GigaOM Net:Work Conference – Industry Leaders to Debate the Future of Work

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At second-annual GigaOM Net:Work conference in San Francisco on December 8th, business leaders from Google, LinkedIn, VMWare, Quickoffice, Jive Software, Yammer, iPass, and more will convene todiscuss the technologies powering the distributed workforce

GigaOM, a leading business and technology media company, today announced a stellar lineup of top speakers for the second-annual GigaOM Net:Work 2011conference, set to take place December 8, 2011 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Back for its second year, Net:Work is the only conference to focus on how collaboration and mobile technologies are creating a “human cloud” – fundamentally changing the way companies run their businesses and how employees collaborate. Leading speakers include top executives from Google, LinkedIn, VMWare, Quickoffice, Jive Software, Yammer, iPass, Box, with more joining weekly.

“The modern enterprise is a 24/7 global workforce connected by the web– harnessing broadband wireless, social collaboration, corporate wikis, virtual private networks, gamification, cloud computing, and other web-enabled enterprise collaboration tools to transform the entire culture of work,” said Nicole Solis, GigaOM senior writer.“GigaOM Net:Work is the only conference where future-focused business leaders come together to discuss the newest collaborative, mobile, and cloud technologies that enable global workforces to contribute wherever they are, whenever they want.”

At Net:Work, industry leaders will tackle the tough questions about the new global, mobile work culture via interactive panels, fireside chats, and compelling keynotes. The one-day event will gather GigaOM editors and research analysts alongside leading CEOs, CIOs, entrepreneurs, and investors to debate the technologies impacting enterprise collaboration, HR and recruitment, remote working, operational and office design, training and retention, and other critical aspects of running a business in the networked age.

Top Speakers
Top tier speakers include Steve Herrod, CTO of VMWare; Alan Masarek,CEO of Quickoffice; David Gutelius, Chief Social Scientist at Jive Software; Deep Nishar, SVP of Products and User Experience at LinkedIn; Amit Singh, VP of Enterprise at Google; Brian Murray, Head of Implementation Strategy at Yammer; and many more. Speakers will share case studies and lessons learned, and invite participants to engage in an open dialogue about the most important challenges to creating a modern business infrastructure. More speakers are joining weekly.

Which innovative web- and cloud-based leaders will become the next giants in the $222B enterprise software market? What does the 100% virtual workplace look like, and how can employees and companies thrive in this new environment? How can companies harness mobile and cloud collaboration technologies to become more productive and profitable? Speakers will answer these questions and more at Net:Work.

Engaging Themes
Themes covered at Net:Work will include:

  •     The Rise of the Mobile Workforce

Your employees are using their personal mobile devices to access corporate systems, whether you planned for it or not. With every new mobile device used by the mobile worker, enterprises must strike a balance between data security and employee productivity. CIOs and CTOs will share best practices for managing the mobile workforce.

  •     The Gamification of Work

How do you get a highly distracted partner or employee to complete paperwork, pay attention in meetings, or respond to surveys? Make the job a game. The latest trend in productivity and workforce engagement takes a page from apps and interactive games. Hear from the innovators who have found a way to make business processes more productive – and fun.

  •     Combatting Information Overload

The rise of the always-on, connected employee has dramatically increased productivity – but also can cause information and work overload.Over-stressed employees are a major source of job dissatisfaction. Find out how to use technology to help employees with work balance.

  •     The On-Demand Employee:The contract and freelance industry is booming, with the on-demand workforce making up nearly 30% of today’s U.S. workforce. Find out about new technologies that help companies realize the benefits of project-based and freelance workers.
  •     The Social Enterprise: Social tools such as, Socialcast, and Yammer are changing the way teams collaborate. Hear case studies from several businesses detailing how they use these tools to keep employees and managers up-to-date, build bridges between traditionally siloed departments, and create trust within their organizations.

Big Ideas
Net:Work 2011 will host a Big Ideas competition, selecting the most innovative startups and products advancing the future of work to present on stage in front of VCs, angel investors, tech enthusiasts, journalists, and other conference attendees. The closing date for entries is November 11, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The winners from across collaboration, mobile workforce, productivity apps, gamification, flexible workspaces, crowdsourcing/on-demand workforce, and social enterprise apps will be announced on November 16, 2011.

Register Now
Spaces at Net:Work are selling quickly and those interested in attending the conference should register as soon as possible. Register by November 5th and get a ticket for just $595. Anyone interested in the way companies must leverage technology to build their workforces, increase productivity, and boost profitability should not miss Net:Work.

Top Sponsors
Headline sponsor Alfresco is joined by leading sponsors such as Korn/Ferry International, MBO Partners, Gist, Box, Citrix, Meshin, and Quickoffice. Net:Work is supported by top-tier media partners, including The Churchill Club, The pariSoma Innovation Loft, StartupDigest, TiE, SfAMA, VC Taskforce, VentureBeat, and the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities that connect your brand to the top decision makers in enterprise technology, please visit the Net:Work sponsorship page or contact Mike Sly via email at sly(at)gigaom(dot)com or (415) 235-0358.

About GigaOM
Founded in 2006, GigaOM has grown into the leading provider of online media, events and research for global technology innovators. The company is one of the most credible and insightful voices at the intersection of business and technology, with an online audience of more than 4 million monthly unique visitors; industry-leading events, including Structure, Mobilize, GigaOM RoadMap, Net:Work, and Structure:Data; and a pioneering market research service and digital community, GigaOM Pro, which provides expert analysis and research on emerging technology markets.


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