Workplace Trends To Watch for in 2021

COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our lives — at home and at work. Some of these changes are short-term, but most will have a lasting impact. While organizations have worked to adapt to the shift in technology and processes, one of the most profound changes has been that of our mindset. 

Even as we roll out the COVID-19 vaccination for mass distribution, many of these new changes will permanently reshape our conception of the world of work in the times to come. 

Remote work has become the norm and many organizations like Microsoft, Gartner, Adobe, PayPal, Salesforce, Slack, Twitter and more have adopted an indefinite work-from-home model.

With that in mind, it has become increasingly more important to redefine and further clarify company values and culture to keep organizations in sync with the new normal of working.  Here are some workplace trends that you can expect to see in 2021. 

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5 Takeaways From the RPA Insiders Virtual Conference

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is one of the hottest digital trends gaining traction in 2020. With RPA, businesses can automate away mundane and repetitive tasks to focus on work that not only drives revenue, but also brings employees job satisfaction.

In our latest virtual conference, “RPA Insiders Virtual Conference,” hosted by Udacity and UiPath, world-renowned panelists and keynote speakers —-  from companies including Spotify, Forrester, and PwC — gathered to discuss what RPA is, how COVID-19 has impacted the industry, and what it takes to be an excellent RPA developer.

Here are the top five takeaways centered around RPA as an emerging technology that we got from the conference on September 15.

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Cybersecurity in 2020: Four Threats You Need to Know About

As technology continues to evolve and become more sophisticated, so do cybersecurity threats. Costly, in terms of both time and money –– on average, it takes a business 206 days to identify a data breach and the average total cost of a data breach is over 3.9 million dollars –– it’s critical that you’re aware of the latest threats.

Here are four current cybersecurity threats and recommendations on how you can ensure you’re protected.

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How Healthcare is Using Bioinformatics and AI to Improve Population Health

Now more than ever, great attention is being paid to advancements in healthcare, including the race to find an effective vaccine for COVID-19.

Two fields, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence (AI), are playing critical roles in forever changing and advancing the healthcare industry.

Here’s  how bioinformatics and AI are being used to improve the health of the population.

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EdTech Evolution: Recap Of Top 2019 Trends And Those Expected To Rule 2020

This article on EdTech Evolution first appeared in BusinessWorld here.

There is no doubt that education is the key to transform lives. But now that we are living in the age of digital technologies, we are quickly getting accustomed to seeing education itself being transformed by leaps and bounds. The coming up of new-age players in the online education space has innovated both the nature and quality of education, and it is just the beginning of EdTech evolution.

EdTech Evolution: Recap Of Top 2019 Trends And Those Expected To Rule 2020

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Technology Leader Sue Barsamian Shares Her Leadership Playbook

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Great leadership is the foundation of any organization, big or small. Without capable leaders guiding the way, growth is impossible. Effective business leadership requires a skillful captain to navigate the ship, and not simply a passive presence standing near the helm. Quality leadership is active, not static. One person who knows what it takes to be a successful leader is technology veteran Sue Barsamian. 

We sat down with Sue during our recent Udacity Thought Leader Series Webinar to discuss the qualities leaders need to create and manage high-performing, productive teams. Sue’s extensive background in general management, marketing, sales, and engineering is a testament to her reputation as a foremost expert in team development. Currently, Sue serves on the boards of Symantec, Box, Gainsight, and Xactly. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President, and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software, where she orchestrated the successful spinning-off of the division from HPE and merger with Micro Focus International, to form the world’s seventh-largest software company.

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Announcing our newest client: Global consulting leader Accenture

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Since we launched Udacity’s Enterprise business in 2017, a growing number of companies have enrolled their employees in Udacity’s Nanodegree programs, indicating that leading organizations are increasingly investing in Udacity’s Nanodegree programs to upskill their own employees while helping to close the talent gap in the labor market. We’re proud to have partnered with Fortune 500 companies to help them transform their workforces. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our latest partnership with the worldwide consulting leader Accenture. 

Learning with Udacity supports Accenture’s mission to help solve their clients’ toughest challenges. Through this pilot program, selected Accenture employees will have the opportunity to enroll in one of five Udacity Nanodegree programs in pioneering technology subjects such as Self-Driving Cars, Deep Learning, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision.

When I met with Udacity graduates at Accenture last month, we spoke about the changing nature of industries worldwide. Transportation, for instance, is undergoing multiple parallel changes with the advent of electric and self-driving cars, as well as new ridesharing models. Lifelong learning is a crucial tool that enables students to catch up to the latest in these fields. By becoming expert learners in subjects such as self-driving cars and machine learning, students will be able to move in tandem with these innovations, remaining on the pulse, and transition into new capabilities as experts in their fields.

Andrew Smith, Managing Director and Head of Industry X.0 at Accenture, completed Udacity’s Deep Learning Nanodegree program earlier this year. “Continuous learning is important in every job. But in consulting it is vital to stay ahead, especially as the speed of technological advancement accelerates every day,” he said. “Udacity’s programs teach the exact tech skills we need at Accenture. They offer a great learning experience that can be flexibly integrated into your schedule regardless of location and course hours.”

By launching this pilot program with Accenture, Udacity is taking another step towards our mission to power careers through tech education. A warm welcome to all the new learners at Accenture. We look forward to watching your continued progress and seeing what you will build. Thank you for learning with Udacity!

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