Category: Techvibes

Agile Design Sets the Standard for Workplace Effectiveness

The phrase “Move fast and break things” is a pretty common one when it comes to innovation. This slogan is an approach to work that glorifies experimenting without fear of failure until a solution or breakthrough is found. What that phrase is not, however, is something one would expect to hear from a design and architecture firm. Unless that firm is Gensler.

As one of the most well-known workplace design organizations in the world, Gensler knows what makes a space beautiful. To get to that point, Gensler had to become a leader in understanding workplace effectiveness through decidedly non-aesthetic measuring points, such as data, benchmarks, and client iteration

Workplaces that work
Employees are more acutely aware of their workspaces than any generation before. For the new school of innovation-first businesses, founders are happy to leave behind the windowless cubicles and unstocked vending machines in search of better surroundings that could inspire innovation, diversity of thought..

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WeWork Toronto’s Bay Street Base

The meteoric success of coworking spaces is one of the biggest pieces of the “future of work” puzzle to date. As businesses strive to keep the employees happy, healthy and engaged, there are more and more brands popping up communal areas to work, collaborate, and learn.

In 2010, WeWork founders Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey saw this growing opportunity and have since built the household name in coworking. With over 320,000 members globally, the New York City-based organization has made a name for itself—literally—by creating stunning spaces around the world where individuals and companies can rent desks and office spaces, whether it be for one day or indefinitely.

Over the last two years though, WeWork has undergone a massive expansion. Now with over 335 locations in 83 cities, each coworking outpost follows a “similar, but different” vibe. Toronto was targeted as a spot for rapid growth, with plans to open 20 locations in the city by 2020 after opening their first in late 2017.

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Hybrid Intelligence is the Future of Supply Chain Management

Supply chain and product fulfillment is one of the most exciting industries in the world right now when it comes to digital innovation. While that might not sound too sexy, the method of delivering a product from point A to point B has completely changed over the last five years, and will likely be completely different in the next five.

There are so many variables involved in automating supply chain processes: Delivery, manufacturing, packing, sorting, and more. There are obvious applications in industries like finance and entertainment where AI will have a major impact, but at this exact moment, AI is revolutionizing how products are sold and shipped.

But not all AI is created equally. Just ask Kindred, an AI robotics firm with offices in the San Fransisco and Toronto. The company manufactures robotic arms to aid in sorting and packing materials in a fulfillment setting—a fancy way of saying their robots pack boxes full of products to ship to customers. As of now, Kindred has public..

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Five Years to the Top: Microsoft’s Software Boss Julia Liuson

Five years ago, something big happened in in the sleepy suburb of Redmond, Washington. Microsoft began reinventing themselves in all kinds of unique ways, leading to their most dramatic jump in valuation since the dot-com bubble.

That five-year shift began in 2014 with the appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO. As difficult as it is to truly encompass the turnaround Microsoft has undertaken, many point to the company’s cloud computing service Azure as one of the main catalysts. The platform has risen prominently in the last half-decade to become a leader in the cloud hosting to become a viable alternative to the dominant Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Others will point to a major internal culture shift as the major successful turning point–another a strategy implemented following the appointment of Nadella. Culture, in this case, is not the term typically espoused by the technology community, but rather a shift explainable only through the leaders who inspired and manufactured the change i..

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Apple Card is the Digital Leap the Payments World Needed

The Apple Card launch is unique among tech launches in that it requires some digging to understand its impact. What seems like a fairly basic addition to your wallet is, in reality, a game-changing product that stands to have a significant impact in the payment space, consumer banking, and Apple’s growing ecosystem.

Anchored by “simplicity, transparency, and privacy,” The Apple Card boasts a few familiar features along with brand new standards: Apple is reporting full onboarding within minutes, completely inside the experience of the phone. Outside of a traditional interest fee on carried balances, Apple Card has zero annual, cash advance, or over-limit charge fees. The distribution is through the Mastercard network, meaning it is usable anywhere Mastercard is accepted. Rather than a myriad of rewards options, Apple is offering cash back: One per cent on purchases made with the physical card, two per cent for the digital card with Apple Pay, and three per cent on purchases of Apple pr..

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MasterCard’s Open Loop Payments Make Cities Smarter

Making a city “smarter” an ambiguous goal. It means installing traffic signals that can identify when a road is being used, but it also means building an entire smart neighborhood plagued with data privacy and ownership issues. Somewhere in between those is the right balance for using technology to improve how a city operates.

What we’re starting to see more of now is a city partnering with an enterprise company such as MasterCard—an organization that already has multiple solutions working fluidly in the private world—and seeing how those applications can then be adopted within the existing infrastructure. This is the often more simple and results-oriented approach, as technology is already so ingrained in the daily city lifestyle that working with large business partners to deply a project is just more practical than having a city launch their own version of a smart city upgrade.

For MasterCard, their approach to making cities smarter relied on simplifying the daily commute for citi..

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MLSE is Leading the Digital Revolution in Professional Sports

Innovation in the sports world is a unique form of thinking. Ask anyone what some of the biggest recent innovations in sports are, and they might say the graphite hockey stick or the dual-core golf ball. Those answers are half-true as they only affect the players, representing a very small percentage of those who actually engage with professional sports.

When pressed about innovation, an intuitive sports fan may point to the first-down line ESPN added to their televised NFL broadcast in 1998, a digital enhancement that actually won the sports network an Emmy. That is closer to the mark: A tangible change that adds value for fans, and in particular, the 99 per cent of people outside of the stadium who are viewing it at home.

This approach to innovation has been difficult to normalize in the modern sports world. The smallest examples of advances, like head-mounted cameras on referees, are met with huge adoration—not because it is so cutting-edge, but rather it is simply something new..

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