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TBAN 2.0

TBANUnidev is a new board member of the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada (TBAN). The board is focusing on the creation of a central unit in which the Nevada technology community can come together as one. One of the first major changes TBAN is implementing is the President’s Board. TBAN is bringing together representatives from local and state Government, the Las Vegas Chambers and the Regional Development Authority (RDA). The goal of the President’s Board is to unify the voice of technology, create synergies and communicate the goings on of each organization in efforts to encourage and advance the growth of the technology sector in Southern Nevada. Mike Gardineer, President of TBAN says, “We’re thrilled with the direction and momentum of TBAN. The Board, our generous sponsors, our membership and the community in general are all enthusiastic about solidifying and codifying the way in which technology contributes to the Nevadan economy and culture.”

 

TBAN also intends to get involved with VegasTech and the rest of the startup community. The hopes of TBAN are to facilitate a forum in which startup entities can pose questions and obtain advice and mentoring. TBAN is extending a free one year membership to all new startups that are in their first year of business in efforts to demonstrate their benefits to the startup community. In addition, TBAN will put on events and workshops that will help these young companies cultivate their futures with respect to understanding operational costs, available local resources, procedures associated with applying for trademarks and patents and how to attract investors.

 

TBAN is moving its TechNevada Honors awards to January 2013, intending to start the year off with a bang! The Awards will honor the work of local tech leaders for the past year and pave the way for a productive future. TBAN is working towards the completion of the awards’ nomination paperwork. Please visit our new website at https://www.tban.com for updates.

 

 

Tour de Switch

Switch CampusThe Las Vegas Unidev office is a half a mile from the amazing Switch. Switch is the world’s largest and most powerful data center and technology ecosystem.  A data center is used to store computer systems whether it’s for back-up or communication tools.

Last week Catherine Harris, Unidev’s VP of Mobile and Web Development toured the Switch facility with me.  The Switch facility is no ordinary data center. Since 2006 Switch and Rob Roy have over 125 claims at the patent office. This Includes 42 awarded and 83 additional designs pending release in 2012.  The data center has 2,200,000 square feet of space and 24/7/365 on site security, safety, operations, and critical infrastructure personnel. 

Switch is not only the largest data center, but they have the most powerful technology ecosystem called CORE.  CORE stands for Combined Ordering Retail Ecosystem.   Check out all the companies involved with CORE by clicking on this link http://www.switchnap.com/pages/all-things-switch/connectivity_2.php.   According to their website, no single enterprise in the world has the buying power of the combined groups that exist today in the SuperNAP client ecosystem.  This is also one of the benefits of using Switch for your business.  They have saved business thousands and thousands of dollars by offering this service to their customers.

The Power of VegasTech and its Hashtag

Unidev's Steve Thomas at LaunchUpThe VegasTech hashtag is a powerful communication tool that keeps the community thriving and growing every minute of the day thanks to Twitter.  The hashtag brings people, companies and event happenings all to one place.  Las Vegas is one of the most entrepreneurial cities within the United States.  According to CNN, they listed Nevada as the 7th most entrepreneurial state because of the number of technology firms that recently opened up and the friendly business tax climate.

Unidev is new to this community.  As a new member, Unidev is trying find its place and where the cool kids are hanging out. The VegasTech hashtag made it easy for Unidev to find out where it needs to be and how to locate techies and entrepreneurs in the VegasTech community.

On the contrary, the VegasTech hashtag also helped launch Unidev as a key player.  The community sees Unidev as an advocate in hosting events and participating in events. These event opportunities create awareness in local companies and techies, who then become more inclined to support Unidev in the future.

One example of event participation is when Unidev’s VP of Business Development, Steve Thomas, acquired the opportunity to speak last week at LaunchUp#5.  LaunchUp is a local organization that assists new start-ups in introducing themselves, and teaches them how the VegasTech Community can help in building a name. Another speaker was part of a newly funded company by VegasTech, called Ticketcake.  To purchase the tickets for the event everyone used their website www.ticketcake.com.  While Unidev was representing itself at the event, it also promoted the Ticketcake website.  Through the power of Twitter and the VegasTech hash tag, Unidev and Ticketcake gladly started including each other on their tweets to advertise the event.

The LauchUp event was a great success. The VegasTech hashtag created collaboration between Unidev and Ticketcake, who will now work on a project together.  Both companies are excited about the new partnership and look forward to working on many future projects together.

Why Hospitality is One of the Biggest Hi-Tech Industries

Technology is taking over in the hospitality industry. Resorts and hotels provide their guests with interactive resources literally at the tip of Hospitalitytheir fingers. Instead of guests making multiple calls to the front desk to find their way around a resort, they now use portable devices to make their stay even more enjoyable.

 

Revel, a resort in Atlantic City, recently implemented the use of innovative tablets to engage their visitors. Revel has implemented an interactive guest-service solution designed by a collaborative team of technology partners, Suitelinq and Unidev. The Cisco-created hardware and the integrated software package device allows guests to easily access extensive amounts of information. Visitors can check the weather, order room service, view promotions, track flights and more. The tablet also acts as the room phone and alarm clock. You can attach the tablet to the phone and make a call or remove it from the phone dock and call through a speaker phone.

 

Along with the convenience, interactive menus such as the one used at Revel allow for metrics of data. If the hotels or resorts would like to track the times and frequency people are ordering food or scheduling a massage, they can do so quickly and efficiently using a digital platform. Another example of this advancement is mobile apps. Mobile apps stored on the tablet allow guests to access additional information regarding the hotel properties.

 

Revel is not the only hospitality venue integrating technology changes. The Hilton chain increased its customer satisfaction by implementing Hilton Design Studio. The Hilton Design Studio guides online users through the hotel and gives them the opportunity to ‘design a guest room’. The Hilton will also be adding interactive products for the valet and a connectivity station. Another example of technology arriving in hospitality is Hyatt Hotels enhancing its rooms with interactive televisions. Through the TV, guests can not only decide on entertainment choices, but ordering room service, searching local information and file downloads will also be available.

Technology is growing rapidly in hotels and other resorts because of the competition. With more of the popular hospitality establishments growing digitally, they create a pressure in the market for other providers to keep up. This generates a need for companies like Suitelinq and Unidev to design unique digital solutions.

 

With new technology, hotels can dramatically improve and innovate upon the “guest experience”. Employees can better manage their time using a digital solution rather than taking phone calls. Technology implementation in the hospitality industry is continuing to grow and is bringing new solutions to workers and travelers everywhere.

 

For more information on Unidev and how we can enrich your technology, contact us.

 

 

Las Vegas: Next Silicon Valley?

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Community is the root of innovation.  If no one ever said that, they should have.  If no one ever said that, I’m claiming the catch phrase.  Trademark that.

At the risk of offending hundreds of respected technology start-ups in California, I’m going to pose a question.  Is Las Vegas the next Silicon Valley?  In the name of full disclosure I’ve become a bit of an adjunct Las Vegas tech community native.  On a monthly basis, I wake up at 3 am in the morning and board the red eye flight from St. Louis to Las Vegas to network, explore, innovate and oh yeah…help Unidev, the software and mobile development company that employs me, to launch our new west regional office which just opened in January 2012.

So why is Las Vegas the next Silicon Valley?  They possess something very rare in an often insulated technology community.  They have community.  This community is “hip”, sort of underground, “quirkishly fashionable” but most importantly it’s not hard to find.  Just search the hashtag #vegastech or handle @VegasTech on a Thursday night and whether you join the meet up on Fremont Street or not, you’re there at the Las Vegas Jelly. That’s right, the “Jelly” (@VegasJelly).

Jelly organizations exist in several communities across the country but the one-year-old Las Vegas Jelly organization can stuff almost one hundred people into a “library” that’s not a library to learn from “start-ups” that are not start-ups. Las Vegas Jelly attracts professionals from Zappos and Microsoft as easily as they attract entrepreneurs from start-ups like Tracky and TicketCake.com.

The point I want to make is that Las Vegas Jelly supports a strong technology community but they’re also part of a larger community of technology support organizations working to promote wide spread adoption of technology innovation at the local, regional and state level.  A few of those other organizations include the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada (TBAN), Nevada Development Authority (NDA) and the Microsoft supported Linq360 Innovation Center.  Silicon Valley, did you know a booming technology community is boiling over right next door?

And this community will boil over in a good way.  Linq360 is quickly attracting big players in the hospitality industry with exciting new launches like Suitelinq’s in-room application developed for the new Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.  Yes, that project originated in Las Vegas. Likewise, Tony Hseih is relocating Zappos into the old Las Vegas city hall building and is fostering a Zappos backed technology brokering community in downtown Las Vegas with the potential to rival campuses of Google’s calibur – but probably with more neon signs and arcades.

Unidev discovered the community in Las Vegas last July when staking out new locations for expansion.  We chose Las Vegas – and we don’t think we will be alone.