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BrandPost: Can InnerSource Bring Open Source Practices to Closed Corporate Bureaucracies?

In Part 1 of this 3-part series we explore the apparent triumph of open source software over its antiquated counterpart, proprietary software.  In the battle between software created openly by anyone who wants to contribute and those rigidly coded in closed shops, it was no contest. If you used closed source software and you wanted new features or bugs fixed, you had to wait for the product to change, complain about it, or develop a workaround, hoping the change made it into the product someday. With open source, you can participate by offering changes and improvements yourself, as long as you can demonstrate that you are willing to be part of their community. To read this article in full, please click here

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BrandPost: 5 Reasons to Add Cloud Voice to Your Company’s Collaboration Solution

By Dave BaileyCompanies have been moving from on-premises solutions to superior cloud-based services for years, and it’s only going to continue. Whether your organization was an early adopter or has taken more of a cautious ‘wait and see’ approach, moving your communications to the cloud is a great next step. While companies are already realizing substantial benefits from unified communications solutions like Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex (including employee chat and messaging, video conferencing, and file sharing) there are many, many more benefits you’ll realize by integrating enterprise telephony into those tools. In short, they’re missing the benefits of cloud voice.To read this article in full, please click here

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BrandPost: We Can’t Leave Future Generations Behind – Using Data Skills to Unlock an Economic Recovery

In the words of UNICEF, COVID-19 has “exacerbated the learning crisis.” In fact, one in seven children globally have missed more than three quarters of their in-person education. The ramifications are significant –for young peoples’ personal development, for their ability to acquire skills, and for the impact this will have on the global workforce and, by extension, the economy.So, it is little wonder that many are warning of a generation lost to the pandemic and how this disruption might impact their ability to support the economic recovery.As the UN notes on World Youth Skills Day, “In post-COVID-19 societies, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.” This underpins why we must consider what skills young people require and where the responsibility lies in ensuring they have the opportunity to develop them.To read this article in full, please click here

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BrandPost: Widen Your Focus to Drive Better Business Decisions

I am sure many of you will have heard the phrase “navigating uncertainty” over the past year. It’s fast becoming a contender for the catchphrase of 2020/21 and is something that has understandably become a focus for many businesses.Data and technology are often hailed as a magic ingredient that can help solve so many problems. But, as I discussed with Joe DosSantos in this podcast – it’s just one piece of the puzzle.In order to truly navigate uncertainty, the key is widening your focus and opening up your information sources. It comes down to balancing breadth of perspective with depth of expertise.To read this article in full, please click here

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BrandPost: Your Guide to Forging a More Active Relationship with Data

Data is alive. For all you Star Trek fans out there, sadly I’m not referring to the sudden resurrection of Dr. Noonian Soong’s AI-powered synthetic life form. I’m talking about the data that we use every day. A living entity that is constantly growing, evolving and creating new connections. I’m aware that this sounds a little like I’m living in a science fiction novel, but this is the reality that we need to start adapting to because doing so creates the advantage that will set businesses apart in an increasingly competitive environment.Don’t worry, I’m not about to throw buzzwords and quotes at you about data being the new oil. I think we all get by now that data is the lifeblood (couldn’t help myself) of work and play. What I want to try and do is change the mindset around data as something passive. The pace of the world that we live in requires businesses to make decisions and take action as an event happens. That’s just to stay in the game. To genuinely compete and drive transformation and value requires the ability to take an unexpected action. It’s impossible to do that using passive, historical data sets residing in systems that can’t trigger action. Businesses need to move from a passive to an active approach to business intelligence that captures business moments. How do they do that? This is not a simple topic so rather than just give one view (my view), I invited world-class business authors,

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BrandPost: 4 tips for leading IT into the digital-first work world

The increasingly widespread preference many employees have for flexible work arrangements can be overwhelming for IT departments. IT workers in companies of all sizes are feeling spread thin, as support tickets flood into their queues.During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been important for IT leaders to support their workforces throughout the transition to working from home full-time. In March, 2020, after the coronavirus took hold in the U.S., Spiceworks polled its IT community and found that 45% of companies were actively encouraging employees to work from home, and an additional 32% were considering similar options. I expect those numbers have since gone up, as many organizations are adopting remote-first and flexible work options.To read this article in full, please click here

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BrandPost: How Low-code is Fueling the App Dev Revolution

Senior IT manager Purna Jandyala leads a team of professional developers at Medtronic, a medical technology, services, and solutions company with more than 90,000 employees worldwide. His team maintains five separate service portals and more than 25 business-critical processes and applications, serving more than 90,000 employees.Increasingly, his team is struggling to keep up with the growing demand for new software features and automation for cross-departmental workflows. Getty Images By cultivating citizen developers, your skilled developers can spend their time on pro-level coding.To read this article in full, please click here

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