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Jive's Employee Happiness Data

It’s no secret that getting and keeping good employees can be a challenge. Officials at Palo Alto, Calif. based Jive are hoping that the results of their recently released survey can help with de-mystifying that challenge.

Some of the survey findings include:

  • 72 percent believe their company can do a better job providing technology that enables remote working
  • 62 percent of employees report that working remotely is a priority when seeking new employment
  • 90 percent of workers are more likely to freelance for an organization that provides access to the same tools used by full time employees within the same company

Redshift Research, based in Tonbridge, Kent, the UK, polled 1,000 working adults on behalf of Jive.

While 84 percent of employers indicated in the survey a desire to use technology to attain a more flexible work environment 72 percent of employees feel their company has room for improvement. Additional results revealed:

  • Flexible work environments and access to technologies that support productive remote work schedules are a top consideration in job decisions
  • Employee loyalty will continue to be challenged where remote work is not offered
  • Technology plays a key role in employees’ comfort levels at work, but these same employees feel companies could do better
  • As more companies consider contractors and consultants to accomplish key but sometimes short-term programs, ensuring the immediate success and impact of freelance work takes higher priority

Puppet Labs Pulling App Strings

When Puppet Labs releases a new app, don’t expect Kermit or Miss Piggy to appear (although one might hope).

According to company officials, Puppet Application Orchestration is “a new way to help organizations orchestrate the deployment and management of business-critical infrastructure and applications.”

Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Puppet Labs, called the application a direct extension of the company's existing strengths and technologies." The app will be available later this year as part of customers’ Puppet Enterprise license.

Where Are the Digital Priorities?

It’s always important to get your priorities straight. And according to Everest Group’s recent report, North American enterprises place higher priorities on digital technology solutions than on marketing and customer support.

That emphasis can be as much as two to one, as discussed in “North American Digital Adoption Survey — How Pervasive is Your Digital Strategy?”

Using data from 120 North American enterprises, some key findings of the report include:

  1. Nearly three-fourths of the enterprises have adopted core digital themes such as analytics and mobility related initiatives.
  2. Enterprises focus their digital investments on Digital Enablement (i.e., optimizing existing IT environments, Digital for Efficiency and Digital for Growth.
  3. North American enterprises are divided into four distinct segments, which differ significantly in maturity and allocation of digital spend across business imperatives.
  4. Many enterprises experience a “digital trough” when optimism, management buy-in and budget availability dips.

“Most of the hype around digital services and solutions appears to be pivoted around the CMO suite and marketing-oriented applications,” Chirajeet Sengupta, vice president at Dallas based Everest Group stated, adding, “however, in reality, digital adoption is much more inclusive and pervasive in nature.”

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Private Information a Major Concern

When privacy and risk professionals say companies might not be keeping your personal data protected, that would seem to be a reasonable cause for worry.

“Keeping a Lock on Privacy: How Enterprises Are Managing Their Privacy Function,” a new survey report released this week by ISACA (the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) casts more than a little doubt on companies’ ability to safeguard their customers’ sensitive data.

Indeed, according to the global survey more than half of the 780 respondents believe consumers “should not feel confident that companies are adequately protecting their information” and nearly 20 percent have personally experienced a privacy breach.

Officials point out seven key components for an effective privacy program:

  • Appropriate staffing
  • Positioning of privacy function at a high level in the organization chart
  • Privacy-protection culture
  • Privacy awareness training
  • Globally accepted frameworks/standards
  • Metrics and monitoring program effectiveness
  • Compliance with data-protection legal requirements

Additionally, they claim most commonly reported privacy failures are:

  • Lack of training or poor training
  • Data breach/leakage
  • Not performing a risk assessment

“Organizations with effective privacy programs understand that these programs begin with a system of governance and management, and are supported by a team with defined privacy responsibilities,” said Yves Le Roux, chair of ISACA’s Privacy Working Group.

The non-profit organization, based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., plan to use survey data to create additional privacy guidance and a set of guiding principles in 2016.

eSign of the Times

The folks at Workday and Adobe want you to know they are “pleased” and “thrilled” with this week’s announcement that the two companies are integrating and will be making Adobe’s e-signature capabilities available to Workday customers.

In fact, officials are practically gushing about it, boasting that Adobe eSign has the following benefits for human resource professionals:

  • Reduced legal risk and ensure compliance
  • Removal of paper from signature processes
  • A more delightful experience, from desktop to mobile

Leighanne Levensaler, Senior Vice President of Products at Workday, headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif. stated: ‘‘By pre-integrating Adobe eSign services into Workday, customers have an easy way to add legally enforceable e-signatures to over 400 Workday business processes.’’

Karen Prince, senior director, People Resources Strategic Planning and Technology for San Jose, Calif. based Adobe added: “We’re eager to disrupt outdated ways of working so we can put our best foot forward to candidates, and make processes as frictionless as possible for employees.”

And from Huddle ...

First, it's time to metaphorically take your foot off the brakes with Huddle’s Dynamic Web Acceleration for its cloud collaboration platform. Officials claim transfer rates could increase “by an average of 80 percent without compromising security.”

The app “bypasses Internet bottlenecks by using dedicated infrastructure in over 99 cities globally,” company officials maintain.

Speaking of working from anywhere, Huddle just released an updated productivity app which officials claim provides users with a secure way to work with teams, partners and customers right from their Android device.

The latest updates include the ability to:

  • Preview files
  • Review file details
  • Access files offline
  • Comment

Stuart Cochran, CTO of Huddle said the updates to Huddle for Android make it possible for users to use their phone for tasks they once had to do from their desktop.