October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, providing the perfect opportunity for organizations to review their security policies, evaluate alternative options and implement any changes if necessary. The Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study shows that the average cost of a data breach incident was approximately $3.86 million, a 6.22% increase from the previous year and a number expected to grow in the future exponentially.Read more
We all process information differently. We also have preferred learning styles. Some of us are visual, and others lean towards something auditory, a podcast or audiobook perhaps. Therefore, offering learners the choice to watch, read and listen is an effective way to increase skills development and knowledge acquisition.Read more
Will we see a time when robots replace managers?
For a bad or absent manager, this might be an excellent example of progress. However, assuming we are talking about good managers, there is no substitute for direct human-to-human, face-to-face interaction. Read more
The adoption of consumer-oriented customer-facing technologies to improve the user experience is challenging everything we know about behaviour, what people want, and importantly for L&D, the expectations people have about how organisations plan to deliver career development opportunities.Read more
National Coding Week, a volunteer-led initiative that aims to promote people’s digital confidences and skills, is upon us. I cannot underestimate the significance of this annual event particularly as we are in the middle of a growing digital skills crisis. Read more
In the 2018 Stack Overflow Developer survey, full stack developer ranks as the second most popular developer position today. This may not surprise you given that a full stack developer is in charge of both the front- and the back-end of an application and pretty much everything in between.Read more
Companies today are experiencing change on a colossal scale. For some, it is the result of Digital Transformation as they respond and try to differentiate themselves from disruptive competitors that want a share of their business. For others, IT developers needing to update their technology stack or use modern approaches and technology to deliver scalable and secure infrastructure and products for their organization are driving this transition.Read more
I’m currently reading Dr. Carol S. Dweck’s bestseller Mindset: Changing the way you think to fulfill your potential. Full of fascinating insights into success and achievement, Dweck lays bare what differentiates those with a growth mindset who attain their goals versus those, with a fixed mindset, who aspire to but never quite reach their objectives.Read more
We’ve all heard the shocking statistics – one Oxford report suggested that 47% of jobs in the U.S. are under threat of automation in the next two decades. A 2017 McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that automation and other technology could result in between 400 and 800 million people losing their jobs to machines and that globally, up to 375 million workers may need to switch job titles.Read more
Have you ever wondered why Alexa was the name chosen by Amazon?
Why not a genderless name like Alex or Ali?
All four of the major AI assistants—Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana—speak by default with a female voice.Read more