Matthew Finnegan

Senior Reporter

Matthew Finnegan covers collaboration and other enterprise IT topics for Computerworld. He joined IDG in January 2013 and is based in Sweden.

Google to invest $9.5B in US offices and data centers this year

Google to invest $9.5B in US offices and data centers this year

Google plans to boost its real estate spending as offices reopen and the company's hybrid work strategy begins to roll out.

As employees return to the office, connectivity remains a concern

As employees return to the office, connectivity remains a concern

Employees expect to increase video calls as hybrid work arrives, while traditional voice calls drop by 20%, according to a CCS Insight survey.

Q&A: Qwick CEO details his company's 4-day workweek trial

Q&A: Qwick CEO details his company's 4-day workweek trial

The hospitality gig-work platform is testing a 4-day, 32-hour workweek for full-time staffers until July, then will decide whether to stick with the change.

Async video platform Loom gets collaborative ‘HQ’

Async video platform Loom gets collaborative ‘HQ’

With aynchronous video evolving into an alternative to real-time conversations, companies like Loom are scrambling to add capabilities to their apps and software.

At Enterprise Connect, IT pros set out their hybrid work strategies

At Enterprise Connect, IT pros set out their hybrid work strategies

Hybrid remote work brings opportunities – and headaches – for IT. A panel of enterprise tech leaders explained their various strategies at this year’s Enterprise Connect industry conference.

Four-day workweek’s popularity grew during the pandemic — survey

Four-day workweek’s popularity grew during the pandemic — survey

As companies scrambled during the COVID-19 outbreak to reorient their workplace procedures and processes, one idea that gained ground was a shorter workweek.

Slack suspends access for Russia-based customers

Slack suspends access for Russia-based customers

Parent company Salesforce has pledged to stop selling to customers in Russia because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Q&A: AstraZeneca CIO Cindy Hoots on COVID-19, collaboration — and change

Q&A: AstraZeneca CIO Cindy Hoots on COVID-19, collaboration — and change

Pharmaceutical bigwig AstraZeneca, like most other companies during the COVID-19 pandemic, had to develop a remote-work strategy for its 70,000 workers quickly. Here’s what the company did and what lessons it learned.

Tech giants move to reopen offices, but differ on hybrid-work plans

Tech giants move to reopen offices, but differ on hybrid-work plans

Apple, Google, and Twitter are taking different paths to flexible work policies as they move to reopen their offices; Microsoft started its reopening Feb. 28.

Coda and Notion turn up the heat on Microsoft Office

Coda and Notion turn up the heat on Microsoft Office

The two hyped productivity software startups recently unveiled updates to their respective apps that are increasingly seen as a viable alternative to established Office software.

Employee monitoring risks ‘spiraling out of control,’ union group warns

Employee monitoring risks ‘spiraling out of control,’ union group warns

The Trades Union Congress, which represents most UK unions, argues that the ride of worker surveillance during the global COVID-19 pandemic requires new regulations.

Slack outage stymies some business users

Slack outage stymies some business users

The team channels platform went down at mid-morning in the US; Slack worked for several hours to find and fix the problem.

Google updates Workspace’s ‘smart canvas,’ shutters Currents

Google updates Workspace’s ‘smart canvas,’ shutters Currents

AI-generated Doc summaries and Google Maps “smart chips” are coming to the Workspace productivity suite, while the Currents enterprise social network will be replaced by Spaces in 2023.

After the shift to remote work, new hope for a four-day workweek

After the shift to remote work, new hope for a four-day workweek

The five-day, 40-hour workweek has been the standard for more than 100 years. But the shifts brought about since 2020 by the pandemic are prompting new talk that a four-day workweek makes more sense.

3 big workplace changes to expect in ‘22

3 big workplace changes to expect in ‘22

If 2021 was all about the Great Resignation, 2022 is likely to be about keeping employees happy and engaged as companies sort out what a hybrid workplace looks like.

For Hackensack Meridian Health CIO, a year of change

For Hackensack Meridian Health CIO, a year of change

The healthcare network moved 40,000 staffers from Office 365 to the Google Workspace productivity suite this year, following the rollout of thousands of Chromebooks to workers. Mark Eimer explains how it all happened.

EU ‘gig worker’ rules look to rein in algorithmic management

EU ‘gig worker’ rules look to rein in algorithmic management

Backers of the proposals argue that all workers should be protected from management by automated systems and want companies to be more transparent about what they’re doing.

AWS outage hit collaboration vendors, highlights risk of cloud-based tools

AWS outage hit collaboration vendors, highlights risk of cloud-based tools

Software-as-a-service providers including Slack, Trello, Asana, and Smartsheet saw disruptions after API and network issues hit Amazon Web Services’ U.S. data center.

Microsoft aims Teams Essentials at small-biz customers

Microsoft aims Teams Essentials at small-biz customers

The new pricing tier from Microsoft costs $4 per user each month and offers a paid alternative to the existing free version of Teams

Rise in employee monitoring prompts calls for new rules to protect workers

Rise in employee monitoring prompts calls for new rules to protect workers

With remote work now commonplace, many companies have embraced the use of monitoring tools to keep tabs on workers. That's led to growing calls for worker privacy protections.

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