Workplace

News, trends and technology insights for the workplace

The tech talent shortage: Real, vastly overblown, or an outright lie? (You tell us!)

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The common wisdom in the tech industry in recent years is that there’s a shortage of qualified tech talent, making it difficult for enterprises to hire, attract, or even find technology workers with the skills and/or experience necessary to leverage technologies such as mobile, data analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and more. That’s not even […]

Adopting video in the enterprise

I recently wrote a post on my personal blog about how we now use YouTube to answer problems rather than asking that practical friend who we used to trust. Why bother a friend when you can watch someone on video doing the thing you want to do? Why don’t we do the same in our […]

Variables to watch for on the road to Office 365 deployment

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A profusion of channels and technologies used to communicate and collaborate have shaped the way most users view their work experience. Whether users work in a traditional office setting, remotely from home, or even abroad, the expectations remain the same: secure and unfettered access to communications and key productivity applications. We call this the consumerization […]

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

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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 […]

Convergence is central to many 2018 tech trends

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The advantage to being a blogger with a “diverse” background is the ability to be somewhat schizophrenic in one’s writing.  As you may have sensed, my current professional career ranges from healthcare technology, enterprise IT, smart cites, global branding, international media, higher education, cross cultural business, and snowboard instruction. While many “predictions articles” focus on […]

Workplace of the future may not have an actual workplace

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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

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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

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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. […]

Moving your digital transformation beyond ad-hoc initiatives

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Moving through a digital transformation is tough, no matter where your company is in the journey. Central to the success of any digital transformation initiative is understanding how your company views technology and how your employees work – and then aligning those insights to empower a digital workplace. Ad-hoc and transformation are two of the […]

Surviving AI in the workplace will require engagement, passion

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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 […]