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Mixed news on the “robots will steal our jobs” front

Robot-and-human-astronauts

The notion of robots taking away jobs is frightening, especially given the dire predictions that have been made about how automation will replace millions of workers, particularly those in low-skill positions. Indeed, that already is happening. (When was the last time you received a marketing call from an actual human?) However, a new study from […]

Do your annual meetings have an afterlife ?

Meeting Idea Sharing

If you want to see a great feeding frenzy of Google image searches, look no further than the week before your upcoming national management meeting. Thousands of page views and “Save Image As” right clicks of charts and graphs supporting the commentary on heavily bulleted PowerPoint presentations. I’ve admittedly been guilty of this for years […]

X is for xperience

This post is part of a series, “Digital: From A to Z,” that explores what it means to be digital. What’s in your A to Z of digital? Find me on Twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below. Xperience (ok, I am stretching the bounds here as I am reaching the end of the alphabet – it’s a […]

Coming soon: a smarter Microsoft Excel

Excel-in-coffeeshop

One of the true office productivity war horses is about to get a smart makeover. Microsoft Excel, the venerable business spreadsheet application used for years in enterprises ranging from sole proprietorships to multinational corporations, soon will be able to take your inputs and go them one better, thanks to machine learning and the internet. As […]

Most employees use mobile apps to do their jobs, not to goof off

mobile apps

Mobile enterprise employees really are using their devices for work — well, for the most part. A new survey of more than 650 enterprise employees in the U.S. and Western Europe by analyst firm CCS Insight reveals that productivity apps generally are the most widely used mobile apps at work, with Microsoft’s Office 365 (used by […]

Don’t be a victim of “AI washing”

Caution

As enterprise interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning increases, software vendors are rushing to meet market demand for AI-based solutions. So much so that by 2020, “AI technologies will be virtually pervasive in almost every new software product and service,” according to research and consulting firm Gartner. This might actually be causing problems for […]

Workplace collaboration advice for introverts

You walk into a restaurant on your own and see that there are two choices for where to sit. To your left there’s a bar with a few people sitting around talking, the barman looks chatty and you recognize one of the group as an acquaintance. To your right there’s an alcove with a table […]

The next wave of chatbots will be smarter

Sculptures-at-table

Chatbots no longer can be considered a future technology. Across a number of industries — including financial services, retail, and travel — chatbots are being deployed today to interact with customers and clients. But today’s chatbots are relatively, how shall I say this, unevolved. (Sorry, chatbots reading this!) Sure, they can save enterprises money by […]

Five trendy healthcare tech titles to watch

stethoscope

Is your CIO or CTO title enough to impress in the scorching hot healthcare technology industry ? Probably so, but the dynamic nature of the sector has spawned a totally new set of leadership titles that are more relevant to laser-focused industry subsets. I’m always suspicious of what the half-life is of these new titles […]

Réseaux sociaux en entreprise : source de distraction ou outil de productivité ?

Bonne nouvelle pour les employeurs : le lieu de travail est encore fait pour travailler. Cela semble évident, mais compte tenu de l’affluence des appareils mobiles dans les milieux de travail, certains dirigeants froncent les sourcils. Les réseaux sociaux, accessibles depuis nos terminaux mobiles, sont souvent considérés comme étant « L’élément perturbateur ». Toutefois, suite aux lancements récents […]