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Aurelius Knowledge Wednesdays 8.3.16: Better Than Human: Why Robots Will – And Must – Take Our Jobs

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At first glance this article comes across as odd, the featured image of Jimmy Fallon in bed with a female robot does not help subside the oddity of the article. Robots are going to take over all our jobs? In my head I’m picturing “I, Robot” style robots sitting in office cubicles answering calls, sorting papers and sending emails. As I read the article I realized how moronic my preconceptions were; the robots the article is talking about are robots we already utilize today. For example, we already have robots that fly airplanes called “Autopilot”, Tesla’s are driving themselves and Roomba’s are cleaning our floors. Robots are all around us today we just don’t think about everything they do for us. We should not be scared of what a future full of robots entails. We should welcome these changes with welcome arms because they simplify our lives and make us safer.

 

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Aurelius Knowledge Wednesdays 7.27.16: Future of Work

http://www.fastcompany.com/3061567/the-future-of-work/more-people-work-from-home-now-than-ever-before

I write this post in the cushy leather recliner in my home office. I am one of the 24% of U.S. workers who complete some or most of their work from home. The percentage of workers who telecommute is ever growing. The way we get work done is changing due to the increasing mobility due to technological advancements and ever increasing workloads. Lots of workers are completing some work at home only when it is beyond their 40 hours in the office. Are your workers capable of working from home? Aurelius has many solutions designed to allow any employee to work from home and in the office. Check out the attached article for more statistics on the #futureofwork!

 

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Aurelius Knowledge Wednesdays 7.19.16: Google Report: Companies with Higher Trust in the Cloud had Larger Profits in 2015

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2016/07/10/google-study-finds-enterprises-who-trust-the-cloud-beyond-cutting-costs-see-revenue-growth/#62c754eb41b4

It’s not surprising that in today’s technology focused age that companies that have higher trust and migration rates to the cloud experience more profits. The cloud is more than just a fad and companies and individuals need to evolve to this changes if they do not want to be left in the dust (que dust clouds). I recently read the latest Fortune 500 list. If you flip to the back on the ratings you’ll find a page that is plagued with companies that have completely drop off the list from the previous year to join the likes of Blockbuster (R.I.P.) and companies that have had the good fortune to join the list. What do these companies have in common? Those that dropped off the list were unable to evolve to today’s new technologies. And those who were new comers have whole heartedly taken the cloud and ran with it.

From Google’s study, we see that those who had higher trust in the cloud had an average 9.1% raise in profits compared to those with low trust in the cloud (1%). Those companies who had high increases in profits did not just use the cloud to store their companies iTunes library or backup their photos. These companies are utilizing the cloud to support key aspects of their business.

The study concludes that it is not solely having trust in the cloud that caused larger profits, it is due to these companies having an air of willingness to change and adapt to the existing market.

The main message behind this is: Be on the cutting edge and adapt early or become extinct. The world is changing at an exponentially faster pace, your business needs to be able to change with the world. Do not be Blockbuster and attempt to adopt to the market once you have already become obsolete (does anyone remember Blockbuster’s streaming service, NOPE).

 

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Aurelius Knowledge Wednesdays 7.12.16: Want to Stop Procrastinating?

https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/277803?sp=636028811909687500-1

I came across this video on my Twitter feed a few weeks ago while I was procrastinating at work. I did not fully understand the concepts behind the video at this point and like everyone in the 21st Century, I removed it from my mind by clicking the “close tab button” on my screen and in my head. My boss came across this video a few weeks later and emailed it to everyone in the company. On my third or fourth viewing I finally got it. My mind was blown. The video is fairly short but packs an extremely thought provoking message: Our self image is linked to our work capabilities and procrastination.

You might ask, “What exactly does this mean?”

Well let me enlighten you, your self image or the identity you believe you possess can limit your achievements. We procrastinate because we believe our current self is incapable of fulfilling our current goals. Whether they are personal goals or professional goals, the best way to  achieve your goals is to recreate your self image to achieve your goals. For example, if you view yourself as worthless you will never achieve your goals. Not because you are worthless but because of the self image you have set for yourself. If you recreate your identity to include self worth you will be able to achieve your goals. This might seem oversimplified but our self images are super limiting of what we are able to accomplish.

So check out the video and persevere through a few viewings. Hopefully the little mind blown fireworks will go off in your head when you grasp this extremely enlightening concept.

 

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Aurelius Knowledge Wednesdays 6.30.16: 6 Ways Work Will Change In 2016

At Aurelius we like to be ahead of the curve and know what the future of work is going to look like. In the following post. an interesting article from FastCompany.com highlighting how work is expected to change in 2016. We thought it would be an excellent idea to bring these expected changes to your attention so you, as an employee and a company, can begin adapting so you can join us in being ahead of the curve. In doing this it will allow you to have a competitive edge which allows you to survive downturns in the market and out live your competition.

 

6 Ways Work Will Change In 2016

Workplace trends for 2016 will be set in large part by what’s happening in the freelance world right now.

by JARED LINDZON

Most major workplace trends don’t evolve overnight, and if you know where to look, you can already witness their approach.

Many of the trends that will come into focus in 2016 already exist today, but their significance is expected to grow and become mainstream in the year to come.

While such trends used to be set by the world’s largest companies, today many are championed by the smallest. Freelancers and independent employees need to stay ahead of future needs to ensure they are up to date with the most in-demand skills. Therefore, activity in the freelance market often serves as an early indication of the growing needs of traditional businesses.

At the same time, large organizations today are under greater threat of disruption, requiring early adoption and a heightened awareness of the surrounding business environment.

Here are some of the workplace trends that are expected to have far-reaching effects in 2016, from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to the home offices, cafes, and coworking spaces of the freelance economy.

REMOTE-FIRST BUSINESSES

In recent years, many companies have become “remote friendly,” but in 2016, that paradigm will shift towards companies that are built to be mobile from inception.

Enabled by advancements in communication technology, the remote-first structure provides a variety of conveniences. For example, research by online freelance marketplace Upwork suggests that finding and onboarding talent in the brick-and-mortar world takes an average of 43 days, compared with three days in the virtual world.

“Companies who are looking for an edge, looking for the best talent, and they see they can hire someone in three days, that’s where you see companies building remote-first workforces,” says Rich Pearson, the senior vice president of marketing and categories at Upwork. “Communication tools are the bedrock to enable this, but we’re seeing some inspiration in how companies are being formed.”

“You can create a virtual company today very, very easily,” adds Josh Bersin, who founded his research and analyst firm, Bersin, as a virtual company in 2002, before Deloitte acquired it three years ago. “Organizations really aren’t companies, they’re like networks of teams. Even big companies are being reorganized like this. Everybody is working with a team that is somehow connected to another team, and that team may or may not be inside the company. ”

THE RISE OF INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS

While traditional IT consulting firms are experiencing a slowdown in growth, the number of businesses hiring independent consultants for large IT projects on Upwork has grown 22% in the last year.

The transition, according to Pearson, has been ushered in by the availability of highly specialized consultants—which were previously only found in large consulting firms—within the freelance market.

 

“You have these pools of talent that are available, who are ready to work on demand,” he says. “We’re actually seeing Fortune 500 companies engaging with us. We’ve got large brands using us to help them move faster and access really discrete skills.”

Pearson adds that there will always be a place for large consulting firms, especially when it comes to major projects like mergers and acquisitions, but the market is also quickly growing for independent consultants.

LESS POWERPOINT, MORE VIDEO

“Presenter,” which was renamed PowerPoint by Microsoft in 1990, has remained the standard presentation tool ever since. But in 2015, demand for PowerPoint skills was down 5% on Upwork, while projects on dynamic presentation platforms like Prezi and Keynote grew by 23% and 18%, respectively. The site also witnessed a more than 115% increase in demand for Adobe After Effects and motion graphics skills.

Static presentations are quickly being replaced by motion graphics, while video is becoming a preferred presentation medium over images and infographics.

“The costs for doing video have dropped dramatically, and we’re seeing a shift from infographics to video,” said Pearson.

“It’s true that video is becoming the new medium. It’s sort of replacing photos, slowly,” adds Bersin, who is now the principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte. “Little by little, videos are catching up.”

WORK-LIFE BALANCE REVISITED

In recent years, the emphasis on work-life balance has hinged on the life side of the equation, with companies providing more flexibility to allow their employees to better manage their time. As employees are given more freedom, however, there is a new expectation to be always on, always responsive, and always available, leading to a more overwhelmed workforce.

 

“Tech has eliminated the barriers between work and life, and we’re getting more and more information, news, emails, and conference calls every day, and people can’t deal with it,” says Bersin. “Employers are trying to figure out how to make work easier and more meaningful to people, to attract both the very ambitious people that want to really move up and drive change and run things, and the people who want to work hard but not ruin their lives.”

NEW LEADERSHIP EXPECTATIONS

Leaders have traditionally been selected based on experience and company loyalty, but those leading today’s biggest organizations aren’t necessarily those who have spent the most time climbing the corporate latter. That’s because the very nature of management has drastically changed in recent years, resulting in a new set of expectations for those at the top.

“Most companies, even big companies, are much less hierarchal and much less top-down in their execution than they used to be,” says Bersin. “Leaders are finding that they have to be more inspirational, they have to be more collaborative. The traditional approach to performance management and performance appraisals is being revolutionized, they’re throwing away ratings, they’re putting in systems to provide feedback, and the gap that’s being created is, ‘Who are the right leaders?'”

CONSUMER-GRADE DESIGN AS THE NEW NORMAL

While design has remained a focal point for consumer products, the proliferation of well-designed tools, devices, and applications is creating new expectations on the enterprise. In the coming years, there will be a renewed focus on design in places where it hasn’t traditionally been an area of consideration, such as HR and IT.

“The way it works now is everything on the consumer Internet is really easy to use, and everything inside the company is hard to use. That doesn’t work anymore,” says Bersin. “Design is important in consumer products because it entices people to buy things, but at work we have too much noise and distraction every day, so we need well-designed tools, well-designed systems, apps, all that stuff at work.”

 

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Announcing our Partnership with I-Hi Communications, LLC.

At Aurelius we are very pleased to announce our partnership with I-Hi Communications, LLC. If AT&T is now renting iPhones to customers why wouldn’t we offer out customers the opportunity to rent their ShoreTel phones? This partnership will allow us to offer our current and future clientele the ability to lease their telephones instead of making the initial CAPex for the phones. And in a world of paying for our things with monthly payments it makes a whole lot of sense. At Aurelius we did our research and found numerous articles from big name companies about the benefits of leasing equipment.

Here is the best article we read, it comes from GE Capital:

Equipment Leasing – Six Surprising Benefits

Up to 85 percent of small- and mid-sized businesses prefer equipment leasing, and enjoy benefits that extend beyond the prospect of conserving cash.

This year, many mid-sized businesses will face an important decision that has more considerations than you might realize: Is equipment leasing or buying the better option for replacing or upgrading technology, increasing productivity or launching new product lines?

Key Takeaways
  • Beyond conserving cash, equipment leasing often eliminates maintenance worries and the burden of disposing of used and out of date equipment.
  • Leasing also enables businesses to determine their true equipment needs before committing a lot of capital to a purchase or a long-term deal.

There is no one right answer since every company is different. However, equipment leasing offers advantages that are often overlooked such as reducing business risk and improving your financial flexibility.

The most obvious benefit of equipment leasing is conserving cash. Cash is king, and leasing allows you to hold onto more of yours to take advantage of opportunities and navigate changing business conditions.

“Mid-sized businesses are more optimistic about growth, despite uncertainties. But they also want to conserve cash,” says Tom Moosey, Equipment Leasing Leader at GE Capital Americas.

In other words, leasing allows you to keep your working capital for its intended purpose. On top of that, leasing can often allow you to get a more expensive piece of equipment than you could afford to purchase.

Up to 85 percent of small- and mid-sized businesses lease equipment, from office copiers and computers to corporate jets, trucks, railroad cars, and even steel mills. Part of the appeal is the realization that most companies generate revenues–and profits–by operating machinery, not by owning it.

Here are six surprising benefits of equipment leasing you should consider:

1. Make your financial situation less taxing.

Equipment leasing can be less taxing, quite literally — your lease or rental payments may be fully deductible from taxable income, depending on the type of lease you select. However, that isn’t the only way that leasing can reduce the strain on your financial situation. For example, leasing can save you the time and difficulty of finding someone who will extend credit for you to purchase equipment. Making monthly payments under a lease also allows you to more easily budget funds and be prepared for unexpected expenses. And lease financing is separate from your revolving lines of credit or other primary lines with your bank, keeping that financing available for other needs as well.

2. Determine your true equipment needs.

Leasing allows you to mitigate all sorts of risks that may not be top of mind. A short-term lease, for example, can allow you to determine if equipment really fits your needs before you commit a lot of capital to a purchase or long-term deal.

3. Eliminate maintenance worries.

Aging equipment can break down, costing you a lot not only for the repairs but in the disruption to your operations. Leasing companies often are responsible for maintaining the equipment, removing this burden from your staff. When equipment is leased, you simply turn it in and upgrade to a new model, often with little or no increase in monthly payments.

“One often overlooked benefit of leasing is that it solves the problem of what to do with used equipment — five years later.”
4. Avoid the cost and uncertainty of selling used equipment.

The amount of effort it takes to manage selling used equipment and the uncertainty in future equipment values makes it very difficult for most companies to manage. Your leasing company can maximize the proceeds from used equipment which will ultimately help you up-front with a more competitive lease rate and save you from worrying about and bearing the burden of a drop in equipment values.

The amount of effort it takes to manage selling used equipment and the uncertainty in future equipment values makes it very difficult for most companies to manage. Your leasing company can maximize the proceeds from used equipment which will ultimately help you up-front with a more competitive lease rate and save you from worrying about and bearing the burden of a drop in equipment values.

5. Reduce cost of underused equipment.

Leasing can provide protection if you need to use equipment less frequently than you expected. As Moosey notes, “we’re moving into an environment with more innovative products, such as usage-based and rebate leases.” For example, under a program offered by GE Capital, Transportation Finance, at the expiration of a fair market value lease for a fleet of trucks or trailers, customers get money back if the mileage is lower than anticipated. These new programs have many advantages. For example, in the past a trucking company that leased 50 sleeper trucks would pay an additional charge for the trucks that had extra mileage, but would receive no benefit for the trucks under mileage. Under some of the new programs, the two can offset each other, providing a substantial savings.

6. Avoid environmental issues.

When you buy equipment, usually the last thing on your mind is dealing with complicated environmental regulations when you are ready to dispose of that equipment many years into the future. “One often overlooked benefit of leasing is that it solves the problem of what to do with used equipment — whether it’s a one-ton front loader or obsolete computer equipment — five years later,” Moosey says. Let your leasing company worry about that as they have experience with authorized equipment disposition companies who can safely take care of the disposal.

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One In Four Enterprises See ‘Surprise’ Cloud Benefits, Survey Finds

By Joe McKendrick

A recent survey of 1,000 executives discusses some of the benefits enterprises are seeing as a result of cloud computing. What catches the eye, however, is the number of executives who are seeing benefits they never really expected — close to one in four, in many cases.

For example, 25 percent say they unexpectedly experienced improved communications within their organizations. Another 22 percent report increased revenues they did not anticipate, and 22 percent say they experienced greater customer satisfaction — again, not part of the original plan. It’s also notable that 21 percent say cloud has actually delivered improved security.

In total, 83 percent of executives report benefits they did not expect to see. This recent researchout of Tata Communications has found that 85 percent say cloud had “lived up to industry hype.”  A while back, I discussed some of the other, less-anticipated benefits cloud may deliver — beyond what even may be mentioned in a cloud vendor’s sales brochure. These include the ability to duplicate or adopt successful business processes others have hashed out; smoother mergers and acquisitions; and even providing the enterprise a way to segue into the cloud business itself (even if it is a non-tech company). It would be interesting to see a survey that explores these types of unexpected advantages as well.

There are the expected benefits as well, of course, which, according to the Tata survey, have really come shining through. Nearly two thirds (65 percent) of respondents said using the cloud had led to increased speed of access to technology. In terms of streamlining business processes, over two thirds (67 percent) have experienced reduced delivery times to clients and partners. A majority, 54 percent, have seen the delivery time of new services to new markets or geographies reduced.

Data storage is another area cloud is delivering capabilities — but not in the way you would think. The findings also showed that by 2024, enterprises forecast on average to have 58 percent of their compute and data storage held in the cloud, up from the current level of 28 percent.  This doesn’t mean companies are endorsing sending their data up to public cloud providers, however.  In most cases, this data will be housed within private clouds. Only two percent of data is held in public or hybrid clouds at this time, and about even percent 10 years from now.

Another finding from the survey: cloud isn’t being led by the IT departments alone. Sixty-eight percent say that moving to the cloud has involved individuals beyond the IT department, and 90 percent say that requests from other departments have influenced the decision to implement the cloud.  Moving to the cloud was solely the IT department’s initiative in only 32 percent of respondents’ organizations. For 68 percent, other departments were not only involved in the adoption of cloud computing, but had been pushing for its adoption.

 

Post copied from http://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2015/03/09/one-in-four-enterprises-see-surprise-cloud-benefits-survey-finds/#6b78e6236023

 

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