Do you want to be a record breaker? Evidence from Guinness World Records (GWR) suggests the answer is increasingly 'yes'. What was once a niche pursuit for superheroes is now open to everyone -- and Rob Howe, IT director at GWR, helps to manage this process. Cloud TV How business leaders are embracing cloud services The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. Read More People from anywhere on the globe can apply online for a record attempt. For those thinking of setting a record, there are key criteria and guidelines; any attempt for example must be measurable and repeatable.Wannabe record breakers need to provide evidence, which usually includes video, photos and witness statements. Howe says public interest in the service has skyrocketed recently."In the past year, we've seen the volume of the data coming in from the public increase from 500MB a month to 4TB," he says. "There's big interest in being a record breaker … [Read more...] about Cloud computing is the key to digital transformation at Guinness World Records
Even with the recent emphasis on company culture, you don't expect to see the word 'love' on the cover of a book about the future of work. But given the levels of employee stress and disengagement at work, and the fact that people are more productive and effective when they feel psychologically safe, author Heather Hanson Wickman deliberately uses the word, arguing that it's time to shift from the usual work emotion -- fear -- to the other big human motivation.Love, by Wickman's definition, is the absence of fear, the gift of autonomy and building caring, human connections. Putting love in the workplace is about making employees feel that they belong, that they're valued and trusted to make important contributions.Businesses want engaged employees who collaborate, and employees want to feel that their work matters. These days, even technology companies express official opinions not just about accessibility and tax policies, but also about fundamental human rights and protections, … [Read more...] about The Evolved Executive, book review: Banishing fear from the workplace
Barry Libenson, global CIO at Experian, was handed a big task when he joined the financial data company in June 2015 -- the leadership team wanted him to drive fundamental change across the technology organisation. Cloud TV How business leaders are embracing cloud services The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. Read More Libenson describes the IT setup at Experian at the time he joined as "a bit of a free for all". While this decentralised model had worked up to this point, the senior executives running the business recognised a new approach to IT was needed to support the company's continued growth. Libenson's approach has been to embrace containers and a cloud-agnostic approach to software development."We are almost religious about enforcing the standards around how you build technology. That gets everyone moving in the same direction," he says.Libenson's solution was to create standardisation in software development … [Read more...] about Cloud computing: Using containers to build vendor-agnostic approach to software development
Despite a number of challenges over the past year, digital and tech companies dominate this year's YouGov BrandIndex, an annual list that ranks the health of global brands across 26 different countries. Featured stories Meet the new Microsoft Phone, powered by Android (No Windows required) NFL in London: How big data is helping to change the game when it comes to player performance Linus Torvalds is back in charge of Linux The most interesting Internet-connected vehicle hacks on record Based on more than six million interviews over the 12 months to the end of June 2018, rankings for individual countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and UAE, were published alongside global results. Scores take the average number attributed to brands by consumers across six different indices: impression, quality, value, satisfaction, recommend, and reputation. A zero score means equal positive and negative feedback.In the Middle East, more than 1,300 brands are tracked every single … [Read more...] about Google, YouTube, Samsung are world’s top brands, but how do they do in Middle East?
Getting executives to talk about the potential of much-hyped artificial intelligence (AI) is one thing; getting them to explain how it might work in their business is often another issue altogether. More on innovation Google AI can pick out a single speaker in a crowd: Expect to see it in tons of products Gmail is getting a redesign that includes a 'Confidential Mode' Reliance on robots partially to blame for Model 3 production delays, says Elon Musk Hyperloop race heats up as HyperloopTT starts building its first test track But Julie Dodd, director of digital transformation and communication at Parkinson's UK, is not only able to talk about how AI might change the game in terms of research and service delivery, she's also able to point to uses cases in her own organisation where emerging technology is already producing life-changing benefits.Dodd points first to the charity's partnership with BenevolentAI, a specialist in the development and application of artificial … [Read more...] about AI and machine learning: Building use cases and creating real-life benefits