More agile ICT is an executive leadership issue

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

It is time for senior executives to understand and embrace more agile approaches to sourcing and managing ICT. The way executives frame requirements and their expectations for ICT projects are significant factors affecting project performance. Blinkered, inward-looking, technology-centric requirements and traditional waterfall approaches often focus on the means at the expense of the ends. They seem proven and safe, but can lock agencies into long, costly...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees.

Jury still out on value of business intelligence gamification

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management, Ovum

Gamification is being touted as a way to immerse more enterprise users more deeply in business processes and tasks. Gamification borrows heavily from interactive and reward & recognition elements from online games, and maps them to business goals to drive interactivity, participation, and (hopefully) better results. The thinking is simple: the more interesting it is, the more likely people are to engage. So how can business analytics benefit from...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Employees, Gamification.

iPass report examines how BYOD makes IT’s job tougher

Even though a BYOD policy is going to make your employees happier, it will continue to tear out whatever hair’s left in the company IT department.

This was the leading line from the 2013 Mobile Enterprise Report authored by wireless specialist iPass and MDM provider MobileIron, which had 477 responses, a majority of which were from IT directors or similar.

  • 54% of respondents said their company utilised a BYOD policy
  • 56% said they had changed company guidelines in the past year to be more accommodating to BYOD – up from 47% last year
  • iPhones and iPads the most...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Research.

Removing barriers between app downloads and company websites #AppsWorld

Every day millions of people surf onto company websites throughout the world. And every day millions of opportunities to convert the website traffic into app downloads are lost. This is because getting a user from a website into the app store to download your specific app, remains one of the biggest challenges for marketers out there.

Yes, we see some great call to action buttons. And yes, plenty of apps are prominently displayed on websites. But the fact remains that the disconnect between mobile and web is...

By Six Degrees, 04 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise App Stores.

Mobilisation strategy advice from LA Airport's CIO Dominic Nessi - #AppsWorld

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the managing organisation for the sixth largest airport in the world, serving 62 million passengers a year, and faces the same IT challenges as any other piece of critical national infrastructure.

In this dynamic environment, LAWA CIO Dominic Nessi is right at the heart of things. His IT operation is the enabler for technology implementation across the organisation, ‘leading by following’, and supporting the operations staff that he says are the people who...

By Matthew Henkes, 18 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Will Sophos end user solution cure BYOD ills?

Security provider Sophos has announced Sophos EndUser Protection, which aims to combine end point protection with MDM (mobile device management) in order to give a more comprehensive mobile security solution.

The product looks to flip the paradigm of traditional security software, securing per user as opposed to per device – in other words, trying to take the sting out of BYOD risks and take the complexity out of mobile device management.

Matt Fairbanks, Sophos CMO, said of the launch: “Every day...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, MDM, Security.

Personal devices aid workplace productivity, says Accenture

A new report from Accenture has focused sharply on the consumerisation of IT and has revealed that employees who use their device in the workplace experience productivity gains for doing so.

The Consumer Electronics Products and Services Usage Report surveyed 11,000 consumers across 11 countries between September and October 2012 and focused on four distinct yet overlapping areas:

 The research focused on four use trends in particular:

  • Consumerisation of IT in the workplace
  • Usage of...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Principles for managing tablet security in the enterprise

By Rob Bamforth, Principal Analyst, Quocirca

Soothsayers have predicted the death of the physical desk in the same way many foretold the rise of the paperless office. It’s an excellent idea in principle, but not without its barriers; mostly centred on people issues rather than technical ones, which often makes them somewhat more difficult to overcome.

But peoples’ attachment to their rolodex, their desk-tidy and the never-ending stack of semi-filed, slightly coffee stained papers appears to be on...

By Quocirca, 04 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why business leaders must manage BYOD trends

Across the globe, during the holiday season, more people purchased a new media tablet or smartphone equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity for broadband internet access. Some will want to use these powerful mobile devices at work - in addition to using them at home or while on the go. According to the latest market study by Ovum, employees in high-growth markets are more willing to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work phenomenon, and adopt the personal productivity benefits of enterprise mobility. Ovum believes that the

By David H Deans, 04 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.