We are now in the last quarter of 2020. It has been a challenging and tough year. We have seen and heard from many who rose above this unprecedented circumstances.
Nobody is prepared for this global pandemic. What initially thought to be an outbreak in a city called Wuhan had in no time spread throughout the world. City after city are in lockdown. Lives, businesses, economy and many aspects are impacted.
Like it or not, we have to make new adjustments.
I oftentimes find myself forgot to put on my mask when I got out of my car. So, I decided to put it on the moment I leave my house, get in the car and get out of the car.
Instead of "when can I meet you?", the new question is "when can we zoom?"
Instead of planning for our weekly grocery shopping, we find ourselves reviewing every available merchant online to decide where should we purchase our meat, vegetables, fruits and other essential items from.
So, how about our work? Will it ever be the same again?
How many of you have been attending meeting after meeting over zoom just to get updates and realign with your team? Is this the effective use of your time?
You want to get more out of your workday so you can achieve everything you set out to do. But with never ending email, multiple chat apps, and impossible-to-find information, it’s hard to know whether you’re working on the most important things — or if you’re even getting anything done.
You need a way to work that works for you — and that can adapt as your tasks, projects, and programs change. One that enables real collaboration, gives you the information you need to be successful, and frees you up to innovate and drive better results.
Download this free report to learn how you can take control of the way you work and achieve more by solving for these common issues at work:
Business today is moving faster than ever, and leadership must accelerate work processes in order to stay competitive. In fact, a survey by Forbes found that 92% of executives believe that organizational agility is critical to business success.
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Your Digital Transformation Has a 70 Percent Chance of Failing. To Beat the Odds, Try These Three Things
by Staff Writer
Digital transformation is touted as a leading force driving IT and business decisions. Despite the hype, it’s not delivering on the promise. In spite of surging investments, fewer than one-third of digital transformations succeed at improving a company’s performance, according to McKinsey & Company.
Yet the effective employment of digital strategies drives key benefits and across business lines, from improved productivity that fuels innovation to better business insights – but only if you approach digital transformation the right way.
It’s not the underlying technology that accounts for the poor performance of so many digital transformation projects. Rather, a lack of organizational readiness is a frequent culprit, including underestimating or not understanding the work and resources required, and factors such as poor data governance and executive cohesion.
Here are three key ways to beat the odds and achieve digital transformation success.
by Renee Coulombe
Digital transformation (DX) is an important step in a company's ability to stay competitive in today’s evolving business landscape. But what exactly is digital transformation?
Some people think digital transformation is providing the newest and most relevant technologies to their employees in order to increase productivity levels. While digital technology is a major part of digital transformation, the concept itself is more complex.
by Katie Bouwkamp
Welcome to our employee spotlight series, featuring profiles on team members across our Bellevue, Boston, and UK offices. Learn more about the people behind the product and why Smartsheet is recognized as a great place to work!
Kara Lumley is a senior product manager working within Smartsheet’s Product Engineering department. Located at the Bellevue, WA office, she’s worked at Smartsheet for just over six and a half years. Kara was one of Smartsheet’s first 40 employees, starting out on the Support team, then transitioned to be a Customer Success Manager (CSM), and eventually moved to Product Management.
by Andre Ropeta
With the growth of team collaboration in the cloud, information workers often waste time switching between applications or copying and pasting information into multiple systems. To work more efficiently, business teams today require a centralized hub for communication and work processes.
Microsoft Teams is now being used by 440,000 organizations, and with usage projected to accelerate, it’s clear that the popularity of this collaboration application is growing at a rapid pace.
With many Smartsheet customers using Teams, we are excited to increase the capabilities of our integration. These new capabilities will help users harness the creativity and spontaneity of conversations in Teams by pairing them with a work execution platform that helps them transform those conversations into action.
by Stephen Danos
The need for businesses to adopt technology and software platforms has evolved at an accelerated pace. For companies and IT teams striving to become more agile, the technology they adopt needs to enable faster decision making while ensuring the administrative controls and data security vital to scaling software platforms across their entire organization.
In a recent report, McKinsey found that agile organizations have a “70 percent chance of being in the top quartile of organizational health,” which is attributed to their ability to achieve customer centricity, quicker time to market for developing products, increased revenue growth, reduced costs, and better employee engagement.
The report also identified characteristics that successful agile organizations have in common, including a willingness to embrace next-generation enabling technology.
by Staff Writer
At some point, just about every decision made in a large organization requires stakeholder buy-in – and when it comes to purchasing new software platforms for the business, you need to get your IT decision makers on board.
Though “shadow IT” (the use of software and other information technology outside of IT’s purview) is common in many organizations, taking a rogue approach to tech adds risk to any technology project. This can make it harder to apply holistic, company-wide approaches and processes, or introduce security risks that non-technical employees may be ill-equipped to deal with.
When business and IT leaders are aligned, companies are better able to find solutions that successfully support employee needs and organizational objectives with fewer downsides. But while one recent literature review from Stockholm University found that business-IT alignment is associated with better overall performance, the study also noted that for many companies, getting everyone on the same page is typically an elusive feat.
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