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Bits of Business: Software company announces partnership

TMMData, a State College-based provider of flexible data management software, recently announced that it is a technology partner of Seattle-based data visualization platform Tableau.

The announcement came in advance of the annual Tableau Conference, at which TMMData was an exhibitor Oct. 19-23 in Las Vegas.

TMMData, which was also recently named in the top 15 percent of Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private American companies, offers data intelligence software as a service that enables mid-level to enterprise-scale organizations to access, aggregate, analyze and normalize data, allowing businesses to easily transform information into intelligence.

TMMData will combine data management capabilities with Tableau’s data visualizations to create benefits for both companies’ users.

“We’re proud to announce TMMData’s partnership with Tableau, which will offer both of our customer bases enhanced abilities to extract meaning from even the most complex data ecosystems,” TMMData chief executive officer Chris Walsh said. “Tableau users who take advantage of our platform’s ability to remove barriers to data access, refinement and analysis will maximize their investment in analytics through the competitive advantage gained by a deep understanding of their customers. In turn, clients using our data platform can easily share key reports with internal stakeholders through Tableau’s compelling visualizations.”

Spherion’s new digs

Spherion Staffing Services, which provides of staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions, recently opened its new offices in Nittany Mall community hall.

The company’s local branch was located at 1374 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Donald A. Ruggery, Sr., franchise owner of the State College office, opened the doors to their new office space with three staff members to help local businesses find light industrial, administrative, call center and professional service employees. Spherion will commemorate the relocation and welcome local clients during an Oct. 28 open house.

“With State College’s continued growth, it became essential to position our team in close proximity of the area’s most prominent businesses so that we can deliver more convenient and customized staffing services and expertise,” Ruggery said in a statement. “We are excited by the opportunity to connect with more of the local business community in a highly visible area like the Nittany Mall, and we look forward to fueling job creation in the Happy Valley for years to come.”

The Ruggerys opened the original State College Spherion office in 2007. The family has opened 12 offices in Pennsylvania — as far west as Pittsburgh and as far east as York — since 1992.

The mall gets scary

Nittany Mall will be a scary place soon.

OK, maybe not scary, but it will be festive.

The mall will celebrate Halloween 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Stores will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters 6-8 p.m. A costume contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. for three age groups — 0 to 3, 4 to 8 and 9 to 12 — and prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest and cutest costumes. B-94.5 FM will also host a Zombie Ball in Dunham’s court.

Dennie Huner will perform magic and balloon art. Super Heroes for Kids, Boy Scouts of America and Little Shop of Horrors will also be on site.

Web developers rejoice

State College ranked eighth among mid-sized cities for careers in web development.

The ranking comes from a recent study that collected data from 243 cities across three metrics — median salary, cost of living and location quotient for this study — that also compared cities of similar size for more equal rankings. San Francisco was named the best big city, Bethesda, Md., the top mid-sized city and Wilmington, Del., the best small city to work as a web developer.

State College ranked 43rd overall.