February 2015 Newsletters

A World of Disruption

Technology is the single most important external factor influencing organisations today. This digital world opens up a host of possibilities and opportunities to revolutionise practices and processes and driving greater efficiencies. But it also presents a challenge, one that is exacerbated by the emergence of Generation Y into the workforce. Organisations need to rethink their workplace, not only to develop the necessary agility and flexibility to remain competitive, but to cater to the employee of the future. The workplace of today is often a very prescriptive place. Employees are told what to do and when to do it, and are dictated to as to the equipment they are permitted to do their jobs on. This model has worked for many years, and as a result organisations are somewhat reluctant to change. However, Generation Y chafes under the restrictive nature of such an environment. 


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Teaching with Tech in the Technological Age

Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favourite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. For the students, the advent of anything from feature phones to top-of-the-line smartphones has made for interesting learning experiences, as, I dare say, with information abounding, failure on the part of the student is no longer an option. How often have you heard the following conversation between two people: “If all else fails, then Google it!” However, as technology evolves, so have the tools available to make the teaching experience so much easier, adding value each time.


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Systems of Things 

The promise of the connected world we live in is an alluring one. Someday, we will be healthier because our doctors will have access to all the data they need about our health. Our vehicles and appliances will monitor themselves and will let us know when it is time to service them. We will never have to make a decision without the data we need to make smart decisions. Thanks to the so-called Internet of Things, that day is coming sooner than you think. We all know there are more connected devices then people in the world today. By 2020, it is estimated there will be 50 billion connected devices globally. However, businesses and society will not benefit from connected devices if there are no systems in place to gather, analyse and gain insights from the massive volumes of data generated by these connected devices.


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