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Jul 11th 2012

AOL Flips on 'Game Changer' Micro Data Center

Following the ribbon-cutting on a 100% cloud-based AOL tech center late last year, AOL has now installed a data center in a small box, or a micro data center. Mike Manos, CTO, AOL Services, shares the details of this "game changer" in a blog post along with what it means for AOL.

"Not only did my teams simply kick ass, they did it in a way that moved the needle for the company, and in my mind once again catapulted themselves into the forefront of operations and technology at scale," Mike said in his post, which has already attracted 48,000 views in less than a week. Mike said the post is seeing views from Asia and Europe and is now among the top-20 most-viewed posts ever on his blog.

The deployment of the unit also attracted the attention of the tech news heavyweights including PC Magazine, Wired, ZDNet and GigaOm. AOL's technology team also recently won an award for our data center energy efficiency efforts.

Jun 8th 2012

Hatch Day Incubates Ideas for AOL


Developers, coders, hackers, creative-thinkers and innovators from all over AOL huddled together all day Wednesday to develop and implement cool ideas during our Hatch Day hackathon. The goal of the event: Come up with ideas to make MapQuest the ultimate destination for trip planning.

Hosted from Patch's New York headquarters, the event pulled together AOLers from Denver, Dulles, Dublin, Lancaster, New York and several remote offices. "What makes Hatch Days so great is that teams from all over the company assemble to help make a product, in this case, MapQuest, better," said CTO Curtis Brown. "The diversity of new ideas, community building and best-practice sharing makes Hatch Day events an invaluable part of our engineering and product culture."

When I first heard about Hatch Day and its purpose I was immediately inspired to participate. I don't know the first thing about coding, but loved the idea of being part of the product development process from inception, even if it was just as an observer. The real fun began as teams came together to flush out details of their projects, collaborating and sharing snippets of code and app keys via AIM Blast, and posting offers for assistance based on their level of expertise. I especially enjoyed listening in to the Pictela team brainstorm as they built out a new concept for the Portrait/Devil ad unit.

The day flew and before long it was time for the pitch presentations. Eighteen projects were presented covering everything from plotting itineraries to a topographic hiking map to the integration of the MapQuest API to 3G-enabled Kindles. Overall, I found Hatch Day to be eye-opening by seeing the results of several teams' efforts to innovate technology for our products and revitalize the culture of innovation at AOL. There are so many ways we can cross-collaborate as a company, but the projects that were created on this day, and Hatch Days to come, prove what can happen when we communicate openly and source internal talent.

To learn more about joining the AOL Team click here.

May 24th 2012

AOL Government Research Finds Potential For Government Savings Using Mobile Technology


AOL Government
is excited to release new research findings about the impact mobile technology is having on the productivity and operations of federal government agencies. The findings confirm a widespread belief that provisioning mobile technology to federal employees would significantly improve productivity and result in cost savings over the long term.

Among the findings:
  • About half (49%) of federal managers surveyed said "government employees like themselves could redeploy at least 7 hours per week toward more productive work if fully enabled to work mobily; 19% said they could redeploy more than 12 hours per week.
  • Three out of four respondents (75%) said "productivity" and "cost savings" will result from mobile technology by making it easier to complete work from the field; 82% said mobile technology would make it easier to telework; 67% said by providing immediate access to agency data through mobile devices, it would facilitate decision making.

Read more about the research findings here and learn about the latest news in the public sector by visiting AOL Government.

May 22nd 2012

AOL Featured on "Made in NY" Digital Jobs Map


As New York City's digital presence continues to grow, Mayor Bloomberg recently unveiled the launch of the "Made in NY" Digital Map, a visual testament to the vibrant state of New York's digital industry that links job seekers to employment opportunities. We are proud to be one of 325 companies featured in "Made in NY", and of course, we are hiring!

In fact, we'd like to take this as an opportunity to tell you a bit more about AOL careers on other forms of social media, too!

Here on the blog, check our new AOL Blog series "Heroes Wanted," which aims to bring you some of the most exciting employment opportunities within the many teams at AOL. Our first post goes in search of heroes to join our Mobile development team, who build some of the most fun and well-regarded mobile products in the business.

We've also just added a way to find and apply for job opportunities at AOL, Patch, Huffington Post and all of our associated brands on our AOL Facebook page.

Either way, we hope you'll take a second to learn more about AOL's open positions all around the world!

May 10th 2012

Chevy Partners with AOL UK for First Online-Only Campaign

In an exclusive partnership with AOL UK, Chevrolet will kick off its first online-only campaign today across The Huffington Post UK and across goviral's network of premium publishers in the UK.

The campaign, for Chevrolet's extended-range vehicle the 2012 Volt, launches with three short films featuring TV and radio personality Jo Whiley interviewing designers Wayne Hemmingway, Ada Zanditon and design duo Jailmake. The films, commissioned by AOL, will be hosted on a just-launched dedicated brand channel called Innovation that's part of HuffPost Tech.

Display ads for the green car, which gives drivers the option to use electric power for short-distance driving or gas for longer distances, will be featured across AOL properties and take advantage of the Project Devil format as well as a series of homepage takeovers. In addition to the videos, content has been created including articles, blogs and infographics about innovation and greener technologies and sustainability.

Learn more about the campaign by visiting HuffPost Innovation.

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