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.

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.

Taking the robot out of the human: Why we should not confuse productivity and efficiency

We need to have a more grown up discussion about the impact of technology and intelligent automation (IA).

Currently, the conversation about automation is dominated by lurid headlines about whole swathes of the workforce being made redundant overnight, and the dawning of a new dystopia where intelligent machines have replaced the ordinary human worker.

Instead, we need to be asking a much more pertinent question: “Are existing jobs being done well, and how can they be improved?”

Practically every...

By Mark Corley, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Productivity.

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.

Five ways your organisation can survive digital disruption

Companies, departments, and individuals need to get ahead of each shifting digital trend to stay relevant. New business models are challenging traditional business thinking, and many organizations are struggling to keep pace. Forrester research found that only 27 percent of operating companies have a working digital strategy.

Many companies risk losing their leadership position...

By Stephan Romeder, 21 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Productivity.

BlackBerry updates Enterprise Mobility Suite to include Office 365, DocuSign and wearables

lackBerry has announced updates to its Enterprise Mobility Suite, including managing wearable devices, integration with DocuSign, and app analytics capabilities.

Other new features in the suite include managing and securing Office 365 mobile applications from BlackBerry’s unified endpoint management (UEM) suite, accessing business data on unmanaged laptops, and providing in-line comments and @mentions on Workspaces, the company’s enterprise file sync and share product.

“The explosion of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity, Security.

In a world of bots, AI and big data – how can employees and businesses survive?

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution hailed as bringing about a digital boom on the global economy, many may think: “Are we not already well into the digital economy era?”.

It is true that there are now countless apps and computing technologies that allow people to conveniently hail a taxi, book a hotel, or clean floors with a robot. Smart machines can also already drive cars, diagnose patients, and manage finances more effectively than humans. But in a new analysis –

By Ben Pring, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Productivity.

How proactively delivered personalised dashboards improve business intelligence

You often hear business leaders talking about their key performance metrics. Many even track them through visual dashboards cluttered with all sorts of impressive-looking charts, graphs, and numbers. But how effective are these dashboards, really?

For one thing, dashboards often present lots of complicated data with little, if any, analysis or context – they also take forever to load. This makes them unapproachable for employees who aren’t trained in analytics or don’t know how to sift through the raw...

By Natalie Lambert, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.