Spread Thin? Avoid Losing Productivity

A construction company came to Altamente with the unique problem of having so many field sites and traveling engineers that project management had become a thorny challenge. The company had earlier invested in web modules for expensive group and project management software as well as a web interface for their accounting system. However, a year and many tens of thousands of dollars later, they were no better off. The engineers in the field were dissuaded from using the web interfaces because the interaction with the software and database rendered so slowly. They considered it a waste of their time. Reports they managed informally via spreadsheets in minutes, took an hour or more through the estimation program. Frustration set in and the company was on the hunt for a new solution.

Short from installing new hardware and licenses in every remote office to run programs locally, the company asked, "what can we do?"

Addressing Public Concerns: Creating Educational Value

Engagement: August 2016 and ongoing
Client: School Communities and the Puerto Rico Teachers Association

In August 2016, in response to a growing number of casual conversations with teachers expressing dismay at the public perception of their profession, their schools and the value of public education, anthropologist Laura Gorbea designed a research project that sought to better understand the social construction of "failure"  and within the same effort document the process by which education value is created within the  public education system.  With a research plan in hand, Altamente approached several school communities, the Puerto Rico Teachers Association and their over 400 partners that work in public schools (teachers, librarians, social workers, principals and other staff) asking for their interest and support in such a research and communications venture. The response was overwhelming. Parents in town hall meetings, "thanked" us for the initiative. Half of all public school alumni who completed an evalution of their school experience and shared their opnions offered to continue collaborating in other ways with the research project. Coincidentally, a few weeks after the project was first  presented to the "client" newspaper headlines on the Island reported on a stateside editorial that advanced the argument that Puerto Rico's economic crisis could be explained because of the dire state of their public education and hence, the underdeveloped human capital.This research questions the very foundation of that analysis as well as the validity of the data sources presented.

New Version of Social Network for Scientists and Puerto Rico

Length of Engagement: 2013- ongoing

Altamente was hired by Ciencia Puerto Rico as the technology solutions provider and consultant responsible for migrating a five year old social media platform in active use by over 5,000 scientists to a new more robust version. Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) is a nonprofit organization composed of scientists, professionals, students and citizens committed to promoting science, research and science education in Puerto Rico.

Ciencia Puerto Rico was founded in 2004 by several Puerto Rican PhD students studying and working in various states. Their initial goal was to connect people working or studying science that had a connection to Puerto Rico as a topic or as a place of ethnic identity or origin, thus facilitating the sharing of information and facilitating mentorship opportunities. The original social platform Ciencia Puerto Rico ran on a legacy site ran on a web page publishing system that was developed in-house. As is typical after a few years, a small team finds it a challenge to maintain and add features. As such, it suffers what we refer to as bit rot, the tendency of legacy systems to become less and less functional over time. However, has developed an enormous amount of content in this legacy system and any change requires that all its user profile information, accounts, and posts continue to be available.

The new version of was required to include existing historic content, users, and user profiles to a new, stable, mature OpenSource (Software Libre) CMS with easy to use publishing tools, a flexible programming environment to extend capability, and key community features to aid its network of scientists in the promotion of the sciences in Puerto Rico. For this task, Altamente implemented and configured Drupal CMS using both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases. The task was completed within the three months period proposed, with additional training and support extending the engagement for nearly 6 months.

Community Engagement: Raising funds and awareness

Engagement: 2014 and ongoing

Altamente's unique blend of technology integration, social media management and community engagement proved to be a key asset to the San Juan Children's Choir when they were faced with the challenge of raising $150,000 in 3 months to enable the Choir's participation in the International Rimini Choral Festival in 2014. Now in 2015, again we join in the efforts of raising, not only funds but also awareness of the soon to be half a century mark since the founding of the San Juan Children's Choir.  

Bridging the Gap between Businesses and Communities

Client: Holsum de Puerto Rico
Length of engagement: ongoing

Altamente's applied social research and analysis branch also provides counsel and assistance in implementation of strategies desgined for the follwoing areas social media direction, grassroots marketing efforts design, corporate social responsibility strategic planning and corporate communications.