Analysis: Microsoft showcases its AI leadership at London event

Strategy addresses ethics and human aspects of artificial intelligence

Last week, I attended a Microsoft event in London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its research centre in Cambridge. The event focussed on the "intersection of artificial intelligence with people and society". As part of CCS Insight's growing research and upcoming buyer surveys in this exciting field, here I'll summarise and assess the main announcements. For a more comprehensive analysis, please see 

By Nicholas McQuire, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Development, Productivity.

Digital transformation drivers uncovered in Dimension Data report

62% of business and IT leaders polled by Dimension Data say they expect to have technology such as virtual advisors in their organisations within the next two years, while gaining competitive advantage and improving business processes were cited as key reasons to move to digital transformation.

The study, whose findings appear in the paper ‘The Digital Workplace Report: Transforming Your Business’, polled 850 participants at organisations with at least 1,000 employees.

Looking at the European...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

iOS 11 is coming: Start planning now to drive efficiencies and streamline operations

Another year, another announcement: Apple offered a sneak peek at the upcoming iOS 11 operating system at its recent annual developer conference.  Apple has exciting things in store with the new system, which will be available publicly in September.

For business users, iOS 11 comes with a slew of iPad and iPhone upgrades that can help boost productivity and efficiency. Some of the most notable features for enterprises include:

  • Driving notifications. Among other improvements, users will have the ability to block incoming messages automatically while driving. Instead of looking at third-party solutions, businesses with fleets...

By Marco Nielsen, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

The key ways remote access is impacting the future of work

The workplace continues to change. Whether it’s through personal mobile devices, collaboration software, or remote working, technology continues to spur greater efficiencies.

According to remote software developer RealVNC, the rise of remote software will drive other business trends in the coming year – with the company picking out the five of the most important in a new report.

RealVNC, which counts NASA, Shell and Disney among its customers, argues businesses will have to more actively look at...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.

The 10 key benefits of digital transformation

By Matt Louden

For most companies, digital transformation is too complex to handle alone—88% rely on third-party providers for at least one component. Despite this drawback, organisations are making their tech-savvy transformations more rapidly than ever. Why?

What’s all the fuss about?

It’s...

By MOBI, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics.

Enterprise IT RFPs ‘not fit for purpose’, new research warns

With digital transformation, it is all about agility and innovation; getting the balance right between delivering a secure experience and enabling a more efficient working environment. So does the traditional enterprise IT request for proposal (RFP) still have a place in the process?

The short answer: not as it stands. According to new research from KCOM, which examined RFPs it received over the past year and a half, only 14% of RFPs showed any evidence of collaboration between IT and the wider organisation...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration.

Collaboration app uptake increasing in organisations – but not everybody is using them

More than half of organisations polled by enterprise software provider Smartsheet say their use of collaboration apps has increased over the past 12 months.

The report, titled ‘2017 State of Enterprise Collaboration’, and put together alongside Market Cube, polled 1000 US enterprise IT decision makers. More than two thirds (71%) of respondents said they already have a defined collaboration strategy in place, while almost all (95%) say collaboration tools are a ‘high’ or...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

A guide to securing remote access in financial services

In hacking circles, financial services organisations are a prime target – as the rewards can be substantial. This has meant IT departments in financial services have been wary of establishing remote working policies.

This whitepaper from CensorNet examines the typical examples of cyber threats facing financial services organisations, regulatory concerns, and best practices for securing remote access.

By James Bourne, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Security.

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.