Agile workplace designs offer flexibility that improves productivity

Agile workplace designs offer flexibility that improves productivity

Overall job satisfaction is closely linked to the efficient management of office space. According to Gartner, employees who are satisfied with their physical workplace are 16 percent more productive, 18 percent more likely to stay, and 30 percent more attracted to the company over competitors (report available to clients).

Small and midsize businesses must rethink how they use space by designing workplaces that improve productivity and retain talent.

Chart showing the benefits of employee happiness on a business

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CCPA, GDPR, and the state of internet privacy laws

CCPA, GDPR, and the state of internet privacy laws

2018 was a breakthrough year for internet privacy laws. In May, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into full effect, sending the digital business world scrambling to get in compliance.

Then, during the summer, the United States got in on the action with the adoption of the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), an effort that will make a huge impact one year from now. And we still haven’t talked about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, ePrivacy, or the CLOUD Act.

Despite the headlines, a recent GetApp data privacy survey of small businesses found that a whopping 65 percent of respondents felt their company was only somewhat prepared or simply not prepared to comply with data privacy regulations.

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IoT and BYOD devices bring holiday fear

IoT and BYOD devices bring holiday fear

An assortment of smart gadgets have dominated the holiday gift-giving season. Some of the most popular are smartphones, smart speakers, smart TVs, and wearables. And while these gizmos bring joy to their recipients, employees will return to work in the new year with their new devices in tow, causing potential liabilities for businesses.

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6 strategies for your software implementation plan

6 strategies for your software implementation plan

Whether you’re upgrading from spreadsheets to business intelligence software or need a help desk program to replace your old email-based system, deciding which type of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) best solves your problem is only the first step of a long process.

Unrealistic expectations, overlooked impacts, and frustrated employees are all waiting for you if you neglect the importance of a thorough software implementation plan.

From 2016 to 2017, Gartner reported a 19 percent year-over-year increase in inquiries regarding SaaS products, but only a 6 percent increase in inquires about SaaS implementation (report available to clients).

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Digital twin: An example of related technologies converging

Digital twin: An example of related technologies converging

Many people think of a digital twin as a 3D rendering of a physical object. And while that might be part of it, we’ve had computer-aided design (CAD) models for decades. Why the hype now?

It’s because the digital twin concept involves far more than that.

Digital twin technology helps businesses visualize assets and optimize operations by synchronizing the virtual world with the real world. Internet of things (IoT) sensors instantly transmit assorted data from an object to its digital twin. As the conditions of the object change, so too do those of its digital twin.

A digital twin is not simply a 3D rendering; it is a dynamic digital representation of a real-world object in real time.

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