Friday night was a great celebration! Unofficially they call it the “Oscars of North Texas Technology” awards. Officially it is called Tech Titans. Both are appropriate descriptions of this annual gala event which showcase some of the best companies and talent in the State of Texas, and particularly the North Texas area. For the 5th consecutive year, this was a sold out event.
Competition was fierce in all 10 of the nomination categories, and this year’s Tech Titans competition received an all-time high number of nominations. Two of the four finalist companies in the category of Technology Adopter Award were nominated by The InSource Group, and are good clients. They are FASTSIGNS International (http://www.fastsigns.com/) and BNSF Railway (www.bnsf.com).
FASTSIGNS is the world’s largest franchise supplier of indoor and outdoor signage and their headquarters is located in Carrollton. They have over 550 locations throughout the world. FASTSIGNS application described an interesting and innovative mix of the use of social media, business processes, and strategic technology relationships to advance competitive advantages above their competition.
BNSF Railways operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, and has its roots dating back to 1849. BNSF currently operates on 32,000 route miles in 28 states. To give you an idea of the complexity and importance of the BNSF operation is illustrated by the fact that one container or trailer of consumer goods is lifted onto the BNSF network every 6 seconds. Beginning in 2008, BNSF began implementing their “Best Way” technology solutions critical to their continued sustainability and success. BNSF leveraged its Enterprise Data Warehouse (Teradata) integrated with a set of robust web-enabled analysis tools to deliver KPI (Scorecards) to the business.
The judges clearly had their work cut out for themselves.
In the end, BNSF Railways won their category. Everyone at The InSource Group would like to extend our congratulations to both BNSF Railways and FASTSIGNS International. We are pleased to work with you.
The Tech Titans competition is sponsored by The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC). If you would like to view the other competition categories and winners, you can do so at this link: