Workplace of the Future

Chris Nerney's take on the latest developments in mobile and workplace technology

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Keeping remote workers engaged and productive

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When it comes to working remotely, most enterprise leaders and employees usually have pretty strong opinions that fall along familiar lines of argument. For example: Pro: Working remotely allows employees more flexibility to do their jobs when and where they want, resulting in higher productivity and job satisfaction. Con: Remote workers can become disconnected and […]

A look at NASA’s Future of Work study

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NASA has a mandate to explore space. And, apparently, it also has time to ponder the future of work right here on Earth. Over the past year, the space agency has been publishing excerpts from its Future of Work study. Nick Skytland, who heads NASA’s Future of Work initiative, identifies eight themes that comprise what […]

To stay ahead, CIOs must think far ahead

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Technology change can be incremental or transformational. Organizations that embrace the latest cool tech toy without regard to how it fits into overall business strategies and goals are doomed to incremental change — which, in the dynamic digital economy, can sometimes be a death sentence. Transformational change, in contrast, requires a long-term view of technology […]

A blueprint for winning the tech talent war

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Digital transformation is impossible if enterprises lack the right techologies. But just as critical to digital transformation efforts is having the in-house skills to fully leverage artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, the cloud, edge computing, and other emerging technologies, not to mention the more traditional tech skills necessary to maintain and […]

The secret to being a successful data scientist (hint: it isn’t data or science)

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I wasn’t fortunate enough to be at O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference in London earlier this year, but in his roundup of the event’s big takeaways, CIO contributor Martin De Saulles listed eight “factors shaping the future of big data, machine learning, and AI.” No. 2 on his list is “changing skillsets for data scientists.” “Cassie […]

Tech jobs that pay the biggest bucks

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It’s well-known that technology jobs pay well relative to many non-tech positions and occupations. Indeed, data released earlier this year by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a median salary of $91,530 for computer or tech-related jobs in the U.S. That’s nearly 50% higher than the U.S. median household income of $63,179, as reported […]

5G networks slowly being built out

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Verizon rolled out 5G network service to four cities in October 2018, which I noted last March when I wrote, “Given that 5G is far from ubiquitous, it will be a few years before everyone everywhere is hurtling down the cyberspace fast lane.” Still true! That being said, definite progress has been made in rolling […]

‘Human-friendly’ organizations will thrive in the digital age

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Automation and intelligent machines are an increasing presence in the workplace, yet organizations still need humans as much as ever to engage with customers, make business decisions, manage supply chains, do community outreach, and more. Indeed, there is a growing awareness in the enterprise world that successful organizations must strive to be as “human-friendly” as […]

Multitasking? Hardly! This is the real key to success in the digital era

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Succeeding in the digital era requires an ability to adapt and a willingness to be in lifelong learning mode. Really, you have no choice in an economy where the job you might have in 20 years doesn’t yet exist. Other traits will come in handy in the digital economy: The ability to communicate and collaborate, […]

A secret weapon for effective workplace communication

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Enterprise success in the digital economy is dependent in large part on the ability of employees to collaborate and communicate effectively. Increasingly, this means using digital tools to work with colleagues, customers, and business partners located remotely. Likewise, professional success for modern enterprise workers relies not only on adaptability and a learning mindset, but on […]