Microsoft moving EMS to Azure Portal helps company ‘blow past’ customer usage metrics

Microsoft is baking more of its enterprise mobility roles into the Azure Portal – and it means they have ‘blown past’ their usage metrics for the year.

The move, which has been made gradually over the past quarter, enables admins to operate Intune, Azure Information Protection, and Active Directory, all from one place. As an example video showed, admins can reset or remove data from devices that have fallen out of compliance, protect files, and more through a custom dashboard...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Why the problem of ‘disconnected data’ could be costing your company billions

Legacy technology and ‘disconnected data’ is costing businesses ‘billions’ each year, according to a new study commissioned by SnapLogic.

The report, which was put together by Vanson Bourne, argues the total cost comes to $140 billion per year after interviewing 500 interviews of IT decision makers and business users of cloud-based applications. This isn’t just financial, but impacts on organisations’ ability to innovate, develop new products and services, and engage their...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Seven steps to successful software asset management

A recent article published in Search IT Operations provided an excellent overview of software asset management (SAM) and its benefits for helping organisations to avoid overspending on underused software, or incurring large fines from vendors if they are found to be contravening end user licensing agreements.

However, a Vanson Bourne survey of enterprise employees with responsibility...

By Phil Heap, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Employees.

MobileIron announces partnership with Dropbox for secure document collaboration

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron has announced a new partnership with Dropbox for greater and more secure collaboration.

MobileIron’s Access product, which aims to give organisations the ability to secure cloud services on mobile devices, will align with Dropbox Business, the cloud storage provider’s enterprise offering, to ‘ensure that only trusted users, on trusted devices, using trusted apps can access enterprise data in cloud services’, as the company puts...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

More than nine in 10 IT pros see automation as necessary across the enterprise

94% of respondents polled by IT solutions provider BMC Software say they expect automation to move from IT across the whole business by 2020.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers across 12 countries, also found that for three quarters (73%) of respondents, businesses who do not embrace IT automation as an overall strategy within five years will go bust within 10 years.

Looking at enterprise architects in particular, there are plenty of hurdles obstructing their path, with lack of necessary budget...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Signal Sciences raises $15m in series B round and launches ‘new category’ of web app security

Signal Sciences, a California-based security engineering provider, has raised $15 million (£11.6m) in series B funding as well as launching what it describes as a ‘new category’ of web application security solutions.

The Web Protection Platform (WPP), designed by former Etsy engineers and security leaders, aims to provide comprehensive threat protection for web applications, microservices, and APIs on any platform. Though building web apps is an essential and core part of every business, the...

By Enterprise CIO, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , M&A, Security.

ANZ CIOs doing well on digital – but with a caveat, says Gartner

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CIOs in Australia and New Zealand are top of the class when it comes to customer focus and digitalisation initiatives, according to a new missive from analyst firm Gartner.

The figures, which come from the 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda survey, found that of the almost 2,600 respondents in 93 countries, 49% of ANZ CIOs are participating in digital ecosystems ‘as platforms to exchange information and interact electronically with competitors, customers, regulators, stakeholders and other...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud .

Three strategies to reduce your database total cost of ownership

If your company is like most companies, you have an Oracle database problem. You might be using more databases and versions of databases than your company is aware of. And there is a good chance you’re running databases under the false belief they’re all fully supported. Either way, many companies face big risks with neglected database systems. Let’s take a closer look.

In a recent enterprise Oracle database survey conducted by Rimini, we discovered that most...

By Hari Candadai, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Google Cloud shows it means business with latest announcements

Last week I attended Google's premier enterprise event, Google Cloud Next '17. A dizzying total of 100 announcements were made at the event, highlighting key market trends and the speed of progress being made by the Google Cloud unit under new boss Diane Greene.

Here I'll summarise the main announcements and our assessment. For a more comprehensive analysis please see Google Cloud Next '17 Event Shows Significant Enterprise Progress.

Google's...

By Nicholas McQuire, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Analysing compliance in the finance industry (Français)

If you work in the finance industry, you'll already be familiar with how 'tickbox' courses work. A set of slide titles down the side; a narration that more than likely just repeats what's written on the slides; an easy multiple choice question at some point to 'prove' that employees understand the course; and a metaphorical tick at the end. Well done, you've ticked off compliance.

But who is that helping - and is it even helping the employer? This whitepaper from Blackboard assesses best practice and ideas to...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration.