Investing in Employees to Accelerate Innovation

While technological advancements offer organizations the promise of competitive advantage, they can also risk disruption to companies’ ultimate challenge of driving and sustaining growth. Business leaders understand that accelerating innovation and time-to-market is essential to stand out from competitors. Unfortunately, they are finding they lack the technologies and the right people to bring their innovation strategies to life.



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6 Essential Tips For Working From Home Efficiently

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced organizations around the world to implement work from home policies, but many employees we’re not prepared to work remotely. 

Working from home effectively doesn’t happen overnight. It’s crucial to have the right set up at home to be productive. 

For more of us, working from home will be the new normal for the next few weeks or even months in some countries.

To help you evaluate your workspace, we put together essential tips that will help you avoid the distractions that working from home might pose. 

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5 Tips for Managing Remote Teams

In recent years, the world of work was slow to shift from having in-office policies to flexible work from home schedules.

Most employers want employees in the office to have easy, unencumbered face time with coworkers to have a free exchange of ideas. 

What’s more, working remotely was reserved for employees with long commutes or that live in other states. 

However, COVID-19 has forced a rapid move to remote work, with many managers finding themselves with a fully remote team for the first time. Managing a remote team can have its challenges, but it can be done.

Here are five tips for managing your newly remote teams. 



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Champion a Learning Agenda Inside Your Organization

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We often talk in business about continuous learning. The goal is to learn something new every day and then apply it in ways that make you – and your organization – incrementally better. That idea of constant improvement always comes back to one, fundamental truth.

Knowledge is power.

It’s why, in this age of rapid technological change, the drive toward superior performance will always be led by a focus on Learning and Development (L&D). This is where organizations truly have the opportunity to capitalize and differentiate themselves from competitors.



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Navigating an Enterprise Level Digital Transformation

Digital transformation isn’t a clean and simple process. There is no one singular path when it comes to implementing digital transformation within a company. No one knows this better than Chris Hsu, who was the EVP and GM of HPE software business. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. After HPE sold the software business to Micro Focus, he became the Chief Operating Officer of Micro Focus. Chris joined our COO, Lalit Singh to discuss how companies can lead effective digital transformations in our latest Thought Leader Webinar Series.

Digital transformation marks a radical rethinking of how an organization needs to use  technology, people and processes to fundamentally change business performance, Chris Hsu stresses. “Frankly, in today’s day and age, I think that if you are living in old systems and processes, you will be disrupted.”

Fearful of being outflanked by more nimble competitors, companies are seeking to accelerate innovation, experimenting with new digital services and capabilities to augment existing offerings or to slide into adjacent markets. One of the first things companies should do in embarking on a digital transformation is answer this critical question: What business outcomes do you want to achieve?

“It starts with the business outcomes and the new business models you’re going after and working backwards from there,” says Chris Hsu. “There are a number of perspectives to consider including technology, data, and more than anything the people and operational side of the business.”

Companies can follow some key digital transformational tips to affect the kind of change they desire, including:

  • Focus on a clear set of objectives. Whether you’re transforming an existing model or starting from scratch, leaders must reach a consensus on the best path to pursue.
  • Adopt agile execution. Encourage risk taking, enabling even lower-level employees to make decisions, fail fast and learn.
  • Instill focus. Business leaders must recognize it  is a marathon, not a sprint. And in order to present and to be effective over a long period of time, leaders must be mentally and physically fit so they can focus.

While emerging tech and revamped processes are crucial, having the right skills on staff is essential to any digital transformation.

Software engineers, cloud computing specialists and product managers remain key roles for companies seeking to roll out new products and services. DevOps leaders galvanize software development by merging development with operations, enabling companies to continuously iterate software to speed delivery.

Data scientists and data architects are also in high demand, as companies seek to glean insights out of vast troves of data, and transformations lean increasingly on machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Companies can lag in digital transformations for several reasons, a few being poor leadership, disconnects between IT and the business, lagging employee engagement and substandard operations. But, according to Chris Hsu, “I think digital transformation, if you’re doing it correctly, should impact all parts of the organization. Digital transformation has the ability to flatten an organization, and to really start to streamline and remove those manual administrative processes that no one really loves doing, and creates the capacity for more customer-facing interactions,  for more innovation, and fundamentally more building of things.”

This is one webinar, you don’t want to miss. View it here.

How companies need to think about the cloud and digital transformation

Enterprises are at a critical juncture: adopt and adapt technology to meet the 24×7 demands of customers, employees, and partners—or risk becoming obsolete. One of the primary shifts in responding to such demands is cloud computing.

As part of our Udacity Thought Leader webinar series, our very own Lalit Singh, COO at Udacity, sat down with Rahul Tripathi, the CTO and VP of Customer Success at Nutanix to discuss the challenges facing companies looking to embrace the cloud while remaining relevant in today’s competitive market. The conversation anchored on how the cloud is the foundational enabler of digital transformation and offers the scale and speed needed for businesses to grow.

When it comes to transforming the infrastructure of a business, both modernization and automation play crucial roles. For organizations looking to bridge the digital skills gap and attract talent, it’s important to move from outdated to next-generation systems that facilitate innovation. Hear Rahul stress how technical skills and soft skills are critical for any business looking to stay competitive and transform into digital enterprises.

Watch as they discuss:

  • What a modern enterprise cloud strategy looks like
  • Why digital transformation requires the right blend of business, IT and soft skills
  • How organizations can take steps to bridge their hiring and training strategies

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