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Incorporating Human-centered Solutions for Workplace Transformation

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By Emmanuel Asika

A usual workweek for some could read: Traditional Monday meetings, outfield customer oversite on Tuesday, convene strategic think-tank session with colleagues working remotely from the corporate office, whilst deploying the HP Smart App to print meeting outlines for physical attendees on the go. Just as you go about your day, the relationship with your team is somewhat multi-dimensional with Slack and Teams holding sway.

Incidentally, for over two years, institutions globally have persistently recorded a multifaceted paradigm shift; seeing people getting jobs done on the go – from the comfort of their homes, hotels, in-flight, and in coffee cafés or shared workspaces. While most employees welcome hybrid work, it has its peculiar glitches.

These dynamics – tools and processes driving the engagement and efficiency of in-person work environment is now jaded; hence, businesses ensure productivity is not impeded by striving harder through the adoption of a flexible work model.

One of the noticeable trends in Nigeria in recent times is that HR leaders have identified organizational redesign as a priority and are moving towards building a cross-functional network of teams to become more agile. Efficiency is key to successfully execute organizational strategy.

So, to generate, share, and protect data amongst a mass workforce, business leaders must devise effective strategies. Therefore, whilst acknowledging that ways to handle once-printed material is one struggle, yet for other workflow, the issues reach farther.

Embracing digital transformation rightly is arduous; according to Boston Consulting Group, about 70% of digital transformations fall short of their objective expectations, reasons giving as uncomplimentary company culture not endearing to change or poor data gathering and management methods.

The concept of “human-centered transformation” – which is a tactic that sustains workers at the forefront is one reliable concept being entrenched by HP worldwide. This deals with the needs of employees to work proficiently and successfully today. This, in the workplace, further connotes great understanding of end-user’s behaviour, wishes, and own experiences.

Consequently, whilst you want to imagine employees’ adaptability to stale technologies, tools, and procedures – can be unproductive and unsatisfying for many to deploy, exclusively in our dynamic work world—tools, technologies and procedures essentially must, speedily, meet employees’ needs.

Incidentally, accepting “human-centered transformation” is expressly imperative as employee roles are now more flexible than ever; hence, HP is distinctively determined to explore this as it undergoes its own swing to digital processes, workflows, and systems.

Deepening worker-focused solutions

Nigeria’s remote work scene is thriving, as more and more businesses embrace the hybrid model. Lately, the ‘japa’ syndrome has compelled employers to rethink work conditions and embrace customised work arrangements, new research, Temporal Contexts and Actors vis-a-vis I-deals’ Timing and Creation: Evidence from Nigeria, has found.

Also, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), 85 percent of 1,017 Nigerian companies adopted hybrid work arrangements during the pandemic, while at least four percent of those surveyed will operate a fully remote work approach post-COVID. Nigeria also leads the way in the number of organisations in Africa planning a hybrid work model (56 percent) going forward.

HP, as a global corporate citizen, prides itself as more than a manufacturer of discreet products and solutions like computers, printers, webcams, and other peripherals. We aim to provide a holistic, intuitive suite of products and services that are flexible, scalable, and anticipate customers’ needs.

It is layering valuable insights into products and services through advanced technologies such as AI, machine learning, and crowdsourcing that enable greater problem-solving, faster decision-making, and increased sharing of vital information.

The objective for HP is to inspire customers in line with their own digital transformation paths by providing ongoing, informed decision-making. Thus, for reference, the HP Presence portfolio uses AI for real-time monitoring to guarantee that video calls users perpetually stay in frame, look their best, and are audibly heard by all.

Additionally, HP’s acquisition and integration of Poly broadens these capabilities as we launch our new Workplace Services & Solutions organization. These steps will help HP further expand our device, software, and digital service offerings while providing more insights, manageability, and data security to hybrid workforces.

Resolving end-user demands 

Primarily, customer experience is key. HP needs to display good understanding of user journeys, pain points, and their expected results.

Appreciably, we need to get daily direct feedback from our products and services users, like doctors and nurses in hospitals, teachers in classrooms, and field engineers.

Inquire what they require today to work more effectively? Just as having conversations with business leaders, procurement specialists, and IT staffers amongst others.

By extension, how can technology lead the quest for a better hybrid work experience? What will be needed a year, or five years, from now? Technology is assisting us here, too. We are now able to deploy digital innovations to pool everything from a single user’s feedback to crowdsourcing solutions that can apply to specific roles, industries, geographic areas, and much more.

Conclusively, as we push further, we need to have sustainable engagements in this ever-evolving market as we test, experiment, and discover varied means. Though, we may not have all the answers initially, but solutions will continually be vital as we incorporate human-centric evolution.

Emmanuel Asika is Country Head, HP Nigeria

 


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Expert Urges FG to Harmonise NIN, BVN to Tackle Crimes

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Noble Ajuonu, head, Sydani Technologies Ltd., has urged the Federal Government to harmonise National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to tackle crimes and insecurity in the country.

Expert Urges FG to Harmonise NIN, BVN to Tackle Crimes

Ajuonu made the call at a media roundtable, organised by Sydani Group in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the roundtable focuses on driving sustainability through a comprehensive analysis of Nigeria’s key development areas.

Ajuonu said that Nigeria could overcome its security challenges and pave the way for a safer, more secure future for all Nigerians by embracing technology and implementing practical solutions,

“We need to harmonise data, prioritise seamless integration of databases like NIN, BVN, and security agency records, establish clear protocols for data sharing and access, with robust safeguards against misuse,’’ expert said.

According to him, the unified data pool will empower intelligence gathering and targeted operations.

He also called for investments in smart surveillance, intelligent video analytics software, training of personnel in data analysis, interpretation of data in real-time to combat crimes.

“There is need to implement a legal framework for call interception in criminal investigations, with strict oversight to prevent abuse, encourage community cohesion, training of tech savvy security personnel with tech-enabled tools.’’

Ajuonu also urged the government to address infrastructure deficit in technology, saying that technology was all encompassing to address insecurity.

“According to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as of December 2023, only 104.2 million Nigerians had been enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN).’’

Ajuonu added that over 122.2 million citizens left uncaptured for NIN were people in rural areas where enrolment centres, digital services were limited.

“Most crimes are being perpetuated from rural communities and this lack of comprehensive identification creates a gap where elements not captured in the national database can constitute public nuisance, crimes.

“There is the inadequacy in the integration of NIN, BVN and Voters Identification Number (VIN).

“Advanced call interception and analysis tools, used successfully in other countries, could provide invaluable insights into criminal networks and operations but infrastructure is lacking,’’ he said.

Also, Mr Godfrey Petgrave, the Agricultural Expert, Sydani Group, called for empowerment of smallholder farmers with access to finance and training to enhance productivity.

According to Petgrave, Nigeria requires policy reform and institutional strengthening to improve agricultural practices and embrace digital agriculture solutions to address food insecurity.

Mr Akolade Jimoh, another expert of the group on health, advocated for expanded community-based health insurance programmes for rural and underserved areas.

Jimoh added that the country needed to encourage Public Private Partnership to revolutionise products design and quality improvement on health services.


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Konga launches Infinix Brand Week with Incredible Deals

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Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce group, is thrilled to announce the launch of amazing deals at its Infinix Brand Week. Infinix, a leading global smartphone brand known for its innovative products and cutting-edge technology promises exclusive discounts and special offers on select smartphones, marking an exciting milestone in the realm of online shopping.

Shoppers can expect nothing short of extraordinary deals on a wide range of Infinix products, all available exclusively on the Konga online platform. With discounts of up to 30% off, this partnership between Konga and Infinix aims to redefine the shopping experience for tech enthusiasts across Nigeria.

Konga Brand Week has become synonymous with excitement and unbeatable deals, and this year’s edition is no exception. In addition to exclusive discounts on Infinix smartphones, shoppers can explore a diverse array of products across various categories, including electronics, fashion, home essentials, and more.

“At Konga, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best shopping experience possible,” said Rita Ohaedoghasi, VP Marketing at Konga. “The Infinix Week during Konga Brand Week allows us to continue delivering on that promise by offering incredible discounts and special offers on some of the most sought-after smartphones in the market.”

To stay updated on the latest developments and exclusive deals during Konga Brand Week, shoppers are encouraged to connect with Konga across all platforms, including social media and the Konga website. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to score big savings and elevate your tech game with Infinix and Konga.


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Study Reveals Software Programmers to make Full Use of AI Code Assistants

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Gartner predicts that by 2028, 75 percent of enterprise software engineers will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) code assistants, up from less than 10 percent, currently.

According to a Gartner poll of 598 global respondents conducted in the third quarter of 2023, 63 percent of organisations are now testing, deploying, or have previously implemented AI code assistants.

AI code assistants provide for more capabilities than only code development and completion, notes the research firm.

According to Gartner, the use of AI code assistants can lead to higher work satisfaction and retention, resulting in lower turnover costs.

Philip Walsh, senior principal analyst at Gartner, comments: “Software engineering leaders must determine ROI and build a business case as they scale their rollouts of AI code assistants.

“However, traditional ROI frameworks steer engineering leaders toward metrics centred on cost reduction. This narrow perspective fails to capture the full value of AI code assistants.”

Gartner notes that software engineering leaders must “reframe the ROI conversation from cost reduction to value generations”.

Walsh adds: “Calculating time savings on code generation is a good place to begin building a more robust value story. To convey the full enterprise value story for AI code assistants, software engineering leaders should connect value enablers to impacts, and then analyse the overall return to the organisation.”

 


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