Posts Tagged ‘remote’

Worldwide Wireless E-Mail Users to Reach 1 Billion by Year-End 2014

By 2014, social networking services will replace email as the primary v ehicle for interpersonal communications for 20% of business users, says Gartner.

Standardisation, interoperability and growing competition from email servers and services are accelerating the commoditisation of wireless email, according to Gartner, Inc. Vendors are responding by pursuing differentiation in the areas of collaboration, applications and the cloud.

Gartner predicts that worldwide wireless email users will reach one billion by the end of 2014. Worldwide business wireless email accounts were estimated at more than 80m in early 2010, including large, midsize and small organisations, as well as individual professionals — corresponding to about 60m active users.

IT Strategy and the Creative Class

By Frank Buytendijk

Some call them “knowledge workers”; Richard Florida famously called them the “creative class.” Regardless of what you call them, a greater percentage than ever before are working off-site, not working 9-to-5 hours, and are participating in virtual global teams. And as this trend picks up steam, the changes in how we work—and manage our work—will go from evolutionary to revolutionary.

The IT Ties That Bind

Managing work and workers in the post-9-to-5 world

by David Rosenbaum

Frederick W. Taylor, author of 1911’s The Principles of Scientific Management, would be appalled. Taylor believed that there was only one right way to do any job: through “enforced standardization of methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation.”

But market developments are challenging Taylor’s prescriptives. The advent of virtual organizations has changed the way the workforce is managed and organized. Increasing reliance on contingent (part-time and contract) labor has increased the need for knowledge capture and collaboration technologies. Flexible work days, home offices, the evolution of disruptive technologies, and other forces are changing the ways we work—and making the 9-to-5 workday look as old-fashioned as Taylor.