Let’s be honest: no one likes the first week back at work in a new year. After weeks of eggnog and parties galore, getting back to the grind can be a shock – and surviving feels like an achievement. (more…)
2016 was a big year for social media. Vine got the axe. Instagram launched its “Stories” feature. Facebook Live saw a huge surge in popularity. Twitter became the president elect’s preferred method of communication. As usual, businesses have been quick to jump on the latest social trends in the hopes of finding the next big win for their marketing strategy, and 2016 wasn’t short on success stories. (more…)
2016 was a tumultuous year in terms of world events, with the effect of Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory reaching as far as the cloud computing world. Away from the chaos, there were some fascinating new innovations and major fails in the technology world. Samsung made phones that set on fire (not on purpose), Yahoo was hacked in a big way, Twitter pulled the plug on Vine, Tesla took a major step towards driverless cars, and Facebook continued its world domination, but was called to task over its news algorithms with its “fake news”.
The SaaS software industry also saw a year filled with new product releases, major software updates, and significant acquisitions. Here we run down the top new cloud software trends 2016 has thrown up:
The sales industry is in a state of flux. According to recent research, 95 percent of consumers have abandoned a purchase in store, while 85 percent have abandoned a purchase online. Conversely, only 9.5 percent of sales people think that consumers are looking for personalized customer service.
When you’re up to your neck dealing with new overtime rules, more regulation for reporting workplace-related injuries and illnesses, and minimum wage increase, it can be difficult to innovate. How many of the key HR trends for 2016 (the gig economy, improving employee experience, more data and analytics) did you get the chance to work on? As a result, we asked a range of experts to tell us the HR trends for 2017 that they think will realistically affect businesses.