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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

G Suite at Google Cloud Next ’17

by Craig Roth  |  March 11, 2017

It’s an exciting time to be watching the productivity market. So many vendors are now pushing the digital workplace standard forward rather than just supporting how users currently work. A new vision of how workers can work is coalescing and it is enabling them to look past incremental feature improvements and think of new ways […]

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Automation Can Make Elusive “Productivity Improvements” A Reality

by Craig Roth  |  March 2, 2017

For years proponents of content and collaboration technology such as portals, content management, search, and office suites used “productivity improvements” as the reason to buy their products. Back in the portal heyday I used to have our researchers pull an annual list of articles about “portal ROI” and the numbers got more extreme every year. […]

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What Does “Robots First” Innovation Look Like?

by Craig Roth  |  February 14, 2017

What does the future of jobs look like? I found out unexpectedly this weekend when I took my kids to the Lego exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago. There is a contest where kids are broken into teams on a stage. A challenge is chosen from a set of cards […]

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Digital Workplace Vendors Match Up Best with Organizations Embracing New Ways of Work

by Craig Roth  |  February 1, 2017

I have been noticing that the lines are becoming more clear between companies that work as they always have (“current ways of work”) and companies that embrace “new ways of work.” As a software vendor it’s important to know which side of this line you are on. As a software buyer or user, determining which […]

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How Organizations Will Spend the Windfall from Automation

by Craig Roth  |  January 27, 2017

Here is today’s math word problem: Ollie’s Ostrich Burger has 10 (non-managerial) employees per restaurant. A new robot is introduced that can get the same work done with only 5 employees. How many employees will each Ollie’s restaurant have after installing the robots? Show your work. Did you say 10-5=5? That is how most articles […]

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New Research Defines “Robotic Staff Augmentation”; To Avoid Losing Your Job to Robots, Make Robots Work For You

by Craig Roth  |  January 16, 2017

My document “To Avoid Working for Robots, Make Robots Work for Your Organization” published today, and just in time: 2017 has kicked off with a bang of technological unemployment articles that describe how robotic, AI, or automation technology is threatening jobs and what to do about it. It started for me in my local paper, […]

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Why is Productivity Slowing Down?

by Craig Roth  |  January 9, 2017

If you feel less productive than you used to be, you are not alone. A WSJ article from Jan 5 2017 (“The Fed’s Point Man on Productivity“) states that “Total factor productivity grew an average 1.8% a year from the end of 1995 through 2004, but growth has slowed since then to an average 0.5% […]

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Star Wars: Rogue One: A Tech Movie Review (3 Stars)

by Craig Roth  |  December 23, 2016

I just returned from seeing “Star Wars: Rogue One” and thought it was a fun exploration of the challenges of finding, retrieving, and transferring mission critical content (in this case, plans for the Death Star showing a critical vulnerability). Before I begin, let me give this *** Spoiler alert! *** The core of the story, […]

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Humans Training Bots

by Craig Roth  |  November 17, 2016

In my previous posting “Humans Masquerading as Smart Machines to Avoid the Stupid Valley” I commented on an article about the process behind the scenes at a smart personal assistant chatbot company. I asked “Do I want a bot taught by “helicopter trainers?”. After that blog post I was contacted by the x.ai folks, who […]

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Robotic Staff Augmentation: Hear About it at Symposium Orlando 2016!

by Craig Roth  |  October 14, 2016

I’ve been amazed at the sheer avalanche of material published on the current or potential impacts of automation on human employment, but surprised how little of it seems actionable for enterprise IT. That’s unfortunate since enterprises are where technological unemployment will occur – where the rubber tread of a robot meets the road. Instead, many […]

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