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Remote, hybrid or office-based? Employers are making big decisions about the future of work. This is what it might look like

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For many business leaders, the sudden transition to remote working that was forced upon companies last year as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down office spaces still brings back memories of long hours of work and a few logistical ordeals – but according to some experts from analyst Gartner, the real challenge is yet to come. As restrictions slowly lift and employers start thinking of bringing their staff back into the workplace, some forward-thinking planning will be required to ensure a smooth transition from working fully remotely in the context of a global health crisis, to a hybrid mode of work of which the details are yet to be defined. Which video conferencing platform is right for your business? We've gathered details about 10 leading services. This is because, for a significant proportion of employees, a return to the office for five days a week is unlikely to be an appealing option.


6 Steps Companies Can Take to Strengthen Their Cyber Strategy - InformationWeek

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While these technical skills are certainly important, we're also now looking more holistically at candidates to test their abilities to think critically and creatively as well as uncover new solutions. As we face new and unprecedented challenges in cyber protection, it's critical that cyber leaders hire team members who think outside-the-box, have intellectual curiosity, employ bold thinking, and are natural problem solvers. Protecting an organization against advanced cyber threats requires innovative thinking and techniques; people, process and technology capabilities are needed to properly defend ourselves against sophisticated attackers, such as nation states. Cyber threats will continue to evolve, as will the new techniques described above to enable cyber resiliency. Ariel Weintraub is currently the Head of Enterprise Cyber Security at MassMutual. Ariel first joined MassMutual in the fall of 2019 as the Head of Security Operations & Engineering, responsible for the Global Security Operations Center, Security Engineering, Security Intelligence, and Identity & Access Management. Prior to joining MassMutual, Ariel served as Senior Director of Data & Access Security within Cybersecurity Operations at TIAA where she led a three-year business transformation program to position IAM as a digital business enabler. Prior to TIAA, Ariel held the position of Global Head of Vulnerability Management at BNY Mellon and was part of the Threat & Vulnerability Management practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


Poly partners with CLIPr to address Zoom fatigue

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Video conferencing corporation Poly has announced a new partnership with video analysis platform CLIPr that will make them an investor, partner and customer of the company. In a company statement, Poly said it will initially use the platform "internally for its own recorded video assets, including global sales meetings." Poly will also offer CLIPr to its own customer base as an extension of their audio and video solutions. Which video conferencing platform is right for your business? We've gathered details about 10 leading services.


How Data, Analytics & AI Shaped 2020, and Will Impact 2021 - InformationWeek

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The IT enterprise may have started the year stalled on its efforts to deploy at scale production machine learning and artificial intelligence projects, but that didn't last long. The global pandemic's impact included serving as a catalyst to accelerate any number of IT projects for a new way of doing business, and those included AI and automation. The shift to working remotely for so many desk workers necessitated a change in how to do business, sure. But the shift to remote work coincided with a giant spike in demand for customer service and support. For instance, at the consumer bank, who was answering the incoming calls from customers about whether stimulus checks had arrived or cleared?


Technology and The Future of Learning - Coruzant Technologies

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As with many of our former societal norms, the educational institution with which we are familiar is changing and evolving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students missed out on graduations, proms, and the last few months of the current academic year--what is even more disheartening is that we are faced with the possibility of schools remaining closed for the next academic year. We have seen drive-by birthday parties taking the place of large celebrations, video conferencing platforms replacing social gatherings, online classrooms, and remote work taking over the typical brick and mortar school or office setting. These adjustments have shown us that we are resilient and able to evolve and adapt in ways we would have never foreseen possible. Parents have been tasked with doing it all from upholding their careers to homeschooling while being stay-at-home parents, which despite all the difficulties, has encouraged them to consider homeschooling their children from the next academic year.


Bosses putting a 'digital leash' on remote workers could be crossing a privacy line

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With many companies working from home during the pandemic, managers and employers have found themselves in a difficult position with running scattered teams away from the office. Some have turned to technology to help, but they may be walking a dangerous path using tools like artificial intelligence and algorithms to track employees and their work throughout the day, or even facial recognition that can ensure that someone is at their desk. A recent report by the Institute for the Future of Work, a British research and development group, said that algorithmic systems typically used in monitoring the performance of warehouse workers or delivery riders have pervaded more and more industries. Andrew Pakes, deputy general secretary at U.K.-based trade union Prospect, told CNBC that these "digital leash" technologies have been an upward trend for some time and that Covid-19 remote working accelerated it. "This was an issue we were picking up before Covid but over the last year, it's grown rocket boosters as companies have turned to technology," Pakes said.


Daily Crunch: Before the pandemic, Expensify made remote work cool and profitable – TechCrunch

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To get a roundup of TechCrunch's biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Welcome to Daily Crunch for May 25, 2021. Whether you are a developer, a startup fanatic or merely someone with wanderlust, we have something for everyone today. Well, except for disappointed investors in Lordstown Motors. They are stuck holding the bag today after the American electric vehicle company announced a pretty awful set of earnings.


The Ethical Workplace & Artificial Intelligence

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Over the past two decades, technology has transformed our world and our workplaces. COVID-19 has only accelerated the implementation of technological change and innovation by employers. One significant development in the workplace is the introduction of artificial intelligence ("AI"), which includes technologies such as automated decision making ("ADM") and machine learning ("ML"). In light of these capabilities, it is wise for employers to stay abreast of the latest developments and opportunities – being an early adopter of new technology can often mean saved costs and a competitive advantage. Nonetheless, it is equally important for employers to be aware of the ethical and legal risks associated with these technologies, as a relatively recent and rapidly evolving phenomenon.


Best learning management system 2021: Top LMS platforms

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It seems like we've moved forward a decade in terms of online capabilities, but it's only been a year or so. While people all over have been impacted, one area that seems to be in the throes of existential transformation is education. After all, traditional academic education, whether K-12 or higher ed, has been mostly about person-to-person in-classroom teaching. In fact, when I was studying for my Masters of Education, when I told the teachers' college that I taught only online, they found it hard to believe. Of course, that was a few years back, but prior to COVID-19, most teachers expected to look their students in the eye. Now, however, schools are picking their way carefully through an ever-changing world.


Aveva stresses artificial intelligence and machine learning

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Aveva, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has stressed how the role of the'Connected Worker' will be instrumental in enabling digital solutions to optimise business returns in a post-pandemic world. Now more than ever, keeping frontline industrial workers safe, while at the same time ensuring business continuity and operational resilience, is vital. For example, Connected Worker technology is helping many Aveva customers maintain their critical operations and keep workers safe, while in parallel saving businesses time and money. Those that haven't digitised their operations will struggle as they face the demand for social distancing and remote work brought on by the pandemic. According to Aveva's Head of Asset Performance Management, Kim Custeau, the business drivers for digital transformation have evolved considerably since the onset of the pandemic a year ago.