My links of the week (weekly)


  • “Technology is what drives the digital workplace and yet for many business executives, the IT department is being seen as less and less relevant.
     
    “On the whole, executives’ current perceptions of IT performance are decidedly negative,” a McKinsey survey published in February 2015 states. “Beyond providing basic services and managing infrastructure, just one-third or less of respondents say their IT functions are very or extremely effective at a wide range of tasks.” According to the survey, “The results also indicate fading confidence in IT’s ability to support key business activities, such as driving growth. In the 2012 survey on business and technology, 57 percent of executives said IT facilitated their companies’ ability to enter new markets. Now only 35 percent say IT facilitates market entry.””

    tags: Digital_workplace

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  • “The landscape is already overcrowded with lots of tools doing many things or one specific thing. We don’t need more tools but tools that are more efficient, more integrated, more consistent with each other. We need the tools we have to complete one another, articulate better to be better at helping us getting work done.”

    tags: collaboration

  • “This is the next step in the evolution of the social graph — let’s call it the emergence of the “commercial graph” — and it is happening now. Commercial graphs depict relationships between businesses, based on their actual interactions as they are captured digitally. And they support highly relevant information sharing, analogous to the TripAdvisor example above. Commercial graphs will help businesses manage their own partner relationships better, and also help third parties to those ecosystems understand them and spot ways to make targeted offers to those within them.”

    tags: enterprise_social_networks

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  • “Few subjects are as important, – or as challenging to predict, – as the future of jobs in our emerging digital economy. While the US unemployment rate continues to improve, – finishing 2014 at 5.6% or 8.7 million people, –  almost one third of the unemployed have been jobless for over 27 weeks.  The total number unemployed or underemployed, – what economists call the U6 unemployment rate, – stands at 11.2% or 17.4 million people.  And, the employment to population ratio remains at under 60%, the lowest such percentage since the 1970s.  “The economic challenge of the future will not be producing enough.  It will be providing enough good jobs,” wrote Harvard professor and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers in a recent WSJ article. “

  • “When executives talk about social media in business, they typically talk about it in terms of specific platforms. They ask: does our company need to have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Snapchat? Should we adopt Yammer, Jive, Sharepoint, IBM Connects, or the upcoming Facebook at Work as an enterprise collaboration tool?

    The problem with thinking about social media in terms of specific platforms is that it often leaves companies chasing the latest and greatest features, which are often changing faster than any of us can keep up with. This approach leaves executives constantly playing catch-up to whatever features social media platforms choose to add or remove, rather than getting ahead of these to think strategically about how to implement them in their business context.”

    tags: enterprise_social_networks

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  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.”

    tags: IoT

  • “Our workday world has changed dramatically with the advent of always on internet access and the explosion of mobile devices in the enterprise. Employees are no longer tethered to their desks in office buildings but are in the field working face to face with clients and customers. Microsoft’s vision for the future of work is made up of the Cloud OS (Office 365) and the mobile devices you use every day to get work done. The intersection between the two is the digital workplace.
    The Office 365 platform enables this Digital Workplace by giving employees access to corporate content and data on any device from any location.”

    tags: Digital_workplace

  • “Although data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that of the 30.2 million people working in the UK between January and March 2014, 4.2 million spent at least half of their working hours at home, many employees have no choice over when and where they work.
    “We must not forget that not everyone can work from a coffee shop,” cautions organisational design consultant David D’Souza. “When I’m sitting in Starbucks working on a project, someone is there serving my coffee with no choice over when or where they work.”

    For those that do have more flexibility, D’Souza advises trying out environments that aren’t usually linked to our traditional understanding of work or the workplace. “

    tags: Smart_Work

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  • “Cards have become more important than cash in moving around London. In July 2014, Transport for London (TfL) stopped accepting cash on its buses, telling commuters they had to use Oyster cards, or debit or credit cards with a contactless payment chip. It also began to accept cards on its Underground and rail services.

    TfL flagged up the customer convenience angle and acknowledged the change would make big savings over time – but the move to card payments will also provide more data it can use for long-term planning.”

    tags: Big_Data

  • “Lean is one of the biggest management ideas of the past 50 years. No less than Ford’s original assembly line, it has transformed how leading companies think about operations—starting in assembly plants and other factory settings and moving more recently into services ranging from retailing and health care to financial services, IT, and even the public sector. Yet despite lean’s trajectory, broad influence, and level of general familiarity among senior executives, it would be a mistake to think that it has reached its full potential.”

    tags: Lean

  • “Freelance workers available at a moment’s notice will reshape the nature of companies and the structure of careers”

    tags: Smart_Work

  • ” IoT isn’t exactly the new kid on the block, so why so much activity this year? Michele Pelino, a Forrester Research principal analyst, attributed the rising interest to a dip in communication fees and sensor costs.
    “Sensors and microprocessors that once cost hundreds of dollars are now available for as little as the cost of a cup of coffee,” she said. “Communication costs are also experiencing similar declines, with many wireless operators cutting fees to pennies per month per meter for the cellular link to support smart meters. On the other hand, expanding network availability in mature markets has enabled solution deployment.””

    tags: Internet_of_Things

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  • “Sono 15 miliardi gli oggetti connessi alla rete e saranno 50 miliardi nel 2020. IoT (Internet delle cose), questo nuovo mondo ha la sua mappa: si chiama Thingful ed è insieme un motore di ricerca e un servizio di geolocalizzazione.
    Thingful rintraccia gli oggetti che trasmettono dati, ne indica la posizione, quali dati stanno trasmettendo e con quali altri oggetti stanno comunicando.
    Il risultato è straordinario, una mappa fitta e dettagliata, ogni puntino è un elemento dell’Internet of Things e ha la sua scheda completa.”

    tags: Internet_of_Things

  • “Gli istituti bancari hanno iniziato il passaggio a una Smart Intranet che permetta di accedere agli strumenti di lavoro in qualsiasi momento, in condizioni di mobilità e da device differenti, ma il viaggio è solo all’inizio. Servono modalità di lavoro innovative secondo logiche di collaborazione, flessibilità e valorizzazione dei talenti.”

    tags: enterprise_social_networks

  • “We are living through an age in which the digital environment of work is becoming much more important than the physical workplace. The digital workplace has the potential to transform how companies operate on the front line, how employees communicate and collaborate internally, and even what it means to be an employee.”

    tags: Digital_workplace

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  • “There are as many definitions of the digital workplace as there are organizations. But in light of this month’s focus on the digital workplace, it could be useful to look at what a digital workplace is, and clarify some of the things that it is not.”

    tags: Digital_workplace

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