Making moves: Summary of DFW technical jobs and departures in October. The month of October sees a plethora of DFW office changes and announcements as companies outsource their information technology to Dallas-based agencies. In addition to hiring talent overseas, many companies are making big splashes in the media with famous personalities to support their latest technological innovations. To round out the festivities, here’s a summary of five of the most notable moves made by DFW tech startups this month.
First, there was the acquisition of Terrapin, the creator of the very popular open source operating system for servers. Terrapin is a leader in cloud computing solutions, and its acquisition of Kaspersky Lab has brought great visibility to the company. Also noteworthy is the news that Google has purchased Xbench, a web-based analytics tool that has been on the market for some time now and helps track and optimize web experiences. Both acquisitions will provide a boost to enterprise users looking for solutions for their businesses and will provide a shot in the arm for startups trying to ride the tech wave. For smaller businesses, these two acquisitions could stimulate an explosion of growth and bring in more DFW technology startups.
Second, there was news that Google’s Fiber initiative is coming to Dallas. This service will connect communities in Dallas to Google’s fiber network using the city’s existing cable network. The service is part of Google’s efforts to extend its services beyond just search engine optimization. The company is also working on offering high-speed wireless internet in other locations of Texas including the city of Houston. The expansion is happening because other companies, such as AT&T, are considering offering high-speed wireless internet in Texas as well.
Third, there was news that former CEOurt Zoerner will retire from his position as CFO at Citibank. According to a statement from the bank, Zoerner will leave CitiBank after service for the last eight years as CFO for the American region. This move makes sense because Zoerner has had a ownership interest in several companies, most notably CitiBank. It also shows that the financial service space is hot and may be ripe for start-up companies to enter.
fourth, Google Fiber has officially launched in Austin. The service provides ultra-fast internet access via broadband connection to businesses and homes. It is very sensible that Google Fiber is heading to Austin, a city with a great deal of potential for growth and success. The addition of Google Fiber to Austin makes the city a must-see place for entrepreneurs and others interested in harnessing the power of the Internet for business purposes. Asking the right questions can help you determine if a particular office space in this city is right for your business.
Fifth, former Cisco engineer Mark Jacobs was named CFO of consulting firm A.T. Kearney. Mr. Jacobs has spent the last five years as CFO of SAP. In that role, he was responsible for handling the company’s financial and technology problems as well as providing overall strategy and direction. As a result, many believe this leaves him well qualified to lead the charge in the technology industry. Mr. Jacobs has held several senior management roles at both SAP and Cisco, so the move makes some sense for him as well.
Sixth, Netflix and Hulu have officially merged. Both companies have long been considered leaders in digital video. When they merged the two companies, it was clear that there would be significant synergy and growth in the area of video streaming. A lot of tech industry professionals have been waiting for these two companies to come together, and now they’re here, knocking on the door of your office space. Netflix’s decision to open its wallet is one of the more interesting technical moves of the year, but Hulu may offer even more opportunities as the company seeks to expand its brand into a global TV service.
By making these six key technology industry moves in October, current developers will have the opportunity to build their technical capabilities and find growth opportunities in the rapidly changing world of mobile and internet technology. In fact, most technology companies have made significant progress in the mobile and internet space this year, and if these six companies are able to deliver on their promises, then we are likely to see continued development and success for the entire technology industry. If you are ready for exciting development in your office space, now is a great time to act.