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Speaker in the Spotlight with DeeDee Doke #FutureofWork

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DeeDee Doke, Editor
Recruiter / Recruiter.co.uk

We recently caught up with DeeDee and asked her a few questions around the future of work.

  1. What are the top 3 biggest challenges and/or opportunities you see in the FoW space?

    Challenges are: to refocus on basic human skills such as one-to-one and group communication so to best use technology and not be a slave to it; reimagining/redesigning jobs and organisational structures and operations; to align the burgeoning project work culture with a tax and benefits system; developing new ways to manage and develop workforces that operate remotely.

    Opportunities: to redefine “talent” and all of the challenges listed above!

  2. What are the main Future of Work trends you’re currently seeing from your market coverage and insight?

    A lot of “awareness-raising” going on about increasing gender diversity in certain roles and in certain career specialisms but not a lot of problem solving going on. A focus on trying to fit working parents and careers into existing kinds of roles. Some engagement in developing flexible work spaces instead of committing to long-term office leases. Much greater emphasis on creating apprenticeships. Mobility comes in different forms and varieties and has different purposes. In global mobility terms, there is an ever greater focus on talent issues within global mobility functions and on the selection of talent to mobilise and in what capacity – a standard tour of duty (two to three years), a secondment or a project which could take on a “disruptive talent” aspect.


DeeDee will be speaking at the Future of Work Summit, taking place on the 24th November 2015, at the Amba Marble Arch (formerly known as the Thistle Marble Arch) in London. To hear from him and 25+ fantastic thought leaders in the FoW space, make sure you register for your FREE pass here.


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Interview: the vision of the future workplace from Richard Dallimore, Director, IT Risk and Governance at Baker Tilly

We’ve been speaking to Richard Dallimore, Director, IT Risk and Governance at Baker Tilly Business Services about the future workplace. Richard will be speaking at Future of Work Summit on 21st November as part of two panel sessions: ‘Integrated policy management tools across app, device and network’, and ‘Trends to watch in 2014’. Join us at the event to find out more!


1.)    What piece of new technology has made a considerable improvement to your day to day working life recently?

It has to be my Android tablet – its light and flexible. Allows me to work on the train, or read a book. I can use internet resources for personal use or use Citrix to securely access the office and work. Certainly saves my shoulder carrying around a laptop.

2.) What in your opinion will be the next big change in the way that we work and the way in which businesses engage with their employees – and specifically the way IT has to service their internal customers?

Choice – employees are expecting a choice of platform – they don’t really care how they access the corporate app – they want to be able to access it on whatever they have with them – whether that’s  a corporate issued laptop or a Tesco Android tablet.

3.) We see employees increasingly self-selecting the devices and even the apps (especially File sync & share, VOIP & IM, and enterprise social networks) that they use for work. Do you see this trend happening in your organization and if so do you think it presents a challenge or an opportunity?

I’m not sure it’s an opportunity for an Information Security director – it’s a headache! But we have to move with the trend if the firm is to attract the right kind of graduate or recruit. The biggest challenge is the ever expanding security perimeter that cloud storage and remote working presents to the firm and ensuing the firm understands risk that goes with the expanding perimeter.

4.) New ways of engaging and collaborating with colleagues online and from multiple different devices are fundamentally changing the way that people work. What do you think will cause the biggest change to working practices in your organization over the next 24 months?

  • Mobile device proliferation and working from multiple devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets and PCs) – as I mentioned above – it’s about choice – the user expects to able to access the corporate app on whatever he/she has to hand
  • Improved mobile data and WiFi networks – the UK lags behind the rest of Europe – we have to improve

5.) What is your vision for the workplace of the future: how will we be working in 2015, and what further developments might we see by 2020?

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Ovum says organisations investing in mobile enterprise apps will not be blown over by St Jude

London, 28 October, 2013 – As severe weather warnings continue across the UK, organisational productivity is likely to suffer as employees struggle to gain access to key business applications beyond email. This is according to global industry analysts Ovum, who believe that CIOs that embrace the need for mobile enterprise apps and cloud productivity apps will maintain productivity in the face of disaster, such as the arrival of the storm dubbed “St Jude”.

In a new report*, Ovum explains that when it comes to providing value to a business and reaping the benefits of the mobile consumerisation and BYOX trends, mobile enterprise apps will make the difference. Failing to provide employees with the right applications across the right range of devices will increase their inability to access to the tools and services they need on days like today, when conditions make it difficult for many to get where they need to be. It may also drive employees to engage in “bring your own app” (BYOA) activity – finding and using their own cloud productivity applications such as file sync & share and enterprise social networking – therefore exposing corporate data to security threats.

“Many employees are already using cloud file sync & share applications to share files and documents between their various devices, better enabling them to work wherever they are and no matter what device they have in front of them, whether a corporate-provided laptop or their own tablet,” says Richard Absalom, analyst at Ovum. “This may help in terms of letting them get on with their jobs, but if it is informal, unmonitored activity then it also presents a severe risk to businesses in terms of data protection. Giving employees access to services with similar functionality but business-grade security is key to any business continuity program. Going a step further and providing employees with enterprise mobile apps, specifically designed to let them perform core tasks beyond email and document sharing on their smartphones and tablets, will vastly improve mobile and flexible working practices.”

The growing demand to develop and manage these types of mobile enterprise applications is creating an opportunity for platforms and vendors in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) space – one that they are quickly seizing upon. Ovum expects many more businesses to start deploying them over the next 12 months, meaning events like St Jude will pose less of problem.


*The Case for Mobile Enterprise Applications

To arrange an interview or for more information, please contact: Claire Booty on +44 (0) 20 7017 7916, or email Claire.Booty@ovum.com.

Ovum’s Future of Work Summit on 21st November in London will address how to engage with and harness the mobile, connected employee to increase productivity. For a free press pass, or to speak to an analyst ahead of the event please contact Claire.Booty@Ovum.com

Ovum provides clients with independent and objective analysis that enables them to make better business and technology decisions. Our research draws upon over 400,000 interviews a year with business and technology, telecoms and sourcing decision-makers, giving Ovum and our clients unparalleled insight not only into business requirements but also the technology that organizations must support. Ovum is an Informa business.