Multitasking? Hardly! This is the real key to success in the digital era

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Succeeding in the digital era requires an ability to adapt and a willingness to be in lifelong learning mode. Really, you have no choice in an economy where the job you might have in 20 years doesn’t yet exist. Other traits will come in handy in the digital economy: The ability to communicate and collaborate, […]

A secret weapon for effective workplace communication

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Enterprise success in the digital economy is dependent in large part on the ability of employees to collaborate and communicate effectively. Increasingly, this means using digital tools to work with colleagues, customers, and business partners located remotely. Likewise, professional success for modern enterprise workers relies not only on adaptability and a learning mindset, but on […]

The next step in AI-based meeting management

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Microsoft this spring has been rolling out intelligent features in Outlook designed to make work meetings both easier to schedule and more productive. The new features appear in Outlook’s email application and calendar. It seems like a pretty good marriage of artificial intelligence (AI) and enterprise productivity needs — and done in a way that […]

Are our digital workplace tools working against us?

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Consumerization of the enterprise, the story goes, has helped usher in an era of unprecedented productivity as employees leverage the digital tools and platforms of their choice to do their jobs. But is that story more fable than fact? Are employees who insist they can effectively multitask fooling themselves and their employers? And are enterprises […]

Why email still isn’t going away

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Technology and culture pundits have been predicting the demise of email for years. In this article from 2007 titled “The Death of E-Mail,” Slate‘s Chad Lorenz wrote, “You could chalk up the decline of e-mail to kids following the newest tech fads. You’re not cool if you’re not on Facebook or MySpace, and everyone wants […]

Enterprises could (but often don’t) do this one thing to dramatically reduce risk

What is the one technique involved in almost every security breach? Phishing. Nearly every major breach starts with some sort of phishing attack, in which nefarious individuals send reputable-looking emails with the goal of getting the recipient to reveal information or click on a malicious link. Perhaps it’s an assistant opening what he or she thinks is a contract for […]

When the cryptolocker strikes: Reasons for ransomware success and ways to prevent

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At a public sector customer’s site, our shared project mail account received a quite legitimate-looking email with an invoice in a .docm document and a request to verify its contents. The sender seemed to be a lady employed at the customer’s organization. But at second look, something was wrong with it. She was not employed there, […]

Technology Perspectives’ end-of-year review 2015

We started the Technology Perspectives (twitter) blog in July 2015, so I thought it would be good to do a bit of a review of where we’ve travelled in the last six months and as it’s nearly the end of the year now seems like as good a time as any. By Graham Chastney, Principal Solution Architect […]

“You’ve STILL got mail” – The Growth of the Email Utility

One workplace technology that hasn’t fundamentally changed since it was first conceived in the 1970’s is email. It’s remained pretty much the same as it was when the Simple Message Transport Protocol (SMTP) standard was agreed in 1982. We have a lot more of it, we access it from more places but it’s still email; […]