2020 vision is a useless metaphor for far-sightedness in a number of ways

2020 vision is a useless metaphor for far-sightedness in a number of ways

The year 2020 is a mere seven years away. Yet the designers of the future workplace and those who invite them to talk about it are still referring to it as if it marks the next frontier of human endeavour and as if we weren’t already up to our collective armpits in the 21st century. […]

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UK’s fastest growing tech businesses named by Deloitte survey

UK’s fastest growing tech businesses named by Deloitte survey

There is a decided London bias in the latest Deloitte Technology Fast 50, which names the UK’s fastest growing technology companies.  Twenty of the named companies are to be found in the capital and they generate just under half of their £672 million combined revenues over the last year.  The growth rates  used to measure […]

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In pictures: plans revealed for East London iCity development

In pictures: plans revealed for East London iCity development

While Parliament debates the reality or otherwise of the 2012 Olympic legacy, the firms behind iCity on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London (above) have submitted detailed planning proposals and launched a new website to promote the development which they claim will become ‘a world-leading centre of innovation, education and enterprise’. The joint […]

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Interview: Dave Coplin of Microsoft on Big Data, engagement and culture

Interview: Dave Coplin of Microsoft on Big Data, engagement and culture

Dave Coplin joined Microsoft in 2005, and is now its Chief Envisioning Officer, helping to envision the full potential that technology offers a modern, digital society. He is a globally recognised expert on technological issues such Cloud computing, privacy, big data, social media, open government, advertising and the consumerisation of technology and is the author of […]

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UK leads the world in talent, but it needs the right culture in which to thrive

UK leads the world in talent, but it needs the right culture in which to thrive

We should never take the UK’s talent base for granted. According to a new report from Deloitte, when it comes to employment levels of people in knowledge based jobs in high skill sectors such as digital media, banking, legal services, software development, telecoms and publishing, London is comfortably the world’s leading city. The study found […]

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Time to refresh BYOD policies, as Smartglasses get set to improve workplace efficiency

Time to refresh BYOD policies, as Smartglasses get set to improve workplace efficiency

Employers may soon need to add wearable computers to the list of BYOD in the office. According to analysts Gardner, over the next five years, corporate adoption of Smartglasses such as Google Glass will rise to ten per cent. Although of particular relevance for companies with offsite workers, such as field service personnel and inspectors, some […]

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RIBA heralds dawn of a ‘smart’ era that revolutionises the way we shape our cities

RIBA heralds dawn of a ‘smart’ era that revolutionises the way we shape our cities

A new report that explores the massive potential role that data could have in the planning and design of our buildings and cities has been launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and ARUP. The report ‘Designing with data: Shaping our future cities’ identifies the main approaches to working with data for those […]

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Technology fix. What employers can do when social media becomes an addiction

Technology fix. What employers can do when social media becomes an addiction

Recent research shows that technology has helped us to become nearly five times more productive than we were in the 1970s. As well as enabling social interaction and personal expression, social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter can be valuable business aids for innovation and collaboration. However, with over half of people under 25 admitting […]

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It’s not all about BYOD; data security also remains a low-tech issue

It’s not all about BYOD; data security also remains a low-tech issue

While firms worry about the loss of data through the practice of BYOD, employees continue to find low tech ways of breaching security according to a report from Iron Mountain. While under half (42 percent) of employees describe their organisation’s approach to hard copy as secure, one in ten describe it as chaotic. Nearly half […]

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Majority of British ex-pats working overseas now work flexibly, claims report

Majority of British ex-pats working overseas now work flexibly, claims report

The majority of British expatriates who work overseas embrace flexible working arrangements, according to a survey commissioned by NatWest International Personal Banking. More than two thirds of those surveyed have exported their preferred working practices as well as themselves as they seek a better lifestyle and work-life balance overseas. Flexible working is most common for […]

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IT managers yet to accept the whole challenge presented to them by BYOD

IT managers yet to accept the whole challenge presented to them by BYOD

How exactly does an employee’s convenience trump an organisation’s need for control? That’s the debate corporations are facing when it comes to managing the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ trend. BYOD allows employees to use their personal mobile products for business. In 2012, IBM decided a majority of their workforce could use their own phones and […]

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Video: What Stephen Fry can teach us about Cloud computing for business

Video: What Stephen Fry can teach us about Cloud computing for business

  Not one of our usual cutesy attempt to find the links between the thoughts of Aldous Huxley, Baloo or the Arctic Monkeys and some workplace issue or other but a completely straight exploration by technophile Stephen Fry of the enduringly nascent and misunderstood technology still indistinguishable from magic that is Cloud computing. The national […]

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