Leadership lessons: overcoming digital workplace growing pains with Informa
Sep28

Leadership lessons: overcoming digital workplace growing pains with Informa

Informa is a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business with a growing portfolio including everything from market analysts Datamonitor, the academic publishers Taylor Francis, Monaco Yacht Show event organisers, to owners of the historic maritime intelligence publication Lloyd’s List. They operate in 43 countries and are run by 7,500 staff. Having such a diverse global business made for an...

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Gartner Digital Workplace Summit 2017
Sep19

Gartner Digital Workplace Summit 2017

18 – 19 September | Gartner Digital Workplace Summit 2017 For a second year running, we’re platinum sponsors for the Gartner Digital Workplace Summit. Hosted in London Waterloo’s Park Plaza hotel, this summit offers an impressive agenda sharing new insights and actionable strategies to help you create a compelling digital workplace that drives engagement and innovation. The Gartner Digital Workplace Summit 2017 will focus on...

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Goodbye Governance, We Don’t Need You Any More
Aug13

Goodbye Governance, We Don’t Need You Any More

When it comes to managing your digital workplace, the worst word you can use is “governance.” Wait: before you snap your pencil in half or close this article, let me explain. An Argument for Less Management The word governance speaks of the past, of a time and a way of thinking that is replete with boardroom politics, stuffy decision making, and codifying rules, guidelines, regulations and compliance. I’m not naive....

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Intranets and summer drinks with BrightStarr

Originally published on BrightStarr. This drinks evening will give you an exclusive opportunity to hear from Amec Foster Wheeler’s Global Head of Corporate Communications, Tereza Urbankova, as we discuss the role a modern intranet can play in driving better internal communications and employee engagement to your global team. There will also be plenty of time to network with other like-minded individuals interested in intranets,...

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Leadership lessons: driving intranet engagement with Ellie Mae
Jul20

Leadership lessons: driving intranet engagement with Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. We caught up with Sara Holtz, Ellie Mae’s Senior Manager, Internal Communications to get an exclusive insight into their intranet project. Their technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency....

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Leadership lessons: how Amec Foster Wheeler engineered a successful intranet launch

Originally published on BrightStarr. The role intranets play when two organisations merge can be crucial. When staff need a lot of support, when cultures merge, and old systems need turning off, steering an organisation’s communications through a difficult period of change should make an intranet come alive. To understand more about this, I talked to Tereza Urbankova, Head of Corporate Communications of Amec Wheeler Foster, over in...

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Gartner Digital Workplace Summit 2016

Originally published on BrightStarr.  21 – 22 September | Gartner Digital Workplace Summit 2016 This year we’re Platinum sponsors at the Gartner Digital Workplace Summit. This Summit will show you how to harness technology to develop a digital workplace strategy that keeps pace with a fast-changing workplace and drives engagement and innovation. The Digital Workplace Summit was designed for individuals in the following...

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Post-Brexit: Creating the future

How should we – as architects, designers, planners, artists and creatives – respond to the possibility of a new relationship to Europe and to the world, after Brexit?

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In the Era of Digital Workplace, is your Intranet Dead?​

Originally published on BrightStarr. With more vendors, consultants, experts and commentators rushing to join the Digital Workplace bandwagon (now BrightStarr too!), how do you make sense of it all? What defines a digital workplace is up for debate. As you might expect, many books, seminars, conferences and numerous white-papers are dedicated to explaining it. For us at BrightStarr, we think of it as an argument about why your...

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Design, Technology and Productivity: The Year Ahead

Originally published on BrightStarr. Like the weather, predictions tend to be… unpredictable. Instead, a better aphorism to use is what Alan Kay, pioneer of object-orientated programming and the GUI famously said: ‘the best way to predict the future is to invent it’. With that in mind, we at BrightStarr think there are three key themes that stand out this year and should help businesses large and small plan for the year ahead:...

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Digital Workplace Adoption: We’re in This for the Long Haul

Originally published on CMSwire. Achieving consistently high levels of staff adoption of digital workplace tools is not an easy process. Part of the problem is that expectations tend to focus on short-term quantifiable metrics — such as how many times staff have logged in, read, shared or created content — as an indicator of ongoing success. This is all well and good, but a hidden tension remains between wanting tangible evidence that...

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Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask: The Digital Workplace

Originally published on BrightStarr. What is a Digital Workplace? The term Digital Workplace was first coined long ago in a book called The Digital Workplace: Designing Groupware Platforms by Charles Grantham and Larry Nichols in 1993. Back then, digital was an imaginary future for most of us, where email — let alone mobile phones or the world wide web — was confined to a small coterie of academics and government-backed researchers....

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Artificial intelligence: Do not fear the robot revolution
Feb14

Artificial intelligence: Do not fear the robot revolution

Originally published in International Business Times.

Humans, broadcast earlier this year, became UK broadcaster Channel 4’s most popular drama series of all time. It followed a group of highly intelligent ‘Synths’ (androids) who live with, and form relationships with their human family owners.

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The 1 rule all designers should live by
Sep04

The 1 rule all designers should live by

Originally published by www.webdesignerdepot.com.

When Thomas Heatherwick’s 2012 Olympic cauldron unfolded its 204 petals on a warm summer’s evening in London during the opening ceremony, many gasped in awe. It captured brilliantly, in a moment, the optimism and human achievement that’s the core of the Olympic spirit. It was something that no-one had seen before, nor expected; unique in its boldness, arguably setting a new standard.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What makes an award-winning Intranet?

Originally published on BrightStarr. We are no strangers to award-winning Intranets, having won the Nielsen Norman award for Best Intranet Design for three years running and more recently, winning the IT Europa Best Information Storage Solution Award for 2015. It means we’ve seen these projects from concept to deployment and know a thing or two about what makes a successful Intranet work. In this seminar, we’ll be helping you...

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