Last week we were very pleased to host our first-ever open house at Issuetrak’s new offices in Kempsville Circle, Norfolk. It was great to welcome customers, neighbors, professional services providers, employees and their spouses for drinks and tours of the new facility. Thanks especially to the representatives from the Mayor’s office and other City officials for making time to join us during this busy season.
Bonding with our local community is very important to us at Issuetrak. Our company has been in the Hampton Roads area for nearly 20 years. Our move from downtown Virginia Beach to Norfolk keeps us close to our roots, but gives us more space to grow. We’re also excited that the bigger offices allow us to interact more easily with technology and business colleagues.
For example, in mid-November we opened our doors to the first Hampton Roads DevFest. This is part of Google’s series of regional gatherings of software developers, designed to encourage seasoned and would-be engineers to explore and innovate around emerging technology. About 100 tech-heads joined us for the event. We are looking forward to another great DevFest event here when the Google opens the 2016 season in Fall next year.
Innovation is a recurring theme of ours. In fact, I think it’s one of most important contributors to our growth. Our customers are constantly asking us for features and functions that seem impossible. But somehow we keep delivering.
One of the most exciting aspects of our new offices is that we’ve been able to recognize our culture of pushing beyond the possible by creating an ideas space. When the desk or test lab isn’t sufficiently stimulating, anyone in the company can head to what we call ‘The Far Side’.
Ok, partly that’s because it’s at the other end of our building. On the other hand, it’s totally different from the average office environment. It’s colorful, laid out like a TV room, and when you’re there you’re not talking office-speak – it’s real conversation, and it’s very liberating. We’ve already made some breakthroughs – tech and marketing – in this space. Watch out for future news from The Far Side.