For more than a decade, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) has been a hub of cutting-edge research. Based out of Northwestern University, NICO is a world-recognized leader in research related to the structure, dynamics, evolution, and control of complex networks. NICO’s research is multi-disciplinary and aimed at uncovering the fundamental principles that govern networks and complex systems. Ultimately, the Institute’s goal is to apply this research in science, technology, and human behavior to solve pressing societal issues.
The cloud has changed the workplace for the better. Cloud-based, real-time collaboration tools enable flexible working situations. Together, they enable companies to compete in this fast-changing world. But the reason is not the technology—it’s what the technology allows people to do.
Research plays a big part in how we design products and understand our customers, so we commissioned a survey on what we call “Collective Creativity” to explore what makes people feel happy with their jobs and able to be creative at work.
There’s a word that strikes fear in IT circles: shelfware. It’s a term reserved for software that’s gone unused in spite of the effort, time, and money that went into deploying it. As its name suggests, it sits on a figurative shelf, wasting away instead of delivering on the promise to improve productivity or increase sales. Though the reasons why can be numerous, one rears its ugly head all too often: usability. If it isn’t easy enough or fast enough, or just doesn’t do what employees need it to do, they won’t use it.
IT infrastructure is mission critical for most business operations, and if it’s being done right, most people shouldn’t even notice it’s there. Because of that, your business is probably spending good money to make sure nothing breaks. With so much being spent, it’s only natural that many companies are paying close attention to IT expenses. We wanted to learn more about this trend, so we had IDC study the return on investment several Dropbox for Business customers were getting.
In a recent survey of Dropbox for Business customers, research firm IDC found increased productivity and efficiency among end users — leading to an annual average productivity and revenue gain of $261,200 over 5 years, for every 100 users on Dropbox for Business. Here’s why.