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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.

Salesforce Targets the HR Space - Again

Timing is everything when plotting a product roll out -- even for a giant like Salesforce.com.

The company has made various attempts to penetrate the human resource market in the past with limited success. Now it is making another pass at this piece of the market with its Salesforce for HR.

"It feels like déjà vu all over again for Salesforce.com and HR," Jeff Kaplan, managing director of Think Strategies, told CMSWire.

This time, though, Kaplan continued, the stars could well be aligned for greater market receptivity.

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.

Now's Your Chance to be a Video Star

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Enterprise video platforms are so popular they've made it onto Forrester's Wave reports. Gartner Research has it covered, too.

It's an increasingly common channel, Forrester researchers report, for both internal communication with other employees and external communication with customers and partners. 

Gartner predicts large companies will stream an average of 16 hours per worker/per month by 2016.

It's no surprise we've heard from a few vendors in the past two weeks investing in enterprise video technology.

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.

Where You Need to Be in Coming Weeks (22-April-15)

Our industry event planner gives you the heads-up on what key industry events are coming around the corner. If we've missed something, don't hesitate to add your event to the list. (You can also view the full calendar here.)

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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?

Week in Review: Web CMS Mistakes + Collaboration Chaos

Web CMS Disasters
11 easy ways to kill your project.

Future of Content Marketing
Good content writers = obsolete?

Down, Collaboration Boy! Down!
How to tame the chaos.

Too Much Collaboration?
Maybe it's not enough leadership.

Let Go of Your Content
Good times to purge.

I'm Not PowerShell Worthy
But Jeff Hicks sure is.

The Forrester Wave™ for Web CMS, 2015 
Adobe and Sitecore lead a strong field of WCM vendors

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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.

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