As October comes to a close, we look forward to celebrating a festival that no one really knows the meaning of, but insist to throw on an old bed sheet and glide around on roller-skates regardless. Indeed, the Halloween bug gets ahold of everyone. We don’t think anyone that goes about knocking on stranger’s doors asking for candy does either. What we do know, however, is that Twitter in October brought us its own feast of great content straight to our newsfeeds. From preparing your company for the future, to the need for CIOs to change their methods now before it’s too late; here is the best Twitter had to give us through October.
The concept is taking off at lightning speed, but who exactly should lead the Digital Workplace? [tweet]
What exactly is the Digital Workplace? The notion is becoming more and more acknowledged, but for it to evolve into a legitimate strategic direction for companies it must be led beyond the concept phase. As James Robertson puts it:
“…there must be strong leadership of digital workplace strategy, and the programme of work that follows it. But who should play that leadership role?”
Now, we of course wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, but those more familiar with the Digital Workplace are probably thinking there is no correct answer to this question. James refers to a need for collaboration, noting John Cotter’s book Leading Change, in which he outlines a “guiding coalition” that needs to be established from the outset. The stronger the group, and the better it can work together, the faster the business will create a true digital workplace.
Why digital transformation requires CIOs to learn new skills [tweet]
According to a recent study from Genpact, more than two thirds of digital transformation projects fail to meet expectations. Because of this, large companies are throwing away roughly $400bn a year on digital and analytic business transformations that fail to deliver what they promise. So, it’s clear that a change in tact is needed. There are two elements that are necessary for successful digital transformation:
- To start collaboratively with the business requirement and work back towards the technology enablers.
- To communicate in the language of business, not technology.
Both of these require new skills of CIOs, but those that can demonstrate results will be spoilt for choice when it comes to roles.
Video: 3 simple things your organization can do to prepare for the future of work [tweet]
“What simple steps can my organization take to prepare for the future of work?” is a common company query that Jacob Morgan is faced with. His equally common issue is trying to answer said question, as it’s somewhat counter-productive to reply stating the best cause of action is to “basically tear down everything and rebuild from scratch”. So, he has 3 simple pieces of advice for organizations that want to go back to the future.
- Listen to employees
- Make sure you have the right people in positions of power
- Invest in the right technologies
How to leverage the cloud to beat the IT skills gap [tweet]
Skill gaps can’t be avoided, and every company has their own that need filling. Where the standard process would consist of filling up the gaps with quick hires, more savvy businesses are beginning to utilize the cloud for IT and technology solutions that allow them to do more with less personnel. Time and expenses can be saved through the leveraging of cloud services in place of IT support staff.
The post by Sharon Florentine provides insight from Brett Gillett, cloud practice lead for Softchoice, and Kevin McMahon of West IP Communications.
"Unify across your organization" - 7 taxonomy best practices [tweet]
While most people you ask would define taxonomy as the science of classifying organisms, in the business world, taxonomy takes on a rather different meaning:
“…taxonomy of content can transform how you communicate with your customers, organize your information, and provide immense return on investment (ROI) through improved content discovery, online marketing, customer self-service and commerce.”
Taxonomy helps you organize content more cleanly and efficiently, and yet many companies struggle with their own. Whether their taxonomy is out of sync, too complex or simply not there at all, organizations end up getting stuck and encountering problems. Fortunately, David Hillis is here to offer you 7 of the best practices for you to create and manage your taxonomy in the best possible way.