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Who's afraid of the science of shopping?

Nicola Hunt | 12 February 2014

Whether it's personalised bill-boards, talking windows or mobile phones that know what product we're looking at in a store, the future of shopping has already arrived. And as we hear in this interview with Dr David Lewis, the neuro-psychologist who invented the science of shopping, that's only the beginning.

Keep on with the tablets!

Janet Howd | 03 February 2014

The iPad is nothing new. After all, writing on tablets is almost as old as the hills – except that today's tablets are altogether more dynamic, possessing the power to bring information to life and electrify learning.

IT has delivered a five-fold increase in office productivity

Brian Amble | 12 November 2013

Remember when a fax machine was considered high-tech, documents were produced in typing pools and Led Zepplin hadn't sold out to stadium rock? Well since the 1970s, our office-based productivity has risen five-fold. And its all thanks to technology.

Helping the help desk

Bill Rosenthal | 30 October 2013

The poor old IT help desk gets a bad rap in many organizations. But by adopting a different management strategy, you can transform the way it operates and start to see its capabilities as a competitive advantage.

Augmenting reality: Google Glass and the future of business

Christopher Barnatt | 14 October 2013

How will Google Glass and augmented reality affect business over the coming decade? AR may be in its infancy now, but futurologist Christopher Barnatt says that it will soon be as mainstream as the mobile phone.

Is technology culturally neutral?

Wayne Turmel | 19 July 2013

Technology is frequently touted as being a great equalizer. Bits, bytes, electrons and the Web are loyal to no nation. So why would it matter what country a particular solution or technology comes from as long as it works?

Data science goes online

Brian Amble | 18 July 2013

With the explosion in "big data" and demand for data scientists rocketing, the University of California at Berkeley has launched a new Master's degree in data science that will be delivered to students entirely on-line – but at a considerable cost.

Technophobia, Roman-style

Wayne Turmel | 01 July 2013

If you're having trouble getting your team to embrace webinars, video-conferencing or any of the dozens of other technological marvels that are supposed to make our work easier, take a lesson from the Romans.

Are managers the biggest problem with webinars?

Wayne Turmel | 11 March 2013

The real problem with rolling out webinars in organizations isn't clueless senior management or lazy and inattentive attendees. It's the layer of managers in between.

Why you should use chat in webmeetings

Wayne Turmel | 30 January 2013

One of the most under-utilized tools in the online meeting tool-chest is the "chat" feature. But used properly, it can add significant value to the effectiveness of team communication.

How smart phones lower your cultural intelligence

David Livermore | 08 January 2013

Whether we accept it or not, our obsession with device-driven multi-tasking and always-on connectivity is reducing our productivity and effectiveness. And this has profound relevance, too, for cross-cultural effectiveness.

Do we need more PowerPoint tools?

Wayne Turmel | 03 January 2013

We've all heard of (or experienced) "Death By PowerPoint" - and its insidious effects are even more marked when presenting via webinar or webmeeting. So this begs the question, do we really need even MORE PowerPoint tools and widgets?

Is IT finally getting it?

Wayne Turmel | 27 December 2012

One of the many things I get accused of regularly is being too hard on IT people. But actually, I'm gradually beginning to suspect that IT people are starting to "get" how people actually work with technology. Good on you.

Skype, LYNC and why Microsoft is smarter than you think

Wayne Turmel | 20 December 2012

Before all the shrieking starts, let me warn you I am about to say something nice about Microsoft.(Pause for the nasty posts to rush in). Seriously, they've done something to help people work together better and it's gone largely unnoticed.

Five reasons virtual meetings don't stink

Wayne Turmel | 06 December 2012

Virtual meetings are growing in number (if not popularity) at an exponential rate. Since this makes no logical sense, I have been forced to draw an unpopular conclusion: maybe they're not as useless as many people maintain.

Why do so few people use webmeetings well?

Wayne Turmel | 08 November 2012

After five years of teaching people all over the world to deliver presentations and lead online meetings, I'm still surprised at how poorly they are prepared to use these tools. Here's why - and what to do about it.

The right tool for the job

Wayne Turmel | 05 November 2012

One of the biggest challenges for modern managers isn't a lack of tools. It's knowing when to use the right tool for the right communication job.

Choosing the right web conferencing solution

Wayne Turmel | 25 September 2012

When you think of web conferencing, what comes to mind? The tools available for connecting people are changing fast, and what your organization needs really depends on how you do business.

Communication is not an IT Issue

Wayne Turmel | 04 September 2012

When it comes to poor inter-team communication, no-one gets more blame pointed at them than the much-maligned folks in IT. But here's something to think about. While IT certainly is responsible for providing and maintaining tools, it isn't their job to sort out how these tools do (or don't) get used.

What does BYOD mean to your team?

Wayne Turmel | 09 August 2012

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device – is the latest bone of contention between IT departments and the rest of us who just want to able to use the tools we like best and allow us to be most productive. So here are some of the issues that need to be addressed to have peace in the kingdom.

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