On July 19, 2017 HERE Technologies (formerly Navteq) announced the closure of the Fargo, ND office. For over 20 years Fargo has been at the heart of Navteq (now HERE Technologies) and mapping. The majority of folks will be done in December 2017 with some in September 2017 and the last in February 2018.
Everything from the map on your smart phone, to online maps, to your Garmin or the navigation system in your car is powered by maps designed, updated and built by Navteq.
For the last 10 years I’ve been a part of that. From geocoding to process design and improvement, from setting software requirements and quality standards to document writing and training delivery. There were times when we really needed to have bunk beds or hammocks in the office – in at 6am and leaving at 1am.
Now I have to figure out how to translate the specialized work I did into language that the rest of the world understands.