lady snow

A winter’s tale — the real value of flexible working

By Steve Gillies, Transformation Consultant, BT.

I live on the northern slopes of a hill in Scotland. This morning I felt a change in the air — early signs of an icy blast heading our way. It was time to check the wood store, put snow shovels in the car boot and make sure my home office is wired, set up and on hot standby.

According to some reports the UK is about to experience a historically bad winter. However, some meteorologists suggest the reports are over-hyped by a hungry media that seems to enjoy a doom-based winter’s tale. Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that there’ll be late trains, stranded motorists, frustrated commuters, cancelled meetings and companies struggling to maintain business continuity. [Read more…]

David Dunbar

Executive bling

By David Dunbar, Head of Advise Anywhere, BT Advise UK at BT Global Services.

I was with a client recently discussing a trial of Windows tablets for field workers. This was to be a brand new departure for this traditional organisation and we talked about a number of things: the cultural impact of an initial trial of 20; the issues of maintaining security; the need to have comprehensive remote management of the devices; and the rigours of connecting seamlessly to vital back-end systems. So far so good, but towards the end of this chat someone asked ‘what do we do about the iPads?’

Given that we had just been talking about the significant development that had taken place to make sure that the Windows 8 machines integrated with the corporate environment, and the even more significant amount of testing needed to make sure the machines worked in a severely locked-down way, this took me by surprise. [Read more…]

Video conferencing

INFOGRAPHIC: Video conferencing and the future of business communications

It’s remarkable technology that’s changed the way we communicate, yet the conference call is still evolving for ever more efficient business meetings. It’s already given us the ability to instantly connect with colleagues around the world, so what’s the next step on the path to even quicker conferencing? How can you give your collaboration and productivity a further boost? [Read more…]

Kent NHS

CIOs Curve Communications for Flexible Working

Kent Community Health NHS Trust, Greater Manchester Police and Barclays Bank show how to bend it like Beckham.

The government says UK businesses must be more flexible. In July 2014, every employee got the right to apply for flexible working. It enables them to work from home, adopt non-traditional working hours, and get a more positive work life balance. And employers must comply unless costs are out of line or tasks aren’t suited to working away from the office.

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Sanjay Maraj

Magical mobile moments – only 11 weeks to get ready

By Sanjay Maraj, Global Practice Head of Mobility, BT Advise

The other day, my seven year old daughter asked me how many weeks to Christmas… After a frown and a deep intake of breath (and checking my mobile) I informed her that it’s 11 weeks. She was delighted and started to plan her list for Santa…

Christmas seems to come around quicker each year, and every time it does there’s a new phenomenon and stat to go with it. Last year’s ’stat’ was that we saw the ‘year of the mobile’ with twice as much time spent on mobile devices in December 2013 compared to December 2012. In this blog I want to explore one of the more significant mobile trends we expect to see this year. [Read more…]