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Wearable Technologies Can Boost Employee Productivity

Wearable technologies have been found to boost employee productivity by 8.5%, experts from Goldsmiths, University of London have found. Goldsmiths have launched findings from a study analysing the impact of wearable technologies in the workplace on employee well-being, productivity and job satisfaction. Alongside news that productivity can be improved, other findings from the Human Cloud At Work (HCAW) research show that wearing wearable technologies increases job satisfaction by 3.5%. Dr Chris Brauer, lead researcher said: “These results show the potential power and application of wearable devices in the workplace from employee biometric CVs to organisational real-time executive dashboards for resource allocation. “Wearable technologies are arguably the biggest trend since tab......

In the cloud we trust – kind of!

A new in-depth study of the impact of cloud computing on everyday life reveals that, although most consumers regularly use cloud services, there is a lack of trust of service providers amongst 69 per cent of UK adults. It also shows that security, privacy and transparency regarding where information is and what’s done with it are the top three concerns people have with cloud services. According to the ‘Generation Cloud’ report, a key challenge for industry, as consumer awareness of the nature of ‘the cloud’ grows, is building trust through awareness raising, education and community engagement. For the report, experts at the centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London, analysed the ‘connected’ lives of 15 people over two weeks. This was support......

London’s new Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences will help fight cyber terrorism

The creation of a new Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences at London City University will assist greatly in bolstering new influxes of security professionals to the IT industry. There is now a pressing need for new blood in the IT security ranks, largely thanks to the growth in reliance on IT by UK organisations. Centres like the new one at London City University will help encourage new professionals to enter the industry. LCU has a solid track record for innovation. Before it was made a university in 1966, it was an institute, and it created one of the UK’s first technical optics departments in 1904. In 1909, it saw its first students qualifying for University of London BSc degrees in engineering as internal students. After 1909, the institute was involved in aeronautics education......

5 ways to define the value of Unified Communications

While the Return on Investment (ROI) debate for Unified Communications (UC) continues to focus on cost savings, a recent University of London study has made me wonder whether organisations should be looking at the added-value delivered by UC deployments in a slightly wider context? The study proved conclusively that headsets can produce dramatic productivity gains over handsets for customer-facing employees in the UC environment. But, it also highlighted some key ways in which UC can impact ‘softer’ but equally vital areas such as customer satisfaction and employee empowerment as well as mobile working. As Newport City Homes, the subject of the aforementioned study, discovered UC provides an opportunity to transform the work environment, creating new ways of working that bring rewards for ......