporate Innovation

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Steel Wheels Keep on Turning, Thanks to Union Pacific Innovation

By Tom McCauley / February 29, 2020

This is a guest post by Union Pacific. Imagine if roadside sensors could warn you before one of your tires suffers a blowout. While that technology is still a fantasy for drivers, Union Pacific Railroad has been using a similar technology to prevent train derailments for years. It comes by way of thousands of strategically…

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Send in the Clowns: An Experiment Outsourcing to Fiverr

By Tom McCauley / February 21, 2020

Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To some extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion with offshoring, the migration of company operations to other countries to capitalize on cheaper labor. Offshoring connotes economic devastation: factories closed, jobs lost, communities destroyed. On the other hand, outsourcing—contracting work to a third party—is having…

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Physicians Mutual and AIM Institute Provide Pathway for Call Center Employees to Become Data Scientists, Web Developers

By Tom McCauley / February 6, 2020

Last year, Nathan Coberly found himself asking how to get more people into tech. The Physicians Mutual Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and Development was part of a subcommittee of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative trying to develop a strategy for career changers and veterans to pursue IT. Coberly himself had transitioned from the military into…

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Creating a culture of self-care and wealth equity in the software industry

By Henry Nunn / January 22, 2020

Gv Freeman wanted to cultivate joy and reduce suffering in the software industry. Having grown up feeling out-of-the-loop in Central Nebraska, the St. Louis-based entrepreneur burned extra hours to find opportunities in the tech industry. Self-care wasn’t a priority. It wasn’t even on his radar. In true startup spirit, he singlemindedly drove himself to build…

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Leadership Development for Smarties: from Source Code to the Boardroom

By Tom McCauley / January 17, 2020

A first-rate developer is easy to spot. You can quantify how many languages a person knows, how effectively they work, how much value they offer. Evidence of their talent is tangible, well-documented, and often literally glowing. Good managerial candidates are less noticeable. Someone might be a persuasive presenter of innovative ideas, but lack follow-through. Another…

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Empowering Railroad Customers One API at a Time

By Tom McCauley / December 30, 2019

This is a guest post by Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific’s programmers are gearing up to launch a new developer portal that will significantly enhance customer experience and be the first of its kind in the railroad industry. Currently in pilot mode, the technology will allow customers to access and interact with relevant railroad data…

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Brian Ardinger Talks IO Summit, Nelnet, and Innovation

By Tom Chapman / October 9, 2019

Last week, SPN caught up with the Director of Innovation at Nelnet, Brian Ardinger.  Brian is also the founder of InsideOutside.io, makers of the IO Podcast and the IO Summit.  The Summit is coming to Lincoln on October 20 as part of the Startup Week festivities. The interview covered a number of topics and includes…

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