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At DWF we like to keep an eye on the Digital Workplace news – here’s a quick round up from May.
On the CIO’s plate
Bring-Your-Own-Device and Big Data continue to be buzz words at the top of the CIO worry list, with BYOD demanding immediate attention and Big Data continuing to simmer away in the background.
- Is “Consumerization of IT” really “Shadow IT” in disguise? – whatever label you put on this shift the old days of IT control are rapidly coming to an end: “IT’s role will fundamentally change from being the implementer of everything, to becoming the overseer of standards and frameworks, facilitator of implementations and integrator of cloud services, and adding value through continued innovation.”
- And as this article points out, a big part of surfing these changes is dependent on relationships with the business: For stronger IT security build relationship, not walls
- There’s a timely reminder to think beyond BYOD: ‘Bring your own’ is not just about devices
- A BYOD reality check from IBM: IBM doesn’t just block Siri, it restricts iCloud use too (but likes Blackberry and Android devices)
- If you’re getting fogged by the Big Data buzz, take a step back with a simple definition: Defining ‘big data’ depends on whose doing the defining – “data scientist John Rauser mentioned a simple definition [for Big Data]: Any amount of data that’s too big to be handled by one computer.”
- Or start out thinking about the ‘little data’: Big Data may be hot but ‘little data’ is what makse it useful
DW expert in the spotlight
In our interview with Kate Lister from the Telework Research Network, we focus in on DWForum’s research on making the business case for the digital workplace and what it takes to convince senior executives in tough times.
Should we be worried about our jobs in the digital future of work? Here are two posts to get you thinking about what the picture may look like.
- Why workers are losing the war against machines
- How many jobs can be replaced by automation?
- For contrast, Jason Lauritsen’s manifesto on the future of workputs people front and centre:
“Work is important. It’s how we as humans define ourselves. It, in no small way, gives our lives purpose and momentum. And, we aren’t getting it right. Too many people are struggling each day to get out of bed and head into a workplace that strips them of their identity, stiffles their creativity, and otherwise makes them unhappy. It’s a tragedy and it doesn’t have to be like this.”
- And of course it’s the digital workplace that is a key enabler, as we see in Paul Miller’s digital workplace manifesto.
DW in pictures
Infographics from XCube Labs and BT give us a visual insight on the rise of the mobile employee and the flexible future of work:
DW in numbers
If you’re more of a numbers person, then here are a few significant DW numbers:
- EMC Data Science Study: “Only 1/3 of respondents are very confident in their company’s ability to make business decisions based on new data.”
- National Study of Employees: “The 2012 study found a marked increase in the number of employers offering flexible work options including flex time and telework.”
- Gartner: “the demand for information professionals will increase by 50% year over year through 2015.”
- Aruba: 69% of organisations in the EMEA region allow some form of BYOD, although just 22% have more than a quarter of their employees bringing their own devices.
And finally, if you’re concerned about digital addiction and you just can’t put that device down then you’ll find some inspiration in these articles to take a break:
- How I busted out of my addictive technology loop
- A digital timeout for employees – and parents
- Are you sleeping with your smartphone?
Did I miss something? Tell us about the Digital Workplace stories you’re following.