The New Normal: When work-from-home means the boss is watching

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 03:00:00 -0700

In the midst of a pandemic that’s led to unprecedented levels of remote working, digital tools to monitor employees in real time are gaining popularity among companies looking for new ways to track employee productivity. At the same time, the trend raises concerns about employee privacy and how far companies should be allowed to go to keep tabs on their workers.

Applications such as StaffCop, Teramind, Hubstaff, CleverControl, and Time Doctor include real-time activity tracking, can take screenshots of workers’ computers at regular intervals, do keystroke logging, and record screens. In some cases, the tracking tools can be installed without the knowledge of employees. Companies say they’re focused on transparency and productivity, but privacy groups decry draconian “Big Brother” moves made possible by technology. (Computerworld reached out to several of the vendors for comment; they either did not return messages or could not provide someone to discuss their software.)

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Digital Transformation is Not About New Technology, It’s About Connecting People with Platforms

Credit to Author: Rik De Smet| Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:16:44 +0000

This is the fifth blog in our Digital Transformation series. The first post lays the groundwork for how companies can leverage technology, processes, and people to establish a new way of thinking. The second post discusses… Read more »

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Zoom's new encryption approach is incremental, but better

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 04:46:00 -0700

Just like their consumer counterparts, enterprise IT execs have flocked to Zoom for all manner of meetings. But security has invariably taken a backseat to convenience and availability, as anyone who has endured a Zoom intruder knows all too well.

Zoom this week (it hasn’t yet said exactly when) will roll out its upgraded encryption option. But it comes at the cost of surrendering various popular features. And it also does not come with improved authentication and identification of users, a capability Zoom now is promising to deliver sometime in 2021.

Zoom describes its current encryption offering as adequate, but not ideal:

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Wire targets Zoom, Teams and others with secure video upgrades

Credit to Author: Charlotte Trueman| Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 02:00:00 -0700

Secure communication platform Wire has overhauled its video conferencing capabilities and now allows more users to simultaneously have fully encrypted video calls.

Beginning today, Wire users will be able to video chat with up to 12 people and voice call with up to 25. While video conferencing rivals Zoom and Webex already offer end-to-end encryption on some plans, Wire’s latest move will provide that high level of security to all its users. Wire now boasts that it offers “the world’s first completely end-to-end encrypted video environment.”

As many companies enter their seventh month of employees working from home, the demand for video conferencing services has not had any let up. That has led to something of an arms race as Microsoft, Zoom and a variety of other services have in recent months announced upgrades and feature tweaks of their own.

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Working from home? Slow broadband, remote security remain top issues

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 05:01:00 -0700

Unreliable home broadband connectivity is the primary technical challenge businesses are having to deal with as remote working continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s one takeaway from a survey of 100 C-level executives and IT professionals in the US by Navisite designed to highlight the biggest headaches for organizations providing IT services to workers since offices began to close in March.

Around half (51%) of those surveyed said they experienced some “IT pains” during the rapid shift to support home workers, while almost a third (29%) continue to face technical challenges.

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How COVID-19 has changed IT’s focus and plans for 2021

Credit to Author: Galen Gruman| Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 -0700

The COVID-19 pandemic – and the lockdowns that followed last spring – wrought changes across IT operations and strategy as businesses and employees adjusted to a new environment. But what changes were made, and which ones are likely to last?

Spiceworks Ziff Davis, a B2B tech marketplace, polled 1,073 IT buyers in North America and Europe in June and July 2020 to find out. The results in its 2021 State of IT report, released today, show that the pandemic-fueled transformation will continue, affecting both planning and budgets for the long term.

The survey shows that 76% of businesses envision long-term IT changes, with more than half planning to retain flexible work policies (such as remote work); 64% of companies enabled remote work in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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Drive Industrial Automation Success with Experienced Systems Integrators for Mining and Metals

Credit to Author: Vadim Rozov| Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2020 09:58:48 +0000

Digitization in the mining and metals industries has the potential to deliver over $425 billion in shareholder, customer, and environmental value by 2025, according to a 2017 report by the… Read more »

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3 Ways that Digitization and Remote Monitoring Improve Efficiency

Credit to Author: Praveen BP| Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 22:28:06 +0000

Over the last 18 months, key stakeholders within process and manufacturing organizations have been examining whether digitization and connecting their manufacturing machines helps them to gain better visibility and control… Read more »

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