Workplace of the Future

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

Here’s what tech jobs are paying these days


It’s absolutely critical to any enterprise employees who want to increase their value in a rapidly evolving workplace to anticipate what opportunities will be available in the future and how their skill sets will fit into the larger picture — and then to make the proper adjustments. Otherwise they’re in danger of sliding into irrelevancy. […]

A powerful potential solution to powering IoT sensors


The Internet of Things (IoT) offers enterprises access to unprecedented amounts of data for analyzing customer preferences, tracking and managing inventory, monitoring equipment, and more. But IoT also presents daunting management challenges for enterprise IT leaders. Not only must IT pros worry about securing and integrating IoT devices into their networks, but they also are […]

Even the best remote collaboration tools are useless without effective team leadership


I’ve written a lot over the past few years about workplace collaboration and how the right technology tools can help enable enterprise teams to be productive, no matter where various members are located. And while it’s vitally important to choose collaboration platforms that best enable productivity, successful collaboration among colleagues who are working here, there […]

Workplace generational war breaks out on LinkedIn!


A messy battle between older professionals and Millennials surfaced on LinkedIn recently, and while it had its entertaining aspects, it really brought out the simmering resentment and disdain that many members of each generation feel toward their older/younger workplace counterparts. Fortunately, none of this will matter once the robots take all our jobs. But until then, […]

Do enterprises have only themselves to blame for the ‘tech talent shortage’?


“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves.” — Cassius, a nobleman and CIO, speaking to his friend and enterprise chief executive about the vexing tech talent shortage in ancient Rome (apologies to William Shakespeare) A few weeks ago I wrote about whether enterprises truly are struggling to find people with sufficient […]

Ambient intelligence: Making buildings and organizations smarter

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“Smart” buildings and offices provide a number of benefits to enterprises, including increased employee productivity and satisfaction and lower utility costs. By leveraging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), enterprises can optimize lighting, HVAC systems and security in an entire building or floor as well as individual rooms and work […]

When AI is used for evil


Artificial intelligence (AI) holds out the promise of solving some of the world’s most persistent challenges and pernicious problems, from disease prevention and cures, traffic-related deaths and injury, crime and terrorism, energy conservation, and chronic food shortages. On a less-dramatic level, AI and machine learning are being used to transform how enterprises operate by improving business […]

Is AI smart enough to accurately measure an employee’s value?


Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are supposed to help enterprises become more efficient by streamlining processes and taking over tasks currently performed by those unfocused, under-motivated humans known as employees. For those enterprise workers who don’t lose their jobs to automation and machine learning, smart technologies can be used collaboratively by employees to make […]

For workers in the digital economy, staying still is falling behind


The introduction of computers, the internet, wireless networks, social media and smartphones and other mobile devices into the enterprise world dramatically changed how organizations conducted business. They also forced tech-averse enterprise workers to face a stark choice: Develop new skills (the ability to find information quickly, fluency across multiple communications channels and the discipline to […]

Splendid isolation or lonely hell? The dual reality of working remotely


I’ve been working from home for almost 20 years as a technology and healthcare writer/editor. While it’s second nature to me now, at first I struggled with the isolation. Granted, you can isolate yourself in many workplaces, at least if you have headphones or an office with a door. But you still can walk down […]