PWC have released a report on the current proliferation and uptake of voice assistants and voice recognition technology among consumers. "Usage will increase but consistency must improve for wider adoption".
Insurance compay First American Financial Corp. were found to have made millions of financial reports and records available publicly online. Any of the documents could be accessed by incrementing the number in the querystring of the URL! You can read more about the breach and the lack of obfuscation on Krebs On Security.
Quartz has an interesting article about how John H Holland's Emergence in computer science theory could be applied to understanding and managing diversity in the workplace. Emergence investigates how the whole can be different from the sum of its parts, or how an entity can have behaviours that its parts do not have on their own.
If you are looking for a blueprint on how to operate a good company culture, this Seth Godin blog post is a great place to start. Testing falsifiable assertions in a supportive a progressive environment is the goal.
The seven Irish universities published a report this week on the impact of graduates on the Irish economy. It turns out, university graduates contribute €8.9 billion each year! You can read the full report on saveourspark.ie.
Nikita Prokopov has a superb blog post about how a lot of tech companies approach the hiring of software engineers incorrectly. He pulls no punches in describing how impractical it is to write code on a whiteboard, not being able to run and test interview code, the irrelevance of puzzles and the missed opportunities when not customising interviews to the interviewee. I could not agree more with everything in this post!
Okta have released their business apps survey which shows the most popular apps used by businesses this year, overall and broken down by categories such as HR, accommodation, transport, banking and news. Microsoft Office 365 is king.
Talent Works analysed 6000+ applications across 118 industries and have found that applicants are as likely to get an interview when meeting 50% of the advertised job requirements as meeting 90% of the requirements. The also found that women who match at least 30% of the requirements have increasing chances of getting an interview.