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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

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Strategic technology trends have the potential for significant impact on an organization, including a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT; the need for a major investment; or the risk of being late to adopt. The top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2016 were revealed by Gartner, Inc. during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, held this week in Orlando. “Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends will shape digital business opportunities through 2020,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow. “The first three trends address merging the physical and virtual worlds and the emergence of the digital mesh. While organizations focus on digital business today, algorithmic business is emerging. Algorithms — relationships and interconnections — define the future of business. In algorithmic business, much happens in the background in which people are not directly involved. This is enabled by smart machines, which our next three trends address. Our final four trends address the new IT reality, the new architecture and platform trends needed to support digital and algorithmic business.” TOP 10 STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR 2016 The Digital Mesh 1. The Device MeshIn the device mesh, all devices such as cars, cameras, appliances, and more are connected in an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information, or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses. As the device mesh evolves, Gartner expects connection models to expand and greater cooperative interaction between devices to emerge. Significant development in wearables and augmented reality, especially, virtual reality will take place. “In the postmobile world the focus shifts to the mobile user who is surrounded by a mesh of devices extending well beyond traditional mobile devices,” said Cearley. Credit: Gartner 2. Ambient User ExperienceAll digital interactions can become synchronized into a continuous and ambient digital experience that preserves users’ experience across traditional boundaries of devices, time and space. Users can interact with an application in a dynamic multistep sequence that may last for an extended period. The experience blends physical, virtual and electronic environments, and uses real-time contextual information as the ambient environment changes or as the user moves from one place to another. Organizations will need to consider their customers’ behavior journeys to shift the focus on design from discreet apps to the entire mesh of products and services involved in the user experience. “Designing mobile apps remains an important strategic focus for the enterprise,” said Cearley. “However, the leading edge of that design is focused on providing an experience that… …Read More…

Technology, Flexibility Strongly Linked To Talent Retention

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Companies are rethinking the tools they use to keep employees engaged and loyal – especially at a time when flexibility and choice are paramount to an increasingly mobile workforce. A newly released survey from Jive Software, Inc. finds that as today’s workforce continues to evolve and new Future of Work trends emerge, seven out of ten (72 percent) employees want to use more technology in the workplace that enables them to work from anywhere. Furthermore, the same percentage state that the freedom to try tools make them more effective in their job, with 43 percent finding it a powerful loyalty driver. (PRNewsFoto/Jive Software) Employers are quickly catching on to Future of Work trends and the impact that technology can have for employee retention, especially in today’s highly competitive market. Eighty-four percent of employers want to implement modern technology tools that enable workplace flexibility as a way to attract and retain top talent. However, there is room for improvement, as 72 percent of respondents believe their company could do better to provide technology that enables more flexibility and 64 percent believe it is “very important” to have the flexibility to work from anywhere. More survey results include: Remote Attraction: Flexible work environments and access to technologies that support productive remote work schedules are increasingly a top consideration in job decisions. 81 percent of employees feel that the freedom to try new tools impacts their job satisfaction. Interestingly, the more senior a person is in their organization, the more strongly they feel about flexibility. 82 percent of senior staff consider flexibility either a “must have” or “very important.” 79 percent of respondents work remotely once a week. But among those who don’t, nearly half say they like going to the office and interacting with colleagues and 43 percent say the nature of their job makes remote work difficult. Should I Stay Or Should I Go: Employee loyalty will continue to be challenged where remote work is not offered. 79 percent of workers who currently have flexibility to work remotely would consider exploring other employment if the option was removed. 62… NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:

One in Three Companies Lacks Policies for Information Security, Data Encryption and Classification

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SOURCE Protiviti At a time when cybersecurity breaches are becoming more frequent and significant, organizations are continuing to place a high priority on improving their cybersecurity frameworks. However, despite improvement in many areas, one in three companies still lacks policies for its information security, data encryption and data classification, according to The Battle Continues – Working to Bridge the Data Security Chasm: Assessing the Results of Protiviti 2015 IT Security and Privacy Survey from global consulting firm Protiviti. “It’s no stretch to state that the spectrum and sophistication of cyberattacks and the diversification of their origin will continue to increase,” said Cal Slemp, a Protiviti managing director with the firm’s global cybersecurity practice. “Companies appear intent on addressing data security issues, but are these intentions translating into effective policies and actions to secure organizations’ most valuable data? The results are mixed, at best, according to our 2015 survey. It’s increasingly important for organizations to avoid complacency and consistently enhance their infrastructure, data frameworks and response plans to protect, mitigate and manage potential breaches.” The IT security and privacy survey, which gathered insights from 708 Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Technology Officers, IT vice presidents and directors and other IT management professionals, assesses security and privacy policies, data governance, data retention and storage, data destruction policies, and third-party vendors and access, among other topics that organizations need to manage and improve. Protiviti’s report also includes recommended actions for IT leaders as well as trends to watch. Key findings from the 2015 survey include: “Tone from the top” is a critical differentiator – From strong board engagement in information security to management establishing “best practice” policies, effective security starts with the right tone from the top, which is as important as any policy. Only 28 percent of organizations indicated that there is currently a high level of engagement by the board (compared to 30 percent in the 2014 survey). A strong security foundation must include the right policies – Organizations that have all of their “core” information security policies in place – including acceptable use, data encryption and… NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:

During 2015, Senior Housing Demand Rising

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January 2011, the first members of the Baby Boomer generation hit age 65, marking the start of their march into retirement. This is a march that’s only expected to speed up: over the next 19 years, an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers will reach retirement age each day, according to the Pew Research Center. Considering that the average age of death in the US is 78.8 years, that 10,000 figure is net additive. This information was shared in May 2015 by William Travers, Senior Quantitative Strategist at Research. In the infographic below, took a closer look at the long-term potential for growth for the senior housing market, and the forces behind it. Founded in 2007, is an online real estate marketplace with headquarters in Irvine and Silicon Valley, California with offices throughout the U.S. courtesy of Other posts by Anne Cosgrove NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:

DOE Releases Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, Campuses and Communities

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition for a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building. After leading an extensive stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the DOE released its findings in the recently published “A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings,” which states that a Zero Energy Building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.” This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, the new DOE publication provides important guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects. Credit: DOE “Reducing energy use in buildings must be a major part of the solution as we work to combat the escalating costs and impacts of climate change,” said Brendan Owens, chief engineer at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “While we are making significant progress to save energy in buildings, this Zero Energy Building definition developed by DOE helps increase expectations and orient the buildings industry towards even greater achievements. USGBC applauds DOE’s effort to define zero energy buildings and we look forward to continuing to champion the cause of building efficiency and renewable energy applications to meet the ambitious goals of this definition,” Owens continued. The number of zero energy buildings doubled from 2012 to 2014 across 36 states, according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI). The growth of zero energy buildings has highlighted a lack of clarity and consistency across the industry on key definitional issues that increasingly were the source of market confusion, underscoring the need for DOE to help develop a commonly accepted definition and approach. “NIBS and USDOE have created a set of clear and concise definitions for zero energy buildings that will help to narrow the broad array of terminology currently used in the industry,” said Ralph DiNola,… NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:

Analysts Predict Lift Off For The Cloud

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Cloud-based innovations are transforming how companies do business. From driving better customer experiences to providing cost-efficient, on-demand data solutions, cloud investments are becoming a must for today’s industry leaders. In its report, “The Global Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016,” Forrester Research is predicting that the cloud segment will grow 21 percent between 2015 and 2016 alone. This infographic from TeleTech’s e-newsletter, Dialogue, takes a look ahead at the projected growth of the cloud: Credit: TeleTech Other posts by Mary Ellen McCandless NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:

FRIDAY FUNNY: Engineering As Infographic

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This Friday Funny comes from John Haydon, social media consultant and astute observer. Infographics are extremely popular these days, and Haydon has come up with this one to sum up what he calls “The Ultimate Flowchart For Engineers.”

Since many facility management professionals have engineering instincts at the very least (many actually have formal engineering training and/or work as licensed engineers), this seemed like an appropriate item.