Business Partner Insights

Mobile Payments At A Crossroads: What’s Taking So Long?

The reason you may soon leave your wallet behind is because your smartphone will take its place and become the repository for credit cards, coupons, loyalty cards—and cash. However, before that can happen, a mobile payment standard has to be agreed upon by a range of interests, and then adopted.   More

Learning Partner Insights

Open Online Courses: Higher Education of the Future?

I am "teaching" a MOOC, one of those massive, open, online courses through which Coursera and, more recently, edX offer people around the globe challenging learning experiences through a simple internet connection: video mini-lectures, machine-graded problem sets in some courses, peer-evaluated essays in others, discussion boards, and more. There's no cost or credit for the "students" yet, but could this point the way to the "schools" of the future?   More

Government Partner Insights

2012 – The Social Media Election

After it was over, the 2008 U.S. presidential election came to be known as "the social media election"—a nod to the Obama team's tech-savvy use of the Internet to raise money and build its grassroots network. But today, with the current presidential election campaigns going into overdrive, few would dispute that 2012 is the year social media in politics has truly come of age.   More

Partner Insights

Working from Home Together: How Companies Use Collaboration Tools to Connect Home-based Workers

Working from home has become the norm for many corporate employees. One in five employees worldwide ‘telecommute' on a regular basis. In the United States, more than 26 million people work from home on a regular basis, according to the Telework 2011 report. And even workers who spend the majority of their time in the office often check email and do work tasks from home—with 80% of employees completing company work on weekends and evenings.   More