Enterprise: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

In an annual tradition, we look back on Dallas Innovates’ most-read stories in each of our buckets of innovation: Startup, Invention, Education, Social, Creative, and Enterprise. Here’s a roundup of the “Top 12” in Enterprise for 2018.

Entrepreneur of the Year

As we move into 2019, we’re reflecting on the enterprise stories behind the people and places that grabbed our readers’ attention this year. Our most popular stories spanned the vast range of enterprise in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Here are the 12 most-read stories on dallasinnovates.com/entreprise for 2018.

1. Reinventing Ross Avenue: Retail, Restaurants, Residences Revitalizing Major Thoroughfare

The thoroughfare transects the northern edge of downtown Dallas, and renovations and new construction are transforming its place as a hub for offices, retail, and residential.

Ross Avenue

Ross Avenue is being transformed into a home of renovated buildings, new retail, and inviting restaurants. [Photos: Courtesy of respective parties]

2. Stan Deal on Why Boeing Global Services Chose Plano in its ‘Quest to Disrupt’ Aerospace

Boeing’s services business gives the global aerospace company a way “to cultivate that entrepreneurial spirit,” says CEO Stan Deal. North Texas was a natural fit for the company with its central location and proximity to established suppliers and employees.

Stan Deal is the CEO of Boeing Global Services. [Photo: Courtesy of Boeing Global Services]

3. ‘Citi’ of Irving: Firm Professionals Advance Digital Platforms, Stave Off Cyberthreats, Log 35K Volunteer Hours

Financial services company Citi is Irving’s largest single employer. The employees at the Regent and Las Colinas campuses perform over 40 different functions in technology, cards, commercial, operations and global functions. It’s the “second-largest site in the world for Citi.”

Citi Managing Director/Global Head of Product Management-Technology Mike Naggar discusses the new workplace configuration for team members in the financial firm’s Las Colinas building. Plans include clearing out roughly 1,900 cubicles to create a new space that fits the way Citi teams are innovating, with a focus on agile development. [Photo: Courtesy of Citi]

4. Dallas to Test Smart, Pedestrian-Friendly Streets Within a Year

The City of Dallas’ Department of Transportation is currently identifying five parts of town where workers will weave smart city technology into street rehab projects.


The city of Dallas could soon see streets with charging capacity built-in for electric vehicles. [Image: Courtesy of AECOM]

5. Booting Up an Immersive Experience at Plano USAA

From a virtual reality lab simulating life on board warships to a fabrication lab building the hardware behind company tech breakthroughs, USAA’s Plano campus gives employees a taste of military life while working on new ways to offer its services.


Division chief information officer and executive lead of USAA’s Plano facility Dalia Soliman-Powers stands next to a prototype mirror at the company’s innovation lab. The mirror can project pertinent information to members as they ready for their days. [Photo: Dave Moore]

6. S.M. Wright to Serve as Dallas’ First Smart City/Complete Street Test Site

A South Dallas neighborhood will undergo a makeover to make it more pedestrian friendly and incorporate new transportation technologies.

S.M. Wright Project in South Dallas

Conceptual rendering of the Corridor Gateway of the S.M. Wright Project in South Dallas. [Rendering: Courtesy, subject to further refinement]

7. Arlington: Swinging for the Fences

Arlington has spent more than 60 years building itself into a powerhouse of sports, entertainment, and manufacturing in North Texas. Now, it’s building a reputation for corporate relocation and logistics, too.


Globe Life Field and Texas Live! will enhance Arlington’s place as a sports and entertainment destination.

8. NTT Data Innovation Summit: Is Your Company Ready For a Digital Labor Force?

Plano-based NTT Data Services held a private event to discuss the impending digital workforce and how companies can implement automation without the headaches.


[Image: CHOONGMOSON/iStock]

9. North Texas Rises to Become One of Top U.S. Data Center Markets

Because of their unique value on the tax rolls, the stringent requirements to build them, and the technology needed to equip them, data centers have created a class of their own in real estate.

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Servers in the Facebook data center in North Fort Worth. [Photo: Copyright 2018 by Chad Davis Photography/Fort Worth Data Center]

10. Q+A: Walmart Technology’s Carlos Riojas Talks Big Data, AI & Improving Operations

The world’s largest retailer choose North Texas to locate one of its first Walmart Technology offices outside Bentonville, Arkansas. One reason: It had more computer science hires from UTD than any other university.

carlos riojas

Carlos Riojas runs the Walmart Technology office in Plano and leads the team that builds digital and analytical solutions to enable operations to run smoother.  [Photo: Dave Moore]

11. JPMorgan Chase’s ‘Super Day’ Cuts Hiring Time by a Third

24 job candidates were invited to immerse themselves in the people and culture they’d be working with at JPMorgan Chase’s Merchant Services division. The ‘Super Day of Hiring’ is a new model for the company, and here’s how it works.

Jobs in Dallas Fort Worth concept

[Image: Pinkomelet/iStock]

12. Site Selection Ranks DFW No. 1 Most Competitive in Food & Beverage

The impact of the more than 15,000 food and beverage businesses in DFW is substantial, accounting for roughly 370,000 local jobs. And, DFW remains a center of invention in one of the most competitive sectors in the nation.

foodbev innovation

FoodBev innovation


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TMGcore Launches Enterprise-scale Cryptocurrency Mining Facility in Plano
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Tech in Real Estate: How 5G, Blockchain, AI Is Changing the Industry
In 2017, the real estate industry invested $8 billion in new technology. During a recent Urban Land Institute panel, experts discussed how tech such as smart contracts and blockchain will revolutionize real estate.

The Green Future of North Texas
We may have room to grow in the rankings, but don’t write Dallas-Fort Worth off as a leader in sustainable building practices. Industry experts say the region is underrated.
Here’s how North Texas builders, designers, and cities are pushing green practices forward.

Q+A: CIO Gurmeet Singh on How 7-Eleven is Redefining Convenience for the Digital Age
As technology becomes omnipresent in peoples’ lives, the convenience retailer is going through its own digital transformation and turning to emerging tech such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, augmented reality, and more to improve the customer experience.

Booming Demand for Clearing Options, Futures Booming Demand for Clearing Options, Futures Contracts Fuels OCC’s Growth
The world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, which has offices in Dallas and Chicago, has doubled its staff in four years. In December, OCC was the first U.S. clearing organization to clear bitcoin futures launched by Cboe Global Markets.

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