Workplace of the Future

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

The mistake made by nearly 1 in 3 millennial managers

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Younger enterprise managers are far more likely than their older counterparts to understand the need for workplace flexibility and the value of leveraging the skills of freelance professionals. A survey commissioned by freelance website Upwork of more than 1,000 U.S. hiring managers shows that nearly three-quarters (74%) of millennial/Generation Z managers supervise workers who spend […]

How podcasting can advance your tech career

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There was a time when the only ways technology professionals could proactively raise their profiles (and monetary value) in their industries or areas of expertise were to get on the conference/speaker circuit, become a steady and reliable source for print and broadcast news media, write books, and maybe land a columnist gig at a tech […]

Retraining employees is an investment, not just a cost

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Amazon’s announcement in July that it will spend $700 million to retrain one-third of its U.S. workforce by 2025 should be a wake-up call to those who are doing little or nothing to prepare for the impact of automation and smart machines on how enterprises operate and how people do their jobs. And when I […]

The future job market belongs to the agile and adaptable

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There’s a great (and long) article in The Atlantic that focuses on a new-generation Navy warship and its crew of “‘hybrid sailors’ who have the ability to acquire skills rapidly.” “The ability to acquire skills rapidly.” Sound familiar? It’s a topic I’ve discussed many times in this blog. The key to surviving in the digital […]

Emerging digital technology means emerging job opportunities for cyber security pros

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Every technology, from the wheel to artifical intelligence (AI), has introduced both opportunities and dangers. The wheel, for example, allowed humans to travel and to transport goods and equipment across distances. The wheel also allowed the Greeks to roll a giant Trojan horse into the city of Troy to launch a sneak attack with soldiers […]

Is the U.S. driving in the internet slow lane?

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How’s the internet speed where you’re working? There can be multiple answers, since people can work in an office, their own homes, or in a public space such as a coffee shop or hotel. But by far the most common response to that question is, “Not fast enough!” Sure, maybe it’s never fast enough for […]

Listen up! Why your organization needs a voice technology strategy

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Much like mobile devices a decade ago, voice technology is rapidly infiltrating the enterprise through employees looking for more ways to be efficient and productive. Whether it’s an employee or customer, users are the driving force behind many emerging consumer workplace technologies. Voice is no different; Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, Siri, and others now are […]

Digital transformation isn’t a destination, it’s a state of being

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Digital technology has accelerated the pace of change in the business world to a point where there is nothing but change. For IT and business decision-makers, that means they are never done. There will always be new technologies to integrate or new business strategies to formulate based on those technologies and the opportunities (or dangers) […]

5 things your enterprise must do to prepare for AI

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Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into your enterprise takes a lot more than registering a bunch of shared devices with Alexa for Business. AI initiatives require a purpose and strategy if they’re going to succeed in the long run. Here are five steps that are essential when preparing an organization to implement and leverage smart machines […]

How to avoid the bad kind of digital disruption

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You often hear digital transformation described as a disruptive force — on markets, on business models, on processes, and more. In this context, disruption is viewed as a positive thing that creates new opportunities, and even new industries. For example, here’s a business-specific definition of disrupt from Cambridge Dictionary: to change the traditional way that an […]