Help The Boston Globe Win a Constellation Research SuperNova Award!

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Help The Boston Globe Win a Constellation Research SuperNova Award!

/ September 12, 2014

We’ve always known that our customers are innovators, leading their respective businesses in a more collaborative and productive approach to application delivery. But no matter how much we post on their behalf, it’s so much more exciting when it comes from a third party.

Along those lines, Constellation Research just announced the finalists for their SuperNova Awards. We’re thrilled to see that Wade Sendall, vice president of IT at Boston Globe Media Partners, made the cut in the technology optimization and innovation category.

For those less familiar with Constellation Research, the group organizes research, training, and events to help its clients realize how business models can be transformed by disruptive technology. The firm’s SuperNova Awards celebrate the leaders and teams who have overcome the odds to successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies for their organizations.

It’s fantastic to see a member of the Mendix community recognized as a pioneer in the realm of technology innovation. Many of you may remember Wade from when he shared his story at Mendix World 2014. But for those who are new to the community or who may have missed that presentation, here are the basics of his story.

When the New York Times Company sold The Boston Globe after 20 years of ownership, the IT staff were told that they had to be completely disconnected from the Times’ systems and running on their own within six to twelve months. That meant finding a way to migrate a dozen or so Lotus Notes workflow databases while also delivering new apps to move the business forward.

While they initially evaluated BPM tools, the Globe also looked at Mendix and quickly realized it met a much larger need. They saw the power of Mendix as a single platform to address diverse application needs across the entire organization, including its newsroom, advertising, HR and finance departments.

While you can read all about how Mendix helped solve Wade’s problems on the finalist entry form, we thought this video might better illustrate the point.

Clearly Wade is committed to innovation, and reaping the benefits of Mendix built apps. He and his team have applied the power of Mendix to significantly improve the way that business is run at the Boston Globe.

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