The way we interact with technology at work is changing dramatically, thanks to millennials and Gen-Z. The tail end of the millennial generation (born between 1981-1996) is entering the workforce while Gen-Z, born after 1997 and the 27% of the population, is just beginning to work. (Business Insider Intelligence)
Companies nowadays live in a world where differentiation from the competition is in their DNA, and in order to differentiate themselves, companies need to address the challenge of Digital Transformation. According to Forrester Research, 70% of companies that were on the Fortune 1000 list ten years ago have now disappeared. The reason? Their inability to adapt to change and carry out a process of change in their digital strategies.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how we are approaching an important inflection point in the cloud migration timeline. Certain legacy applications will remain on owned infrastructure for the foreseeable future, but the scale and agility offered by cloud platforms offers competitive and operational advantages that most organizations cannot ignore. As cloud adoption became mainstream, many enterprises saw fewer objections to migrating their infrastructure to cloud. One Gartner report finds that many objections to cloud adoption are gradually becoming discredited and organizations are leaving behind the cloud experimentation stage and looking for strategic relationships with cloud technology providers.
So much goes into making a workplace suitable for employees—flexibility, salary perks, team dynamics, etc.—but sometimes we forget that technology is paramount to allowing people to be productive and engaged. I experienced this first hand years ago during an internship. I worked for an intelligence organization and assumed I’d be surrounded by the latest and greatest in digital devices and tools.
The concept of citizen engagement has been around for centuries, but the ways in which citizens want to engage are new for our modern times. Today’s citizens have high expectations. When interacting with government agencies, they want service that is similar to what they get from the companies they do business with.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the phrase “Ok, Boomer”—that popular retort Millennials often use to joke about my generation’s perceived lack of knowledge with modern-day technology. To be honest, I laugh a lot at those jokes but that’s because I relate more to the disconnect between digital master and novice.
The beginning of the year is always a period to let the imagination fly and dream of achieving everything we have always had in mind, but we have never achieved. Spending more time with family and friends, leading a healthier life or traveling are some examples of the most frequent New Year resolutions. Unfortunately, these wishes, too many times, are stored in a drawer. The intention is good, however, there is not a clear road map, nothing advances and paralysis becomes the most inopportune guest.
Digital Transformation is a journey, not an immediate shift from one state to another. That said, the desired destination is the same for every business, regardless of size or industry. It’s a place where you’re moving faster, making better decisions, and competing in the digital era.
A few weeks ago I attended the Digital Workplace & Employee Experience Summit in Berlin hosted by Platinum Edge. I’ve been to hundreds of conferences in my professional career but none like this one. Surprisingly, the attendees and speakers weren’t just IT engineers like myself, but instead a mix and mash of human resources, change management, content marketing, and digital analytics professionals—all with skin in the proverbial workplace experience game.
When companies are growing and fighting on many different battlefronts, they sometimes forget how hard it can be for their employees to get work done every day. All too often, discussion about how to improve the employee experience happens among the HR and IT leaders who are typically tasked with creating that experience. But what about the employee perspective? What do they say about what’s blocking their productivity or holding them back? What do they want more of? What do they want changed?