Category: People issues

Oct 20 2005

IT departments doomed?

In the ‘Future’ chapter of my book, I mused on the future of the in-house IT department – echoing comments made months ago by Silicon.com columnist Peter Cochrane. Today, a Silicon.com item reports that Gartner is also making similar predictions. We are about to enter a period of radical change for IT departments, Gartner says, …

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Oct 15 2005

Moaning architects? (3)

Since my last post on this topic, I have had an invitation to attend the next meeting of the CICA major architects IT group in early November, along with Duncan Mactear of 4Projects. Should be an interesting opportunity to hear why architects don’t feel construction collaboration technologies are yielding the benefits we often claim for …

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Oct 15 2005

CICA annual convention

No posts yesterday; I was at the CICA annual convention in London. The turnout wasn’t great – around 30 or so, including speakers – but most attendees managed to stay to the very end of the day. This was no mean achievement for an all-day event on a Friday, and a lot of credit must …

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Oct 13 2005

Collaborate via blog or wiki?

Since my post about the Construction Computing Show, there has been a meeting of the NCCTP marketing group at which the event was discussed, followed by a steady flow of emails and attachments about the NCCTP stand layout, etc, between the five participants. Perhaps we should have practiced what we preach and used a collaboration …

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Oct 13 2005

Teleworking: motivation factors

Following on from my last post, the same Silicon.com article quotes a Citrix study which reveals strong support for the idea that flexible working will deliver greater productivity and a more motivated workforce, though it admits opposition to remote working often relates to the perceived death of ‘the office culture’ and the breakdown of teamwork …

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Oct 13 2005

Teleworking secure?

Further to my post about teleworking (6 October), I read today in Silicon.com that increased levels of home working may jeopardise security. The article, ‘Flexibility boom presents security challenge‘, quotes Ross Paul from Websense: "If employees are taking their laptops home and surfing the web in their own time they could have almost anything on …

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Oct 10 2005

Being too innovative

Outside of the ‘project extranet’ field, I have witnessed at close hand the introduction to the market of a new software-based project analysis and planning methodology, but (perhaps as with any new technology that doesn’t fit into an existing market category) take-up has been slow. I was therefore struck by an article by Joel Orr …

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Oct 07 2005

New skills, new era

Tim at Cutting Through reads the same newspaper as me. He, too, was struck by an article in today’s Guardian about the changes in media habits of the current generation of 14-21-year-olds: a third of all young people online have launched their own blog or website. As Tim points out, this generation of the ‘ultrawired’ …

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Oct 06 2005

Teleworking revolution: not yet

A Silicon.com leading article discusses the latest findings from an Office of National Statistics (ONS) study of teleworking in the UK. The headline figures sound promising: home-working has more than doubled in the past eight years with 2.5 million Britons working at home. However, as Silicon.com points out, the majority were self-employed, and only a …

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Oct 05 2005

Trusting the internet

One objection some people have to use of web-based technologies concerns security, and their lack of trust in the technologies to manage confidential or sensitive information. Yet, this uncertainty is slowly declining – the latest evidence comes from a survey of attitudes to online banking. The survey (reported by Silicon.com here) suggests more than a …

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