Gartner forecasts that sales of tablets will double in 2014, and ultra mobiles, which are devices that run on Windows 8, will be the next big thing.
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The market is changing. Apple’s dominance seems to have been broken, at least if you look at computer sales in general, from PCs and tablets to ultra mobiles. Android is the future, according to research conducted by market researcher Gartner. Sales of Android devices will double in 2014, as compared to 2012, whereas Apple’s growth is expected to be just 67 percent. Of the big three, Microsoft will grow the least, at 5.3% by 2014. And this year it is expected to sell fewer of its Windows 8 devices than last year, reflecting the slow uptake of its latest operating system.
Yet Gartner does see a future for Windows 8 devices: as ultra mobiles, which it believes are the next must-have device. Chromebooks and hybrid devices, which combine Android and Windows 8, are part of this. Gartner believes Windows 8.1, the latest Windows 8 release, will enable the operating system finally to break through in the last quarter of this year.
Burgeoning tablet market
The forecast for the different types of devices is as follows: In 2014, the number of ultra mobiles sold is expected to increase threefold on 2012 sales, though at almost 40,000 devices that growth is comparatively modest. Tablets sales will increase by almost 130% to 276,000 devices, sustaining their high level of growth. Sales of desktop PCs have passed their peak, and will decline this year and next year. With the cellphone market almost at saturation, sales are fast approaching their peak. Gartner forecasts meager growth in this market of 4.4% compared to 2013.
The mobile app market is driven by private consumers, and Gartner expects this market to grow by 65% this year, and by as much as 72% next year.
This SAP.info post is by Andreas Schmitz.
Article published by Andreas Schmitz. It originally appeared on SAP.info and has been republished with permission.
Most employees are disengaged and not passionate about the work they do. This is costing companies a ton of money in lost productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. It’s also harmful to employees, because they’re more stressed out than ever.
The thing that bothers me the most about it, is that it’s all so easy to fix. I can’t figure out why managers aren’t more proactive about this. Besides the human element of caring for our employees, it’s costing them money, so they should care more about fixing it. Something as simple as saying thank you to your employees can have a huge effect on their engagement, not to mention it’s good for your level of happiness.
The infographic that we put together has some pretty shocking statistics in it, but there are a few common themes. Employees feel overworked, overwhelmed, and they don’t like what they do. Companies are noticing it, with 75% of them saying they can’t attract the right talent, and 83% of them feeling that their employer brand isn’t compelling. Companies that want to fix this need to be smart, and patient. This doesn’t happen overnight, but like I mentioned, it’s easy to do. Being patient might be the hardest thing for companies, and I understand how frustrating it can be not to see results right away, but it’s important that you invest in this, because the ROI of employee engagement is huge.
Here are 4 simple (and free) things you can do to get that passion back into employees. These are all based on research from Deloitte.
1. Encourage side projects
Employees feel overworked and underappreciated, so as leaders, we need to stop overloading them to the point where they can’t handle the workload. Let them explore their own passions and interests, and work on side projects. Ideally, they wouldn’t have to be related to the company, but if you’re worried about them wasting time, you can set that boundary that it has to be related to the company. What this does, is give them autonomy, and let them improve on their skills (mastery), two of the biggest motivators for work.
Employees feel overworked and underappreciated, so as leaders, we need to stop overloading them to the point where they can’t handle the workload.
2. Encourage workers to engage with customers
At Wistia, a video hosting company, they make everyone in the company do customer support during their onboarding, and they often rotate people into customer support. When I asked Chris, their CEO, why they do this, he mentioned to me that it’s so every single person in the company understands how their customers are using their product. What pains they’re having, what they like about it, it gets everyone on the same page. It keeps all employees in the loop, and can really motivate you to work when you’re talking directly with customers.
3. Encourage workers to work cross-functionally
Both Apple and Google have created common areas in their offices, specifically and strategically located, so that different workers that don’t normally interact with each other can have a chance to chat.
This isn’t a coincidence. It’s meant for that collaborative learning, and building those relationships with your colleagues.
4. Encourage networking in their industry
This is similar to number 2 on the list, but it’s important for employees to grow and learn more about what they do. It helps them build that passion for their industry. It’s important to go to networking events, and encourage your employees to participate in these things. Websites like Eventbrite or Meetup have lots of great resources, and most of the events on there are free.
What do you do to increase employee engagement? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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Supply chain fraud – whether perpetrated by suppliers, subcontractors, employees, or some combination of those – can take many forms. Among the most common are:
Inflated bills or expense accounts
Bribery and corruption
Phantom vendor accounts or invoices
Grey markets (counterfeit or knockoff products)
Failure to meet specifications (resulting in substandard or dangerous goods)
Perhaps the most damaging sources of supply chain fraud are internal, especially collusion between an employee and a supplier. Such partnerships help fraudsters evade independent checks and other controls, enabling them to steal larger amounts. The median loss from fraud committed
by a single thief was US$80,000, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Costs increase along with the number of perpetrators involved. Fraud involving two thieves had a median loss of US$200,000; fraud involving three people had a median loss of US$355,000; and fraud with four or more had a median loss of more than US$500,000, according to ACFE.
Build a culture to fight fraud
The most effective method to fight internal supply chain theft is to create a culture dedicated to fighting it. Here are a few ways to do it:
Make sure the board and C-level executives understand the critical nature of the supply chain and the risk of fraud throughout the procurement lifecycle.
Market the organization’s supply chain policies internally and among contractors.
Institute policies that prohibit conflicts of interest, and cross-check employee and supplier data to uncover potential conflicts.
Define the rules for accepting gifts from suppliers and insist that all gifts be documented.
Require two employees to sign off on any proposed changes to suppliers.
Watch for staff defections to suppliers, and pay close attention to any supplier that has recently poached an employee.
When 3D printing became a practical reality, in the sense that the actual printers became more efficient, less expensive, and more accessible to the average consumer, there was an assumption that the consumer 3D printing market was going to take off. We’d all have printers at home printing…. what? Our clothes? Toys? Spare organs?
That same thinking is in play with a somewhat more prosaic technology – digital wallets. Apple Pay was released this year, as was Samsung Pay. There’s also Google’s Android Pay. During an earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “We are more confident than ever that 2015 will be the year of Apple Pay.” But that expectation has yet to be realized, at least vis-à-vis consumers.
Both these instances highlight a problem with assumptions about mass adoption for new technology – just because it’s cool, interesting, and accessible doesn’t mean a market-worthy mass of people will use it.
Who is more likely to use mobile wallets? Emerging economies without a stable financial and banking systems. In those environments, digital payments present a more secure and quicker method for purchasing. These are the same areas where mobile adoption leapfrogged older technologies because there was a lack of telecommunications infrastructure, i.e. many never had a landline phone to begin with, and they went directly to mobile. The value-add already exists. (But there are also security issues, to which consumers are becoming more sensitive. A hack of Samsung’s U.S. subsidiary LoopPay network was uncovered five months post-hack. Although one was expert quoted as saying the hackers may not have been interested in selling consumer financial info but instead in tracking individuals.)
Here’s some interesting data and a good point made: mobile payments are most popular in situations where the buyer already has his or her phone in hand and the transaction is made even quicker than swiping plastic. For example, purchases made for London Transit rides are responsible for a good portion of the U.K.’s mobile payments.
Mass technology adoption is no longer driven simply by the release of a new product. There are too many products released constantly now, the market is too diverse, and the products often lack a true raison d’être.
Here at Switch & Shift we strive to illuminate effective leadership practices. We pride ourselves on creating cutting-edge solutions for employee engagement, communication, and creating company culture, to name a few.
Why are these topics so important? Well, according to The Importance of Employee Engagement infographic by NBRI, courtesy of Brandon Gaille, if leadership doesn’t step up and affect change and build trust and engagement, their employees will be busy doing anything but work while on the job! This infographic says it all.