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The 8 Capabilities Essential to Digital Business Success


Most employees today have a combination of wireless devices at home — smartphones, tablets, laptops, even portable WiFi-enabled video game systems — and of course, high-speed wireless networks to support these digital empires. But these devices don’t begin and end with social networking and shopping. Just think: Do you use your smartphone to check work… Read More

Jiordan Castle  

Competitive Crowdsourcing — When You Need It and When You Don’t


As much as we at Appirio like to crank the Rocky IV soundtrack and let the competition begin, the truth is, not all crowdsourcing platforms use competition. And that’s okay — some don’t need to use a competition methodology to produce results for you. But why is competition a huge value add for certain types… Read More

Clinton Bonner     @clintonbon

Ask the Experts: The Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the peak of the Gartner Hype Cycle, meaning it’s among the most talked about concepts in emerging technologies today — and CIOs and business strategists should take note. The possibilities of the IoT are expanding everyday, with no signs of slowing down. As we gear up for the… Read More

Nicole Klemp  

GE’s Latest Open Innovation Challenges Are Both Marketing and Technology Genius


Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A Fortune 10, leading global enterprise, wanted to make a splash with a new initiative, focusing heavily on the convergence of software into our physical, industrial world. This global leader did all the ‘usual’ types of advertising and brand building such as putting out a series of fantastic… Read More

Clinton Bonner     @clintonbon

A Speedboat, Not a Titanic: Crowdsourcing with CrowdReason


Historically, we’ve always been skeptical of the unknown — a faceless phone operator, buying pants online without trying them on first in the store… For some organizations, this apprehension extends to crowdsourcing. If you’re hesitant about using the power of the crowd for your business, you’re not alone. But you’re also avoiding the inevitable; in… Read More

Jiordan Castle  

Can a Big Company Innovate Like a Startup?


Innovation is not always big and splashy, like a hoverboard or a taco-delivering drone. Innovations can be small improvements to processes or products, which — when done consistently — can result in real value. As Professor Greg Bunch said in a recent edition of Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas, “Innovation is adding to, or subtracting from… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn

Crowdopolis: The Boom in Crowdsourcing is Real


It was a hot, midsummer day in LA and Mike Morris and I were struggling to find suitable parking on a sprawling university campus. We found our way to a fairly plain looking auditorium and took our seats amongst the crowd. We listened intently to some quality speakers talk about the topic of crowdsourcing. This… Read More

Clinton Bonner     @clintonbon

10 Signs It’s Time to Look for a New Job


“The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care,” Peter Gibbons says in the movie Office Space, during an interview with 2 men who’ve come to judge which employees are necessary at Initech. Here’s a movie most people consider a slacker comedy about ditching corporate life to do, well,… Read More

Jiordan Castle  

Tackle IT Department Problems With a New Way of Thinking


Businesses have been asking IT departments to do more with less for a long time now. So it’s common sense to proceed with caution, then, when looking to add something new to an already stretched business function. As good managers know, just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean they need to rush out and… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn

The Battle for IT Talent is On — Are You Ready?


The evolution of technology has drastically changed the role of IT today. They’re no longer just “those guys that set up your computer” —  technology teams are an integral part of an efficient, competitive, and innovative business. And companies are fighting a battle on 2 fronts: demand for IT talent is at an all-time high,… Read More

Harry West     @hj_west
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