3 agents of change on Twitter for #FollowFriday

The world can move quickly sometimes. Lucky that there’s some smart people and organizations out there who can keep up with it – and at times show us what lies ahead.

Here’s three people we interviewed this week, worth following on Twitter to learn about the future of the workforce, technology, and security:

Andrea Goertz, the senior vice-president of strategic initiatives at Telus Corp., Goertz is responsible for a wide portfolio at the telecommunications firm including internal and external communications, government relations, real estate, travel services, employee health and wellness, and more. This week, Goertz spoke with IT World Canada about Telus’ effort to have 70 per cent of its workforce mobile by 2016 – meaning they’d be working from home or on the road instead of coming into a traditional office. The target was set way back in 2006 as a way to save money that would then be reinvested into new, smaller offices. With two years left, Telus has already accomplished the task for 60 per cent of its workforce. If you’ve struggled with a shift in your own work culture towards one that supports more remote working scenarios, Goertz has been through the same battles and can offer some lessons learned. A look over her Twitter feed shows she’s not shy about connecting in 140 characters – engaging in conversations with followers, sharing news articles, and the odd selfie.

Any account that shares tips about where to get free pie is worth a follow in our books. Even more interesting than pie and calendar dates that coincidentally match up with mathematical constants is the Institute for Quantum Computing’s research as it becomes ready for commercialization. It’s possible that in a few years, Silicon Valley will seem like a distant memory as we all discuss the wonders of “Quantum Valley” that is Waterloo, Ont. while eating free pie. Howard Solomon gets specific about one such application of quantum technology in an article about how quantum cryptography could improve IT security on network or bank ATMs. If the sound of quantum-entangled photos gets your motor running, check it out. If events like Pi day and building up a new science-based economy are more your thing, follow this account.

Tariq Habib is the CEO of VoiceTrust spoke to us this week to explain why voice biometrics are increasing in popularity. Habib has a Master’s degree in electronics and a PhD in innovation management, and his company is winning some big name clients for its voice authentication service that requires no programming to deploy. Follow his Twitter feed for a great round-up of biometric-related news and information.


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Former editorial director of IT World Canada. Current research director at Info-Tech

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