New Orleans Becomes a Technology Hub

new orleans becomes technology hub

new orleans becomes technology hub

New Orleans has always been a little behind the times.  We like it that way.  We talk slower, we move slower, we enjoy our coffee and chicory a little slower. We have seen some major changes in that lifestyle in the past few years.  New Orleans is quickly becoming the technology hub of the South.

NOLA – The Transition to Digital

After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans saw a huge influx of younger, more aggressive types come to the area.  Many initially came here to help out, then fell in love with the city.  Quite a few of these “implants” now call New Orleans home.

times picayune newspaper

We don’t think that is bad at all.  With the influx of the newer generations into the city, we have also seen a huge increase in technology and marketing for the city overall.  Keep in mind, New Orleans was one of the very last cities in the country to have their local newspaper – the Time Picayune, stay profitable.  That meant that not only were people here still reading the newspaper, but advertisers were seeing a return on investment in print ads.  Even with print advertisement staying profitable in NOLA, we still saw the newspaper move away from daily publications and move their focus to their online newspaper.

New Orleans Becomes Technology Hub of the South

New Orleans has quickly become a technology hub for the South.  With technology quickly becoming a growth industry, NOLA has become on the most sough after locations to start a technology based company.  With the low cost of living coupled with the (now) solid technology based workforce and the inexpensive housing (even luxury new Orleans homes) technology companies find little reason to go elsewhere.

Web Development Companies

NOLA has seen a tremendous increase in the number of website development companies.  It wasn’t too long ago, to find a capable website developer in the South, you would have to look to Atlanta or Houston.  Now, we see some of the most talented web developers right here in New Orleans.  If you are looking for world class website development, NOLA now has a surplus.

Medical Technology

New Orleans has seen a ton of new medical industries enter the city from major medical complexes to urgent care facilities and rehabilitation centers.  Today, any medical facility brings with it the need for technology infrastructure and maintenance.  Not only does it provide solid technology jobs, but Louisiana benefits from the medical industry in a variety of ways.

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing has taken the advertising world by storm.  Although the largest names in Digital Marketing are Google and Facebook and neither are located in Louisiana, the people that specialize in maximizing those platforms are right here in the city.  Although anyone can market their business using Google or Facebook — most have realized that it takes a professional Digital Marketing company to truly be successful.  We now have the best of the best right here in New Orleans.

Search Engine Optimization

Real Estate SEOSearch Engine Optimization or SEO for short is having your website show up in organic results on search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.  Although SEO has been around a long time, historically we have only seen the larger companies spend their marketing dollars on this type of Digital Marketing because it is generally a much longer term strategy.  In addition, it is hard to find SEO agencies with the skills and systems in place to beat out the big companies for that first page of Google.  All of that is changing.  It is a unusually thing to be able to meet personally with an SEO GURU, since most live in different cities around the world.  Today, New Orleans has some of the top SEO companies around.

Mobile App Development

Mobile App or Application development is another new thing to New Orleans.  If you have an idea and want to have it developed and placed on the Android or iPhone app store — New Orleans is sure to have someone who can get that done for you.  One locally developed app — which was not only built in NOLA but is for touring our famous French Quarter is TourApp.  This New Orleans bread technology uses your phones GPS and video capabilities to tour navigate you through our beautiful city.

NOLA Is Changing

We all need to accept it.  Whether we like it or not…New Orleans is changing.  Good news is, our kids wont have to move out of Louisiana to get a good job in the technology field.

My Urgent Care Experience

urgent care

I recently had the unfortunate mishap of almost cutting my finger off while preparing one of my gourmet meals. At first, I thought I would take care of it myself, but after an enormous amount of blood, which I could not stop, I decided to go see a health care professional.

Now, I live in NOLA, New Orleans for those of you not from the South, but at this time I was at a friend of mines home in Covington LA.  Within New Orleans, I can tell you where all of the emergency rooms are, but I felt at a serious disadvantage being on the Northshore and in need of medical treatment.

Urgent Care Within Walking Distance

My buddy suggested that I go to the Covington Urgent Care as opposed to visiting one of the two hospitals that they have in the Covington/Mandeville area St. Tammany Hospital or Lakeview Regional Medical Center.   In NOLA, the last thing you want to do is WALK to an emergency room bleeding….the sharks would smell the blood and you would surly at least loose your wallet, but this was on the Northshore.  I had personally never been to an urgent care, but were aware of their existence.  This particular clinic was within walking distance of my friends home so as they say “when in Rome”.  So as I was bleeding profusely, we walked a couple blocks to the urgent care clinic.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn’t have to wait in line, I was seen almost immediately.  This was a different experience than I was used to since being used to visiting emergency rooms in NOLA is at least a 12 hour process.

My Experience at the Urgent Care

I checked in and was almost immediately sent to see the nurse.  She was quite pleasant even asking about what I was cooking when I mutilated my finger.  After she documented my situation, a Dr. came in to see me withing about 5 minuets.  At this point I felt like I had slipped into another dimension on where healthcare workers actually felt as if they needed to please their patients.  This was a very different experience that what I recall as the personal hell of visiting a New Orleans emergency room.  I was so taken aback by the pleasantness of my experience that I almost forgot I had lost part of one of my favorite digits and was becoming weak from loss of blood.  Maybe it was the blood loss, but my first experience at an urgent care was becoming the highlight of the evening.

New Way To Treat Emergencies

My total time spent in the urgent care in Covington was about an hour and a half.  That was everything from checking in, to being assessed by the nurse to being consulted by the doctor and eventually stitches sowing up my mutilated appendage.  We were walking back to enjoy our gourmet meal in short order.  As a general rule, I don’t write about events like this…getting injured and being forced to seek medical care, but this experience was an eye opener.  I was used to being herded like cattle and treated as if I were lucky to be seen at all, but this was an entirely new world of quality healthcare I was happy to have found.  Needless to say, I hope to not have to visit any doctors in the near future, but if something does come up where I am in need of medical services, I will now take advantage of the urgent care clinics as opposed to emergency room.  Its not too often that getting stitches can be a pleasurable experience, and overall I wish it hadn’t happened, but I cant speak highly enough about the people at MHM Urgent care.

NOLA Visionaries

Among the many businesses in the greater New Orleans area, there are those led by personal visions to look beyond the obvious and visualize new possibilities. The goal of Nola Walk is to find and highlight those individuals on this site.

These leaders may rise to distinction from within all business categories, and this blog will attempt to find them, whether they are in health care, retail, entertainment, education, or any of scores of other types of businesses. You’re just as likely to find them greeting you in a store in your neighborhood as find them featured in New Orleans City Business.

There is no shortage of people in business who are excellent problem solvers. Problems are not strangers to offices, warehouses, construction sites, and cattle ranches. Virtually all organizations are fraught with challenges that need solutions, and every establishment needs one or more people who can fix what is “broke.” Often those people live by the creed, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That motto takes them down the path of relative bliss of a day free of problems.

There are, however, far fewer people who may be just as skilled in fixing problems, but who say to themselves, “If it ain’t broke, let’s see how I can fix it better.” They take what works and look for bottlenecks, constraints, and superfluous steps that limit “flow” through an apparently healthy process. They have the ability and the drive to analyze a process that seems to be working fine and improve it to perform better. Their goal is continuous process improvement.

However, such folks tend to be rare in big companies, organizations, and bureaucracies. After all, too much flow, too few problems, and “problem solvers” can begin to feel that their job security is threatened. Survival itself may motivate them to make daily decisions to leave well enough alone.

So, we at NOLA Walk will look for leaders who can’t leave well enough alone…those who will rise to distinction by that very characteristic. Such people, even if they don’t talk much about their urge to continuously improve what is…they nevertheless walk the walk in Greater New Orleans.

Visionary Business Leaders

Among the many businesses in the greater New Orleans area, there are those led by personal visions to look beyond the obvious and visualize new possibilities. The goal of Nola Walk is to find and highlight those individuals on this site.

These leaders may rise to distinction from within all business categories, and this blog will attempt to find them, whether they are in health care, retail, entertainment, education, or any of scores of other types of businesses. You’re just as likely to find them greeting you in a store in your neighborhood as find them featured in New Orleans City Business.

There is no shortage of people in business who are excellent problem solvers. Problems are not strangers to offices, warehouses, construction sites, and cattle ranches. Virtually all organizations are fraught with challenges that need solutions, and every establishment needs one or more people who can fix what is “broke.” Often those people live by the creed, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That motto takes them down the path of relative bliss of a day free of problems.

There are, however, far fewer people who may be just as skilled in fixing problems, but who say to themselves, “If it ain’t broke, let’s see how I can fix it better.” They take what works and look for bottlenecks, constraints, and superfluous steps that limit “flow” through an apparently healthy process.  They have the ability and the drive to analyze a process that seems to be working fine and improve it to perform better. Their goal is continuous process improvement.

However, such folks tend to be rare in big companies, organizations, and bureaucracies. After all, too much flow, too few problems, and “problem solvers” can begin to feel that their job security is threatened. Survival itself may motivate them to make daily decisions to leave well enough alone.

So, we at NOLA Walk will look for leaders who can’t leave well enough alone…those who will rise to distinction by that very characteristic. Such people, even if they don’t talk much about their urge to continuously improve what is…they nevertheless walk the walk in Greater New Orleans.