Wearables in the Workplace

Fitness trackers started with a simple goal of monitoring the number of steps taken in a day. Now wearable devices such as smart glasses, smart watches and sensor-embedded clothing and hats are improving job efficiency in the workplace. ABI Research predicts more than 500,000 wearables will be distributed to employees by 2021.[1] Workplace wearables help … Continue reading “Wearables in the Workplace”

Making the Most of Big Data

Big data refers to the large sets of data now available to businesses from several digital technology sources. It can be analyzed to reveal patterns, trends and insights for better decision making and strategic planning.[1] The rapid growth of digital technology and social media has made data widely available. Mobile phones, social media websites, web … Continue reading “Making the Most of Big Data”

IoT Drives Growth Strategies

The internet of things (IoT) is melding technology into manufacturing processes and seamlessly linking businesses to consumers. This integrated network connects sensors and devices through the internet and enables spontaneous junctures for sharing data and applications, often without human intervention. Companies are taking note of the potential the IoT presents: 57% of global businesses have … Continue reading “IoT Drives Growth Strategies”

Companies Expand Use of 3-D Printing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has been used primarily by companies to create prototypes. The process enables product engineers and designers to tweak product models quickly, easily and affordably before entering into full production using traditional manufacturing methods. Currently, only .01% of manufacturing output is done using 3-D printing methods.[1] However, 3-D printing … Continue reading “Companies Expand Use of 3-D Printing”

Addressing the IT Talent Gap

The war for talent is reaching peak pitch. Manpower Group’s 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey noted 40% of employers globally are having difficulty finding skilled workers, the highest level since 2007.[1] The survey found information technology (IT) positions are in very high demand, particularly for developers, programmers, database administrators, big data analysts and IT managers.[2] … Continue reading “Addressing the IT Talent Gap”

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

The adoption of advanced technology in the workplace is ushering in a new industrial revolution. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are transforming today’s workplace by optimizing tasks, yielding greater insights and improving efficiency for better results. AI uses computer systems to simulate human intelligence processes at rapid speeds. These processes may include learning, reasoning … Continue reading “The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace”

Intelligent Apps Take Center Stage

Mobile apps help consumers obtain news and information quickly, make purchases, download music and interact with companies directly. Now such apps are being developed to help businesses revolutionize workplace functions and improve productivity. Smartphones are the devices of choice for most Americans who spend nearly four hours a day on their phones.[1] Marketing research firm … Continue reading “Intelligent Apps Take Center Stage”