Net:Work 2011

Event Info

Thu 8 Dec, 2011 at 11:45am
Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, 94158, US (Map)
Cost: From $595.00


Did you get the memo? Your workforce is implementing a multi-billion dollar infrastructure change — by themselves. 

The modern enterprise is no longer simply an office full of people. It’s a 24/7 global workforce connected by the web. The technology, the people and the processes have to be ready. Businesses that haven’t provisioned their operations for the mobile, social worker will lag.

With many companies still grappling with this change, the opportunity to help them make the transition is a booming market worth tens of billions of dollars. In the same way the “cloud” of Internet-enabled infrastructure changed corporate IT, the virtual workforce — powered by collaboration tools and the mobile web — has transformed every level of the organization from engineering to HR.

On December 8, GigaOM presents the second annual Net:Work conference, which will highlight the new opportunities broadband and mobility are creating for connecting work and workers. Net:Work 2011 will assemble GigaOM editors and research analysts, top business leaders, and technology companies to explore the business challenges and opportunities presented by a new global culture of work.

Topics for Net:Work 2011 include: 

The Mobile Workforce Takes Over

Today’s worker has a highly mobile lifestyle, which could be very beneficial but also risky to the enterprise. With every new mobile device and collaboration solution provisioned and used by the mobile worker, and not by IT, enterprises need to strike a balance between data security and mobile employee productivity. Hear from CIOs and CTOs from leading enterprises who share their best practices for managing their mobile workforces.

The Gamification of Work

How do you get a highly distracted customer or employee to complete paperwork, pay attention in meetings, or respond to surveys? Make the job a game. The latest trend in productivity and workforce engagement takes a page from apps and interactive games. Attend this session and hear from the innovators who have found a way to make process more productive — and fun.

How Information Overload is Taking its Toll (And what you can do about it)

Today’s worker cites information overload as a major source of job dissatisfaction. Real-time communication is taking its toll, as many of us spend more time catching up with emails or social media notifications. What can we do? Clearly, technology should help, but how?

The Fluid and Dynamic Workspace

The dynamic nature of today’s enterprise no longer suits the office environment of yesteryear, where everyone showed up at 8 and left at 5. Work organizations, old and new, are embracing the more “flexible office” powered by cloud-based services, mobile technology, and pervasive broadband. Besides offering flexibility for employees, enterprises are realizing concrete benefits to their budgets. But some companies are grappling with the challenges of building and retaining a workforce culture when their employees are everywhere. A panel of experts will discuss the latest trends and best practices for building a successful dynamic workspace.

The On-Demand Workforce

The contract and freelance industry is officially booming. It’s not just a trend or a by-product of the downturn. The on-demand workforce makes up nearly 30 percent of today’s U.S. workforce. In this session, we’ll hear from a number of businesses that are helping companies realize the benefits of project-based workers. We’ll also learn about other businesses that make freelancing a viable and permanent employment option for workers.

Knowledge is Power: How Social Tools are Impacting the Enterprise

Social tools — such as, Socialcast and Yammer — are having demonstrable and positive impact in the enterprise. In this session, we’ll hear case studies from several businesses detailing how they use these tools to keep employees and managers up-to-date, communicate between traditionally siloed departments, and build trust within the organization. Some companies are even using these tools to capture, harvest, and document experience and knowledge within their organizations. We’lll look at impacts in the short term and explore what we can expect to see as the tools and practices mature.

Big Ideas: Next-Generation Collaboration

What might the collaboration tools of the future look like? In the first part of this session, we’ll welcome a panel of CIOs and CTOs, who’ll reveal their wish lists. In the second half, we’ll welcome a group of companies, which will provide examples of solutions to address these needs.



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