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Imagining Tomorrow’s Workplace II: Machine Learning in the Cloud

By Koh Wanzi

“Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource,” says Greg DeMichillie, the director of product management for Google’s public cloud. Cloud computing allows companies to channel this abundance of computing power in the form of millions of computers in networks around the globe, enabling them to carry out complex tasks such as data processing and analysis with minimal manpower and costs. (Read More Here!)

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Why We Should Embrace Bring Your Own Device Day

By Koh Wanzi

While an obscure acronym at first glance, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Day is a growing trend in 21st century workplaces where workers are encouraged to use their own devices—be it their phone, tablet, or personal computer – at work.

In fact, a 2013 TechInsights Report found that 39 per cent of businesses in Singapore listed BYOD as the top priority in their list of enterprise mobility initiatives. Enterprise mobility refers to a shift in business practices where employees increasingly work outside the office but are also required to access secure corporate data. (Read More Here!)

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The Great Job Upheaval

By: Gerald Goh

The fallout from the global recession of 2009 is still being felt in 2013. In fact, Singapore’s economy contracted 0.6 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of this year, down from 1.5 per cent in the previous quarter in 2012.

With sluggish economic growth forecasted for many other countries around the world, jobseekers are thus eagerly awaiting a turnaround in global economic sentiment – anticipating a return to the days of plenty as bad debts are restructured, toxic assets purged and the unemployment rate falls.

Will this come to pass?

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Switch off that distraction!

By Shi Tianyun

Guess what? The number one distraction in the office is not your co-worker who speaks at 70 decibels all the time or your boss who loves to stop by your cubicle to tell you all about his latest golf game. An informal survey of 500 corporate managers conducted by Natalie Gahrmann of N-R-G Coaching Associates revealed that the top distraction in the US workplace is technology. Communication technologies, like email and social media, are so time-consuming that it’s estimated that 28 per cent of the average person’s work day is spent on them.

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