Like clockwork, every month brings new reports about the evolution of the modern workforce, whether it’s the rise of telecommuting, understanding how to work with Millennials or the best ways to engage employees. Amid this research flurry, less attention has been paid to another major labor shift: the boom in freelancing and contract-based workers. (more…)
No business truly works alone. It typically takes an army of service providers, contractors and other third parties to keep one entity running. Communication is the cornerstone of any successful business partnership, but divergent platforms and tools can quickly come between an organization and its goals.
Depending on how you look at it, now is either a great or terrible time to be a startup. Across the U.S., in industries from healthcare to technology to retail, startups often stand on the forefront of major business and consumer innovation. According to PitchBook, almost $14 billion in venture capital was invested in American startups during Q3 2014, the second highest quarterly figure since the 2008 financial crisis.(more…)
If you are like many IT leaders, your network has evolved in response to significant changes in your operating environment: integration of acquisitions, geographic expansion and the organic growth in your organization’s bandwidth requirements.
Over the years, it has probably come to resemble a patchwork quilt, just like old great-aunt Gladys might have made. Unlike the quilt that can be passed down from generation to generation, your network probably doesn’t have quite the same lifespan.
The days on the calendar are quickly being crossed off and as we get closer to Christmas, my thoughts change from wrapping up that final spreadsheet to wrapping up gifts instead. I started to think about how the many conference calls I’m on each week resemble different types of Christmas trees I’ve seen over the years. (more…)