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  • Connected Sirius XM, a division of Sirius XM, delivers full turnkey solutions for various automotive companies. To be more efficient in turning out connected vehicle features and services, the business unit set a course for agile transformation and sought the right management platform to manage it.

  • The quality of interactions that a job candidate experiences with a prospective employer can ultimately determine whether that individual decides to work for the company in question. And, given the shortage of qualified talent in today's job market, businesses can't afford to miss out on top prospects, Given this, findings from a recent survey from Phenom People reveal that a surprisingly high percentage of businesses fall short in creating a positive job application experience. The resulting "2017: The State of Talent Relationship Marketing" report reveals that the vast majority of candidates don't receive status updates once they apply for a position. Very few companies provide relevant and personalized content and job recommendations for users on the career/jobs site. And most online applications can't be prefilled beyond just the basics: name, telephone number and address. "How a person feels about your company depends on their personal experience," according to the report. "Maybe they spoke with a very helpful customer service representative, and now they shop exclusively on your site. … Or perhaps they applied for a job at your company and never heard anything, leaving them with a negative impression. This is what a talent-hostile experience does—it turns top talent away because they can't find a job that suits them, they can't find content that helps them decide if the company is right for them, or the application process is too time-consuming and cumbersome." The findings are based on research involving more than 800 companies, examining the effectiveness of their career/jobs site; their communications with job candidates; and the overall candidate experience. (Additional findings presented here were taken from research from LinkedIn.)

  • In today's enterprises, line-of-business (LoB) departments are playing a bigger role in the technology buying process, especially when it concerns applications and services related to mobile and collaborative technologies. And increasingly, those two technologies are viewed as a single entity by most IT and business executives. Those findings highlight the "CDW Digital Workspace Solutions Report," which is based on a survey of nearly 2,000 IT and non-IT executives who participate in their organization's purchasing decisions for digital workspace solutions. This view aligns with CDW's definition of digital workspace as the culmination of various technology silos coming together to seamlessly connect people and get work done effortlessly, anytime, anywhere and on any device. "The fact that our survey found 41 percent of digital workspace solutions are now selected by departments outside of IT shows how pervasive and integral voice, video and other collaboration technologies are becoming to organizations," observed Nathan Coutinho, director of workspace solutions for CDW. "It's important for enterprises to involve non-IT leaders and end users in the decision-making process, as IT solutions are more successful when there is buy-in from employees."

  • Increasingly sophisticated and dangerous cyber-threats require more innovative security approaches, including advanced automation tools, AI and blockchain.

  • Considerably more IT professionals expect their technology budget to increase, rather than decrease, next year, according to a recent survey from Spiceworks. The resulting "2018 State of IT" report indicates that IT staffing also should grow during that time period. With the additional funding, tech departments will seek to augment their investments in hardware, software, hosted and cloud-based services, and managed services. As for "the next big thing" areas of focus, a notable number of survey respondents indicated that their company is also investing in the internet of things (IoT), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI). "Many businesses are feeling optimistic about the current state of the economy, and, as a result, we can expect them to spend a bit more freely when it comes to their IT purchases in 2018," said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. "Not only are budgets expected to increase across hardware, software and services, [but] companies have indicated they're also more willing to invest in emerging tech like IoT, AI and VR. And with IT staffing levels on the rise, some organizations will be better equipped to evaluate promising tech and plan for the future." More than 1,000 IT professionals from North America and Europe took part in the research.