Gigaom Research webinar: IT and the modern workforce

Global economic and societal forces are so pervasive and encompassing that that it’s hard to back up far enough to get a big-picture view. We are reduced to building up our understanding of this post-normal world in a bottom-up, analytic fashion, looking at the component parts and their interactions and determining how they impact us as individuals, organizations and a society.
At the same time, senior executives seek higher productivity with an eye on new technologies to reduce workforce friction in getting things done. The C-level execs are challenging IT organizations to push the envelope on new technologies and practices like mobile computing, bring-your-own-device and bring-your-own-app policies, and cloud-based applications and services.
To understand these demands and their potential for conflict, Gigaom Research has analyzed two global surveys: one of the vanguard of the modern workforce (workers ages 18 to 34) and one of IT professionals worldwide. This virtual summit will examine the accelerating pace of change impacting business and how IT is adapting to those changes. It will look into the new work technologies being adopted and how they are shaping the new form factor of work, and how modern workforce behaviors and work relationships are changing. IT decision-makers can use this analysis to better understand the modern workers they’re supporting, with the objective of making them more productive and better aligned with corporate objectives. The best-informed execs will comprise an emergent leadership concept: a “leanership” that is distributed, decentralized and discontinuous as we shift toward an egalitarian style of work.
In this webinar, our panel will address these topics:

  • Which forces are the most important in driving the modern workplace? Where should IT prioritize across mobility, “bring your own everything” and different collaboration tools and styles?
  • How can IT best support the modern workforce while still driving corporate objectives for productivity and agility?
  • How much must IT retool, and how can it best do so to promote the adoption of internal and external collaboration?
  • How can IT reestablish its leadership role in driving the adoption of new tools and collaboration schemes?

Speakers include:

  • Stowe Boyd, lead analyst, future of work, Gigaom Research and
  • Philip Sheldrake, managing partner, Euler Partners
  • Larry Hawes, principal, Dow Brook Advisory Services

Register here to join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Adobe for “IT and the modern workforce,” a free analyst webinar on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 10 a.m. PT.