Gartner says worldwide IT spending to grow 2.4% in 2017

Worldwide IT spending continues to increase, with emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, blockchain, and smart machines in retail behind the climb.

That’s according to the latest analysis from Gartner, which forecasts global IT spending to total $3.5 trillion (£2.7tn) in 2017, up 2.4% from the year before. Communications services represent the highest number, at $1.37tn, however up only 0.3% from 2016. IT services, at $922bn in 2017, continue their steady uptake...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Research.

Research: Usage of defective open source components has declined 63%

Sonatype has released its third annual State of the Software Supply Chain report. This report highlights safety concerns related to usage of open source components and their impacts on the software supply chain.

Organisations that are vigilant about the quality of open source components entering into the production applications are realising a 28% improvement in developer productivity, a 30% reduction in overall development...

By Enterprise CIO, 18 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Research.

Apperian argues more enterprise mobility investments focusing on bottom line

Organisations expect their enterprise mobility initiatives to go beyond business processes and employee satisfaction and impact the bottom line, according to a new piece of research from Apperian.

The study, conducted in conjunction with CITO Research which polled more than 100 mobility professionals across over 10 industries, found that almost half (43%) of respondents said increased productivity was their primary goal for an enterprise app rollout, up 20% from the previous year. More than one in five (22%)...

By James Bourne, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, Research.

Quarterly PC shipments fall to lowest levels since 2007, Gartner says

Worldwide PC shipments fell below 63 million units in the first quarter of 2017 for the first time since 2007, according to the latest note from Gartner.

Gartner says consumers refrain from replacing their older PCs while some have completely abandoned the PC market altogether. Though there is a weak demand on one end, Gartner adds the business segment still sees the PC as an important device and it is the main work device for businesses.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: “The market...

By Enterprise CIO, 13 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

IDC forecasts Western European mobility revenues to reach $224.8 billion in 2017

Mobility revenues in western Europe are set to reach $224.8 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 0.1% over the previous year, according to the latest analysis from IDC.

Purchases of mobile hardware, software, and services are expected to grow at a more stable rate in 2019 and 2020, achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.4% over the 2015–2020 forecast period and reaching $230.3 billion in 2020.

According to the guide, mobile connectivity services currently represent almost 50% of European...

By Enterprise CIO, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Majority of IT managers say they work on mobile security without EMM or MMS help

More than half of respondents in a survey conducted by mobility and telecom expense management (TEM) provider Tangoe say their job to manage mobile devices ploughs a lonely furrow.

In other words, of the 100 IT managers polled, across a variety of enterprises, very few are using enterprise mobility management (EMM) or managed mobility (MMS) offerings – although many plan to over the next two years.

Given this publication has

By James Bourne, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.

Mobility skills and experience becoming ever more important, argues Randstad

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Mobility skills are going to be in ever-increasing demand while the line between cybersecurity and IT will start to blur, according to predictions from Randstad Technologies.

The analysis also examines a generational change in the workplace – although perhaps not the trend you are expecting – as well as new company roles.

Randstad argues that in 2017, companies will place greater emphasis on hires of all ages, although adding in a separate prediction that ‘generation...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Research reveals iOS and Android app data leakage – and what it means for enterprises

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A new report from cloud security provider Zscaler has revealed the extent of data leakage from iOS and Android apps – and the threat this poses to enterprises.

In a blog post entitled ‘Are mobile apps a leaky tap in the enterprise?’, the company analysed more than 45 million transactions related to mobile devices through its cloud, and found that 0.3% of the 20 million Android transactions and 0.5% of the 26 million iOS transactions are resulting in some level of...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Research, Security.

Mobile maturity grows in the enterprise – but user experience still needs to be improved

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Usage and maturity with enterprise mobility continues to grow, according to the latest research from analyst firm CCS Insight, yet many hurdles remain around security and user needs.

The survey, which polled 600 employees in the US and western Europe, found agreeable increases in both device and app usage. The average number of connected devices used by employees for business or personal use has risen to 4.6 from 4.1 this time last year, while 86% of those polled said they...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security, UX.

Video conferencing equipment market shines in Asia Pacific, struggles everywhere else

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IDC’s latest prognostication, on the global enterprise video conferencing equipment market, argues the space could be improved; overall equipment revenue increased 2.0% quarter by quarter, but went down 0.4% year over year.

Perhaps not surprisingly the key vendor to look out for, according to the research, was Cisco. Despite results showing revenue decreases both quarterly (0.6%) and yearly (3.2%), the giant still held a 44.3% share of the global market. Polycom, with greater...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Productivity, Research.

UX more important mobility investment area than security in US and UK

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User experience is emerging as the most popular investment area among enterprise mobility professionals in the US and UK – but across the rest of Europe security remains king.

That is the verdict from the latest report by the Enterprise Mobility Exchange. The report, entitled ‘The Roadmap to Mobile Transformation’, took the opinions of the company’s event attendees, asked around the service areas they were looking to invest in over the coming six to 18...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security, UX.

The UCaaS market analysed: RingCentral, Fuze, West top Magic Quadrant

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The good folks at Gartner have got the crystal ball out again, this time with regard to the unified comms as a service (UCaaS) marketplace – and found 8x8, BT, Fuze, RingCentral, and West Unified Communications in the leaders’ zone.

The report arrives at a fascinating time in the space. Enterprise collaboration and productivity as a whole has been bolstered in the past month by an array of deals from the major vendors.

By James Bourne, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Productivity, Research.

Employees reaching breaking point: Our software is not good enough

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A new report from enterprise mobility platform provider Sapho argues that employees will simply refuse to use an application that wastes too much of their time – and it’s getting to breaking point.

The study, which was conducted by Forrester and polled more than 100 line of business and IT leaders found that enterprise software was “overwhelmingly” coming up short due to its complexity and issues with mobile. The results showed a disparity between employee...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

The Internet of Things will replace mobile phones as most connected device in 2018

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Internet of Things sensors and devices are expected to exceed mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018, growing at a 23% compound annual growth rate from 2015 to 2021, according to an Ericsson report.

  • Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices are expected to exceed mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018, growing at a 23% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 to 2021.
  • By 2021 there will be 9B mobile subscriptions, 7.7B mobile broadband subscriptions, and 6.3B smartphone...

By Louis Columbus, 25 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Research.

Research warns of yet more lax employee mobile security practices

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One in five employees share their work email passwords, while 12% share passwords to other work applications, according to new research data released by identity and access management provider OneLogin.

The study, conducted by Arlington Research of more than 1,000 US-based respondents in May this year, also found one in five workers do not bother with additional security software on their devices, beyond what ships with the operating system, while employees admit to letting their...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Research, Security.

Gartner’s 2016 EMM Magic Quadrant: VMware edging ahead – but it’s not the whole story

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Updated 22 June Yes, it’s that time of year again. While perhaps not as glamorous as awards season, analyst report season is always important for the software and hardware companies at the heart of the enterprise mobility management (EMM) movement. And, all things considered, it’s increasingly looking like a pattern is emerging.

In both the IDC rankings, released...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

IDC enterprise mobility analysis: IoT key for post-end user computing future

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A new report released by analyst house IDC argues the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market remains healthy despite slightly slowed recent growth, with AirWatch VMware at the top of the pile.

The report, released earlier this month, examines how the consolidation of vendors ‘changes the landscape’ of EMM. Naturally, this refers principally to

By James Bourne, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Research.

How digital transformation creates a “fundamental shift” in CIO role

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CEOs across the globe now view business technology as a key component of their growth strategies. That’s why the role of today’s chief information officer has become increasingly challenging. Mounting pressure to innovate has left many CIOs flat-footed - essentially playing catch­-up trying to integrate new technologies, rather than driving them.

A recent International Data Corporation (IDC) study examined CIO and line of business (LOB) executive perceptions of IT...

By David H Deans, 15 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Research.

Why businesses remain ill equipped for digital transformation and automation

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For most sectors today digital has to be a central part of their strategy, and yet many organisations are still facing huge challenges in meeting their digital transformation needs, according to a new survey.

Research by app platform provider KnowledgeKube showed that of the 100 European-wide private and public sector IT leaders interviewed for the study 70% wanted to go digital and automate processes within their organisation, however only 30% were confident their company would rapidly...

By Liz Morrell, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research.