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The future can be a lot of things: scary, exciting, unknown. It can feel like it’s far off in the distance or right around the corner. The one thing that stays the same, however, is that the future is always in front of us. In the enterprise world, though, the future is far more tangible.

The latest advancements in technology allow us to feel like we’re experiencing the future in (sometimes quite literally, in the case of article 1) the palm of our hand. It’s something of a common theme in this month’s best of Twitter post.

From an intranet in your pocket to machine intelligence and the digital workplace, the Twittersphere has spent a lot of time looking forward for things to come.

 

SharePoint in your pocket: The more powerful and faster way to stay connected to your content, portals and people > Read More 

 

After the initial Future of SharePoint event got everyone talking, Microsoft this month followed up with the release of the new SharePoint mobile app for iOS devices (and Android and Windows in the near future). The native app finally gives users reason to move away from accessing SharePoint in a browser when on mobile, allowing you to stay connected to all your important content, sites, portals and people from across your intranet while on the move.

With quick access to your team sites, organization portals and resources, as well as a view into what coworkers are working on, the new SharePoint app makes use of machine learning and the Microsoft Graph to connect you with relevant people and documents. Compatible with SharePoint Online in Office 365, SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016 and your hybrid environment, the SharePoint mobile app truly is like putting your intranet in your pocket.

For a comprehensive look at the SharePoint mobile app and all its new features, take a look at this episode of Microsoft Mechanics on YouTube.

 

  E-mail is now one of the largest sources of business records and the ramifications of mismanaging them are very real > Read More  

 

The retrieval of emails is becoming a major concern for a lot of organizations – unable to classify and store such large quantities of data and left feeling overwhelmed. This was the finding from a recent report by Gimmal and harmon.ie, which surveyed over 100 information governance professionals. The results reinforced what we already expected to be the potential risks from mismanaging emails:

“The legal, compliance, and business ramifications of mismanaging emails are very real, and businesses must make sure employees are able to easily capture all sources of business information to avoid potentially dire consequences.”

With email likely to represent over 80% of all records eligible for RIM compliance management, businesses quickly need to source a possible solution that makes capturing, classifying and storing important emails a simpler task.

 

  In one of the tech’s largest acquisitions, Microsoft’s deal w/ #LinkedIn is the latest turn to build Machine Intelligence > Read More   

 

The largest acquisition in the company’s history, Microsoft bought LinkedIn this month for a massive $26.2 billion. Thus far, the thinking behind the deal is that Microsoft will use the business focused social network to jump-start its software packages by connection them through the vast LinkedIn network (currently sitting at 430 million users).

It’s the latest—and perhaps most financially verbose—signal that the big tech giants are moving deeper into using machine learning. This is an exercise in which computers rapidly examine existing information in search of patterns that their products can use to understand new information as it arrives. So, it’s a process that leans on data—and with LinkedIn, Microsoft has just scored a wealth of information on the working lives of employees and employers from every corner of the globe. Feed that data into Microsoft products like SharePoint, the Office suite or Dynamics sales tools and you can begin to understand the gargantuan price tag.

 

  Can we achieve a better, more effective Digital Workplace? > Read More  

 

With work continually being done today within digital environments, the workplace as an entity has undergone significant change in terms of the user experience. In our fast-moving work environment, an easily understandable and deployable digital toolkit is becoming more and more sought after due to its ability to improve worker productivity, efficiency, retention and engagement.

Such benefits are not without obstacles, of course. ZDNet offer some key observations to help illuminate the situation that most enterprises find themselves in today, in terms of how they make digital tools available to workers.

  • The number of applications required for workers to get their daily jobs done is at an all-time high.
  • Workers are increasingly using the digital tools they prefer, whether sanctioned by IT or not.
  • Workforce communication and collaboration tools have proliferated the enterprise at a steady rate over the last half-decade and more.
  • Employee engagement remains stubbornly low.
  • Newer digital tools in the workplace are often hard to find and/or understand in terms of the best application for a given purpose.

 
  Over 66% of executives see more threats facing businesses than ever. What are the major concerns of Future of Work? > Read More  

 

The first half of 2016 has done everything it can to make it a year to remember, even if, so far, it’s for mainly the wrong reasons. The presidential election frontrunners, the debt crisis in Europe and now potential financial crisis following the UK’s exit from the EU, falling oil prices and the rest have kept business leaders on their toes. As we continue to become more interconnected and dependent on one another, concerns in any corner of the world can quickly become an immediate threat to business leaders.

The top business leaders share their thoughts on the biggest concerns regarding the future of business: from limiting ourselves with bias to focusing too heavily on short-term results and becoming more nationalistic.

Danielle Arad
Digital Marketing Manager