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You’re Going to Need More Elbow Grease

June 27, 2017 by Matt Louden

job-stealing robots

We’re no stranger to automation and job-stealing robots. In fact, we just wrote an in-depth blog post about this technology. What is new to us, however, are the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) labor report findings. While robots are reducing jobs, they’re not targeting the low-skill positions everyone predicted. Instead, middle-skill jobs appear to be the most vulnerable to today’s technology. Over the last 20 years, these positions have fallen from 49% to 39% of all global employees. Since 1995, each of the OECD’s 23 member countries have experienced at least a two-percent decline in middle-skill positions. Fortunately, automation has also had positive side effects like the creation of new, higher-skill (and higher-paying) positions. Almost 80% of jobs lost have been replaced and upgraded, which is great for young employees and those capable of learning new skills. While…

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10 Benefits of Digital Transformation

June 23, 2017 by Matt Louden

For most companies, digital transformation is too complex to handle alone—88% rely on third-party providers for at least one component. Despite this drawback, organizations are making their tech-savvy transformations more rapidly than ever. Why? What’s All the Fuss About? It’s still early, but so far the evidence for companies leveraging digital technology is encouraging. After reorganizing operations and successfully changing company culture, here are 10 benefits your enterprise can expect: Reduced Costs – Optimizing business technology and operations around digital technology means cost-per-transaction savings and increased sales. Improved Customer Strategy – New technologies create capabilities that can help a company acquire, retain, and assist customers while simultaneously reducing marketing spend. Consolidated Operations – The introduction of cost-effective, customer-focused digital tasks streamlines business workflows and eliminates overhead associated with outdated solutions. Analytics – Digitalization gives companies the ability to combine data…

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There’s No Place Like Home… Until Now

June 20, 2017 by Kyle Campbell

Are you constantly monitoring employee roaming overages in the European Union (EU)? Do you have end users that only travel a few hundred kilometers yet incur unnecessary data or voice overages? Is your service desk constantly receiving calls to add roaming packages because an end user forgot to add the proper roaming tariffs before they left? If you’re at your wits’ end dealing with any (or all) of the above tasks, take a break. No, seriously. The European Parliament just passed a wholesale reform to abolish roaming fees for those traveling among EU member nations. Roam Like at Home As long as they’re in the EU, the new “Roam like at home” rules enable European end users to use their mobile phone and avoid extra roaming charges while traveling outside of their native country. This covers all data services, text…

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The Worldwide Push for Wireless

June 19, 2017 by Matt Louden

5G network

The push for faster, more widespread connectivity is no longer unique to any one country. By 2022, there will be more than 500 million 5G network subscriptions worldwide. That’s 15% of the global population! North America is expected to lead the way in mobile network upgrades. Over the next five years, experts predict that 25% of all the region’s mobile subscriptions will be 5G. The Asia Pacific region is a distant second, with 10% of its mobile subscriptions expected to update during that same span. Carriers are making significant investments now to ready their networks for the future. In Japan, for example, the three leading mobile services providers are expected to invest more than $45 billion in 5G in the hopes of rolling out the technology prior to Tokyo’s 2020 summer Olympics. Chinese telecommunications companies are also paying up; between…

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ICYMI: Apple’s WWDC 2017

June 14, 2017 by Josh Ashworth

WWDC 2017

So, you don’t have two hours to watch the keynote from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)? Don’t worry; we watched it for you. Here, we’ve recapped the tech giant’s exciting WWDC 2017 announcements and product updates. While Apple remains a consumer-focused brand, company leaders made it clear that they’re excited to empower digital transformation for today’s enterprises by creating cutting-edge technology and developer tools. It can and it will. Watch it. The new Apple Watch Operating System (OS) is great for glancing at information on-the-go. Powered by a combination of Siri intelligence and machine learning, the company’s new watch OS updates the device interface to show information that users will find most helpful based on their routines and the apps they use. Additionally, users can look for other new interface designs, like a kaleidoscope option or Toy Story cartoon characters for…

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