Contemporary Analysis

Data Science

Grant Stanley

Why We Outsource

Companies tend to outsource things that they don't consider important or a competitive advantage.  Contemporary Analysis takes a different approach to outsourcing. We develop close partnerships with great firms, and use outsourcing as a way to develop competitive advantages, streamline their management structure, and create an environment of innovation.  This is important because of how companies are structured at their core.  The book, Innovator's Solution explains that:

"Rarely does an idea for a new-growth business emerge fullyformed from an innovative employee's head.  No matter how well articulated a concept or insight might be, it must be shaped and modified, often significantly, as it gets fleshed out into a business plan that can win funding from the corporation...Midlevel managers play a crucial role in every company's innovation process.  They decide which of the ideas that come bubbling in they will support and carry to upper management for approval, and which ideas they will simply allow to languish."

Grant Stanley

The Future of Enterprise IT: Tasks & Tools vs. Command & Control

In the past 7 months CAN has expanded from 4 to 20 employees.  We have always been focused on providing our employees with the tools they need to accomplish their tasks.  We want them to love working and helping other people work smart.

As I plan for CAN's growth I have been having a lot of conversations about CAN's IT strategy with vendors and employees.  I have come to realize that a conversation about technology is a conversation about how people work, and that Traditional Enterprise IT doesn't understand the future of work.

Grant Stanley

Managing Smart People: Leaders and Experts

CAN's success depends on our ability to provide great jobs to innovative and creative professionals. However, managing these highly intelligent and creative people can be challenging.  Smart people want clear career paths, frequent meaningful promotions, and competent managers.  If smart people perceive a position lacking, they quickly lose motivation.  For example, smart people quickly lose respect for a manager they perceive as being incompetent or  less intelligent.  CAN has tried to address the challenges of hiring smart people.

First, we have limited the number of positions that are not core to the business. If possible we have outsourced any position that is not sales or operations. Essentially we have outsourced for quality not price. This has created an organization were almost every position has a clear career path. This has allowed CAN to focus on building in-depth training programs that allow us to develop our people so that they can earn frequent and meaningful promotions.

Grant Stanley

Inspect What You Expect

Grant Stanley

Why I work at Contemporary Analysis

I get asked why in the prime of my career I went back to working for a startup company, run by young talent, in a field on the cutting edge of analytics.  It was because, for the first time, I felt like an owner had a vision I could get behind.  He wanted to be something better, do something different, and wanted me to help him create something magnificent.  I saw it as a unique opportunity because, for the first time, I found a true entrepreneur.

Grant Stanley

Branden Collingsworth Joins CAN as a Data Scientist

Branden Collingsworth has officially joined CAN's team as a data scientist.  Branden interned at Contemporary Analysis this summer as a data scientist.  In December, he just graduated with an MBA and Law Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  This is on top of a bachelor's degree in economics from UNL.

Grant Stanley

Grant and Jefferson on the Grow Omaha Radio Program

Check out Grant and Jefferson's interview on the Grow Omaha Radio Show.  We talked about starting CAN, some of the interesting projects we have worked on, Startup Weekend Omaha, why we selected Omaha as our headquarters, and the importance of UNO for the future of Omaha.

Grant Stanley

Why CAN Choose Omaha, NE for Headquarters

Grant Stanley

Starting Contemporary Analysis

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Grant Stanley

Why I Support Startup Weekend

On September 16th, CAN will be sponsoring our 4th Startup Weekend, SWOmaha.

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