IDG Contributor Network: Are you organized for success?

Gary Hamel has suggested over the last couple of years that “modern management” has reached the limits of improvability. Gary has even said something that I found amazing upon my first read. Most of our current management concepts—organization charts, spans of control, standardized job descriptions, and variance reporting “were invented by individuals born in the 19th century, not long after the end of the American Civil War.”

Given that IT organizations are chartered with automating many of these management approaches, I wanted to get the #CIOChat’s take on Gary Hamel’s ideas and whether they should be changing IT organizations.

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Gary Hamel has suggested over the last couple of years that "modern management" has reached the limits of improvability. Gary has even said something that I found amazing upon my first read. Most of our current management concepts—organization charts, spans of control, standardized job descriptions, and variance reporting “were invented by individuals born in the 19th century, not long after the end of the American Civil War.”

Given that IT organizations are chartered with automating many of these management approaches, I wanted to get the #CIOChat’s take on Gary Hamel’s ideas and whether they should be changing IT organizations.

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IDG Contributor Network: Conversational workspaces are the new face of enterprise collaboration

As I look out at the landscape of the uber-digital workplace market, it is clear that we are shifting towards conversational environments, with newer interfaces, in what is emerging to be new conversational workspace platforms, that are being launched by a plethora of providers from startups to established collaboration players.

I’ve covered the collaboration market for many years and we are witnessing a sea change and a paradigm shift, not only in technology, but also in user expectations of technology. With all the new tools emerging in the collaboration space, let’s not forget what is at the heart of all of this, people want to get their work done better and more efficiently.

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As I look out at the landscape of the uber-digital workplace market, it is clear that we are shifting towards conversational environments, with newer interfaces, in what is emerging to be new conversational workspace platforms, that are being launched by a plethora of providers from startups to established collaboration players.

I’ve covered the collaboration market for many years and we are witnessing a sea change and a paradigm shift, not only in technology, but also in user expectations of technology. With all the new tools emerging in the collaboration space, let’s not forget what is at the heart of all of this, people want to get their work done better and more efficiently.

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IDG Contributor Network: 4 ways to halt data thieves

Small- to medium-sized businesses are struggling to reduce the complexity of cybersecurity management while maintaining defenses against a growing threat landscape. Companies traditionally have layered multiple security technologies to bolster their security posture, but technology alone can’t keep up with recognizing and stopping emerging threats. Cybersecurity is now a corporate business continuity concern and should be a line-item in a recovery plan or policy.

Many smaller organizations are increasingly the targets of cyber attacks, and operate in highly regulated industries, driving a compelling need to protect assets, client information and intellectual property. The hacking nonsense still continues in 2017 and is becoming more aggressive.

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Small- to medium-sized businesses are struggling to reduce the complexity of cybersecurity management while maintaining defenses against a growing threat landscape. Companies traditionally have layered multiple security technologies to bolster their security posture, but technology alone can’t keep up with recognizing and stopping emerging threats. Cybersecurity is now a corporate business continuity concern and should be a line-item in a recovery plan or policy.

Many smaller organizations are increasingly the targets of cyber attacks, and operate in highly regulated industries, driving a compelling need to protect assets, client information and intellectual property. The hacking nonsense still continues in 2017 and is becoming more aggressive.

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Xiaomi sold record 1 million smartphones within 48 hours in India

Xiaomi today announced that it has sold over 1 million or 10 lakh smartphones in India within 48 hours between 20 to 22 September during festive sales, selling  300 smartphones every minute in an average. Amazon, Flipkart, Mi Preferred Partner stores, Large Format Retail partners, Mi Home stores and mi.com contributed to this milestone. The company … Continue reading “Xiaomi sold record 1 million smartphones within 48 hours in India”

Xiaomi today announced that it has sold over 1 million or 10 lakh smartphones in India within 48 hours between 20 to 22 September during festive sales, selling  300 smartphones every minute in an average. Amazon, Flipkart, Mi Preferred Partner stores, Large Format Retail partners, Mi Home stores and mi.com contributed to this milestone. The company … Continue reading "Xiaomi sold record 1 million smartphones within 48 hours in India"

Samsung Bixby Voice assistant now available in India

Samsung started rolling out its Bixby Voice assistant globally last month. Now has company has announced that it has started rolling out the feature in India for  Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones from today, as the company had confirmed at the Galaxy Note8 launch event last week. The feature is available after an update to Bixby. It supports U.S. English, but … Continue reading “Samsung Bixby Voice assistant now available in India”

Samsung started rolling out its Bixby Voice assistant globally last month. Now has company has announced that it has started rolling out the feature in India for  Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones from today, as the company had confirmed at the Galaxy Note8 launch event last week. The feature is available after an update to Bixby. It supports U.S. English, but … Continue reading "Samsung Bixby Voice assistant now available in India"

HTC U11 Plus with bezel-less 18:9 display tipped be launched in November

Just yesterday, Google officially announced that it has signed an agreement with HTC to acquire team of HTC talent for US$1.1 billion in cash. Now, a latest report suggests that HTC is working on a new flagship smartphone that will be launched later this year. Dubbed as HTC U11 Plus, the phone is codenamed as Ocean … Continue reading “HTC U11 Plus with bezel-less 18:9 display tipped be launched in November”

Just yesterday, Google officially announced that it has signed an agreement with HTC to acquire team of HTC talent for US$1.1 billion in cash. Now, a latest report suggests that HTC is working on a new flagship smartphone that will be launched later this year. Dubbed as HTC U11 Plus, the phone is codenamed as Ocean … Continue reading "HTC U11 Plus with bezel-less 18:9 display tipped be launched in November"

IDG Contributor Network: Can your rev rec software support these complex challenges?

In an earlier post, I discussed many of the key challenges in accounting for revenue under ASC 606. In my last column, I detailed the four key system requirements you should look for in any kind of automated revenue recognition solution.Beyond those…

In an earlier post, I discussed many of the key challenges in accounting for revenue under ASC 606. In my last column, I detailed the four key system requirements you should look for in any kind of automated revenue recognition solution.

Beyond those basics, any technology solution will also need to have the functionality to handle dual reporting capabilities, provide flexibility for customization of complex revenue streams and to produce essential reporting necessary to comply with the enhanced disclosure requirements under ASC 606.

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Still asking why tech struggles with diversity and inclusion? Google it

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone,” is the quote from CEO Sundar Pichai that is prominently displayed at the top of Google’s diversity page. The page also has sections outlining the company’s diversity initiatives as they apply to hiring, recruiting, inclusion, education and community efforts. Cool. That all sounds lovely.

The contrast between these “bumper sticker values” or values that “look good in an annual report [or on a diversity website] but have no real meaning within the company,” as Steven L. Blue, president and CEO of Miller Ingenuity and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right, calls them, and what seems to be actually going on inside Google, is striking — but not surprising.

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“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone,” is the quote from CEO Sundar Pichai that is prominently displayed at the top of Google’s diversity page. The page also has sections outlining the company’s diversity initiatives as they apply to hiring, recruiting, inclusion, education and community efforts. Cool. That all sounds lovely.

The contrast between these “bumper sticker values” or values that “look good in an annual report [or on a diversity website] but have no real meaning within the company,” as Steven L. Blue, president and CEO of Miller Ingenuity and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right, calls them, and what seems to be actually going on inside Google, is striking — but not surprising.

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Netflix rolls out HDR support for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Netflix for iOS app has received an update for HDR support. With the latest update, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X users will be able to watch HDR content. According to The Verge the newest 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models also support HDR. Netflix already streams HDR video on the new Apple … Continue reading “Netflix rolls out HDR support for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus”

Netflix for iOS app has received an update for HDR support. With the latest update, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X users will be able to watch HDR content. According to The Verge the newest 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models also support HDR. Netflix already streams HDR video on the new Apple … Continue reading "Netflix rolls out HDR support for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus"

HP ZBook Studio G4

The HP ZBook Studio G4 is expensive and its 4K display is non-touch, but it looks sleek, is upgradeable, and has top-notch performance.

The HP ZBook Studio G4 is expensive and its 4K display is non-touch, but it looks sleek, is upgradeable, and has top-notch performance.