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The 6 blind men in the digital workplace paradigm

 

The Indian parable of the six blind men and the elephant gives us an important lesson as to how being selectively focused can be misleading when it comes to considering the bigger picture. In the story, every man feels only one part of the elephant and thereby describes the same to the others as if it was the whole. 

This concept applies to our businesses as well, every department applies and focuses its digital work environment to their own benefit, thus losing the focus of entirety at an organizational level. 

Read more about how ownership of the digital work environment brings about the desired results, in this article:  The 6 blind men and the digital workplace.

    

22 Jun 2018

Informatization would be the third wave of globalization powered by our collective intelligence

January 26, 2018
    by Niall Ferguson on BigThink

    A libertarian utopia of free and equal netizens—all interconnected, sharing all available data with maximum transparency and minimal privacy settings—has a certain appeal, especially to the young. It is romantic to imagine these netizens, like the workers in [Fritz] Lang’s "Metropolis", spontaneously rising up against the world’s corrupt elites, then unleashing the might of artificial intelligence to liberate themselves from the drudgery of work, too. Those who try to look forward without looking back very easily fall into the trap of such wishful thinking. 

    Since the mid-1990s, computer scientists and others have fantasized about the possibility of a 'global brain'—a self- organizing 'planetary superorganism'. In 1997 Michael Dertouzos looked forward to an era of 'computer-aided peace'. 'New information technologies open up new vistas of non-zero sumness,' wrote one enthusiast in 2000. Governments that did not react swiftly by decentralizing would be 'swiftly...punished'. N. Katherine Hayles was almost euphoric. 'As inhabitants of globally interconnected networks,' she wrote in 2006, 'we are joined in a dynamic co evolutionary spiral with intelligent machines as well as with the other biological species with whom we share the planet.' 

    This virtuous upward spiral would ultimately produce a new 'cognisphere'. Three years later, Ian Tomlin envisioned 'infinite forms of federations between people...that overlook...differences in religion and culture to deliver the global compassion and cooperation that is vital to the survival of the planet'. 'The social instincts of humans to meet and share ideas,' he declared, 'might one day be the single thing that saves our race from its own self destruction.'

     'Informatization,' wrote another author, would be the third wave of globalization. 'Web 3.0' would produce 'a contemporary version of a "Cambrian explosion"' and act as 'the power-steering for our collective intelligence'.

    Read full article here: "Can Silicon Valley save the world? Or are social networks ruining everything?"

    14 Apr 2018

    Where does your company stand in the digital workplace journey?



    Today, organizations are fast moving towards adopting intuitive digital means of communication and collaboration. We want solutions that reduce the friction that comes with using different tools, and instead have a perfect blend of technology, physical workplace and today's culture. 

    The "Technology Maturity Framework" gives us categories of adoption of a digital workplace for organizations.  Whether you are gradually getting introduced to digital tools and the idea of  seamless collaboration or you have it integrated in your business strategy and workflow, a number of factors determine the successful implementation of a digital workplace.  

    Read in detail and know where your company stands in this CIO article:

    Where is your company on the path to optimizing a collaborative digital workplace?

    13 Apr 2018

    Gartner's Top Strategic Technology Trends

    A short video by Gartner telling us about the upcoming trends involving immersive technology, artificial intelligence, continuous adaptive security and other technological advancements, which are the foundation for the next generation of digital ecosystems. 

       

    29 Mar 2018

    Crux of digital transformation failures - multiple collaboration & communication tools

    Digital transformation is an imperative but success rates are low, why?

    Its because we are unable to overcome the inertia to think fresh.  Rather than applying common sense to innovate and solve problems, we wish to just apply multiple cool tools in different categories and hope for success, which evidently is not happening .

    You may look at some digital transformation trends for 2018 and beyond in this CIO article, to see what is on organization's radars right now,  as well as once hot initiatives that are beginning to cool down.

    The most important trend that is cooling down for good is using multiple tools for collaboration. These silos of  cool tools are actually hampering productivity.

    Excerpts from the article:

    The days of using lots of different collaboration tools are numbered, observers say. In one company alone, you might find Slack, Chatter, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Trello, Office Planner, LinkedIn communities, and countless other offerings.


    While the competition may prompt new levels of utility and innovation, “it's driving users and IT crazy,’’ says Mike Fitzmaurice, vice president of workflow technology at Nintex. “We're approaching the point where organizations are going to have to pick winners and invest in their usage and adoption, or people are going to give up and go back to email.”

    When figuring out which tool to use takes more time than doing the actual work, Fitzmaurice says, “we have paralysis, not productivity.”


    Its time to think of new age tools like Crrux, that are designed and developed to make us collaborate seamlessly and for the purpose of having a seamless customer and employee experience.

    22 Feb 2018

    Machine Learning: Building better neural conversational models



    Our current encounter of machine learning and chatbots is limited to getting e-commerce suggestions and basic interactions with Google assistant, Siri or Cortana. Any attempt at complex or heart-to-heart conversations are totally futile . 

    Upcoming machine learning and the related tech space is largely targeting this missing aspect, wherein chatbots will be better at responding to customer queries and relate to issues at a more human level.

    The primary idea would be experiential learning, that would help basic algorithms to make better decisions and give appropriate contextual responses, all without human intervention. 


    Read the detailed article here: 

    Machine Learning and chatbots: The technology behind neural conversational agents


    02 Feb 2018

    Emerging nations to dominate SaaS market by 2020

    SaaS market is witnessing record growth and is rapidly eating into enterprise software pie.  There exists a large under-served market but with reshaping of global workforce, new mobile internet users - primarily from emerging economies, new possibilities, and innovation by players, the potential addressable market is expanding even faster.  The SaaS market in terms of buyers and players, is changing rapidly and will transform substantially by 2020.   


    It is dominated by players primarily from USA and Europe but emerging nations mainly India and China may soon dominate the market as buyers and new players.  As players, they may not be eating much into existing big players pie now, but they may create new markets in their respective countries first, where most of the potential buyers exist and almost all future growth will come from.


     



    MSME remains the driver of growth in SaaS

    The micro, small and medium businesses sector is growing significantly in size and value. World Bank research has estimated that this sector has a 95% share in existing businesses and their offerings make up to 49.8% of the global economy.  SaaS SMB share globally, will grow from 35% to almost 60% by 2020 and to 78% in USA.


    Gartner estimates that by 2020, about 25% of organizations in emerging regions will be running their core CRM systems via SaaS, a 10 percent increase over 2012.


    According to a report by BCSG ,64% of small businesses currently own an average of 3 solutions. These mainly include email services, file sharing and communication and task management. Whereas, 78% of businesses plan to expand their SaaS usage over the next three years, thus taking the average number of applications used from 3 to 7.


    An astounding 81% of self-employed and small business owners prefer an ecosystem of solutions that work seamlessly to avoid the hassles of using too many applications.

    Reality of future buyers

    The new potential SaaS buyers in this emerging SaaS market are getting linked to web through their mobiles first.  Currently 43% small business owners use mobile devices as the primary device for running their operations and by 2019, 90% of mobile data traffic will be generated by cloud solutions ( According to   Cisco VNI Mobile 2015 ).  


    By 2020, ~ 90% of the working youth would be from developing countries, with only  32% tertiary educated in Asia and only 12% in Africa.  Informal employment as a percentage of non-agricultural employment, ranges from  50% to 75% in the developing and emerging countries.  


    In the times of increasing unemployment rates, further loss of jobs to robots and harsh economic realities, and with more than half the population in Asia and Africa still not having the basic tertiary education required to get formal jobs, it is expected that over 90% of new buyers will be employed by the SMBs and gig economy or micro businesses or self-employment of various nature.  A large majority will only use cloud software(if empowered) only if it enables them to create or increase their income.


    Mobile growth throughout the world is having a big impact on the SaaS market. Only 20% of the 3 billion working population of the globe have access to technology. 2.4 billion workers do not use or require technology at work. Considering 2 billion-plus potential technology dependent workers, almost 50% come from the Asia-Pacific and another 20% from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Developing nations are mobile first and see higher mobile growth rates as compared to their western counterparts, this clearly indicates that SaaS mobile will be seen storming the markets in the next five years.


    What the future looks like?

    Developed nations have more than 70% of their population as active mobile subscribers and internet users whereas the working population of these countries is minuscule as compared to developing nations.



    Potential SaaS buyers 

    (as % of world population)

    SaaS Sales Contribution


    Empowered but partially enabled with SaaS

    Current work force

    Max addition by 2020

    Max size by 2020 if all enabled

    2015

    2020+

    Developed (%)

    12%

    14.4%

    11%

    13.80%

    65%

    35%

    Developing (%)

    38%

    85.6%

    89%

    86.20%

    35%

    65%






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    Almost 85%of the world population comes from developing nations, and all numbers stated above indicate that the major growth opportunity lies with the developing nations in the coming years.

    The emerging new buyer personas and the challenges to introduce them to SaaS is going to be a daunting task, as we need to drastically shorten the learning curve for them. Many factors would affect the global SaaS usage, successful adoption and economics. We would cover these  issues in our next blog “The SaaS Divide - current vs new buyers”.


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    24 Jan 2018

    Foster Workplace Productivity With Artificial Intelligence

    Workplace productivity is fast moving towards automation and simplification of work processes. With newer technological advancements and artificial intelligence to our aid the way we work is evolving drastically. 

    The article below emphasizes on conversations being the main focus of all work processes and flows. Artificial intelligence, machine learning or chatbots, these new age solutions are aiming to boost productivity at work, help employees to do more meaningful work and finally revolutionize the end customer experience.

    Click below to read the full article:

    Improve workplace productivity by focusing on AI-enabled conversational experiences

    16 Jan 2018

    New Goals For A More Productive You In 2018


    Bouncing back to work after the new year celebrations, a fresh new year to look ahead to.  Another new year with renewed hope, beginnings and resolutions. New goals to improve personally as an individual whether it is fitness regimes or stronger relationships. 

    A major part of our day is spent at our workplaces, and so our resolutions should focus on professional growth too. Our work culture directly affects our productivity at work and indirectly has a major impact on our work-life balance. 

    Everyone has an extra ounce of enthusiasm to start anew as the year begins, a good time to get everyone onboard for newer initiatives and get rid of the older ways. Here are some workplace resolutions to get you started right away!


    Take a productive leap!

    Take it one step at a time, introduce alternatives to the old ways of collaborating and learning  new tools for better. Looking back to the way we worked a decade back, we have come a long way today where we have a plethora of productivity tools available to make our work easier and faster, all you need is the motivation and determination to get started. Past the  learning phase, you will definitely reap the benefits of the tool.


    The timeliness factor

    Focus on the timeliness factor, wherein you achieve targets in shorter time spans allowing time for personal activities and for  friends and family. Not only would you be achieving your work goals but also investing time for personal resolutions. 


    Achieve as a team 

    A synchronised team not only works faster towards its goals but brings forth more productivity and work satisfaction. Clearly defining workflow processes, individual goals and dependencies, deadlines at both individual and team level, and most importantly communicating all decisions and tasks on a common platform with accessibility to all. A shout out to team achievements! 


    Give that little gesture of appreciation

    A like, share, follow for a post or article goes a long way in not just showing appreciation but in motivating a person to keep up the good work. It might be a blog post, a research based article or simply a joke that made you smile, go ahead and show appreciation. All it takes is a click of a button!


    03 Jan 2018

    Trends Shaping the Digital Workplace

    Technology is majorly transforming our work culture from the way we complete day-to-day tasks to collaborating across teams. The current change in our organizations is only a tiny speck compared to how digital workplaces will shape to be in future. We would need to incline our workforce to the newer technologies and adapt to optimize our processes. 

    In one of the sessions at the recent Gartner Digital Workplace Summit in London, discussions indicated that precise predictions could not be made but analysts were confident that the world of work and the skills we will need to have in 10 years will bear little resemblance to work as we understand it today.’


    Read the detailed article here:

    7 Technology Trends Shaping the Digital Workplace


    22 Nov 2017