4 guidelines for using employee data to boost wellness and company culture

Sparked by reforms in the Affordable Care Act, companies are increasingly launching fitness and wellness programs—and a popular avenue is to give employees access to fitness technology tools to help them track such health metrics as exercise and sleep. Several companies, including biotech firm Amgen Inc., made headlines earlier this year when they offered employees the chance to purchase an Apple Watch for $25 if they used the device to meet monthly fitness goals, and fitness technology company Fitbit works with enterprises like Adobe, NetApp, and BP on their employee health programs. HPE partners with ShapeUp, a leading global provider of social networking and incentives-based employee wellness solutions. By Calvin Hennick. July 22, 2016.

Wearable tech could turn us into navel-gazing slaves to the smartwatch

Were you to wander around Las Vegas this week you’d be in for a surprise – the usual office-weary conference goers have been replaced by the sparkling spectacle of technology replete with Silicon Valley hotshots, super-fast 3D printers and hovering drones. January 7, 2015.

Cyborg Camp: Speaker Announcement

I’m proud to announce that Chris Dancy, CyborgCamp 2012 emeritus, will be presenting at CyborgCamp MIT! Dancy came out of his “data closet” in Portland by showing a small unconference audience what he was doing with his own data. Wired writer Klintron Finley was in the room, and the rest is history.

Confluence: The Connected Man

My past finally catches up to my future self. I’ve been around the collection, gathering, analysis and usage of data since 1986. In 1999, I was invited to the SIME conference in Stockholm.  It was an impressive event that provided simulating and thought-provoking ideas about new technologies.  At that time, these technologies were Bluetooth, wireless and smart phones…

7 Ways to Boost Your Klout Score

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Klout was once a topic of controversy, but these days most social media experts and digital marketers agree that your Klout score matters, especially if you're connecting with customers or hunting for a new job. Given Klout's importance as a social media metric, what, then, can you do to keep your score climbing? Here those experts — as well as Klout CEO and co-founder Joe Fernandez — offer their tips to improve your Klout score.

Getting to know all about you

Expect to hear more about the “quantified self” movement — the name for a growing mass of devices, apps and technologies that sense, save and synthesize everything about you. And we do mean everything. We’ve all heard about wristbands that track your heart rate and fitness. But what about a device that maps every place you’ve ever been, everything you’ve ever said and everyone you’ve ever met? It could happen sooner than you think.

IT service management going social

IT professionals have to face the fact that social networking is no longer just the domain of families and friends trying to stay in touch with each other or businesses trying to reach out with enhanced customer intimacy. It is emerging as a potential killer app within IT teams striving for continual service improvement, collaborative effort and efficiencies in the way knowledge is retained and shared.