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Enterprise success in AI requires committed leadership

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Artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives ideally should start as pilot projects of limited scope. This allows enterprise IT pros and involved employees to learn quickly through trial and error, thus minimizing the impact of mistakes and enabling the creation of best practices for large-scale AI rollouts. Alas, problems can persist or arise even after an AI […]

Where are high-paying tech jobs located?

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While Silicon Valley has been (and will continue to be) a mecca for technology talent, not every ambitious tech pro wants to see their exorbitant salary eaten up by even more exorbitant housing costs. Granted, Boston and New York — two other tech-talent magnets — aren’t much better in terms of affordable living. But plenty […]

An action plan for upskilling your workforce

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I’ve written a few times in the Workplace of the Future blog about the importance to enterprises of investing in upskilling their employees. Helping your current workers gain new skills is a great way to bridge the talent  gap that makes it so hard for digital transformation efforts to take off. But upskilling requires a […]

The soft skills that enterprises desperately need

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By definition, disruption is an inherent component of digital transformation. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation, mobile devices, and other technologies have dramatically impacted how organizations do business and how employees do their jobs. For many organizations, however, digital transformation efforts are being undermined by a widening talent shortage and skills gap. In a study […]

Trust in leadership is critical to enterprise success

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Digital transformation requires organizations to be agile, adaptable, flexible, and scalable. It requires a strategic vision and a collective mindset that is focused on innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving. But without strong trust among employees in an organization’s leaders, the elements that drive digital transformation can become corroded and ineffective. It’s hard to generate enthusiasm and […]

When your tech job isn’t in tech

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When you think of technology workers, you’re apt to think of companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung … you know, tech companies. But there are technology workers in every industry that deploys tech, and in many industries the percentage of workers with technology jobs has increased. “Tech jobs as a share of all […]

You’re one good idea away from your own tech podcast

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In a recent blog post, I argued that podcasting offers technology professionals an opportunity to raise their profiles and advance their careers. There are three main reasons for this: Podcasting is an intimate medium perfectly suited for articulate people to demonstrate their knowledge of a particular topic in conversations and interviews. Podcasters who know their […]

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 […]