The Washington Post Names Ventera a 2022 Top Washington-area Workplace

For the second year in a row, Ventera has been selected as a 2022 Top Workplace by The Washington Post. The selection is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey designed to identify the top-ranking workplaces in the region. Employees rated their organizations on such issues as where the company is headed, how much managers encourage …

Ventera Introduces Women in Technology Subcommittee

Last week marked the official kickoff meeting for Ventera’s newest sub-committee, Women in Technology.  Though the group is still working to define its official mission statement, their objective is to create a space for women to learn the latest technologies, grow their skills, network, and deliver more value to the organization as well as the next generation of women technologists …

Ventera Sponsors Study Session for Bucknell Engineering Students

Ventera Full Stack Developer and former Bucknell Engineering student Jordan Faith is always drumming up new ways to give back to his alma mater. This year he worked with the Director of the University’s Engineering Success Alliance Jason Milner to coordinate a study session for ESA students during finals week. Ventera sponsored the event.  Altogether about 30 students from the …

Ventera Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month

Blue was the color of our latest company lunch, as team members, both in-person and remote, sported the color to show support for autism acceptance. Wearing blue during the month of April has become a symbol for the Light it Up Blue campaign, a movement created by Autism Speaks to foster understanding and acceptance for those with autism.  “This was …

You Might Be Using Dark UX Patterns

You Might Be Using Dark UX Patterns Users’ hire your website or app to do a job. Whether it’s to use a service, learn about a topic or to purchase something, the user has goals — and so do you. A well-designed experience makes it super simple and intuitive for the user to know where to look and what to click to …

Operations Research: Making Data-backed Decisions with Limited Data and Little Certainty

What is Operations Research? Making decisions is easy, making good ones is hard. Arriving at the best decision with limited data and lots of uncertainty is even harder. Operations Research (OR) provides a framework for making better decisions when data is incomplete and uncertainty is high. Since we all face these challenges, all decision-makers should consider themselves as operations researchers, …

Ventera Shows Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Venterans far and wide came together to showcase their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by attending our October all-hands meeting decked out in pink. For some, it required creativity and going deep into the wardrobe to find a pink headband, rhinestone hat, or shirt from their children’s closet. “Our innovative spirit was on full display,” said Christina Pritchett, Ventera …

Ventera and Akiak Technology Partnership Brings Internet to Those Who Need It Most

In February 2020, Ventera’s EVP of Government Services, Jeff Smith, received a call from a friend, Kevin Hamer, who, along with his wife, Sharon, had started a Tribally Owned Organization. One of their projects was to bring broadband internet to the Akiak Native Community (ANC), a federally recognized tribe in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (YKD), the second-largest unserved area in America. Kevin was seeking Jeff’s …

Ventera Earns 2021 Top Workplace Award by The Washington Post

Ventera has been selected as a 2021 Top Workplace by The Washington Post—ranking 19th out of 76 companies in our category by earning higher average scores based on company and employee alignment, engagement, leadership, culture, and innovation. The selection is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey designed to identify the top ranking workplaces in the …

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What is User-Centered Agile Development?

Innovation isn’t a result. It’s the capacity to see change as an opportunity to do something better — instead of a threat. Long the locked-down domain of visionaries, innovation is now required for survival in any market. But pure inventiveness doesn’t cut it these days. Innovation is a moving target. You’ve got to move fast and deliver value to customers …

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Three Ways EHR Must Innovate in a Post-Pandemic World

2020 could have been electronic health records’ moment. When COVID-19 hit the state of Washington and then New York City, a standardized and centralized database of aggregated patient data could have helped differentiate coronavirus symptoms from other conditions, hashed out high-risk patients and raised flags that a pandemic was imminent (and that this wasn’t just the seasonal flu). Integrated apps …

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How Modern Data Architecture Helps Enterprises Navigate Disruption and New Economies

Productivity, optimization and efficiency were the name of the game for the past few decades.  Enterprises went all-in on business models, supply chains and IT infrastructures hyper-focused and lean as can be. Not a penny wasted, needless data stored nor a second lost. Redundancy became kind of a bad word. Then the world shut down. Businesses that had been solely …

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Rapid Prototyping Drives Success & Timeline on Data Solution for Government Agencies in Crisis

Data solutions often require months for implementation: there’s technology to integrate, users to train and cultures to shift. But in the middle of the pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) didn’t have months. Every minute was a missed opportunity. When COVID-19 outbreaks began rapidly spreading across U.S. nursing …

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User-Centered Design Blog Series: Exploring UX Persona Research Methods

The heart of the persona dispute Everyone can agree that personas are a critically useful tool to understanding your customer. But within the world of user-centered design (UCD), there have long been debates about how to create personas that work. The very definition of a persona is a general representation of a target audience. But there is a fine line …

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White Paper: Scaling Agile SAFely

The Opportunity At Ventera Corporation, we service both the federal and commercial sectors, focusing on management consulting, software engineering, and data solutions. In 2008, we turned to Scrum to improve our development life cycle, including quicker feedback cycles, improved vision translation, and shorter development iterations. Implementing Agile brought many positive benefits to our organization. At the team level, Scrum proved …