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Craig Roth
Research VP, Tech and Service Providers
7 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Craig Roth is a Research Vice President focused on cloud office suites, collaboration tools, content management, and how they are being impacted by digital workplace and digital business trends...Read Full Bio

Children’s Book Tech Review: Can You Survive an Artificial Intelligence Uprising?: An Interactive Doomsday Adventure

by Craig Roth  |  August 9, 2017

Readers of this blog may be familiar with my Tech Reviews of popular movies such as “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Her “. But this is my first review of a children’s book. I was alerted to this book by my 8 year old son, who told me last week that he saw a book […]

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Which Robot-proof Jobs Should My Kids Major In?

by Craig Roth  |  August 3, 2017

As a parent with young kids, I wonder which fields they will go into. It used to be that a parent only had to fear them going into Art History, Medieval Literature, or some other similar field that would leave them jobless and raiding your fridge until your golden years. But now some articles imply […]

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What Is Artificial Intelligence? I Can’t Define It, But I Know It When I See It

by Craig Roth  |  July 21, 2017

When considering how to draw the line between whether an application is AI or not, I’m tempted to paraphrase U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart: I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of applications I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description “artificial intelligence” , and perhaps I could never succeed […]

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What I Want From AI at Work: A Secretary and an Intern

by Craig Roth  |  July 19, 2017

What do office-based knowledge workers want an AI to do for them? Specific industries may have their own jobs or roles that can be turned over to some kind of AI, but I’m thinking about general purpose knowledge work that applies across industries and geographies. My AI would be there to help me, not replace […]

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Letter from Microsoft Inspire 2017

by Craig Roth  |  July 10, 2017

Microsoft Inspire kicked off with a packed stadium at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. today. The seats were filled to the top and they announced over 17,000 in attendance. That’s probably more than the average Washington Wizards game (avg. 17,002 according to the NBA). The athleticism may not have been the same, but the […]

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This 4th of July Declare your Independence From Oppression … Of Email and Social Media

by Craig Roth  |  July 3, 2017

As Americans hoist their flags and fire up their grills in preparation for Fourth of July celebrations of our independence from an oppressive regime I’d like you consider declaring your own independence for a day from oppression that hits at home. That’s right – I’m talking about the regime of electronic communication and social tools […]

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Google G Suite: Staking Out Territory in the New Cloud Office Jungle

by Craig Roth  |  June 7, 2017

How do you take territory from an 800-pound gorilla? You don’t – you find a new habitat. This is what Google is trying to do with G Suite, which competes in the same ecosystem – the cloud office market – as Microsoft, the proverbial 800-pound gorilla of productivity. But Google has staked out an adjacent […]

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Remote Working: My Story

by Craig Roth  |  May 24, 2017

By now you’ve probably heard the news that IBM is canning its remote working policy and calling employees back into the office . I’m hoping this isn’t a trend since certain jobs, personalities, and life situations really thrive when workers don’t have to report into an office. And technologies keep improving to enable it. I […]

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Impact of AI, Robots, and Automation on Jobs: Tracking the “Hyperbole Cycle”

by Craig Roth  |  May 16, 2017

I’ve been noticing how articles about how AI, robots, or automation will impact the future job outlook all seem to reuse the same terms, like “disrupt”, “steal”, or “threaten”. The thesaurus has only so many terms to go around I suppose. I got to wondering which terms were most popular, and then how they’ve changed […]

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Digital Workplace Comes to Gartner’s TGI Conference

by Craig Roth  |  May 10, 2017

The digital workplace and “new ways of work” are a cornerstone of a digital business. But organizations need vendors to provide the right tools and service providers to help them find synergy between the new technological opportunities and the way they would like to work. I will be presenting on “Leverage Digital Workplace Trends to […]

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