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Innovation Tops the Agenda of Just 10% Of Companies Today [Study]


We recently discussed how delivering pristine customer experience and putting real value behind the product is the best way to do business. We also noted that, unfortunately, thinking outside the box is not always high on the agenda of a given company. But until today, we didn’t know just how many companies favored operations over innovation.

In PwC’s latest Pulse Survey, two questions were fired off in the direction of 246 chief executive officers at various (unnamed) companies, both meant to assess the level of innovation within each organization.

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Increased Collaboration Touted As the #1 ‘Symptom’ of Cloud Adoption in HBR Study


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It’s no mystery that enterprises today are racing to give themselves a competitive edge by moving operations from on-premise to cloud. This ‘maturity’ is apparently at its highest in 2015, with Harvard Business Review Analytic Services reporting that 44 percent of respondents in a study reported increased revenue, while 36 percent posted a spike in profits.

Perhaps more interestingly (to us, at least), the same survey found that cloud adoption enabled unprecedented levels of scalability and increased collaboration across the surveyed companies – 452 business and IT professionals.

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Study Reveals Worrying Facts About Smog Formation

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A woman wearing a mask walk through a street covered by dense smog in Harbin, China.

Research set to be presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society has revealed that the grime typically found on building walls in advanced countries can be ‘activated’ by sunlight to release harmful nitrogen oxide compounds that spur smog creation.

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Quote of the Day by Norman Schwarzkopf

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Leadership is a quality, a distinction. It’s something you’re either good at or you’re not. There’s no exact recipe for being a leader. In business, for instance, it’s good for the CEO to have charisma. Because the CEO is often the face of the company. But you can do without a charming personality and still make a truckload of cash if you have your game on. Attractiveness is a plus, but certainly not a requirement.

In sales, it pays to be convincing. Some convince through body language, others with their tone of voice. Master none and you can still sell if you dot the “i” with strong arguments. In sales, it doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you get there.

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Screen Size Dictates How Much Time You Spend On the Phone [Study]

A casual office chat often derails to the endless debate of which phone or computer is better. It’s understandable too. Both vendors and pixel count matter a great deal to mobile users.

Research done by Ericsson indicates that screen size heavily determines the way we employ our portables, from communications and web browsing to social networking and consuming video.

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New Type of Solar Panel Promises ROI in Just 2 Months

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Global energy demands are expected to soar by 2050, making it imperative that we tap newer, more efficient power sources as the planet’s fossil fuel reserves continue to run dry. The Sun is our #1 source of renewable, clean energy and researchers at Northwestern University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have invented a new way of harvesting it.

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Fear Is The #1 Obstacle In Deploying UC&C

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Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) as a technology has unquestionable perks for productivity. In some cases, a good UC&C implementation leads to new revenue streams, a goal that sits high on every CEO’s agenda, yet many are reluctant to take the plunge. The reason itself is surprising.

Business leaders are regarded as anything but fearsome, but when it comes to investing in new technologies, many executives start to get cold feet. In a whitepaper titled Build a Better Business Case for UC, research firm Forrester offers a list of fears reported by the C-suite at 133 enterprises across the US and Europe regarding implementing UC services. Here it is below (complete with our own observations):

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IT Needs to Get Off Its Butt And Start Teaching UC

Communication between a company’s IT department and the rest of the organization is often fragmented. We all accept that this is the norm because techies do one thing and everyone else does another. Sales, marketing, operations – they all basically require you to be human. IT requires you to be smart too. Which is why we applaud them for what they do. But every once in a while, the communication barrier between IT and the rest of the organization begs to be lifted.

In every company, big or small, there comes a point when the geeks need to come down from up above (or climb out of their basement) and hold a good old-fashioned training session. In the Unified Communications game, that time is now!

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Communication & Collaboration: Arts That Leaders Need to Master

Communication & Collaboration: Arts That Leaders Need to Master

I recently stumbled upon some lectures that talk about communication & collaboration in business, explaining its crucial role in leveling the field for executives and floor employees alike, driving successful operations across an entire organization. They were great reads and I want to lay out some bullet points for our readers. If you own a business, listen up!

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