A new dawn amid Covid-19: The rise of the employee

I’ve recently had the pleasure of speaking with communications experts from our customers ranging from ADM and Dow, through to OSF Healthcare and PVH, about how their businesses have adapted in light of COVID-19 and the steps they’re now taking to prepare their employees for a new way of working in some shape or form. As we talked, I experienced this incredible sensation of hope and the realisation that despite everything we are going through we’re on the cusp of something...

Why shifting societal sands create the perfect storm for successful stakeholder capitalism

Companies stuck in the same gear of doing things in the old way – merely oiling the moving parts of the aging corporate machine, making money, and delighting shareholders – are slowly slipping into obscurity. Instead, we are now seeing the increasing rise of the business that puts all stakeholders at the centre of all things. It is a new form of stakeholder capitalism that shifts the business compass from what it perceives to be doing good – to actually doing...

Protecting privileged identities in a post-Covid-19 world: A guide

Bottom line: Every organisation needs to digitally reinvent their business, starting at the system level to safely sell and serve customers with minimal physical interaction.

The hard reset every business is going through creates a strong sense of urgency to increase the agility, speed, and scale of selling, as well as customer service options that protect the health of employees, customers, and partners. Customer experience needs to be the cornerstone of digital transformation,...

How a fast route to the cloud will meet the Covid-19 business continuity challenge

The resilience, scalability and reliability of the cloud are taking centre stage as organisations strive to keep businesses operating as normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have already dipped their toe in the water when it comes to moving workloads across to the cloud; often with mixed results. But with the spotlight now firmly on cloud technology and its ability to enable working across time zones and regions, it’s become a business continuity lifeline for companies of all sectors...

As the nature of software development evolves, so should your dev team

Companies have been leaning on the waterfall method of software development since the 1970s. But tech has changed a lot since then — so shouldn’t development processes, too?

The waterfall method offers a linear, structured approach. Deliverables are clear, and the scope of any project is easily defined. A company receives a job, someone figures out what needs to be built, the next person builds it, the next person tests it, and so on until the product is delivered. For the...

Why the resilience of your organisation is a reflection of human strength

Back in 2003 the Harvard Business Review published an article, “The Quest for Resilience” . It stated that “The world is becoming turbulent faster than organisations are becoming resilient.” Fast forward some 17 years and while many companies have improved their ability to respond to the ebbs and flows of business it’s fair to say that no one could have anticipated our current predicament.

The point the article made back then still resonates today. “In the past,...

How CIOs can help employees with new work practices

In these uncertain times, not a day goes by that we don’t hear about how COVID-19 is changing the way we live, whether it’s ‘visiting’ a doctor, shopping, or, of course, working. Given the announcement made by the World Health Organisation that COVID-19 has reached ‘pandemic’ status, it’s safe to say that many employees will be working from home for the very first time. What does this mean for these employees and how can CIOs help them adjust to their new working environment...

Securing remote network access for business continuity in times of crisis: A guide

With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to gather pace, many businesses around the world are having to provide remote access for all their employees, sometimes for the first time. This is being done under pressure to tight time constraints. It’s difficult for anyone to do their best work with deadlines looming, and worries and concerns about the current situation playing on their mind. IT staff are no different.

Mistakes and misconfigurations are inevitable and that will...

CIOs don’t need to reach out to HR – it needs to be the other way around

Digital isn’t one person’s problem. It’s not even one department's problem. Yet all we hear every day is that CIOs should be reaching out across the business to improve data culture and persuade people to get on board with transformation projects.

Rubbish. It’s the job of every department to explore how new technologies can enhance the work they do and that’s as true of the HR department as it is any other part of the business.

The benefits of...

Why 2019 was a ‘dynamic’ year for cybersecurity – and what lies in store for 2020 and beyond

The findings of the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape Report 2019, research prepared using threat intelligence gathered from Subex’s global honeypot network now operational in 62 cities globally, have presented the global trends that have the most significant implications for enterprises, governments, citizens and other stakeholders.

The report highlights rising malware complexity and sophistication,...