Is a lack of creativity stifling workplace productivity?

Plenty of reports have hit the headlines regarding the UK’s seemingly low levels of productivity – but is stifling creativity a further problem?

According to new research issued by Microsoft, uninspiring workplaces, stress, and a lack of room for individual concentration are all contributing to the risk of a ‘creativity crisis’.

The study, put together by Microsoft Surface representing the views of more than 1,100 employees, also found existing workloads and organisational processes...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Three in five global organisations have adopted Windows 10, says Spiceworks

Gartner said back in April that 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by the end of 2017 – and now according to new data from Spiceworks, 60% of global organisations have adopted the operating system today.

Windows 10, which was officially launched two years ago – give or take five days – was seen by many analysts as the long-term successor to Windows Vista, whose...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

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.

How WannaCry demonstrates the dangers of homogeneous, unpatched networks

Whenever history seemed to repeat itself, my Granny used to quip, “same song, different verse.” As the WannaCry (WNCRY) ransomware spread like wildfire in a dry forest, I heard the familiar refrain and discordant notes of previous worms: Blaster (2003), Welchia “Nachi” (2003), and Conflicker (2008). Each of these worms spread via well known flaws in Microsoft Windows for which patches were already available. Why then, after a decade and a half, are we still seeing worms spreading via...

By MobileIron, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft.

85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by end of 2017, says Gartner

Analyst house Gartner projected Windows 10 for record enterprise adoption as far back as 2015 – and now a new note from the company says 85% of enterprises will have started deployments by the end of 2017.

The figure comes from a survey conducted in the last quarter of 2016 in Brazil, China, France, India, the UK, and US. Almost half (49%) of respondents said security improvements were the primary reason for...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft rolls out Teams to Office 365 customers: Where do we go from here?

It caused enough ripples when it was released that Slack was compelled to take out a full page advert in the New York Times – and now Microsoft has officially rolled out its Teams product to Office 365 subscribers worldwide.

To define Teams, as the promotional video for the preview put it: “Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace that gives people one place to connect and create in...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Skycure integrates with Microsoft EMS in enhanced mobile security play

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Mobile threat defence provider Skycure has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft on integrating its platform with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

The collaboration ‘allows organisations to more confidently address the needs of today’s mobile workforce, ensuring that devices are risk-free and secure before accessing corporate resources’, according to the press materials.

Customers should expect ‘seamless integration’ with EMS,

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Office 365 most popular enterprise app with Zoom fastest growing, says Okta

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Office 365 increased its lead as the most popular application in the Okta network last year, ahead of Salesforce and Box, according to the company’s latest Businesses@Work study released today.

The latest report, which is the third edition of the company’s study into workplace trends, pulled data from thousands of Okta customers, from small businesses to enterprise, representing millions of authentications. The primary trend, alongside the apps data, was that 16% of...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Mobility investments moving more towards the business – but is this the full story?

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How are organisations investing in mobile technology, and what will 2017 bring? These are among the questions that Nick McQuire, VP enterprise at CCS Insight and contributor to this publication, has been exploring in his recent work.

The latest edition of CCS Insight’s enterprise IT buyers survey landed at the very back end of 2016, with lots of continuity but some interesting and challenging findings. The study, which quizzed 400 mobile technology decision makers in Europe and...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Five areas CIOs who work with Microsoft technologies need to invest in

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Do your staff have the skills they need to support your IT strategy?

As a Microsoft Partner working with CIOs, heads of IT, developers, architects, administrators and more, we at Rencore wanted to find out if the digital age is providing more challenges, rather than opportunities when it comes to learning new skills. Our research – which also looks at what environments those companies are using, the challenges they have around security and governance and their plans for the future - is the...

By Matthias Einig, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.