WSU's Ennovar Partnerships May Yield Long-Term Opportunities
Recent industry partnerships at Wichita State University’s Ennovar Institute could lead to long term learning and collaboration opportunities.
WSU’s Ennovar Institute of Emerging Technologies and Market Solutions has formed partnerships with Fliphound, Clutch Studio and Alltite, as well as national companies Commvault and Dell in the past two months. These partnerships have allowed 40 student employees opportunities for applied learning in areas such as coding, solutions reference architecture, and content development for web and mobile applications.
Fliphound is a digital advertising service that enables professionals manage, create and publish their content on digital billboards. Three Ennovar student assistants will work with Fliphound for a two month period working with content coding on Fliphound’s Website.
"The Ennovar team was instrumental in getting our web content designed and implemented," said Fliphound President and Co-founder Brandon Shuey. "The result has been a noticeable increase in web traffic over the last 60 days."
Clutch Studio is a Wichita-based organization that works in mobile app development. Ennovar reached out to the company’s CEO, Carlos Frenandez, who was able to offer job opportunities to WSU students. This partnership could potentially lead to long-term engagement.
"I am extremely impressed with the talent coming out of Ennovar," said Fernandez. "They're teaching the skills I will need as an employer to continue providing technology-forward solutions to Clutch clients."
Alltite, is a local bolting equipment and calibration service provider. This partnership is the result of a reunion between Ennovar software development director Kenton Hanson and Alltite CEO Tom Smith at Wichita's 1 Million Cups program.
"Having known Kenton for some time, I understood he was probably doing something interesting," said Smith. "When we reconnected at 1 Million Cups, we quickly set up an appointment, and it was obvious from the start that Alltite was a great fit with Ennovar."
"In just a few short meetings, Ennovar was able to quickly understand how we wanted to develop our software to take it to the next level," said Nathan Spearman, Alltite chief financial officer.
Ennovar will provide maintenance services for Alltite's custom calibration documentation software TorqueWare. In addition, they will assist in the expansion of the iTITE Software used by the company, and help with possible development of a new program for calibration.
"We will be able to expand the capability and functionality of TorqueWare and iTITE, our proprietary platforms," said Spearman. "We count it a privilege to work with such valuable resources located right here in our community."
Commvault, based in New Jersey, began work with Ennovar in the fall of last year. Commvault has just recently visited Wichita to train Ennovar staff and students on how to to use their data protection and information management solutions.
Ennovar is also continuing its partnership Dell. Ennovar began working with Dell last year, wrapping up a significant solutions reference architecture program for the company. The program has recently been extended to include development of additional web apps and maintenance services. Five students will be employed by Dell.