Workplace Innovation - IBRS Intelligent Business Research Services Pty Ltd (IBRS) is an Australian company that provides research and advice specific to IT and Business Managers in Australian and New Zealand organisations. Our experienced team of Analysts and Advisors have worked at the highest level within the Research and IT Industries or have themselves been CIOs. https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation 2018-01-18T17:07:34+11:00 IBRS nbowman@ibrs.com.au The Future of Work (Adobe Think Tank Video) 2017-12-11T09:16:13+11:00 2017-12-11T09:16:13+11:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8621-the-future-of-work-adobe-think-tank-video Joseph Sweeney jsweeney@ibrs.com.au <p>In December 2017, IBRS joined eight globally recognised thought leaders to discuss the Future of Work as part of Adobe's Think Tank series.</p> <p>IBRS advisor, Dr Joseph Sweeney, not only presented a view of how technology is impacting the workforce during the live panel discussion&nbsp;but also moderated the pre-event brainstorm session and assisted with pre-event briefings.</p> <p>The discussion examined the long-term ramifications of the changing workplace, including:</p> <ul> <li> <p>technology's impact on traditional jobs</p> </li> <li> <p>which jobs are under threat</p> </li> <li> <p>opportunities for new roles</p> </li> <li> <p>changing hiring and work practices</p> </li> <li> <p>the disruption caused by the gig economy</p> </li> <li> <p>the role of governments<br />how education must change</p> <p>For more, click on the video below.</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yHe-GQc0wNE" width="425" height="350" class="mce-item-media mce-item-iframe" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>In December 2017, IBRS joined eight globally recognised thought leaders to discuss the Future of Work as part of Adobe's Think Tank series.</p> <p>IBRS advisor, Dr Joseph Sweeney, not only presented a view of how technology is impacting the workforce during the live panel discussion&nbsp;but also moderated the pre-event brainstorm session and assisted with pre-event briefings.</p> <p>The discussion examined the long-term ramifications of the changing workplace, including:</p> <ul> <li> <p>technology's impact on traditional jobs</p> </li> <li> <p>which jobs are under threat</p> </li> <li> <p>opportunities for new roles</p> </li> <li> <p>changing hiring and work practices</p> </li> <li> <p>the disruption caused by the gig economy</p> </li> <li> <p>the role of governments<br />how education must change</p> <p>For more, click on the video below.</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yHe-GQc0wNE" width="425" height="350" class="mce-item-media mce-item-iframe" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Considering Chromebooks Part 2: Use cases 2017-12-02T17:25:01+11:00 2017-12-02T17:25:01+11:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8615-considering-chromebooks-part-2-use-cases Joseph Sweeney jsweeney@ibrs.com.au <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Unless an organisation has made a decision to go “all-in” with Google’s G Suite, Chromebooks (plus Chromeboxes and related Chrome devices) are best viewed as an adjunct to traditional Windows laptops and desktops, rather than a replacement. Chromebooks provide the greatest value when applied to specific work contexts.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Unless an organisation has made a decision to go “all-in” with Google’s G Suite, Chromebooks (plus Chromeboxes and related Chrome devices) are best viewed as an adjunct to traditional Windows laptops and desktops, rather than a replacement. Chromebooks provide the greatest value when applied to specific work contexts.</p> Leadership is critical to innovation 2017-12-02T17:06:05+11:00 2017-12-02T17:06:05+11:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8609-leadership-is-critical-to-innovation Sue Johnston sjohnston@ibrs.com.au <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>It is difficult to plan when innovation will occur. It is particularly difficult for established organisations to be innovative&nbsp;– they have been successful through sound business practices and an ability to execute, not innovate. Nearly all organisations, both public and private, understand and accept that innovation and the ability to change is critical to success and ongoing viability. However, the very structure of organisations could be killing ideas and management processes can slow change down to a glacial pace. Budget cuts and efficiency measures have largely been focused at the operational level which means that there are less resources to do the same or more work, and then there is the added pressure of being innovative. Real change is effected when the change is applied throughout the organisation, starting at the executive level.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>It is difficult to plan when innovation will occur. It is particularly difficult for established organisations to be innovative&nbsp;– they have been successful through sound business practices and an ability to execute, not innovate. Nearly all organisations, both public and private, understand and accept that innovation and the ability to change is critical to success and ongoing viability. However, the very structure of organisations could be killing ideas and management processes can slow change down to a glacial pace. Budget cuts and efficiency measures have largely been focused at the operational level which means that there are less resources to do the same or more work, and then there is the added pressure of being innovative. Real change is effected when the change is applied throughout the organisation, starting at the executive level.</p> Considering Chromebooks Part 1: Show me the money! 2017-11-02T15:26:19+11:00 2017-11-02T15:26:19+11:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8599-considering-chromebooks-part-1-show-me-the-money Joseph Sweeney jsweeney@ibrs.com.au <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Chromebooks continue to be viewed mostly as a low-cost alternative to Windows devices. While it is true a Google G&nbsp;Suite/Chromebook only workspace is a considerably lower cost compared to a Microsoft workspace, a careful examination of Chromebooks in a mixed device workplace&nbsp;– which is the norm&nbsp;– reveals that some of the purported savings are overstated.</p> <p>More significantly, the over-focus on the cost of devices hides the more nuanced reasons for considering Chromebooks and the role they can play in an organisation’s move towards workforce transformation.</p> <p>In the first of two management advisory papers, IBRS examines the extent to which Chromebooks deliver cost savings.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Chromebooks continue to be viewed mostly as a low-cost alternative to Windows devices. While it is true a Google G&nbsp;Suite/Chromebook only workspace is a considerably lower cost compared to a Microsoft workspace, a careful examination of Chromebooks in a mixed device workplace&nbsp;– which is the norm&nbsp;– reveals that some of the purported savings are overstated.</p> <p>More significantly, the over-focus on the cost of devices hides the more nuanced reasons for considering Chromebooks and the role they can play in an organisation’s move towards workforce transformation.</p> <p>In the first of two management advisory papers, IBRS examines the extent to which Chromebooks deliver cost savings.</p> Business and IT Transformation and Employee Disruption 2017-08-02T12:46:22+10:00 2017-08-02T12:46:22+10:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8544-business-and-it-transformation-and-employee-disruption Alan Hansell ahansell@ibrs.com.au <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Unless management develops work-place change management strategies and staff are trained to implement the transformation program, employees are likely to become disengaged and could fail to adapt to the changes envisaged. To minimise the risk of failure, the strategy to implement the program must be well planned and stakeholders consulted.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Unless management develops work-place change management strategies and staff are trained to implement the transformation program, employees are likely to become disengaged and could fail to adapt to the changes envisaged. To minimise the risk of failure, the strategy to implement the program must be well planned and stakeholders consulted.</p> Deciding between Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 2017-08-02T12:23:18+10:00 2017-08-02T12:23:18+10:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8538-deciding-between-google-g-suite-and-microsoft-office-365 Joseph Sweeney jsweeney@ibrs.com.au <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>The decision to adopt Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite rarely comes down to cost. The decision is more often based on the speed at which an organisation wishes to change from “the old way of doing things” to the “new way”. More succinctly, it is a statement about how quickly the organisation wishes to transform its workforce to be mobile and deeply collaborative. The decision is therefore largely based on aspirational goals for the business, and a vision of how work will be accomplished in the future. However, it is important not to let such grand visions override practical considerations and the vendor hype&nbsp;– and almost religious fervour&nbsp;– surrounding both Google and Microsoft’s productivity suites.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>The decision to adopt Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite rarely comes down to cost. The decision is more often based on the speed at which an organisation wishes to change from “the old way of doing things” to the “new way”. More succinctly, it is a statement about how quickly the organisation wishes to transform its workforce to be mobile and deeply collaborative. The decision is therefore largely based on aspirational goals for the business, and a vision of how work will be accomplished in the future. However, it is important not to let such grand visions override practical considerations and the vendor hype&nbsp;– and almost religious fervour&nbsp;– surrounding both Google and Microsoft’s productivity suites.</p> IBRS MAP: Finding Smart City Maturity 2017-05-31T11:42:39+10:00 2017-05-31T11:42:39+10:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8491-ibrs-map-finding-smart-city-maturity Geoff Johnson gjohnson@ibrs.com.au <p>Only municipalities working through a broad Digital Transformation&nbsp;strategy can truly expect to be in strategic control&nbsp;of Smart City initiatives as part of that framework. 'Smart’ initiatives are a critical element in fulfilling Digital&nbsp;Transformation for cities.&nbsp;</p> <p>For many civic organisations, the Mayor, Councillors, City&nbsp;Planners and Administrative Staff react to Smart City opportunities&nbsp;as if they sit outside their traditional local government&nbsp;role. However, the first principles of Digital Transformation&nbsp;require that a logical baseline of current capabilities&nbsp;should be established so that any initiatives are grounded&nbsp;in an understanding of the city’s ability to effectively evaluate&nbsp;them and deliver reliable solutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Only municipalities working through a broad Digital Transformation&nbsp;strategy can truly expect to be in strategic control&nbsp;of Smart City initiatives as part of that framework. 'Smart’ initiatives are a critical element in fulfilling Digital&nbsp;Transformation for cities.&nbsp;</p> <p>For many civic organisations, the Mayor, Councillors, City&nbsp;Planners and Administrative Staff react to Smart City opportunities&nbsp;as if they sit outside their traditional local government&nbsp;role. However, the first principles of Digital Transformation&nbsp;require that a logical baseline of current capabilities&nbsp;should be established so that any initiatives are grounded&nbsp;in an understanding of the city’s ability to effectively evaluate&nbsp;them and deliver reliable solutions.&nbsp;</p> Towards the Workforce of the Future Master Advisory Presentation 2017-04-30T15:43:11+10:00 2017-04-30T15:43:11+10:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8470-download-towards-the-workforce-of-the-future-master-advisory-presentation Joseph Sweeney jsweeney@ibrs.com.au <p>The workforce is changing. The rise of digital innovation,&nbsp;disruption of businesses practices, and indeed entire&nbsp;industries, and the influx of digital natives into the&nbsp;workforce has fundamentally shifted expectations about&nbsp;how, where and when work gets done, and the role of&nbsp;the IT group.</p> <p>Towards the workforce of the future provides you&nbsp;with an understanding of why and how the workforce is&nbsp;changing, provides a methodology for how to go about&nbsp;planning and implementing, and outlines resources&nbsp;needed and the potential impact on the IT group.</p> <p>For a deeper understanding of how workforce change impacts the IT group download your copy now.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The workforce is changing. The rise of digital innovation,&nbsp;disruption of businesses practices, and indeed entire&nbsp;industries, and the influx of digital natives into the&nbsp;workforce has fundamentally shifted expectations about&nbsp;how, where and when work gets done, and the role of&nbsp;the IT group.</p> <p>Towards the workforce of the future provides you&nbsp;with an understanding of why and how the workforce is&nbsp;changing, provides a methodology for how to go about&nbsp;planning and implementing, and outlines resources&nbsp;needed and the potential impact on the IT group.</p> <p>For a deeper understanding of how workforce change impacts the IT group download your copy now.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> IBRS MAP Delivering Digital Business Transformation 2017-01-16T20:06:20+11:00 2017-01-16T20:06:20+11:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8408-ibrs-map-delivering-digital-business-transformation Geoff Johnson gjohnson@ibrs.com.au <p>Digital transformation of a business is defined as making fundamental and revolutionary changes to achieve new business goals using ICT.</p> <p>Although digital disruption is now a given in every industry vertical, each business is impacted in its own distinctive ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>Digital transformation of a business is defined as making fundamental and revolutionary changes to achieve new business goals using ICT.</p> <p>Although digital disruption is now a given in every industry vertical, each business is impacted in its own distinctive ways.&nbsp;</p> SNAPSHOT: Motives for Innovation 2016-12-03T09:51:53+11:00 2016-12-03T09:51:53+11:00 https://ibrs.com.au/workplace-innovation/8372-snapshot-motives-for-innovation Guy Cranswick gcranswick@ibrs.com.au <p>While the objectives of improved profit and productivity are straightforward, innovation is more complex than just the implementation of technology. Innovation touches people, processes and how organisations maintain their purpose in future</p> <p>While the objectives of improved profit and productivity are straightforward, innovation is more complex than just the implementation of technology. Innovation touches people, processes and how organisations maintain their purpose in future</p>