In today’s workforce, it’s important to be able to call upon talent not only internally, but from the ever-expanding pool of what Grainger calls “the contingent workforce,” external people who possess specific skills needed for particular projects and tasks, but how do you find them?
Companies are looking to implement more social tools within their internal structure and to engage employees in collaboration and knowledge-sharing. But how does company management do this effectively, beyond just picking the right technology? At Net:Work, representatives from Humana and SocialCast weigh in.
New tools are making workers more productive and driving cost savings across organizations, Cisco SVP Debra Chraparty said at Net:Work today. But those tools don’t always mean a shorter leash; in fact, 66 percent of workers say they would take a pay cut for more flexibility.
There are thousands of startups trying to offer collaboration software but four of them onstage today at our Net:Work event explained how virality, openness with other applications through an API, and simplicity will help startups succeed against their enterprise rivals, especially those like Microsoft SharePoint.
How do companies get their massive distributive work forces to innovate and collaborate when they’re thousands of miles apart? For social enterprise company Moxie Software and design firm IDEO, the answer was merging their ideas into a product called Spaces.
Getting companies to adopt online tools and social collaboration software is getting easier, but the hard part is making sure employees don’t give up on the tools in the face of an overload of information. That’s the next big battle in shifting the way people work.
Running applications in the cloud will be an essential way to deliver software to a distributed workforce according to Zach Nelson, President and CEO, NetSuite who spoke today at the GigaOM Net:Work Event today in San Francisco.
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff said embracing social media and collaboration can obliterate hierarchies and transform companies. And he should know. It’s already happening inside Salesforce with his enterprise social networking product Chatter. Benioff spoke at the GigaOM Net:Work conference about the company’s shift to social.
Cisco’s CIO explained today that the rapid adoption of collaboration technology represents an opportunity that is, “[T]he biggest transformation since e-commerce in the mid 90s, related to how a set of technologies can change the way you work and change your business model.”
The nature of the work force is changing radically, thanks to the connected-ness of modern society. This work shifting is prompting need for new tools, new methodologies and new corporate work methodologies. Here are findings from a survey conducted on behalf of Skype and GigaOM Pro.
Technology has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, but human beings and the way they work and manage each other has not evolved and adapted nearly as quickly. That is one of the major challenges for businesses today, according to Allen Delattre of Korn/Ferry International.
A mobile workforce is no longer the exception; it’s the rule. While that sounds like an employer’s dream in terms of more productivity through place-shifted work, it opens up the door to enterprise infrastructure and support challenges faced by the rise of the new workplace “mobilocracy.”
Organizations tend to believe in collaboration as a means to make employees more productive and improve the way the institutions work, but most businesses and vendors selling collaboration tools go about it the wrong way, according to speakers at the Net:Work conference held in San Francisco.
Today, at our first-ever Net:Work event, we’re talking to the people developing the technology, addressing new management practices, and making online collaboration work in their own companies. Our livestream begins at 8:15 a.m. PT, and we will be live-blogging the onstage sessions throughout the day.