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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

Surprise? “Work Anywhere” is Not So Appealing in Dense Countries

by Craig Roth  |  July 18, 2018

“Work anywhere”, as the term goes, is a core component of the new vision of work since it allows for more fluid teams, geographic expansion, improves employee choice, may increase workforce diversity (women and workers with disabilities), and reduces strain on public transport and roads. While all of those benefits have potential counter arguments, added […]

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Microsoft Nudges You Towards Productivity

by Craig Roth  |  July 17, 2018

Microsoft announced Workplace Analytics solutions and MyAnalytics nudges on Thursday to “put individuals and teams at the center of change.” Briefly, Workplace Analytics takes usage data from O365 to aggregate group stats and track the results of change management efforts. MyAnalytics (part of O365 Enterprise E5, an extra fee on some other plans) is more […]

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Can Digital Transformation Be Forced Onto Workers?

by Craig Roth  |  July 5, 2018

Let me begin by saying no business leader or technology provider has ever asked me this question. But I have recently been involved in two surveys related to digital transformation where the workers themselves – not the buyers or IT leaders – were surveyed and have received questions as to why I made this unusual […]

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Don’t Stick Your Head in the Sand About Worker Benefits of AI, Robotics, and Automation

by Craig Roth  |  June 25, 2018

In January of 2017 I introduced a scenario to posit the ways in which gains from automation may be spent to explore a hypothesis that the common knee-jerk reaction – that employees will get fired – only occurs if other options that are better for employees are not viable. Not for altruistic reasons, but because […]

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How Greedy Are Executives About Potential Gains from AI?

by Craig Roth  |  June 14, 2018

Last year I described the Ollie’s Ostrich Burger scenario which explores the ways in which the gains from technological automation in the most routine, manual processes can be spent. You can read the initial post here, but the summary of the scenario is as follows: Ollie’s Ostrich Burger has 10 (non-managerial) employees per restaurant. A […]

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Should Your Marketing and Branding Shift From Talking About “Pain Points” to “Numb Points”?

by Craig Roth  |  May 30, 2018

Ever heard the term “pain points”? Of course you have. The definition I’ve seen thrown around (like here ) is “Business consultants use ‘pain points’ as a term to describe the places where a business feels the ‘pain’ due to poor operational structure, bad software or good, old-fashioned inefficiencies.” If you’re in product marketing or […]

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Who Will Be a Better Predictor of AI Adoption: Management or Workers?

by Craig Roth  |  May 29, 2018

Let’s say you are going to do a survey on AI to determine how prevalent it is today, which industries and roles are most likely to implement it, and how quickly it will be adopted in the future. Do you think it would be better to survey line-level employees or executives? I don’t actually need […]

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Why Do Meeting Cancellations Say “I’m Giving You Back 30 Minutes … You’re Welcome”?

by Craig Roth  |  May 24, 2018

One of the fine side benefits of covering employee productivity is the bits of insight that it brings about everyday office life. For example, what does it mean when a meeting ends early or gets cancelled and the organizer says something like “I’m going to give you back 30 minutes”? That just happened to me […]

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Improving Meetings With Advanced Technology

by Craig Roth  |  May 17, 2018

There was an interesting demo at the Microsoft Build conference on the future of meetings. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend watching it here. There is a lot of compelling technology on display. Speech-to-text transcribed the meeting and automatically pulled out action items. And who can’t be wowed by the Hololens? I take it […]

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The Digital Dexterity Index Shows Some Countries Adopt New Ways of Working Easier Than Others

by Craig Roth  |  May 10, 2018

Taking calls from both buyers of digital workplace solutions and sellers (vendors and service providers) has given me a vantage point from which I’ve noticed a key barrier on the way to digital transformation: many workers are just not ready to adopt new ways of working. That readiness – which we call Digital Dexterity – […]

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