Workplace of the Future

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

Tracking employee well-being with big data: Workplace utopia or dystopia?


A number of factors can impact employee productivity, including how well a worker’s skills and training match the needs of the job, the quality of tools available for doing a particular job, managerial effectiveness (guidance and feedback), and an individual employee’s own drive and determination. While personal drive and determination arguably are the most important […]

Workplace of the future may not have an actual workplace


The trend toward an increasingly mobile and remote work force shows no sign of stopping as employees demand flexibility in where and when they do their jobs. Fewer than one in three employees (32%) — and even fewer Millennial employees (27%) — spent all of their working hours this year in their organization’s physical office, […]

Voice assistants like Alexa will invade the workplace this year


If this year’s holiday sales are any indication, 2018 could be the year that digital voice assistants become common in the workplace. Amazon reports that Echo Dot – the hands-free, voice-controlled device that connects to the online retail giant’s Alexa voice service to provide information, play music, send and receive messages, control smart devices, and […]

The dangers of stealth AI in the enterprise


All new technologies bring with them new and sometimes unique security concerns. And while some of these concerns can be overblown by security vendors (and, let’s face it, tech writers), a couple of recent news items regarding artificial intelligence (AI) raise some genuinely frightening prospects for enterprise IT security pros and enterprise employees. Item No. […]

Surviving AI in the workplace will require engagement, passion


Artificial intelligence (AI), robots, automation, deep-learning machines — these and similar technologies already have replaced human workers across a number of industries, including retail, financial, manufacturing, transportation, and construction. Not surprisingly, this has prompted concerns about machines taking jobs from people as enterprises seek to increase operational efficiency, lower costs, and reduce their dependence on […]

The war for (human) digital talent has just begun


DXC Technology has identified a half-dozen key trends it says will shape enterprise technology in 2018. They’re all important, and range from the emergence of common IT platforms to greater use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to increased cyber resilience. But I wanted to focus on one particular trend flagged by Dan Hushon, […]

Speaking of voice-activated workplace assistants, here they are!


Not long ago, I wrote that it’s “only a matter of time before enterprise IT professionals begin seeing voice-activated devices showing up in offices and workplaces” to act as virtual assistants. For some enterprises, that time is here. Two enterprise technology companies recently unveiled voice-powered assistants for the workplace.  While one currently features more functionality […]

How AR and smart windshields will help drivers


Among the vertical markets expected to benefit most from augmented reality (AR) technology are manufacturing, design, retail, healthcare, and transportation, research firm IDC said earlier this year in a market forecast that predicted a 10-fold increase in AR headset shipments (from 10.1 million in 2016 to nearly 100 million in 2021). IDC identifies time and […]

First AI came for the heavy metal musicians, and we did nothing

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Whenever regular folks express concern about artificial intelligence (AI) and robots stealing their jobs, guys like this assure them that AI programs are likely to instead assume the role of bright but humble assistants, taking over menial and redundant tasks so workers can unleash the full power of their unique human creativity and problem-solving ability […]

Will 2018 be the tipping point for automation?


Technology adoption typically proceeds incrementally. As users accumulate, emerging products and services gain visibility and scale, creating more interest and demand. Eventually, if the vendor (or vendors) are lucky, usage will reach a “tipping point,” defined by Merriam Webster as “the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect […]