Welcome!

News Feed Item

Unify Unveils Industry's First Global New Way to Work Index

Hundreds of executives from more than 25 countries reveal the challenges and opportunities for enabling successful virtual teams

HANNOVER, Germany, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CeBIT -- Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, today released the industry's first New Way to Work (#NW2W) research series with data from global business executives from more than 25 countries. The Unify New Way to Work Index was announced during CEO Dean Douglas' keynote at the CeBIT Global Conference, where he detailed the imperative for business leaders to prioritize creating new strategies for communications and collaboration systems and IT infrastructure. Douglas has declared 2014 as the year the New Way to Work will be prioritized for investments by C-level executives and is investing in Unify research, technology and partnerships to lead the industry in solutions to support this transformation. The announcement was made at CeBIT, the world's largest international ICT trade fair, held in Hannover, Germany, March 10-14.

Unify New Way to Work Index Identifies the Hallmarks of Successful Virtual Teams

The first research wave for the Unify New Way to Work Index ran between January and February 2014 and surveyed more than 300 executives across the globe, focusing on the habits and constructs of successful teams. Among the results was the finding that 94 percent of respondents work with virtual team members, indicating the rise of today's mobile and global workforce and an urgent need for solutions that create enhanced productivity and collaboration across multiple platforms.

"Increasingly, work today is remote, mobile, and distributed and we're on track to see 1.3 billion virtual team members join the global workforce by 2015," Douglas said. "Even with advances in technology to meet the needs of 'anywhere workers,' many organizations find themselves mired in fragmented systems, with frustrated users and missed opportunities.  As a trusted advisor to customers around the world, Unify is taking a leadership role to understand the issues and help companies create a plan for the New Way to Work that brings a transformation to their entire enterprise. This transformation brings new collaboration and communications systems with real-time engagement technologies that energizes workers and dramatically improves business performance."  

Data from the first Unify New Way to Work Index revealed six habits of highly successful teams:

Successful teams don't let distance get in the way, and behavior trumps location. 68 percent of those on very successful teams have more than half their members in another location. 85 percent have over one-fourth of their members working remotely.

Successful teams collaborate freely wherever they are. Only 16 percent of those on the most successful teams say they are less likely to voice disagreement on virtual calls than they would in face-to-face meetings; compared to 55 percent of those on less successful teams.  

Those on very successful teams are more personable in their habits. 71 percent of them engage in personal/non-business conversation with colleagues daily or weekly, compared to just 42 percent of those on less successful teams.

Successful team members reach out across locations. 86 percent of those on the most successful teams regularly reach out to colleagues at other sites merely to keep in touch.

Dialog trumps monolog in successful team meetings. 77 percent of those on highly successful teams say less than a quarter of their meetings are one-way monologues.

Successful teams have more focused meetings.  Over half (51 percent) of those on very successful teams say they rarely or never find themselves on calls where most of the content is irrelevant to their work.

For additional information about these findings and to download a copy of the current Unify NW2W Index please visit http://www.unify.com/us/new-way-to-work/inside-virtual-teams-survey.aspx.

Unify has created a new resource hub filled with content, data and best practices that leaders can access as they build their New Way to Work strategy. The hub can be accessed at www.unify.com/NW2W.

Follow the New Way to Work (NW2W) conversation on Twitter at #NW2W and on LinkedIn.

About the Unify NW2W Index

The Unify NW2W Index examines the habits and constructs of successful virtual teams and the anywhere worker. Produced quarterly, findings include research on management and behavioral trending of virtual teams. The Unify NW2W Index is distributed via email, social media and website by Unify and our partners at the Ferrazzi Greenlight Research Institute. 

Unify at CeBIT

Unify is exhibiting at CeBIT 2014 in Hall 13, Booth D38. The booth not only offers visitors the opportunity to explore the portfolio and immerse themselves in the look and feel of the new Unify brand, but also allows them be whisked away to four different islands where they can experience the working world of today and tomorrow, coming ever closer together – on the train, in the cafe, at the office and in the home office.

About Unify
Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.

This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Unify's management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Unify does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

 

Unify Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Unify)

 

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140311/NY80724-INFO
Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131015/NY97454LOGO

SOURCE Unify

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Things are changing so quickly in IoT that it would take a wizard to predict which ecosystem will gain the most traction. In order for IoT to reach its potential, smart devices must be able to work together. Today, there are a slew of interoperability standards being promoted by big names to make this happen: HomeKit, Brillo and Alljoyn. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Adam Justice, vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, will review what happens when smart devices don’t work togethe...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), will provide an overview of various initiatives to certifiy the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldw...
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle.
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, will posit that disruption is inevitable for c...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
What if you could build a web application that could support true web-scale traffic without having to ever provision or manage a single server? Sounds magical, and it is! In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Munns, Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services, will show how to build a serverless website that scales automatically using services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon S3. We will review several frameworks that can help you build serverle...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in S...