Workplace of the Future

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

Are our digital workplace tools working against us?

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Consumerization of the enterprise, the story goes, has helped usher in an era of unprecedented productivity as employees leverage the digital tools and platforms of their choice to do their jobs. But is that story more fable than fact? Are employees who insist they can effectively multitask fooling themselves and their employers? And are enterprises […]

Digital transformation isn’t all about technology

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“Digital transformation is not about technology, it’s about the fact that technology, which is digital, allows people to solve their traditional problems and they prefer that solution to the old solution, and that’s all there is to it.” — Jo Caudron and Dado Van Peteghem There are a lot of definitions of “digital transformation” out there, […]

Embracing analytics is a good start, but it’s not enough

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Nearly three-quarters of large enterprises already have benefited from big data and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives, according to a survey published early this year in Harvard Business Review. Among those benefits, write co-authors Thomas Davenport and Randy Bean, are better decisions through advanced analytics, better customer service, lower costs, and innovation. However, only about one […]

Deception as a cyber defense: More critical than ever

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As more devices are connected to networks, and as more “smart” technologies such as voice assistants and chat bots become digitally indistinguishable from humans, bad actors are gaining new opportunities to breach enterprise systems and data using forms of deception both time-honored and new. For example, researchers in Japan have developed a method of dialogue that […]

The reality of virtual reality

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Last week I was purging our house of junk and clutter when I stumbled upon the Samsung Gear virtual reality headset that came free with my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone more than two years ago. While I used the Gear only a tiny bit after receiving it, I thought my then 11-year-old son would really […]

Your workforce should be re-skilled, not replaced

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Intelligent technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and neural networks already are a part of many enterprises and are expected to radically transform the workplace. But a survey of enterprise leaders at MIT Technology Review‘s recent EmTech Next conference shows that more than half of organizations aren’t adequately prepared for a future in which […]

How to survive in a workplace where machines are doing more tasks

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I do a lot of Google News searches on how certain technologies — particularly artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation, and robotics — are impacting both the workplace and workers. It quickly becomes clear from results of a search for “jobs and AI” or “jobs and robots” that there are two general schools of thought: […]

Tech jobs that attract the most interest from Millennials

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You can’t compete in the digital economy without Millennial workers, who now comprise 35% of the workforce, according to data from Pew Research, ahead of Gen Xers (33%) and Baby Boomers (25%). Millennials are essential to enterprises today not just because of their sheer numbers — 56 million Americans ages 21 to 36 were working […]

Getting ahead of the quantum computing curve

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In a recent post I promised I would soon give readers expert advice on how to prepare their enterprises for quantum computing, a vow I deeply regret because I can’t even explain quantum computing(!), never mind pretend to be an expert. Fortunately, sensible advice on how to get ready for the quantum computing era (whenever […]

Quantum computing is coming (ready or not)

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Quantum computing holds the promise of providing levels of computing power that we can only imagine today. But what is quantum computing? It’s a complicated topic that sort of makes my head hurt, to be honest. Quantum computing’s key ingredient is qubits, which are explained by Larry Greenemeier in Scientific American: A qubit can represent a […]