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Gild: We Can Help You Hire While You Sleep

According to a recent Aberdeen report, 94 percent of company leaders say that effective hiring is key to helping them achieve their business objectives.

While this may be stating the obvious, companies are still relying on older technologies that don’t provide the automation and intelligence needed to reach those hard-to-find dream candidates, the report continued.

Gild, which just released its new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) smart hiring platform, hopes to change all that.

“Businesses need to become more strategic in doing more high-touch, human tasks,” said Robert Carroll, senior vice president of marketing at Gild. “Our platform uses machine learning and automation to make the entire hiring process, from finding a candidate to hiring, more efficient.”

Finding Your Right Collaboration Fit

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Who has time to sort through all of the options in today’s collaboration tool landscape? With more than 150 different tools available (or more, depending on how broadly you define collaboration) it will take some time to find those that are good fits for your business. 

Up until recently, the norm for most organizations was a “one platform to rule them all” approach. Analysts and vendors talked the one platform talk, and IT favored it. But very few organizations have a one-size-fits-all solution that works well or is even used that way.

CMSWire Tweet Jam: Making Sense of the Collaboration Landscape #socbizchat

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A solid collaborative foundation is essential for sustained business success. But there are more tools to communicate and collaborate than ever before, which offer mixed results. Why is this? And what can businesses do to move their efforts forward?

Join us this Thursday as we explore these questions and more during our "Making Sense of the Collaboration Landscape" Tweet Jam.

Like It or Not, You're a Team Player [Infographic]

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Describing yourself as a team player on a resume is sort of like saying you like long walks on the beach on a dating site: it’s just the thing to do.

But teamwork in 2015 is more than a cliché: it's the way work is done. In fact, regardless of the size of the organization where you work or the role you play in the organization, odds are you have to play nice with people on three to five teams — often at a geographic distance.

So much for the days when loners like New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell could lock himself in his private office day after day, week after week, year after year — for 30 years — without publishing a single story. These days, an enthusiastic team would simply step in and finish the rough drafts he started, cobbling the stories together by committee.

The bottom line: If you still believe "none of us are as dumb as all of us," then the modern workplace is no place for you.

That's one the key findings of joint research by CMSWire and David Coleman, founder and managing director of Collaborative Strategies. We surveyed 250 CMSWire readers to get a snapshot of workplace trends, including distributed collaboration and the tools that are supporting this new way of working, to determine attitudes about employee engagement, productivity and meetings.

Microsoft Puts OneDrive on the Apple Watch

Microsoft is offering OneDrive support for the new Apple Watch.

The new version of OneDrive appeared in the Apple store yesterday. According to the blurb on the Apple store page, it offers users the ability to access and delete OneDrive photos right from their wrists, as well as view albums and find photos by tag.

Keep Your Head Above the Email Floodwaters

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What do you get when you study the communication patterns of over 2 million email users exchanging over 16 billion messages? 

A whole lot of data and a little bit of anxiety.

A new study from USC and Yahoo Labs, “Evolution of Conversations in the Age of Email Overload,” reveals how people react when confronted with an increasing load of email messages. This study is unique in its scale.

Besides statistically analyzing communication patterns, it also analyzed how people react under increasing loads of email messages. And while the research was limited to conversations between pairs of Yahoo email users, who are primarily consumers, the study uncovers important implications for organizational contexts, including conversations between more than two business participants.

Cisco Launches Knowledge Sharing and Learning Platform

Roughly one month after the release of Oracle’s Learning Cloud, Cisco has come out with its own news around what it calls “creating perpetual learning environments.”

With today’s release of Cisco® Collaborative Knowledge — a knowledge sharing and learning platform —  Cisco executives say they can help build smarter, faster, more agile workforces.

“The workforce is becoming more fluid, mobile, distributed and multi-generational,” Kathy Bries, Senior Director and General Manager for Learning@Cisco told CMSWire. “In order to foster a culture of learning, you need to make all knowledge accessible to everyone.”

8 Tips to Spring Clean Your Digital Work Life

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Not everyone is a digital packrat, but we could all benefit from at least a little spring cleaning.

Whether we’re talking about our drives at work, our folders in the cloud, the apps on our mobile devices or the social media accounts that include our professional personas -- if you’re like most of us, there’s too much content and too much data out there.

And we haven’t even begun to talk about email ….

What Does the 21st Century Corporate Memo Look Like?

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From the choppy, painfully poor audio quality conference calls of the Mad Men era, to email announcements and static intranets, to the modern workplace collaboration solutions that proliferate by the day -- company communications have come a long, long way.

But there’s still work to be done. 

The Digital Revolution Is Cultural, Not Technological

Technology is an enabler. What Web-based technology enables is networks. What networks enable are the broad and free flow of information and the democratization of the ability to freely and easily connect with other people. 

Discussion Point: How Can You Solve Your IT Talent Gap?

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Consider it a classic Catch-22: Your company has plenty of open IT positions to fill, and too few qualified candidates to fill them. Now what do you do?

By all accounts, 2015 will be a spectacular year for IT workers as the unemployment rate continues to plummet, salaries increase and organizations double down on retention and engagement strategies. The challenge is finding the right candidates.

Another report from CompTIA, called Cyberstates 2015: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry (registration required) also showed that job positing in technology jumped by more than 11 percent over the previous year and some 650,000 job openings were listed in the fourth quarter of 2014. And many of those jobs remain unfilled, month after month.

How many? The White House estimates some 500,000 jobs that require various levels of tech skills sit open nationwide in the US. Just last month, the Obama administration took steps to address that talent shortage with a new $100 million TechHire Initiative.

TechHire is a new campaign to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs — and simultaneously convince local governments, businesses and potential workers that a four-year degree is no longer the only way to gain the tech skills they need.

The IT talent shortage is real. Can creative and innovative hiring strategies help you address it?

How to Navigate the Collaboration Seas

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While companies were busy evaluating the benefits of ESNs, their employees went ahead and implemented their own systems.

Enterprise social networks (ESN) were born from a fusion of commercial networks like Facebook and enterprise content management systems. They aimed to increase collaboration among geographically dispersed workforces, as well as improve information transparency and visibility.

Many ESNs provide a browser-based, mobile-friendly system with familiar, consumer-market features -- like tagging and group sites -- integrated with the traditional enterprise content management (ECM) capabilities. Companies such as Microsoft, Jive and Huddle capitalized on this market, providing organizations with systems aimed at achieving these goals.

What Game of Thrones Teaches You About Work

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How hot would it be to have your own dragons, especially if you could take those fire-breathing beasts to work?

Who would dare question your judgment, your work ethic or your annoying inclination to notice gaps in strategic plans — while everyone else nodded "yes"  — with massive flying reptiles at your side?

Ah, dragons. They were all I could think about after Lou Barreiro, the content and strategy manager at Chicago Creative Space, made an unexpected link between HBO's Game of Thrones and your typical office.

The popular series, which broke its own audience record with the season 5 premiere last Sunday, revolves around several Houses all vying to become the supreme rulers of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

"The intricate storylines that have captivated audiences worldwide are complex narratives that in some cases, believe it or not, come down to culture. While we hope your company is nothing like Westeros, there are definitely a few workplace culture lessons to be learned," Barreiro wrote on the company blog.

Get Ready for Apple Watch Wearing Employees

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1.2 million pre-orders of your newest wearable product in one day, resulting in $627 million on the books is not a bad day’s work.  

While the debates will continue on what the actual sales figures are for Apple Watch and other wearables, the real point is this: Apple Watch is creating a defining moment for wearables, as they cross over from technology gadgets to mass device consumption.

And what’s significant about mass adoption is that, in the age of consumerism, when it happens in the consumer base, enterprise adoption isn't far behind.    

It’s not just about Apple Watch sales, it’s also about the fact that its success will pull competing products into the market. They say a rising tide raises all boats. 

With the April 24 release date rapidly approaching, IT organizations don’t have much time to think through and adjust their policies (unless you plan on disabling Wifi and Bluetooth access on all your iPhones). 

So here are five things to consider when preparing your organization for this first wave of wearables about to bombard your enterprise.

Have You Heard About Exchange Server 2016?

Microsoft has been tight-lipped about its plans for Exchange Server 2016, the on-premises release that it plans to ship in the second half of 2015.

Until last night, that is.

While it won't make the big reveal until Microsoft Ignite kicks off in Chicago early next month, the new release will focus on productivity, collaboration and information governance, according to a blog post by the Microsoft Exchange Team.

The team hinted that many of the changes will be familiar to Office 365 users, noting, "Most of the new features in Exchange Server 2016 were birthed in the cloud and then refined in a feedback loop that includes millions of mailboxes deployed worldwide."

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