UK employers need to face up to encryption issues, survey argues

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UK workplaces suffer from poor encryption leading to corporate data risks, as well as the use of unprotected and unauthorised devices, according to a new survey from WinMagic.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found that 42% use devices which are not provided by their employer to cope with corporate emails and files – in other words, BYOD – and more than half (52%) use personal online accounts to store or access work files, with the biggest offenders being...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Digital transformation high enterprise priority but communication problems afoot

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If you’re going to digitally transform your business, rule one is that everyone needs to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Yet this first hurdle seems to be beyond many organisations, according to a report from SADA Systems.

The study, which polled more than 350 IT professionals, found that while digital transformation was an “extremely high” priority for 49% of respondents, the biggest challenge for organisations was helping employees use more modern tools (58%)....

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Future workforce sees desktop PCs and desk phones as increasingly irrelevant

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It’s always interesting to note how the employees of the future see the workplace; and the latest note from unified comms provider Fuze argues that almost half (45%) of teenagers see desktop PCs as not needed for modern work.

The survey, which polled 2,500 people between 15 and 17 years old as well as 5,000 workers, also found that three in five (61%) see smartphones as a business essential, while 58% of teenagers see the desk phone as unnecessary. On the workers’ side, three...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Gartner survey reaffirms enterprise mobile device adoption not yet mature

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The latest note from analyst firm Gartner argues that, in the grand scheme of things, corporate-issued mobile device adoption remains immature.

The landscape remains less than mature when compared to desktops and laptops, Gartner argues. According to findings from the company’s latest Personal Technologies study, based on responses from more than 9,500 respondents in the US, UK, and Australia, less than a quarter (23%) of employees surveyed are given smartphones, compared with 36% for...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Five ways to enhance connectivity among a scattered workforce

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The rise of the digital workforce has resulted in a double-edged sword of enhanced flexibility and productivity, offset by increased complexity in staying connected and efficiently collaborating. Yes, today’s workers have an unprecedented range of tools and applications that increase the places, platforms and processes by which they can do their jobs. At the same time, a dispersed workforce introduces new challenges from a communications and collaboration standpoint, not to...

By Andy Nolan, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

New study highlights importance of isolated browsing to keep enterprises safe

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It’s not the device or some of the apps you need to worry about; a new report issued by Ericom Software argues the importance of isolated web browsing as an added layer of enterprise security.

The report has a nod towards a recent Gartner study, which argues, rather bluntly, that it’s ‘time to isolate your services from the internet cesspool.’ 96% of respondents in the Ericom survey...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Strategy Analytics: Enterprise mobile app market to break £100bn by 2022

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A new report from Strategy Analytics argues that the enterprise mobile app market will hit almost $74 billion (£59.4bn) in 2016, and grow to $128bn (£102.8bn) by 2022.

The analyst firm argues the primary driver for the growing market is the increasing mobile workforce, which Strategy notes will rise to 1.87 billion in 2022, up from 1.45bn this year. The ‘near ubiquity’ of Wi-Fi networks and the expansion of 4G will also contribute to the rise.

“The...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Skedulo secures $9.4m in series A funding to transform mobile workforce scheduling

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Meet Skedulo. The US and Australia-based company, which was founded in 2012, offers mobile workforce scheduling utilising the Salesforce platform – and it has snaffled $9.2 million (£7.45m) of series A funding in a round closed late last week.

The funding round was led by Costanoa Venture Capital, alongside contributions from existing investor Blackbird Ventures, taking overall funding up to $11m.

Skedulo’s...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

Turning your people into your most effective defence: A different approach

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Board meetings will never be the same again! Since the very public cyber-attack on TalkTalk in the UK in late October 2015 and following numerous other high profile CEO apologies, business leaders are now realising the real damage that a cyber-attack can have on their organisation. Hard-won reputations­­ – ­­­both corporate and personal – competitive advantage and market value are all at risk.

The gap between awareness and understanding

Chief executives and...

By Nick Wilding, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.