Archive for August 11, 2020

LinkedIn’s Latest Data Indicates Canadians Aren’t Convinced On The Return To The Workplace

Posted in Commentary on August 11, 2020 by itnerd

As Canada’s businesses prepare a range of new protocols for reopening, how many workers would actually be willing to return to their physical workspaces? 

For LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence research, they asked participants across different industries and company sizes how they’d feel if they were allowed to go back – and what their top concerns would be if they did.  

One of the most notable findings indicated that Canadians working for the smallest companies with 1-10 employees (SMB) are the most confident about their employer’s outlook 6 months from now, while Canadians working for the largest companies with 10,000+ employees (enterprise) are by far the least confident about their employer’s outlook 6 months from now. 

Here are some of the major findings from the sixth edition of Canada’s Workforce Confidence Index: 

  • Compared to a month ago, the percentage of Canadians who think the ‘number of jobs they apply to will increase’ went up from 20% to 24% 
  • Similarly, the percentage of Canadians who think the ‘number of new jobs available will stay the same’ went up from 49% to 55% compared to a month ago 
  • Canadians working in Software & IT Services are the most confident (40), followed by Finance as second-most confident (39) and Construction as third-most (37) 
  • Employees in the education space are most likely to return as soon as possible (37) (though they may feel pressured to do so); Tech employees are most likely to continue staying away, with only (15) returning as soon as they are allowed 
  • Employees in Construction are least likely to have any concerns about returning to physical workplace (29); Consumer Goods/Retail employees are most likely to be concerned about working in close proximity to others (47) 

For the full results, visit here

Infographic: New Virtual Care Survey From Nanos Research x TELUS Health

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 11, 2020 by itnerd

Here’s new data on virtual care/COVID from Nanos Research and TELUS Health. The recent surveyof Ontarians has shown that close to half of Ontario residents report having delayed care for themselves or a loved one during the pandemic out of fear of being exposed to the virus in hospitals or clinics.

View the full report here.

UPDATE: TELUS Health commissioned this survey to get a better understanding of the virtual care landscape during COVID-19. They saw an uptick in the use of their virtual care solutions during the pandemic, particularly Babylon by TELUS Health. The service saw a tenfold increase in consultations since the pandemic, and is now available in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Dell Announces New Latitude Chromebook Enterprise

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 11, 2020 by itnerd

Chrome OS has accelerated its expansion within businesses amid the shift to work from anywhere. The new Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise, a 14-inch premium business laptop or 2-in-1 from Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL), boosts productivity with on-the-go power, sophisticated security and fast connectivity features employees need.

With the Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise, Dell expands its Latitude Chromebook lineup – now offering a mainstream and premium option – to give companies more choice in devices without sacrificing enterprise-class scale, manageability and security. 

Work Anywhere: Designed for executives, mobile professionals and remote workers, the Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise includes innovative security and productivity features, allowing employees to power up quickly with no time wasted on setting up the device. Co-engineered with Intel as part of the Project Athena innovation program, the Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise offers LTE mobile broadband, Intel WiFi 6 and up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors to boost productivity and performance for bandwidth-intensive activities, such as working up to 8.6 times faster in Google Sheets.

Additional key features include:

  • First-ever 4K panel with Low Blue Light display available on a Chromebook Enterprise: The Latitude 7410 provides better readability and eye comfort with built-in 4K low blue light display technology. An expansive, four-sided narrow border display also provides more screen to connect with colleagues, and acoustic noise reduction features that enhance video calls.
  • World’s longest battery life of any premium Chromebook: With up to 21 hours of battery life, mobile professionals can complete tasks throughout the day. If they do need a charge, the device can charge quickly from 0% up to 35% in as little as 20 minutes with ExpressCharge Boost or get up to 80% charge in as fast as an hour with ExpressCharge.
  • Ease of use: Employees and executives pressed for time can rely on one-hand assist to power the Latitude Chromebook in less than three seconds simply by opening the lid. For extra flexibility, the device comes with the one of the broadest array of ports available in a premium Chromebook Enterprise. Simple app access is available locally or online through the Chrome Browser or the managed Google Play Store. Employees get peace of mind with an optional built-in privacy panel and camera privacy shutter.
  • Premium design: Professionals can choose between machined aluminum or carbon fiber on the world’s lightest 14-inch Chromebook Enterprise laptop. A new silver color is available on the Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise to give more employees a modern look and feel.

Management and Security: As organizations prepare for long-term remote work, Dell Technologies Unified Workspace reduces IT complexity and allows IT leaders to secure, manage and support the Latitude Chromebook Enterprise. Available in more than 50 countries and with 14 localized language keyboards, companies can select and purchase various configurations to meet employee needs. IT can manage the devices with the same level of support, security and reliability they expect in a corporate environment, and have confidence in platform stability with the Intel® Stable IT Platform. They can service and upgrade storage and batteries and operate the same support model across their entire organization.

Availability and pricing:

The Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise is available now starting at $1,299.00 U.S. and will be available soon with Intel® Core™ i3 processors starting at $1,099.00 U.S.

New Report From Western Union Business Solutions Says That 5G Investment & Digital Tech Will Be The Biggest Catalyst For Economic Growth Post-COVID-19

Posted in Commentary on August 11, 2020 by itnerd

As the country moves towards economic recovery, new research out today from Western Union Business Solutions, a leader in international money movement and trade, shows that for Canada and other nations, technology is going to be a vital industry in helping a successful economic recovery after the pandemic.

The report explores the value of services trade and commerce to the global economy and forecasts an outlook for the next five years. Services trade, including technology, makes up more than half (55%) of all trade and includes non-physical values such as the exchange of expertise, business functions, and intellectual property.

The report shows that:

  • Canada is projected to increase its total services exports by $13bn by 2025, and digital services (technology, financial services and business-to-business) will contribute to over half (54%) of this growth.
  • 5G will be a huge part of that growth worldwide:
    • Operators are expected to invest around $900 billion worldwide in 5G networks between 2020 and 2025.
    • As the pandemic has highlighted the potential for remote interactions to replace geographic proximity, we can expect greater investment in digital infrastructure to take place in coming years, including faster adoption of 5G technologies.
  • Advances in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) will help modernize trade across borders.

You can see more details by clicking here.