Don’t know your bit from your byte? Or your cookie from your cache? Don’t worry. The technophobe’s guide to common digital jargon is here to help. Productivity Software Productivity software is a catch-all term for any particular software or app that aids productivity. It generally comes in the guise of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation or database software and virtually anything that could be used in a work environment. More recently, collaborative online workspaces have come to be regarded under the umbrella of productivity software. This software can bring teams together, wherever they are in the world, to work on projects and achieve common goals in a shared online space. The Cloud We’re constantly being told to back up to the cloud and that our work will be safer in the cloud than on our computers, but what exactly does that mean? Is it a real cloud? If our files aren't shot into the sky when we send them to the cloud, where are they going? The … [Read more...] about A technophobe’s guide to digital jargon
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0 Have your say The recently published Programme for Government outlines a bold and inspiring set of ambitions for Scotland, benefiting the wellbeing of its people through a broad range of initiatives and policies. The economy features strongly, as a healthy economy equals a healthy nation. More people in work earning a salary brings benefits to individuals and communities, including promoting good standards of living and adding to the success of our small and dynamic country.One sentence in the programme jumped out at me in particular: “We want Scotland to be the most competitive place to do business, delivering a strong, dynamic and productive economy which creates wealth and employment across Scotland.”It reminded me of a quotation which is on the wall at Tontine, the business accelerator in Glasgow, where Interface’s Glasgow and Clyde Valley business engagement executive, Ruth Oliver, is based.It … [Read more...] about Heather Rattray: Be rewarded for your business collaboration
Storing your most sensitive files locally on a hard drive is still (and probably always will be) the logical thing to do. But it’s not always the most convenient, which is why most of us look to cloud storage as a secondary option. It has its own set of benefits: it’s reasonably affordable, it makes sharing files easier, it’s ubiquitous across most operating systems and devices, and it’s just really nice to have a backup when your hard drive dies. There are several services to pick from, and some of them are pretty similar. While common at their core offerings (to give you copious amounts of space to store files online), only a few go beyond that by giving users more free storage upfront, useful online productivity tools, and the option to expand storage well above the 1TB mark. Here are the most popular services and how to determine which one is right for you. If you have a Google account, you also have 15GB of free cloud storage on Drive that never expires. … [Read more...] about How to pick the cloud storage service that’s right for you
We all know work is changing. New models are emerging. New demands must be met. And collaboration is more vital than ever, even though it is often frustratingly difficult to achieve. When I talk to CIOs, I constantly hear that they need intuitive solutions, ones that can “converge communication.” They want to be able to easily blend these three elements, all of which are now fundamental to any job: technology, the physical workspace and today’s culture. But how can you hit that sweet spot? How do you go about creating a digital workplace that truly facilitates collaboration?After helping scores of companies find the answers to those questions, I can tell you with certainty that, despite what we’d all wish for, there are no easy, one-size-fits-all fixes… and success won’t happen overnight. Your best bet is to start at the beginning, with an honest evaluation of where your company is right now on its collaboration journey.Perhaps “a digital … [Read more...] about Where is your company on the path to optimizing a collaborative digital workplace?
As 2017 finally draws to a close, we can all look back on a year that in many ways seems to have lasted 10. And we thought a lot happened last year. 2017 has been very interesting and emotional. Again. When it comes to the photography on The Verge, 2017 was the year of “more.” Not only have we taken and published more original photographs than ever before, more people at The Verge have been taking them. More of our writers and reporters are now regularly shooting their own photos to accompany their stories, and I hope even more will pick up their cameras and phones in 2018. While the range of subjects and the shear volume of gadgets we photographed increased exponentially, we also created a number of new photographic formats during 2017: We photographed cars as gadgets for ScreenDrive; arranged items neatly for What’s in Your Bag; shot artists and their art for Technographica; and created isometric patterns with gadgets for Guidebook and our Back-to-School and … [Read more...] about 2017: A year in photographs on The Verge