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Craig Roth
Managing Vice President: Communication, Collaboration, and Content
4 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Craig Roth is a vice president and service director for Gartner Research, in Burton Group's Collaboration and Content Strategies service. Mr. Roth covers a wide range of knowledge and Web-related topics at the intersection of collaboration, content… Read Full Bio

Driving Through the Stupid Valley on the Way to Smart Machines

by Craig Roth  |  June 29, 2015

I like Smart Machines. That’s computers taking unscripted actions on your behalf based on contextual awareness, just like a good secretary does. I only have to pay attention to important things. I like Dumb Machines that don’t do a thing without asking you. A well-designed dumb machine may give me sophisticated abilities to set rules, […]

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How to Collaborate Remotely with Jerks

by Craig Roth  |  June 1, 2015

I have read many articles about how futuristic collaboration technologies, from telepresence conference rooms to virtual worlds, will improve workplace collaboration. Recently, I saw a video of telepresence robots in a lab. Rather than being impressed, my first thought was “Great! Although I wish humanity had nailed down how to collaborate in person first before […]

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Our Private, Hidden Robots: Automating Yourself for Fun and Profit

by Craig Roth  |  May 19, 2015

It seems everyone these days is fearful of Silicon Valley geniuses or a star chamber in your IT department automating our jobs. Martin Ford’s “Rise of the Robots,” is a good example. But instead of someone automating your job, what if you did it yourself? In January of 2013 the tale made the rounds of […]

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Microsoft Ignite 2015: Addressing Information Overload

by Craig Roth  |  May 15, 2015

The research I have done into Enterprise Attention Management (a more actionable, non-complaining, enterprise-focused sibling to “information overload”) has left me sensitive to “information overload” comments. And I usually expect to hear the same drivel about our caveman brains ready to explode from the deluge of content. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear a […]

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Best of Microsoft Ignite 2015

by Craig Roth  |  May 12, 2015

With Microsoft Ignite behind us, it’s time to announce the winner of the “best” awards in 3 important categories: Best Freudian Slip : “Delve allows you to surface insults … I mean INSIGHTS! INSIGHTS!” Seems nervousness about unintended discovery runs deep. Best Unintended Laugh : In Satya’s Nadella’s Keynote: “You can get a notification that […]

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Microsoft Ignite: Of Course We’re Dedicated to SharePoint Server! Did You Ever Doubt That?

by Craig Roth  |  May 10, 2015

My main goal at Microsoft Ignite was to judge the SharePoint Server zeitgeist. To be clear, since Office 365’s announcement at SPC13 Microsoft never said they weren’t dedicated to continuing its on-premises version. But they didn’t do a lot to say they were either. Vendors often don’t talk two full versions out, but they also […]

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Microsoft Ignite: Overview

by Craig Roth  |  May 7, 2015

Hello from Chicago! Well, actually, I live here but it felt like being out of town with Microsoft Ignite at McCormick Place. 23,000 of my closest friends and I enjoyed 4 days of presentations on everything non-development tech, from SQL Server to SharePoint. Which brings me to the most obvious difference from SPC14: it was […]

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Email Etiquette: Speak Less if you Want to be Heard

by Craig Roth  |  February 11, 2015

It has been shown that humans can learn to filter out repetitive visual or audial noise. One study on a particularly common billboard showed that very few people who saw it remembered seeing it, versus recall of more rare ones. I think the same applies to frequent emails. I won’t say “spam” because I’m talking […]

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In Praise of (Good) Meetings

by Craig Roth  |  January 30, 2015

NPR had a segment yesterday by Yuki Noguchi on “And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings “. I was expecting a typical rant against the stupidity of meetings, but one word made all the difference: “bad ” meetings. Here are a few quotes from the written version: Stockton himself […]

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SharePoint Resume Advice: From a Hiring Manager

by Craig Roth  |  September 18, 2014

I’ve been scanning a lot of profiles and resumes for my opening for a SharePoint industry analyst. Unfortunately, I often have to read between the lines to figure out exactly what someone’s experience is. So I thought I’d provide my view on how SharePoint practitioners can improve their profiles to help with whatever professional experiences […]

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