When Employees Return, the Workplace Needs to Be Smarter

Even with many employees continuing to work remotely, as many as 80% of workers are expected to return to the workplace in the next few months. This represents a massive challenge for organizations that need to adhere to social distancing and worker hygiene requirements. Some of the key challenges will be to ensure a contactless […]

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For Banks, Supporting Small Businesses in the Pandemic Goes Well Beyond Lending

The impact of the pandemic on small businesses has spurred changes in banks’ lending practices – but the upheaval hasn’t stopped there. While the shifts underway in functions such as trade finance and mortgages are typically more nuanced, they speak to how important small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) are to banks – and how critical […]

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What the World Needs Now – and Even More During the Pandemic: Chunkers

Over the past two years, when I’ve asked business, digital and IT executives what critical skill or talent they most sorely lack, I’ve gotten an unexpected response: It’s what several called “chunkers.” Not only has the pandemic increased the need for chunkers; it also requires a different set of perspectives and skills from these individuals, […]

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National Brands Are Driving Healthcare into New Settings for Care Delivery

Search “healthcare changed forever by COVID-19” online. Millions of results pop up, from a “forever changed” supply chain to a “forever changed” industry landscape due to mergers and acquisitions to “forever changed” care delivery via telehealth. Instead of giving COVID-19 premature credit for all these changes, though, we’d rather call it a catalyst that could […]

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Meeting the WFH Crunch with Remote Manageability, In or Out of Band

With more people working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses need to extend their help desk and IT field support from the office to the home and everywhere in-between. This is true not only for in-band (software-based, attended and powered) IT devices but also for out-of-band (hardware-based, non-attended and non-powered) devices. But with limited […]

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Customer Identity and Access Management in the Age of COVID-19

For more than 20 years, I’ve helped clients implement identity and access management (IAM) systems that ensure only the right users have the right access to the right applications and data. Over that time, I’ve also seen organizations struggle to create online user experiences that make it easy for consumers to get information, solve problems […]

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Don’t Let IT Backlogs Stymie Digital Change Amid a Crisis

A global crisis reorders priorities everywhere. Take the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is increasing demand for valuable resources across the board, including IT. The need for digital capabilities, already constrained pre-COVID, is (with minimal notice) causing a rapid expansion in IT backlogs, which threatens business continuity. For example,  take the growing backlog of legacy application […]

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