There is a well-known concept in the technology world called Moore’s Law which predicts, correctly, that technology advances at a pace where it more than doubles in capability every 18 months. Not that I am old but the internet and the cell phone did not happen until after I was out of high school. I think back about my humble beginnings in technology with Macromedia Flash and how it significantly disrupted a slice of the web and then seemed to dissipate into a nearly invisible niche. Then Joomla among other open source technologies revolutionized content management systems and how people interacted with the web. Now Joomla is growing up and will be 10 years old this year and poised to continue as a relevant force for online technologies. However, like any evolving technology platform it will need to remain innovative and disruptive to stand out in the crowd.
Recently, I have been trying to get my head wrapped around the question of where is technology going to be in 5 or more years. So much has changed in the past 5-10 years and with rapidly emerging technologies such as robotics, the internet of things (IoT), big data, predictive behaviors and artificial intelligence emerging and integrating so much into our daily lives we are truly at a point of convergence that will change society in the most profound ways.
Announcing the birth of CNP Integrations Business Innovation Center
As a small but global web tech Service Company we felt the need to expand our thinking and to be more inclusive of a broader range of technologies and thus the idea of opening the CNP Integrations Business Innovation Center was formed. In addition to being our new home office, this will be a coworking space, host a variety of lab programs focused on new technology, an academy for STEAM education and offer many training initiatives around professional development for entrepreneurs. Officially our doors are open to the http://businessinnovation.center on Tuesday June 9th with our kickoff event for the new Fall River Toasmasters club which offers a curriculum for effective public speaking.
Here is a news article about the event: http://fall-river.wickedlocal.com/article/20150604/NEWS/150607848 & http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20150604/NEWS/150607848
While we are opening our doors to accept membership for the coworking space and beginning to host seminars and training events, we will be working towards some type of a grand opening celebration later this fall once our lab programs have had a chance to get further along and our education initiatives can have time to evolve and organize.
Creative Labs will spur innovation and economic opportunity
We love all of the great tools Joomla as a web platform and framework offers and we still are evangelists for this great software solution. However, we also wanted to build research labs to explore ways of incorporating Joomla with many of the technologies listed above such as robotics, internet of things and artificial intelligence. Our goal with the Business Innovation Center is to create a hub of inspired folks to spark innovative ideas not only from a technological perspective but as they relate to creative business solutions and professional development for our team and community at large.
The Business Innovation Center hopes to connect us with a broader community and empower a new base of customers with the many options for applying successful content management strategies. We are hoping our research labs will also incorporate new ways to use Joomla as a tool to integrate effective business solutions. One of the biggest concerns we have and others should have with all of the technological advances is how to secure our business information and personal data. As part of the Business Innovation Center initiative we are planning to start a cyber-security lab & strike team to help combat and protect our customers from the storm of threats prevalent on the web and beyond. Having dedicated labs focused on new technologies will give us the insights we need to prepare next generation proactive security solutions. We have already started mapping out ideas for developing a catalog of smart security related software protection programs.
For the past 10 years CNP Integrations has been able to offer great value through a careful blend of outsourcing. This has allowed us to build a global network of talent and resources which has not only severed our customers well but allowed us to carve out a good reputation within the industry. With the rabid changes in technology and decline of our local economies we felt compelled to reintegrate and train a local workforce that can complement our highly skilled global teams. Our hope is to stimulate a wave of innovation while sparking a new level of creativity in the services we offer. With a growing decline across the US in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) skills, we wanted to take a bold step by offer relevant and targeted education and training that could contribute to a resurgence of new opportunities for our local workforce.
Innovation becomes a core value “Because what you do is important”
A big part of our new mission and vision going forward is to help grow and benefit our local economy while taking on and attracting cause worthy projects with a global impact. This all starts with doing things for the right reasons and having purpose with how you deploy technology is no exception. While our mantra of “making your success our success” is a noble cause it does not get to the real reason we are here. Our new way forward is all about “Why”! That is “Because what you do is important!”. We felt this statement transcends synergy across all of our core values as a company and as global citizens.
“Because what you do is important!” is our purpose and why we feel the new CNP Integrations Business Innovation Center and local workforce revitalization programs will help us make a greater impact in our local community, increase collaborative synergy with our global networks, give back to Joomla and offer significantly more to the customers we serve.
Let’s innovate, captivate, educate, collaborate and see what we can build together.