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The nature of the IT cloud seems to be in an almost constant state of change. We’ve already witnessed one of the largest and quickest uptakes of a technology over recent years, and it’s a trend that shows no sign of slowing. Worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% annual growth rate from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to over $141 billion in 2019.

The unpredictability of the cloud has been a significant point of conversation in the Twitter-verse this month, alongside talk of digital leaders, remote working, the fear of missing out and more. So, without further ado, let’s run down through the best of Twitter in July.

  Benefits and challenges of moving to the #cloud > Download our 2016 annual #MSPartners ecosystem #Office365 report > Read More

Last year, unveiled our first report on the transition to the cloud for Microsoft ecosystem partners. Now, the second version has been released, based on a survey of more than 200 Microsoft Partners from around the world.

And the general consensus is – thanks to the release of SharePoint 2016 and the continued success of Office 365 – that Microsoft remains a key player in business productivity. Plus, enterprise companies are beginning to gain a better understanding of both the benefits and challenges of moving to the cloud. Increases in cloud adoption and migration are driven by organizations wanting to access the latest technology improvements, while also witnessing new opportunities to provide a bridge for companies to keep up with the complexity and rate of change.

For the full statistics, findings and details, make sure you download the full report here.

  70% of @msPartner’s say they look to adopt #cloud and #O365 to have access to the latest productivity software > Read More

We are always keen to get a hold of the latest technology, whether it’s as a consumer or in the enterprise. With the cloud, access to the latest features and functionalities is often a lot smoother compared to on-premises software. This is definitely the case with Office 365, with almost three out of every four respondents of the transition to the cloud survey stating that their customers were looking to adopt the platform to access the latest version of the software.

The problem is, the rapid pace at which the cloud is introducing new technology into the workplace can often be a problem for customers who want to remain current but also demand easily consumable solutions.

“…when Microsoft releases a new product or feature, they really need to have a trusted partner – with expertise in learning and adoption – walk them through envisioning how the new tools can solve business challenges, and then go through staff training around best practices.”

Joe Foos. Dir. of sales, ZAG

Read the full ITBOB article to see the impact Partners can have on helping others match Microsoft’s pace of upgrades.

  “Workplace FOMO is a digital Russian Roulette…” Are you suffering from #digital anxiety? > Read More by @dlavenda

FOMO has usually been associated as an excuse for young people to go out on numerous nights out in a short space of time. A “fear of missing out” is an anxiety created by the idea that something exciting is going on somewhere where you aren’t… When we translate this to the digital world – given that the internet never sleeps – this happens to all of us.

In this CMSWire post, our own David Lavenda, states that the ugly cousin of consumer FOMO – workplace FOMO – is becoming a considerable problem; a persistent nagging that something is going on in the office when we should be off relaxing. It’s a consistent problem, only relieved by the incessant checking of our devices for the latest update. It’s a sort of digital Russian Roulette (of course, without quite such harsh consequences), where the objective is to flit between email, documents and business apps, while praying not to find an exploding bombshell.

This psychological need to stay on top of things keeps us coming back for more, and can result in a high cognitive load in the form of information overload – as we’re so reliant on notification pings, despite the fact that a good 80% are irrelevant to getting our work done. So, what’s the possible solution? Read the article to find out!

  Train yourself to think like a digital leader > The five mind-set traits of disruptive digital leaders > Read More

Analyst giant Gartner is one of the biggest business leaders when it comes to looking towards the future of the enterprise. As such, this article on the five mindsets of disruptive digital leaders is a suitable look towards what approaches you can take to champion change in the workplace. Below are a selection of mindsets Gartner explore:

  • Focus on ideas that leapfrog ahead

A disruptive digital leader understands and embraces the idea that uncertainty is inevitable. So instead of expending energy trying to change that, they instead explore what is technologically impossible, how changes will disrupt markets, and the risk-reward tradeoffs.

  • Select your digital-era lever

In today’s hyper-evolving era of technology, it’s easy to get distracted by the “glitzy” new technologies pursued for technologies sake. Digital leaders look beyond these distractions, seeking to master the digital-era competitive levers. Become a pioneer and sustain long-term investment to secure a position as a leader.

  • Innovate faster than others

Digital leaders establish a culture of true creativity in order to encourage rapid innovation. They visibly champion this belief at every level from new hires to the boardroom, actively role-modeling a culture that encourages risk taking and discovery.

Take a look at the Gartner article for all five digital leader mindset traits in full detail.

  With more employees than ever before working from home, is the traditional workweek becoming obsolete? #FutureOfWork > Read More

Telecommuting is continually on the rise, thanks to 24/7 connectivity becoming more and more accessible to workers, and the notion that working from home can bring about increased productivity. However, remote working is potentially having an impact on the traditional workweek – so much so, according to Fast Company, that it’s rendering it obsolete.

The number of people working remotely (at least some of the time) increased from 19% in 2003 to 24% in 2015 in the US. Concurrent with the findings of the previous surveys on longer hours, the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) revealed that on days working from home, the average time employees worked increased by 40 minutes from 2.6 hours to 3.2 hours. Fast Company question whether working from home is causing our workweek to get longer – and if there’s anything we can do about it.


Danielle Arad
Digital Marketing Manager