TechBirmingham thrives through its immensely talented and diverse group of member companies. Meet our Member Companies is an ongoing Q&A series highlighting this group of movers, shakers and makers in B’ham’s tech industry.
Meet Rachel Blackmon, Vice President of Application Development at NWN Corporation. Blackmon has lived in Birmingham the last 20 years. Read on to get to know more about NWN and the great things they are doing in Birmingham and beyond.
Hi Rachel! Let’s get started — Tell us more about NWN.
NWN was originally ComFrame, which was founded in 1997. The two companies merged in 2010 and later rebranded as NWN.
Our division of NWN offers clients software solutions to meet their business needs. This ranges from Analytics and Big Data to Mobility to System Integration to Mission Critical applications. We focus on our clients’ business needs and then help them create a solution to get the results they desire.
On an average project, we start with a Business Architect who works with our clients to layout their needs and goals first. Then working with our Technical Architect and team, we create the best solutions to meet not only the project scope but also all other success factors that come into play.
It is important to us to ensure we are adding value to our clients, and helping them keep up with their demands, completion, and technical advances.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about your field?
We are not trying to take anyone’s job; we are not just a body shop. As consultants, we bring a team of knowledge and experience to every engagement. We truly want to make our client’s life easier through our services.
What exciting news or product/service announcements does your company have on the horizon?
There is an evolution going on right now in technology around the vast amount of data available and ability to delivery this information to a mobile workforce. Data is being generated by everything from your car, to your daily transactions, to every device imaginable. NWN is helping our clients integrate, analyze and deliver this data to business users to help them be more competitive, efficient and effective. Our clients are looking to discover, ‘What do I not know’?.
How do you feel about B’ham’s tech scene?
Birmingham’s tech scene is improving and TechBirmingham can take a lot of credit for bringing the community together. We do still have a big gap in available resources.
I love the diversity and financial impact technology companies have in Birmingham. We have established companies, multinational companies and start-ups; in addition to verticals from healthcare to manufacturing to financial.
Anything else about you or your company you want us to share?
NWN is uniquely positioned to offer our clients end-to-end solutions to their business needs. Not only do we offer application development services, but NWN also provides the entire infrastructure from data center to networking to end user computing.
NWN is women owned. Jane Linder, owner and managing director recently spoke at TechBirmingham’s TechTuesday event in June.
Thanks so much for sharing, Rachel!
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