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Ytica acquisition adds analytics to Twilio Flex cloud contact center

Twilio has acquired the startup Ytica and plans to embed its workforce optimization and analytics software into Twilio Flex, a cloud contact center platform set to launch later this year. Twilio will also sell Ytica’s products to competing contact center software vendors.

Twilio declined to disclose how much it paid for Ytica, but said the deal wouldn’t significantly affect its earnings in 2018. Twilio plans to open its 17th branch office in Prague, where Ytica is based.  

The acquisition comes as AI analytics has emerged as a differentiator in the expanding cloud contact center market and as Twilio — a leading provider of cloud-based communications tools for developers — prepares for the general release of its first prebuilt contact center platform, Twilio Flex.

Founded in 2017, Ytica sells a range of real-time analytics, reporting and performance management tools that contact center vendors can add to their platforms. In addition to Twilio, Ytica has partnerships with Talkdesk and Amazon Connect that are expected to continue.

Twilio is targeting Twilio Flex at large enterprises looking for the flexibility to customize their cloud contact centers. The platform launched in beta in March and is expected to be commercially released later this year.

The vendor’s communications platform as a service already supports hundreds of thousands of contact center agents globally. Twilio Flex places those same developer tools into the shell of a contact center dashboard preconfigured to support voice, text, video and social media channels.

The native integration of Ytica’s software should boost Twilio Flex’s appeal as businesses look for ways to save money and increase sales by automating the monitoring and management of contact center agents. 

Ytica’s portfolio includes speech analytics, call recording search, and real-time monitoring of calls and agent desktops. Businesses could use the technology to identify customer trends and to give feedback to agents.

Contact center vendors tout analytics in cloud

The marketing departments of leading contact center vendors have placed AI at the center of sales pitches this year, even though analysts say much of the technology is still in the early stages of usefulness.

This summer, Google unveiled an AI platform for building virtual agents and automating contact center analytics. Twilio was one of nearly a dozen vendors to partner with Google at launch, along with Cisco, Genesys, Mitel, Five9, RingCentral, Vonage, Appian and Upwire.

Within the past few months Avaya and Nice inContact have also updated their workforce optimization suites for contact centers with features including speech analytics and real-time trend reporting.

Enterprise technology buyers say analytics will be the most important technology for transforming customer experiences in the coming years, according to a recent survey of 700 IT and business leaders by Nemertes Research Group Inc., based in Mokena, Ill.

For Sale – Printer (Multifunction) – Epson WF-2630WF – Open to Offers

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EPSON (DIRECTLY) REFUBISHED FULLY FUNCTIONING PRINTER.

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The use of individual ink cartridges means only the colour used will need to be replaced, further reducing costs.

Mobile printing
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Avaya adds real-time speech analytics to contact centers

Avaya has updated its workforce optimization software for contact centers, adding real-time speech analytics and automated quality management tools. The vendor also released new data privacy features to help businesses comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The workforce optimization upgrades are Avaya’s latest initiative to bring AI and automation to the contact center. In April, the vendor announced a partnership with the startup Afiniti for intelligent call routing.

All major contact center vendors have begun investing in workforce optimization, either through native software development or partnerships with other vendors, said Robin Gareiss, president of Nemertes Research, based in Mokena, Ill.

The upgrades Avaya highlighted this week should help contact center customers increase sales and boost customer satisfaction, but they are not revolutionary, Gareiss said. Instead, businesses can already get the same tools from legacy vendors such as Cisco and Genesys, as well as cloud startups such as Five9.

“Without these announcements, Avaya would fall behind,” Gareiss said. “And given it’s the platform for so many huge contact centers around the world, it’s crucial for Avaya to continue to improve agent evaluation through speech analytics, as well as formal customer feedback and ratings.”

Some startups in the contact center market have placed workforce optimization at the core of their offerings. The cloud vendor Sharpen Technologies Inc., for example, uses a customizable algorithm to rate agents and uses an AI platform to monitor and flag trends within the contact center.

“Workforce optimization has become a huge area of focus for customer engagement,” Gareiss said. “It’s really all about making the contact center agents more productive and efficient to provide continuously improving customer experience.”

Avaya tries to keep pace with competitors

Avaya’s real-time speech analytics software will help businesses monitor conversations between agents and customers. The system can provide helpful contextual information to agents during the call, or suggest next steps based on the customer’s tone or word choice.

The tool can also alert managers to conversations that require immediate intervention, such as if an agent fails to get the proper consents or provide the necessary compliance disclosures, at the outset of a discussion with a customer.

Avaya highlighted real-time speech analytics as one tool for monitoring GDPR compliance within a contact center. The vendor also added a feature that will let businesses securely delete recordings in response to “right to be forgotten” requests.

Meanwhile, a new quality management system can automatically evaluate agents after every customer interaction, freeing managers of a time-consuming task.

Businesses must purchase a separate license to use Avaya’s workforce optimization tools, which are sold individually and as a suite. Avaya’s contact center customers can install the software in their data centers or subscribe to it as a hosted cloud service.

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Kronos Workforce Dimensions stirs HR tech world

The Kronos Workforce Dimensions mobile-first SaaS system represents a major course shift for the long-dominant, but sometimes stodgy, workforce management and time and attendance software vendor.

The company, based in Lowell, Mass., unveiled the new AI-based suite of social media UI-style workforce management (WFM) apps at its KronosWorks user conference in Las Vegas.

Kronos sunk about $150 million and three years of R&D into building Kronos Workforce Dimensions, and it hopes to smoothly migrate many of its existing on-premises software and hosted cloud customers to the subscription-based service housed in the Google public cloud, executives told SearchHRSoftware.

Kronos tries to evolve

If that strategy succeeds, the $1.2 billion firm, which has historically been wedded to older-generation software, could, indeed, transform itself into a more agile, cloud-first vendor in a next-generation HR tech world.

Bill Bartow, Kronos vice president of product managementBill Bartow

Two leading older-generation, large HR tech vendors, Oracle and SAP, are attempting similar, though perhaps less dramatic, transitions with their human capital management (HCM) offerings, while smaller Kronos competitors, such as Ceridian and Ultimate Software, already are cloud-only.

“We see a lot of potential opportunities to change the direction of and disrupt markets,” said Bill Bartow, vice president of global product management at Kronos. “We want to challenge ourselves … Put ourselves out of business.”

Bartow was not speaking literally, but rather reflecting a strategic outlook articulated by Kronos CEO Aron Ain when Kronos formed an off-site working group of about 20 people in August 2014 to conceptualize an entirely new product — what became Kronos Workforce Dimensions.

Soon, that team swelled to several hundred dedicated to the project.

Building new WFM software

An analyst who previewed the system, Mark Smith, CEO of Ventana Research in Bend, Ore., said the Kronos Workforce Dimensions product is a significant departure for Kronos, and one that looks poised to meet the company’s goal of reinventing itself and pushing the WFM market toward thorough digitization.

“For a company to move toward the next evolution, they had to basically take their existing product and say, ‘We’ve taken this as far as it’s going to go, and we’ll still maintain it, but we’re going to need a new digital platform for the broader needs of the workforce,'” Smith said. “This is a smart move. There are not many companies that can put people, resources and time to build something that’s new and takes you to the next level.”

Inspired by Workday

For his part, Bartow cited the cloud-only HR tech paradigm pioneered, in particular, by Workday — one of Kronos’ big HCM vendor partners for Workforce Dimensions — as one inspiration.

“Our vision became to transform the workforce management market,” Bartow said.

The other HCM partners, so far, are Oracle and SAP SuccessFactors. Notably absent from this list are Ceridian, which Kronos views as a direct competitor in the WFM space, and Ultimate.

Analysts noted that both Ceridian and Ultimate, though offering robust WFM technology, mainly go after midsize customers, while Kronos’ target market for Workforce Dimensions is large enterprises.

In an interview, Bartow and Jim Kizielewicz, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Kronos, emphasized the artificial intelligence and deep learning technology they said underlies Kronos Workforce Dimensions.

Kronos Workforce Dimensions app manager view
Kronos Workforce Dimensions tablet screenshot showing manager time-off approvals

Kronos puts AI in HR tech

This is a smart move. There are not many companies that can put people, resources and time to build something that’s new and takes you to the next level.
Mark SmithCEO, Ventana Research

A key theme of the new system — intended to be used primarily on smartphones and tablets, but which also runs on laptop and desktop computers — is automating many routine tasks corporate managers feel swamped by and give the executives more time for strategic work. Those tasks could be approving timecards, vacation requests or shift swaps.

The software’s machine-learning-based assistant, Workforce Advisor, delivers recommendations, which can become more automatic as the system learns about the manager’s intent regarding approvals and the manager starts to trust the advice.

WFM tech for managers and workers

Meanwhile, Kronos found in its product development research that many line employees are now influenced by gig economy culture and want more say over their own schedules, better balance between work and home life, and more feedback from managers.

Workforce Dimensions, which also has a module for salaried employees, enables hourly employees to find and choose their own shifts while informing managers in a “collaborative self-scheduling” mode, according to Kronos.

For HR tech and IT professionals, Kronos is providing the new Kronos D5 platform that supports all the functions in Workforce Dimensions. The platform as a service is built with what Kronos calls “foundational AI,” and it includes open APIs, a new domain model and unified information architecture.

The D5 platform also enables high-volume, real-time processing, embedded analytics and forecasting, and the predictive artificial intelligence of the system, including proactive compliance, Kronos said.

In its development of the Workforce Dimensions suite, Kronos also relied on feedback from 10 large employers it calls “early adopters,” which piloted the system and plan to stick with it when it goes live in the commercial release expected in March.

Early adopters

Those early users are BorgWarner, Brookstone, GATE Petroleum Co., Google, London Energy, Snyder’s-Lance, Things Remembered, Tru Blu Beverages and University of Colorado, Boulder.

Still, the Kronos executives said the company will still support its Kronos Central hosted cloud WFM system, and the new product will have “feature parity” with the older platform.

However, they said Kronos built transition tools into the new system to help streamline the process of migrating customers that want to move to the mobile-oriented SaaS software. Pricing is per employee, per month, depending on the module.

Migration a key challenge

As for that migration issue, Ron Hanscome, another analyst, said converting many of Kronos’ 7,200 Workforce Central customers to the cloud, just as Oracle and SAP are doing, will be a critical and likely challenging task for Kronos. Kronos has 13,200 customers using other products.

“This does present a target to start bringing in these customers to. How do you migrate your legacy base and keep them in the mainstream of your product support?” Hanscome said. “This introduction triggers 10 years of migration and transition of the customer base.”

Even so, Hanscome came away from his preview especially impressed with the new system’s AI and machine learning technology and broad WFM applications.

“Clearly, they’ve put a lot of thought into the new architecture. What they’ve done around user experience and how to help the employee, the manager and the IT function, they’ve addressed those issues,” he said.

Kronos’ new offices sport fun features

SearchHRSoftware interviewed the Kronos executives at the company’s newly renovated world headquarters in the former Wang Laboratories complex it moved into in the fall of 2017.

For Kronos, the ultra-modern offices — complete with remote employee temporary docking stations, “scrum-rooms” for impromptu brainstorming and employee lounges with expansive new picture windows and foosball tables — embody its attempt to remake the 40-year-old company.

Visual collaboration software needs seven pillars for success

The workplace has evolved to become more distributed. As a result, the virtual workforce is becoming dominant, as organizations look to capture and capitalize on the best talent unrestricted by geography. As teams have expanded geographically, real issues have emerged around maintaining team and project cohesion.

To bridge the physical gap, several tools are available, including video conferencing, conference calls and document sharing. The result, however, is piecemeal. Assorted tools cannot deliver a natural work environment where everyone can be an active participant.

This is where immersive visual collaboration software comes into play, bringing the advantages of in-person team collaboration and project development to the virtual work environment.

Organizations need seven key pillars to ensure successful implementation of visual collaboration technology. Each pillar is necessary for optimal collaboration. Without any one of them, the work will suffer.

It’s like teleporting into meetings

Visual collaboration software needs to be designed with the human factor in mind, making it an extension of how people work.

Access. Unfettered access to content and the ability to see every step of the project is key. When content lives in a room on dry-erase boards, for example, teams don’t have ubiquitous access. Consequently, employees need to refamiliarize themselves with the content and what happened the last time they met in the room.

Access to a collaborative workspace that’s available anytime, from any location and from any device is required. In addition, the ability to maintain access across time is critical. Distributed teams need access to content across time zones — from the moment an idea is generated through development and execution.

Content. Users need to be able to visualize their content in the form and format they are accustomed to using, with the ability to manipulate the elements as desired. Seeing content in a visual way helps users recall the discussions surrounding their work every time they look at the workspace. It also helps members who may join a project late to see the starting point and how the work evolved before they became involved.

Interaction. Once content is uploaded into the workspace, all participants need to be able to interact with it in an organic manner. This is what has been missing until now. Visual collaboration software can provide an engaging experience — it’s like you’ve been teleported into the meeting. Whether drawing in the workspace, viewing content or making annotations, all forms of interactivity must be possible to fuel brainstorming. It’s the lynchpin for successful remote participation.

Sharing. Customers’ expectations are evolving. They want to be part of the creative process, not simply waiting for the end result. Visual collaboration software needs to provide a rich tapestry and preserve the work process and the final product. Sharing how the work evolved into its final state is a great advantage. It offers valuable insights for future projects and builds a relationship between teams, management and other stakeholders.

Integration. Visual collaboration software cannot be an island; it needs to be extendable. A variety of predefined integrations and robust APIs must be compatible with web-based apps, native apps and other devices. Visual collaboration doesn’t change how people create content; it changes how they share and evolve content to obtain the best final product.

Visual collaboration can break down remote barriers and deliver on the long-awaited promise of the virtual workplace.

Enterprise-ready. The software needs to be secure, easy to adopt, perform with low latency and work quickly so information can be shared instantly. In addition, the software must scale to any number of collaborators and to the amount of content uploaded.

Ease of use. Visual collaboration software needs to have a highly intuitive interface that works the same way as other popular devices and software programs. It needs to be designed with the human factor in mind, making it an effortless extension of how people work. Even as the software continues to add more complex features, it must behave in a simple way, so the user organically becomes more sophisticated through use.

When these seven pillars are combined, visual collaboration can bridge the gap between traditional and virtual workforces, enabling teams to feel connected through every step of the process. Visual collaboration software can enhance meetings, presentations and products. Perhaps most importantly, it can also break down remote barriers and deliver on the long-awaited promise of the virtual workplace.

Nick Brown is vice president of product and marketing for Bluescape, a visual collaboration software provider.

A startup touts easy-to-use encryption as key to IT security

Can a startup out of Boston convince the workforce to use encryption to safeguard information? 

PreVeil, which as of early fall 2017 had approximately 1,000 users and upward of 40 companies trying out its beta version, believes it can — by recognizing a stubborn fact about workers: Most of us can’t be bothered about securing the reams of data we transmit digitally every day. 

As Randy Battat, PreVeil’s co-founder, president and CEO, pointed out, even in the face of massive data breaches, employees continue to flout basic security best practices, failing to safeguard passwords or change them frequently.

“One goal of PreVeil is to make encryption and data protection so easy that people use encryption for everyday things, as opposed to very specialized business applications,” Battat said.

Randy Battat, co-founder, president, CEO, PreVeilRandy Battat

It’s not only employee security practices that are not up to snuff. Software and hardware continue to have vulnerabilities that attackers continue to exploit, he added. And most IT organizations persist in deploying traditional defenses, such as firewalls and access controls, to combat the growing sophistication of bad actors. Even those companies using encryption usually aren’t going far enough, Battat argued, because they use encryption only part of the time; for example, they encrypt sensitive data in transit, but not at rest.

Battat said PreVeil began with the assumption that any and all servers can be hacked, and IT security software needs to be easy to use. The result, he touted, is a new application for end-to-end encrypted emails, file sharing and storage that can withstand the inevitable attack, yet be easy to apply universally to sensitive data, he said. (See sidebar, for features.)

Use of encryption creeps up

How effortless must easy be to break down what, thus far, has been a resistance by businesses to use encryption?

One goal of PreVeil is to make encryption and data protection so easy that people use encryption for everyday things, as opposed to very specialized business applications.
Randy Battatco-founder, president and CEO at PreVeil

Certainly, enterprise attention to cybersecurity and, consequently, the use of security tools is increasing. Technology research firm Gartner has predicted that worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $86.4 billion in 2017, a 7% increase over 2016 spending, and will hit $93 billion in 2018.

And part of that upward trend is the use of encryption technology.

Open source community Mozilla earlier this year reported that the average volume of encrypted web traffic on its open source web browser Firefox moved over the 50% mark, surpassing the average unencrypted volume.

Meanwhile, the “2017 Global Encryption Trends Study” released in April found that 41% of the respondents said their company “has an encryption strategy that is applied consistently across the enterprise,” up from 37% two years ago. Only 14% of respondents said their organization does not have an encryption strategy. The study, sponsored by Thales e-Security and independently conducted by Ponemon Institute, polled 4,802 individuals spanning 11 countries.

So does the prevalence — if inconsistent application — of encryption strategies signal that widespread adoption of encryption technology is just around the bend?

Use of encryption, daunting for many

No analysts are covering PreVeil yet, so cybersecurity and encryption experts said they were unable to speak specifically about its technology, whether its functions represented improvements over existing encryption products and whether PreVeil could successfully compete in an already robust market.

Garrett Bekker, principal analyst on the information security team at 451 Research, said most encryption vendors promise to make encryption easy, and they generally do have features that offer improvements over earlier generations of this technology.

Garrett Bekker, principal analyst, 451 ResearchGarrett Bekker

“There are companies out there who have made claims that they’ve made it easier to use encryption, and they’re valid. But it can still be a pain in the neck to use,” he explained, saying that asking users to take even just one extra step can be too much. “It may seem trivial, but [many users see it as] inconvenient any time you have to ask someone to click on this or select this drop-down.”

Bekker said other barriers remain to more widespread adoption.

“Generally, there are some forms of costs to doing encryptions — either hard costs or soft costs, such as inconveniencing users, disrupting workflows or adding latency. And you can actually interfere with the functionality of applications,” he said. Encryption also can make searching stored data and archived data problematic.

“It’s not to say those are problems that can’t be solved, but it creates some challenges,” Bekker said.

Moreover, he said encryption vendors have yet to help organizations get over one of their most vexing challenges: how to begin.

“Companies might have petabytes of data and tons of databases. They have data they don’t even know about and unstructured data like Word files scattered all over the place. They don’t know where to start,” he said.

Some organizations start by running discovery scans to identify sensitive information that should be encrypted, Bekker explained, but even then most companies still view establishing an encryption program as a daunting task.

Ron Culler, CTO of Secure Designs Inc., a managed internet security solutions firm in Greensboro, N.C., said he sees many companies that are reluctant to broadly use encryption technologies despite the wide availability of technology available. They’ll use it for specific types of data or in certain areas of the business, but cost and complexity often keep companies from using it more extensively.

Culler said companies are also hesitant because it can be complicated to implement and cumbersome for the business to use. Many companies also don’t have the skills sets on staff to implement and manage it, even though today’s technology isn’t as resource-intensive as it once was.

He also noted that it’s possible for encryption to allow in malicious code, which won’t be detected until it’s unencrypted. “If you don’t have visibility into what’s being sent, when it executes, it’s possible you could execute something malicious,” he explained, saying it’s a scenario that can deter more widespread use of the technology.

Plus, encryption generally won’t stop rogue employees who deliberately leak data or careless employees who go around policies and thereby expose sensitive information, either, he said.

Considering all this, Culler said businesses are right to see encryption as “a solid piece of security policy,” but one that needs to be considered as part of an enterprise-wide program that addresses where it’s really needed based on cost, complexity and risk.

Battat acknowledged that PreVeil’s technology is not a panacea. It will not prevent someone from accessing information on a lost or stolen device that’s not protected by passwords, access controls and the like. And it doesn’t prevent users from forgoing the use of its encryption technology. Still, the PreVeil team is convinced there is huge upside in encryption technology that’s easy to use.

“Of all the things that go on in business, very, very little is encrypted, Battat said. “Encryption ought to work with the way you work today, and so maybe — if it was really easy — we could go instead to the vast majority of what happens in business being encrypted.” The company plans to release its commercial version during the fourth quarter.

Rework America Task Force

Diverse Cross-Sector Workforce Leaders Join Together to Transform America’s Labor Market to a 21st Century, Skills-Driven Model

Partnership of leaders of business, technology, labor, academic and policy communities, will work with America’s employers, workers, job seekers, and educators in urgent effort to disrupt the labor market and provide good jobs.

New York, NY, September 27, 2017 – Stepping up to the challenge of including all Americans in the opportunities of the digital economy, the Markle Foundation announced today the formation of the Rework America Task Force (Rework America), a coalition of influential leaders with diverse backgrounds and experience who have joined together in service of modernizing the nation’s outdated labor market and unlocking economic opportunity for American job seekers, workers, and businesses.

Rework America is chaired by Denis McDonough, former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, and includes members from some of the world’s leading organizations and institutions – including Siemens USA, Microsoft Corp., IBM, Princeton University, Hearsay Systems, the Walmart Foundation and Coursera. The Markle Foundation Advisory Board – chaired by Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation; with vice chairs Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana and current President of Purdue University, and Penny Pritzker, Chairman, PSP Capital and Pritzker Realty Group; and members James Manyika, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation; Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer; and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Chief Diversity Officer & Senior Vice President, Time Warner, Inc. – will work closely with Rework America, providing counsel and feedback.

The goal of Rework America is to fix America’s broken labor market. Across the country, six-million-plus jobs are unfilled because employers can’t find skilled workers, yet millions of Americans with in-demand skills, or job seekers who are capable of getting those skills, are unemployed or underemployed. Rework America seeks comprehensive reform toward a skills-based labor market which includes training workers over the course of their lives in the skills that employers need to compete in the 21st-century economy.

The task force will seek to use the same digital technology that is disrupting the economy today to rewire the labor market; connecting relevant stakeholders, trainers and educators, and bringing new clarity and transparency to the job-search process so workers develop in-demand skills. Rework America will highlight successful existing training programs and deploy new training experiments to create practical solutions that will transform America’s labor market from one based largely on traditional credentials, such as degrees and work history, to one rooted in the skills valued in the digital economy.

“Too many Americans are being left behind by the changes brought about by globalization and technology,” said Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation. “Workers deserve good jobs, solid career paths, and income growth. At the same time, American businesses deserve a skilled workforce, ready for the new, digital economy. The system wasn’t going to change on its own, so we’ve brought together some of the boldest leaders of all perspectives to tackle this challenge head-on.

“Redesigning the labor market is an ambitious challenge, but we have revolutionary tools at our disposal – digital technologies that have emerged as powerful, transformative forces in our economy,” Zoë Baird added. “’Big Data’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ aren’t buzzwords. They have already had a profound effect on how we do business, and we believe that they can have an equally large impact on how we train workers, and how we connect Americans with opportunity.”

“The digital transformation we are living through today is historic, and our response needs to be equally as historic,” said Judy Marks, CEO, Siemens USA, and a Rework America member. “A labor market that was designed in the 20th century to prioritize four-year degrees and work histories is no longer sufficient to keep up with the fast-changing skills necessary to perform the digital jobs of the 21st century. We need to use technology to better align the skills of our workforce to the needs of employers, helping all stakeholders rethink, retool, and revitalize the ways we connect job seekers to open positions. This work is vital for our future, and that’s why I am eager to join the Rework America Task Force.”

Rework America builds on the success of the Markle Foundation’s Skillful initiative, which is transforming businesses as well as the lives of job seekers and workers in Colorado. Established in 2016 as a partnership between Governor John Hickenlooper and the state of Colorado, LinkedIn, and others, Skillful provides data, tools, and resources that enable businesses to define the exact skills they seek, and turn those insights into a skills-based hiring process that allows workers to demonstrate and articulate the skills that they can bring to an organization. Recently, Microsoft invested more than $25 million in Markle to expand Skillful’s model in Colorado, expand to another state, and support Rework America.

Rework America’s cross-sector, non-partisan approach will focus on systems integration – pulling together, and leveraging currently-existing resources in a more effective manner in order to create new tools and business models to better serve the entire labor ecosystem. The task force will consist of small groups, drawing on each member’s expertise. The task force will deliver its recommendations to key stakeholders and create a path from idea to feedback, to policy and action.

“The current labor market fails job seekers, workers, and businesses,” said Denis McDonough, Chair of the Rework America Task Force. “Many workers have the skills employers are looking for to fill open positions, but don’t know it because too many job listings are written in a way that excludes qualified job seekers rather than attracting them. They use credentials like a four-year degree as a proxy instead of listing the actual skills needed to work a job – which is a problem, since nearly seven in 10 Americans don’t have a four-year degree but many have the relevant skills. And our research has found that a middle skilled worker in Colorado could apply for substantially more jobs – and with a $7,000 higher average salary – if jobs with credential gaps reflected today’s workforce as opposed to requirements for a college degree.

“The Rework America Task Force is ideally suited to help rethink and redesign the American labor market to benefit us all,” Denis McDonough added. “This is a group of proven leaders who have come together to serve as an incubator for fresh ideas, inform state and national-level policy discussions, and develop real-world solutions to build a smarter, modern labor market – over both the short-term and long-term.”

The Rework America Task Force is supported, to date, by Carnegie Corporation; the Markle Foundation, Microsoft Philanthropies, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

About Markle
The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology as a breakthrough tool for some of the nation’s most challenging problems. Working as an operating foundation, Markle has participated in partnerships to create policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet. Markle’s priority today is to provide Americans with access to good jobs and enable people to prepare for today’s rapidly changing digital economy, as articulated in its book America’s Moment. For more information, visit markle.org, and follow @MarkleFdn and @ReworkAmerica onTwitter.

Markle Media Contact: Leah Johnson
212-713-7632 or [email protected]

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For Sale – Printer (Multifunction) – Epson WF-2630WF – Open to Offers

EPSON WorkForce WF-2630WF – Wifi Multifunction Printer. SEALED. UNOPENED. FAX. SCAN. PRINT. COPY.

EPSON WEBSITE = £99

.99

OPEN TO OFFERS (Edit: Initial price as req by mods = £45 but oto – 04.09.17).

WILL CONSIDER DELIVERING MYSELF IF WITHIN REASONABLE DISTANCE – WOULD ONLY MEET IN SAFE SPACE WITH PLENTY OF CAMERAS AROUND (BANK BRANCH OR SUPERMARKET). BUYER PAYS FAIR FUEL. YOU CAN COLLECT IF YOU PREFER.

THIS IS AN:

EPSON-WORKSHOP SEALED + DISPATCHED TO ME – OFFICIAL EPSON REFURB UNIT – NEVER OPENED.

NEVER USED.

ITEM LOCATION: ISLEWORTH, WEST LONDON.

I ACCEPT BT UPFRONT OR CASH ON COLLECTION/DELIVERY.

FOR SALE ELSEWHERE: NOT YET

IF YOU WANT IT POSTED (AT COST PRICE – BUYER PAYS) – DONE WITHIN 1 WORKING DAY OF RECEIPT OF FULL PAYMENT. 48hr recorded delivery. UK only.

KEY POINTS:

Won in competition – but already have a printer from work. Tried it out for parents – but there was courier damage so Epson sent out a fresh repalcement printer. I have not broken the seal. No cartridges inside. Printer only – but it is an official:

EPSON (DIRECTLY) REFUBISHED FULLY FUNCTIONING PRINTER.

FROM EPSON WEBSITE:

Home office users should look no further than this compact 4-in-1 for an affordable way to experience the benefits of inkjets for bigger businesses. The WF-2630WF has Wi-Fi connectivity with automatic set-up1 and Wi-Fi Direct® for wireless printing without a network.

Convenient
A 30-page automatic document feeder for multi-page 1200dpi scanning, copying and faxing offers the ultimate in convenience. Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct ensure flexible connectivity.

Low running costs
The WF-2630WF uses Epson’s 16 series inks, which are available in a choice of standard or XL cartridges sizes to suit your specific printing needs. XL inks can help you to reduce your printing costs by up to 25%

The use of individual ink cartridges means only the colour used will need to be replaced, further reducing costs.

Mobile printing
Epson Connect compatibility offers useful features like scan-to-cloud, email print and the Epson iPrint app3. The WF-2630WF is also compatible with Apple AirPrint4 and Google Cloud print, letting you print seamlessly from smartphones and tablets.

Easy to use
Automatic Wi-Fi set-up1 helps make connection a breeze, while a 5.6cm back-lit mono LCD screen makes navigation quick and simple.

FEATURES:

  • 4-in-1: Scan, copy, print and fax
  • Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi Direct: Print wirelessly wherever you are
  • Save money with individual inks: Only replace the colour used
  • Easy to use: 30-page automatic document feeder
  • Clear navigation: 5.6cm back-lit mono LCD screen

HAPPY TO OPEN AND SEND PICS FOR SERIOUS BUYER BEFORE PURCHASE – OR IF YOU CHOOSE COLLECTION/DIRECT DELIVERY INSTEAD: YOU CAN OPEN AND EXAMINE IT FIRST HAND BEFORE PAYING.

More info, specification, photos and video on the Epson website.

WorkForce WF-2630WF – Epson

Price and currency: £50 but oto (Edit: Starting price added on 04.09.17 – as requested by mod)
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / Cash
Location: Isleworth – West London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
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Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Printer (Multifunction) – Epson WF-2630WF – Open to Offers

EPSON WorkForce WF-2630WF – Wifi Multifunction Printer. SEALED. UNOPENED. FAX. SCAN. PRINT. COPY.

EPSON WEBSITE = £99

.99

OPEN TO OFFERS.

WILL CONSIDER DELIVERING MYSELF IF WITHIN REASONABLE DISTANCE – WOULD ONLY MEET IN SAFE SPACE WITH PLENTY OF CAMERAS AROUND (BANK BRANCH OR SUPERMARKET). BUYER PAYS FAIR FUEL. YOU CAN COLLECT IF YOU PREFER.

THIS IS AN:

EPSON-WORKSHOP SEALED + DISPATCHED TO ME – OFFICIAL EPSON REFURB UNIT – NEVER OPENED.

NEVER USED.

ITEM LOCATION: ISLEWORTH, WEST LONDON.

I ACCEPT BT UPFRONT OR CASH ON COLLECTION/DELIVERY.

FOR SALE ELSEWHERE: NOT YET

IF YOU WANT IT POSTED (AT COST PRICE – BUYER PAYS) – DONE WITHIN 1 WORKING DAY OF RECEIPT OF FULL PAYMENT. 48hr recorded delivery. UK only.

KEY POINTS:

Won in competition – but already have a printer from work. Tried it out for parents – but there was courier damage so Epson sent out a fresh repalcement printer. I have not broken the seal. No cartridges inside. Printer only – but it is an official:

EPSON (DIRECTLY) REFUBISHED FULLY FUNCTIONING PRINTER.

FROM EPSON WEBSITE:

Home office users should look no further than this compact 4-in-1 for an affordable way to experience the benefits of inkjets for bigger businesses. The WF-2630WF has Wi-Fi connectivity with automatic set-up1 and Wi-Fi Direct® for wireless printing without a network.

Convenient
A 30-page automatic document feeder for multi-page 1200dpi scanning, copying and faxing offers the ultimate in convenience. Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct ensure flexible connectivity.

Low running costs
The WF-2630WF uses Epson’s 16 series inks, which are available in a choice of standard or XL cartridges sizes to suit your specific printing needs. XL inks can help you to reduce your printing costs by up to 25%

The use of individual ink cartridges means only the colour used will need to be replaced, further reducing costs.

Mobile printing
Epson Connect compatibility offers useful features like scan-to-cloud, email print and the Epson iPrint app3. The WF-2630WF is also compatible with Apple AirPrint4 and Google Cloud print, letting you print seamlessly from smartphones and tablets.

Easy to use
Automatic Wi-Fi set-up1 helps make connection a breeze, while a 5.6cm back-lit mono LCD screen makes navigation quick and simple.

FEATURES:

  • 4-in-1: Scan, copy, print and fax
  • Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi Direct: Print wirelessly wherever you are
  • Save money with individual inks: Only replace the colour used
  • Easy to use: 30-page automatic document feeder
  • Clear navigation: 5.6cm back-lit mono LCD screen

HAPPY TO OPEN AND SEND PICS FOR SERIOUS BUYER BEFORE PURCHASE – OR IF YOU CHOOSE COLLECTION/DIRECT DELIVERY INSTEAD: YOU CAN OPEN AND EXAMINE IT FIRST HAND BEFORE PAYING.

More info, specification, photos and video on the Epson website.

WorkForce WF-2630WF – Epson

Price and currency: oto
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / Cash
Location: Isleworth – West London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.