Update- March 1, 2022 Microsoft has raised its prices on many M365 platforms. This price increases took effect in March, 2022. There are now two pathways to join M365 from a licensing perspective. The first is a 12-month licensing agreement and there are no additional surcharges The second takes into account your ability to be able to add or delete licenses at your discretion, and not be tied to an annual agreement. Microsoft will charge a 20% premium for this flexibility. As a decision maker, you will need to decide whether your company will benefit more from locking in a
The world fell apart, and business adapted. Employees have by and large adjusted to collaborating over distance. And the technology that powers that collaboration continues to evolve in powerful ways. Earlier this month, for example, Microsoft announced Mesh for Teams which delivers a metaverse meeting experience designed to improve connections and productivity. Strengthening Teams by Bridging the Gap between Physical and Digital While workplaces have transitioned relatively well to remote and hybrid work, the switch has brought significant challenges. Employees miss the more casual hallway encounters and the opportunity to read body language from across the room. And they tire
In April 1970, disaster struck the Apollo 13 mission. Using a replica of the lunar excursion model (LEM), ground crews designed and tested a solution remotely, dramatically saving the lives of the astronauts. This example of paired technology became the precursor of today’s digital twins, which Gartner calls a “top strategic technology trend.” Simply put, a digital twin delivers a virtual duplicate of a physical object. Engineers gather actual data about an object or system and use that data to create a digital model. For instance, they may create a digital twin of an airplane engine. They might even combine
In today’s world of data, you often spend more time looking for data than analyzing it. That’s why enterprise-wide data catalogs that make data asset discovery straightforward now are a must. They broadly enable organizations to discover, register, enrich, understand, and utilize sprawling data sources. Data catalogs bring to light the undiscovered data within the organization, so that you spend more time analyzing and less time looking for data. Data catalogs enable users to: Discover data assets to unlock their potential Capture tribal knowledge to make data more understandable Bridge the gap between IT and the business Keep data where
We have all heard it. “This call may be monitored for quality assurance or compliance purposes.” Indeed, companies in various industries, including commodity brokerage, stocks, and investment management organizations, include compliance recording in their normal operations. They record calls and video conferences to minimize liability, ensure the quality of customer service, and improve workforce engagement. However, meeting governmental compliance and regulatory obligations remains the most compelling reason to record. Moving to the Cloud Call recording technology worked well when users connected through a PBX or isolated phone system and phone calls remained the norm. But the shift away from standard phone
Three trends transforming the modern workplace. Advances in technology and shifting workforce demographics are creating a more fluid work environment, redefining what productivity looks like, and empowering individuals to work smarter. With an influx of new talent that values experiences, continued learning, and collaboration over financial compensation, leadership will have to take a forward-looking approach to restructuring the workplace landscape. Innovative technologies can help all organizations respond to workplace trends and create dynamic environments that incentivize and empower the next generation of employees. Encouraging and accommodating remote workers In the modern workforce, out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind.
COVID-19 will end at some future date. Either a vaccine, effective treatment, herd immunity, or all three will relegate it to the historical dustbin of bad things that came and went. Its effects will last much longer, likely resulting in a generally smaller post-COVID-19 office space. In the short-term, safety concerns will prevail. The need for space to keep employees further apart will likely balance out lower in-office counts resulting from increased work from home (WFH). Long-term forces could reveal a different picture. Offices might very well shrink due to permanent support for increased WFH and the elimination of server
In 2018, a journalist predicted that by 2020, nearly seventy-five percent of the workforce would work remotely. While the future he envisioned likely looked substantially different than our current reality, here we are. The majority of the global workforce has left the office. And forward-thinking organizations are realizing the benefits of cloud computing for remote work. Consider a typical workday for a member of a marketing team. In the course of the day, she will likely conduct video conferences with team members and external consultants. She might work with a colleague to edit a presentation for next week’s executive meeting.
You jump on an important video conference with your team, but the video feed freezes. Frustrated, you look around your house, only to find your son playing Call of Duty online and your daughter video chatting with her friends. Upstairs, your husband uploads a lecture for his students. Pause. Take a deep breath. And check out some tips for sharing bandwidth. Bandwidth Basics At work, hundreds of employees use the internet simultaneously without any perceivable impact on performance. At home, however, a handful of family members sharing bandwidth can bring the system to a crawl. Home networks simply cannot handle