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  1. With its recent acquisition of Level 3 Communications, CenturyLink is around a $24 billion communications and managed-services powerhouse, with approximately 450,000 miles of fiber — and customers in more than 60 countries worldwide. However, many enterprises may still think of them as ‘just’ a telecom company. Given CenturyLink was an initial VMware Cloud Verified partner, there is clearly much more. We spoke with Michael Joffe, Senior Director of Product Management at CenturyLink, about the relevance of this VMware designation.

    “Over the past decade, we’ve been making strategic acquisitions to bring together a powerful portfolio of managed services offerings. One of the most exciting recent additions to that portfolio is the CenturyLink private cloud built on top of VMware Cloud Foundation™,” says Joffe. “With our acquisition of Level 3 Communications that closed last November, we’re the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers, and now we can take that backbone and layer any infrastructure components on top, creating a bridge from on-premises to hybrid cloud for businesses of all sizes,” says Joffe.

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  2. This is my debut blog for my new IDG blog, “Building the Future – Together.” I believe it will take all of us – men, women and transgender, young and old, from every neighborhood from Detroit to Orange County and every village from Africa to China – to build a digital future that is inclusive for us all.

    Our tremendous dilemma

    We exist in a digital world. From shopping and buying food to banking and managing our finances to education and more, our lives increasingly exist in a digital world supported by technology. If we don’t ensure there is a diverse workforce building today, we risk living in an even more exclusive world tomorrow.

    While most people agree with this notion, the reality is there are fewer women in tech today than ever before. After peaking in 1991 at 36 percent, the rate of women in computing roles has been on the decline. Women make up just 25 percent of computing roles today. Women leave tech at double the rate of men and Harvard Business Journal estimates more than half of women in tech will leave over time due to hostile work environments. And fewer young women are choosing to pursue careers in tech. Just 11% of teenage girls plan to pursue STEM careers, by at least one estimate.

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  3. On the way to becoming customer centric, data driven and digitally transformed, a surprising percentage of companies are still inefficient. That’s the conclusion of a recent Forrester Research report: “Refocus Process Automation To Rescue Your Digital Transformation.”

    Understandably, many companies have focused their digital transformation efforts on customer engagement; sales and marketing;  and other revenue generators, while cost centers such as HR continue using repetitive, time-consuming tasks to get things done. But over the next two years, Forrester predicts that companies will seek out ways to improve business processes company-wide, and put more emphasis on digital transformation than they do on driving down costs.

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  4. Enterprise leaders are learning that digital transformation isn’t really about transforming from one thing into another—there is no end state.

    Rather, it’s about gaining the agility to continuously evolve—not to just bolt technology onto the existing business but rather to leverage technology to change how the business operates, top to bottom, today and in the future.

    This distinction is both important and, surveys suggest, challenging. How exactly does a business gain the agility to continuously evolve? Many enterprises may struggle to answer this question, given that research firm IDC has found that 59 percent of businesses are at a point of “digital impasse.”

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  5. Just when you thought you had millennials figured out, along comes Generation Z. But how exactly do they differ from millennials — if at all? What does this next generation of tech-savvy, socially aware and entrepreneurial workers want? How can you attract, hire and retain them?

    New research from culture, compensation and career monitoring site Comparably set out to answer those questions by gathering data between March 2016 and April 2018. The study divided the millennial generation into three groups: older millennials, those between 31 and 35 years old; young millennials, between ages 26 and 30; and Generation Z, those workers aged 18 to 25. All three groups have one very important thing in common: They exist in a world where tech jobs are in great demand and in which technology shapes almost every facet of their lives, especially Generation Z, says Jason Nazar, founder and CEO of Comparably.

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