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Why do companies squander (sales) potential by ignoring the power of mobile devices

Atos - Why do companies squander (Sales) potential by ignoring the power of mobile devicesIntroduction

Sales figures of mobile devices have increased with an incredible speed over the past few years. No matter whether for business or private purposes – most people use a minimum of two devices several times per day. Smartphones and tablets make our daily lives a lot easier: We rely on them so often that we forget how we managed to schedule appointments or share pictures only a few years ago. However, despite the diffusion and acceptance of mobile devices among great parts of the world’s population, the potential coming along with the efficient use of mobile devices is rarely used in the business environment.

Various studies confirm that these devices have a lot of potential to be exploited in a business environment. Mobile device usage is becoming increasingly important for enterprises to differentiate themselves from their competition, reduce costs … Continue reading ...

A “Smart Dashboard” to improve both my efficiency at work and my work-life balance (1/3)

Atos - A “Smart Dashboard” to improve both my efficiency at work and my work-life balanceEach and every one of us is “connected” in their day-to-day life, connected to our mailbox, connected to social media. We sometimes forget our business is working with people, but we always remember that it’s supported by software applications. Many different applications support my day-to-day activities. However, these “supporting” applications don’t always make my life easier but always make it easier to forget about my real business, people.

We can all remember, not so long ago, the time before Self Service Portals. The wide variety of tedious manual processes started by selecting the correct form, printing it before filling it in manually or filling it before printing it.  This was later improved by a computer supported process, followed by web interfaces. The next step of the process is where we’re at now, an integrated portal, only requiring us to sign … Continue reading ...

The Rise of the Social (Rail) Network?

Atos - The Rise of the Social Rail NetworkSocial networking has taken the world by storm. Twitter first went live in 2006 and by 2007 was already seeing usage at 400,000 tweets per quarter. In just seven years that has increased over 100,000 times to a staggering 255 million active users sending 500 million tweets per day in 2014.

Facebook has a similar story: 1 million monthly users in 2004 when it was founded, growing to 1.23 billion monthly users in 2013. Figures for August 2013 showed that 24 million Britons log on to Facebook every day and, of these, 83% are using a smartphone or tablet to do so. To put that in perspective: more than a third of the UK population are accessing Facebook every day.

On my team we develop and support the software that provides passenger information at over 1500 UK railway stations. Recently … Continue reading ...

How Data from Space Could Reveal the Origins of our World

Q&A with Laurent Peret, Atos Consultant and Business Technologist, for the Rosetta Space Mission

Philae’s primary landing site ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Philae’s primary landing site - ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDAAs the Rosetta Space Mission nears its final and most crucial phase – landing on the surface of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet – the team is working around the clock to ensure a successful and productive finale to this 10 year journey in the first ever mission to both orbit and land on a comet.

We chatted to Laurent Peret, one of the Atos Business Technologists, who has been working on the project for the last two years, to find out the challenges and discoveries made along the way.

Peret is working as part of a collaborative effort between Atos and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). The team have been handed the unprecedented task of sending … Continue reading ...

Team Communication in a Virtual and Mobile Workforce

Atos - Team Communication in a Virtual and Mobile WorkforceIn my years working on IT projects, I have gone from going into the office every day and seeing my team mates to working mostly from my home. I still have great teammates and we instant message or call each other daily to catch up on the day’s goals or work over a problem. I realized that having open conversations, building trust, and effectively communicating in a team are essential to a project’s success but what is the best way to do that in a dispersed team?

According to Global Workplace Analytics, the number of people who telecommute multiple days per week in the US has grown nearly 80% since 2005. Not only are people working from home but project teams are becoming globalized with team members from countries such as the US, Germany, and India all working together. Besides … Continue reading ...