Sure, New Orleans business is doing better than it has in decades (if not ever)... but in your wildest imaginings it's unlikely you've had any idea that "the sky's the limit" has, in the last few years, gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many are still evoking the New Orleans credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two extraordinary local businessmen are giving us, literally, a whole new world to brag about.
There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you.
The Louisiana state education department recently found that one-third of school districts are falling short when it comes to computers. The state suggests one computer for every seven students.
Three districts — Cameron, St. Helena and St. James parishes — have reached a one-to-one ratio of students to computers. Most New Orleans schools, because they’re charters, were not included in the report. But technology in the classroom getting attention because of upcoming changes to testing.
Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:19 am
Louisiana Tech University is set to host its first conference on business analytics next month at its Shreveport Center. The discussion will focus on how to harness "big data" – all that valuable information people generate day after day.
The ability to take big data and turn it into useful information for businesses cuts across all sectors, according to Jim Cochran, a professor of quantitative methods. Cochran has assembled a variety of speakers on big data.
This week on Out to Lunch: Chris Schulz is founder of angel investor Voodoo Ventures and NOLA IT-central Launchpad. Once you get your business up and running McKenzie Coco's FSC Interactive will get you noticed. As will your hip sunglasses from KREWE du optic.
Shreveport programming firm Juma Labs has released an app that is a complement to the popular online flash card tool, Quizlet, used by students to study for tests. Justin Martin was inspired to write the program called Flip Quiz after seeing so many of his high school friends diligently make Quizlet flash cards, but never study them. He said his Flip Quiz program sends the user their flash card questions via text messages.
It’s been six years in the making and now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's cube satellite is hitching a ride into space this month on a NASA rocket. Dozens of undergraduate students have had a hand in CAPE-2. It stands for Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment. Assistant project manager Rizwan Merchant is a senior computer science major from Lafayette. He says his work on CAPE-2 will be his calling card for prospective employers.
Michael Dell agreed to sweeten his proposal to buy Dell Inc. to as much as $24.9 billion with a special dividend, winning concessions from the board committee that boost his odds of winning shareholder support for the deal.