Research calls for ‘new breed of executive’ to step up on digital transformation

A new report from Robert Half UK argues that payroll and accounts jobs are highly likely to face automation by 2022.

The study, titled ‘Digital Transformation and the Future of Hiring’, polled more than 200 interviews with senior finance executives, and found that 87% of executives recognised the positive impact a growing reliance on technology holds for organisations.

According to respondents, digital processes will be extended to manual data entry tasks, with financial modelling, generating...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Clarizen introduces Slack bot and notes improved productivity

Clarizen has announced a new bot that works within Slack – and the company says early adopters have already seen a marked improvement in their productivity.

The company has coined the term ‘ACE’ – not to be confused with the precursor initiative to the AppConfig Community – to describe how work processes can improve through the bot. ‘Adaptive’ refers to the use of real-time data, as well as being able to prioritise work and get live status updates, while...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Social.

Assessing agile project management and its place in the modern workplace

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Agile project management methodologies have gained a lot of traction in the project management space in recent years, largely thanks to the flexibility and speed agile can offer organisations. However, agile methodologies are still often perceived as only applicable for software development teams. Many project managers miss out on the benefits of adopting an agile approach because of this misconception.

What is agile project management?

Originally pioneered in software development...

By Greg Bailey, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Employees, Productivity.

Is a lack of creativity stifling workplace productivity?

Plenty of reports have hit the headlines regarding the UK’s seemingly low levels of productivity – but is stifling creativity a further problem?

According to new research issued by Microsoft, uninspiring workplaces, stress, and a lack of room for individual concentration are all contributing to the risk of a ‘creativity crisis’.

The study, put together by Microsoft Surface representing the views of more than 1,100 employees, also found existing workloads and organisational processes...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Analysis: Microsoft showcases its AI leadership at London event

Strategy addresses ethics and human aspects of artificial intelligence

Last week, I attended a Microsoft event in London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its research centre in Cambridge. The event focussed on the "intersection of artificial intelligence with people and society". As part of CCS Insight's growing research and upcoming buyer surveys in this exciting field, here I'll summarise and assess the main announcements. For a more comprehensive analysis, please see 

By Nicholas McQuire, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Development, Productivity.

Digital transformation drivers uncovered in Dimension Data report

62% of business and IT leaders polled by Dimension Data say they expect to have technology such as virtual advisors in their organisations within the next two years, while gaining competitive advantage and improving business processes were cited as key reasons to move to digital transformation.

The study, whose findings appear in the paper ‘The Digital Workplace Report: Transforming Your Business’, polled 850 participants at organisations with at least 1,000 employees.

Looking at the European...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

The key ways remote access is impacting the future of work

The workplace continues to change. Whether it’s through personal mobile devices, collaboration software, or remote working, technology continues to spur greater efficiencies.

According to remote software developer RealVNC, the rise of remote software will drive other business trends in the coming year – with the company picking out the five of the most important in a new report.

RealVNC, which counts NASA, Shell and Disney among its customers, argues businesses will have to more actively look at...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why the problem of ‘disconnected data’ could be costing your company billions

Legacy technology and ‘disconnected data’ is costing businesses ‘billions’ each year, according to a new study commissioned by SnapLogic.

The report, which was put together by Vanson Bourne, argues the total cost comes to $140 billion per year after interviewing 500 interviews of IT decision makers and business users of cloud-based applications. This isn’t just financial, but impacts on organisations’ ability to innovate, develop new products and services, and engage their...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Taking the robot out of the human: Why we should not confuse productivity and efficiency

We need to have a more grown up discussion about the impact of technology and intelligent automation (IA).

Currently, the conversation about automation is dominated by lurid headlines about whole swathes of the workforce being made redundant overnight, and the dawning of a new dystopia where intelligent machines have replaced the ordinary human worker.

Instead, we need to be asking a much more pertinent question: “Are existing jobs being done well, and how can they be improved?”

Practically every...

By Mark Corley, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Productivity.

Collaboration app uptake increasing in organisations – but not everybody is using them

More than half of organisations polled by enterprise software provider Smartsheet say their use of collaboration apps has increased over the past 12 months.

The report, titled ‘2017 State of Enterprise Collaboration’, and put together alongside Market Cube, polled 1000 US enterprise IT decision makers. More than two thirds (71%) of respondents said they already have a defined collaboration strategy in place, while almost all (95%) say collaboration tools are a ‘high’ or...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.