In a survey of nearly 200 business leaders by consulting firm McKinsey, 43 percent said they do not get enough sleep at least four nights a week, and yet 46 percent said that lack of sleep didnt play a significant role in leadership performance.
Research is now confirming everywhere, points towards the opposite.
Years of bad sleep can negatively impact memory, decision making skills, creativity and social interactions, of which are crucial for those in top corporate positions. Your brain basically goes through a cleanse when you’re not awake: It flushes out harmful toxins while going over information you acquired during that day.
Power naps during the day offer a complete turbocharge for your memory and boost productivity - and now most major companies, in particular in Silicon Valley ones are offering ‘nap’ rooms for their workers.
Now for the next step - ensuring you calendar has slotted the ‘nap’ hour. Perhaps you can list that as an Calendar invite with yourself. Block it out now, or someone will use that hour since you are ‘free’ in the schedule. Your growth in your career demands it.
Well, as everyone can guess, this is a continued rising spend, outpacing most IT spending as a general percentage.
Security can be a complex subject filled with various attack vectors and general confusion as to who is doing what now.
Cybersecurity is generally receiving four times more budget than to anything else in the IT budget.
Gartner is recently predicting that security services will account for nearly 50% of spend for Cybersecurity in 2020. The other key items are infrastructure protection and network security equipment.
In 2020, Privacy concerns will still drive most of security, which includes most of the various regulatory demands for compliance.
Most CISO’s are claiming they want more tools in visibility , alignment and analytics.
And the newest trend is is in the C Suite where this is now a board level discussion around compliance, and various digital business risks.
Many security services are angled around how to ensure security is baked in the the culture of a company. Most security breaches are tied to process failures that hackers can exploit. Ensuring adequate and continuous training of staff is very key.
While CISO’s have more budget than ever before, there’s a need to guard against overspending and misspending. Most budgets are now geared towards cross functional initiatives to improve culture over more software. Collaborating with the C Suite can helps CISO’s direct budget toward better integrated security for the future.
Just when we thought we processed the winning companies in Legal Automation, we became transixed with a new start up (www.agreemint.com) out of San Francisco, CA that is changing the conversation entirely - and with very impressive results. And we must admit we are swayed with the approach.
Agreemint is challenging the market to rethink how business stakeholders send a document for signature.
It is wildly expected that most businesses are pressed to sell more, each quarter. And do so in a very customer friendly way (with proof in the rising spend in Customer Success budgets), but sales teams are lacking in additional resource spend in Legal help or Operational help for these closes.
Therein lies the mismatch. And technology can help here.
In modern day business, people tend to negotiate things with some level of heirachy. Very few items of negotiation are just plain yes or no. They generally have weight to them, or additional context. For example, some are ‘no go’ and some tradable for something else. This goes for internal negotiation and external.
In an Agreemint document format, users are presented an intuitive and friendly interface that allows them to set additional context or weight to a redlined item. Those weights are captured through a clever drag and drop interface within the document. And when users drag drop items by priority, Agreemint is able to catalog those patterns for future intelligence and historically aided suggestions.
The result is less time stuck in redline limbo and faster close times.
Users seem to love it as well, with less friction in the entire close process.
Agreemint has a whole slew of usefull features including Smart Forms for which make the contract nearly self reporting in a CRM when signed. Another huge time saver.
More can be reviewed on their website www.agreemint.com
They have our vote and a company we can recommend to our users
Researchers are no longer focused solely on building a quantum computer that could carry out Shor’s algorithm and break encryption codes. For many, an intermediate goal is to achieve “quantum supremacy,” a term coined by Caltech’s John Preskill. Thus when quantum computers can carry out tasks that are not possible or practical for a normal computer this would be reached, often deemed interesting in optimisation problems.“There’s ample reason to believe that quantum computers would be good at solving optimization problems.
For one, nature seems to have no trouble with them. Plants solve them all the time when they turn sunlight into energy using photosynthesis.”
Forward-thinking organizations recognize the synergistic boost that the combination of quantum computing and artificial intelligence may herald. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in a WSJ Magazine interview, “What’s the next breakthrough that will allow us to keep up this exponential growth in computing power and to solve problems—whether it’s about climate or food production or drug discovery? I think that’s where quantum plays a role." Per Nadella, artificial intelligence and quantum computing are "going to shape a lot of the technology going forward.”
So the short answer is yes. As long as humanity can be lead towards solving impactful societal problems, this combination may allow mankind to flourish beyond anyones practical expectations.
Adobe isn’t playing around with their latest in Creative Cloud from what was learned at the Adobe Max this month in Los Angeles.
The big updates include major advancements in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Lightroom, Audition and Bridge.
One of the biggest features of the year included Adobe After Effects Content-Aware Fill feature, and we expect the new updates to expand the accuracy and performance of this ground breaking feature for video editors.
Rulers and Guides was a very nice advancement in Adobe Premiere over 2019, which allows for easier placement of objects, title, and general harmonious balance in a video render.
We also expect major advancements in Adobe Illustrator, with particular new support of IPAD, mirroring all the same features as in a desktop version.
Adobe Fresco, previously called Project Gemini, would have new advancements as well. In particular for a new set of users that want the feel and simplicity of regular style painting and drawing without using a bezier tool, native in Adobe Illustrator.
Employers are increasingly using non traditional employee monitoring tools and employees are growing more comfortable with it - if you tell them what you are doing and why.
New tools are being provided to listen to employees in non traditional ways.
Last year of 239 large corporations surveyed by Gartner, nearly 50% are using some kind of non traditional monitoring software. That is up from only 30% in 2015, and we expect by 2020, this will be at 80% will montior regularly.
When it comes to non-traditional monitoring, we are referring to analyzing the text of emails, and social media messages, scrutinizing who’s meeting with whom and gathering biometric data while understanding how employees are using their workspace.
Employee surveys have their limits.
They key to an effective monitoring solution within an enterprise lays foundationally in how transparent the organization is as to the how and why. As long as those are communicated in advance and understood that this is to the benefit of the health of the organization then most of the time this rolls out quite successfully.
Delta Airlines used gamification to reach the heart of New Yorkers.
To put it simply, gamification incorporates fun and an element of competition to a marketing strategy. It also works with all brand fans and people who want to participate – not just the ones with a ton of followers.
The theory behind implementing these types of techniques is that they make an emotional connection with the audience and lead to a longer relationship as opposed to simple brand awareness.
An easy way to work with brand advocates and potential consumers is through tactics such as contests, free product giveaways with bloggers, and games that have a thematic relevance with the brand being promoted.
So some stats:
More than 70% of the worlds largest 2,000 companies are expected to have one gamified appliation by the year end of 2020.
Vendors now are seeing a 100-150% increase in engage on applications that are gamified to some degree.I
In the same way a hollywood movie or soap operat can ‘hook’ a member in to continue to watching the climax, this same concept when applied in marketing can hook a user to feel an emotional connection to follow the brands personal story, through some kind of direct engagement.