22 May

The State of Document Management in Education 2017/18

The State of Document Management in Education 2017/18

Following the 2017 Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA) conference, Fuji Xerox sent a survey to conference attendees asking for feedback on the state of document management in private education. The results provide some interesting insights into the challenges and trends being felt by schools and business managers. When asked to identify the top administration challenges faced by private schools, respondents noted reducing costs, growing student enrolments and increasing productivity as their top three challenges. A similar survey run amongst small to medium businesses also ranked reducing costs as a top challenge – showing that schools are not alone in trying to meet this demand.   Investment in digital transformation A consequence of …

22 May

Turning paper into digital documents in schools

Turning paper into digital documents in schools

Whilst many schools are transforming their manual processes to benefit from the operational efficiencies that digital offers, many have realised that some paper documents are not going away any time soon.  In many situations, hard copy documents of all types are still the primary trusted record. While you may still need to create hard copy records, there are benefits to then storing them in a digital format. However, capturing your paper documents, in a digital format, can be a laborious process. There are simple, easy and fast ways to capture, register and file school documents exactly where they need to be, so you can find them quickly when you need them. Capture solutions …

22 May

Innovation in managing student spaces

Innovation in managing student spaces

In our previous blog post on Artificial Intelligence (AI), we discussed AI being used to place unique patterns in a document to track copyright. This was just one example of the type of innovation Fuji Xerox is working on that could make the lives of teachers and school administrators easier. At Fuji Xerox’s laboratory in Palo Alto (PAL) and at our Asia-Pacific Innovation Hub located in Sydney, we are working on other technologies that will also have applications in education. An example of one of these technologies is LoCo. What is LoCo? LoCo is a new framework that can provide highly accurate room-level location sensing using a supervised classification scheme. LoCo uses Bluetooth …

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21 Feb

Artificial intelligence in and outside the classroom

Artificial intelligence in and outside the classroom

  The buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool that can help improve efficiency in schools has been growing. In a nutshell, ‘AI is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings’*. While this may seem like a futuristic concept, many of us are using forms of AI already without giving it a second thought, such as chatbots when interacting with websites or simple macros being taught in the classroom. AI is also commonly mentioned in discussions around STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), ensuring that we are equipping today’s students with the skills they require to think critically and be relevant …

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21 Feb

Aligning business education with sustainability

Aligning business education with sustainability

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important topic for discussion in schools and tertiary institutions, focused on providing students with the awareness and skills to critically think about how the actions of themselves, their community and business will impact the world both now and moving into the future. ACARA describes education for sustainability as developing “…the knowledge, skills, values and world-views necessary for people to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living. It enables individuals and communities to reflect on ways of interpreting and engaging with the world.  Sustainability education is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action. Actions that support …

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10 Oct

Creating stronger engagement with your school community

Creating stronger engagement with your school community

With modern technologies, there is an increasing pressure on schools to have more frequent and meaningful communications with their school community around student progress, school activities and other points of interest. A drive for convenience, personalisation and mobility mean that many schools are having to take another look at the way they communicate with their stakeholders in order to deliver effective communications. Communication the key to engagement A study by Harvard found that frequent teacher-family communication had a positive impact on student engagement*. Many state education departments have in place guidelines for parent and community engagement. For example, the Queensland Government’s communication strategies for schools states that schools should take a multichannel approach …

27 Apr

Pioneering a Smarter Way of Working—and Living

Pioneering a Smarter Way of Working—and Living

It’s often said that businesses should focus on tailoring products and services to meet the highly individual needs of the end consumer. These days, that concept is being revolutionised to include tailoring of workspaces and workflows to suit highly individual employee needs.. The fact is, as the marketplace becomes increasingly fast paced and more complex, businesses that can give their employees maximum flexibility and support in such an environment are the best placed to succeed. This is exactly where our new concept—the Smart Work Gateway (SWG)—enters the picture. The idea behind it is simple: Support your employees’ diverse work styles so they can perform to their best. With SWG, your business can create a …

28 Mar

Meet the face of your digital workforce

Meet the face of your digital workforce

Gone are traditional offices occupied by employees during regular work hours. Digital workspaces powered by technologies are contributing to a digital workforce, leading to increased productivity, cost savings and more mobile and agile workers. But what defines a digital workforce? A digital workforce leverages the capabilities of technologies to perform their duties any time and anywhere. From virtual and global collaboration to adopting a disperse team and even the reengineering of monotonous work using cognitive technologies, the digitisation of the workforce is redefining ways of working. Furthermore, this integration enhances collaboration and knowledge sharing, which helps improve productivity by connecting expertise with work. It also empowers workers to have better control of how …

22 Mar

Top 3 considerations in supporting a mobile workforce

Top 3 considerations in supporting a mobile workforce

Gear up for your mobile workforce   With the growing number of workers depending on mobile devices to get their jobs done, it’s difficult to fathom that smartphones and tablet computers didn’t exist a decade ago. Indeed, more companies today are realising the productivity gains that enterprise mobility can bring. Besides enabling workers to be more productive while on the move, mobile devices also help to enhance customer service and promote self-service in sectors facing labour shortages. Plus, with a new generation of tech-savvy, millennial employees entering the workforce, there is also a growing expectation for employers to provide workers with applications and mobile devices in most aspects of business. What does this …

16 Mar

Protecting your mobile workforce from cyber attacks

Protecting your mobile workforce from cyber attacks

Mobile devices are empowering employees to be more productive than ever before. However, they also expose organisations to cyber attacks by putting massive amounts of company data at risk. Instances such as accessing unsecure Wi-Fi networks with personal devices, ignoring mobile security updates and using unapproved apps and devices open up new opportunities for cyber attacks. Ponemon Institute’s 2016 Cost of Data Breach report revealed that when it comes to the biggest threats to endpoint security, IT and IT security practitioners point to mobile-related threats. The most frequently cited threat? “Negligent or careless employees who do not follow security policies”. It is thus imperative to devise a cyber security strategy to guard against …

About nextwork

The next generation of work opens the door to new opportunities and challenges. The workplace of tomorrow will be a transformed place where greater mobility, increased innovation, collaboration and employee flexibility will be key drivers of change. At Fuji Xerox Australia we help businesses integrate data, documents and business processes and turn tomorrow’s documents into knowledge. Nextwork explores the dawn of the ‘new working world’ and how we can successfully harness the opportunities and mitigate the challenges of tomorrow.

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