BlackBerry and Appdome team up for codeless integration of voice, video and messaging

BlackBerry and Appdome have announced a partnership to help cut down the cost of integrating messaging, voice, and video capabilities into existing applications and services.

The BBM Enterprise SDK, first made available in June, was hailed by the company at the time as offering a superior user experience compared to other enterprise instant messaging platforms, with more than 60 ISV partners at the time building...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Appdome joins AppConfig Community with eye on helping ISVs with best practice

Appdome has announced it has become the latest company to join the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards body with several key enterprise mobility players among its ranks.

The company, based out of Redwood City, California, provides a codeless way of integrating third party SDKs into mobile apps. Appdome joins almost 100 other companies in the ISV members’ section, and through its Appdome for AppConfig will enable customers to automatically integrate the community’s best practice...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

VMware, MobileIron, IBM, BlackBerry and Citrix top IDC EMM rankings

VMware, MobileIron, IBM, BlackBerry and Citrix make the top of the pile in IDC’s latest report examining enterprise mobility management (EMM).

The study, published for the first time by IDC, puts VMware at the top of the tree, with the 14 vendors overall being ranked on ‘capabilities’ and ‘strategies’ – not too dissimilar from ‘ability to execute’ and ‘completeness of vision’ from a rival analyst firm – and being categorised as either leaders,...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

How CIOs can help push through a hybrid, multi-cloud digital transformation environment

Recent research from consulting giant Bain & Company has aimed to give CIOs more of a pointer in their digital transformation initiatives.

The report – ‘Six IT Design Rules for Digital Transformation’ – argues that instead of having smooth sailing when it comes to digital transformation, CIOs are “struggling with a complex environment, higher costs, vexing compliance and security issues, and a perpetual need for faster implementation and sharper insights.”

The report...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Latest research shows continued issues with enterprise mobility initiatives

The vast majority of executives polled by enterprise information management (EIM) provider M-Files say their employees have difficulty locating documents when working outside of the office.

The study, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne, quizzed 250 UK-based IT decision makers, and found more than half of respondents (51%) said they would like the ability to access company documents, or be able to edit them, when working remotely or on a mobile device.

44% of those polled added they wanted the ability to...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Three considerations to overcome enterprise app fatigue

Think about the apps on your smartphone. You’ve probably downloaded dozens of them, but how many do you use on a regular basis? It’s likely that your patience for a bad user experience is low and you’ll stop using an app if it doesn’t seamlessly do what you downloaded it for.

If this feels like you, you’re not alone. Research from comScore finds that mobile users spend 85 percent of their time using just five apps. Moreover, a Gartner survey shows that 41 percent of users are not...

By Ed Hadley, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Clarizen introduces Slack bot and notes improved productivity

Clarizen has announced a new bot that works within Slack – and the company says early adopters have already seen a marked improvement in their productivity.

The company has coined the term ‘ACE’ – not to be confused with the precursor initiative to the AppConfig Community – to describe how work processes can improve through the bot. ‘Adaptive’ refers to the use of real-time data, as well as being able to prioritise work and get live status updates, while...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Social.

Google aims to utilise G Suite for new hiring app aimed at smaller businesses

Google has announced the launch of Hire, an app aimed at helping small and medium businesses in the recruitment process.

The app combines with G Suite, Google’s set of intelligent apps, including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar, to help ‘efficiently manage the interview process end to end’, in the company’s words.

Organisations can communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire, with emails syncing automatically in both, schedule interviews through Hire and Calendar, and analyse...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

Kony report reveals continued dissatisfaction with enterprise apps

It feels like a line which has been endlessly repeated – but a new study reveals how organisations are still unimpressed with their enterprise apps.

The study, from enterprise app provider Kony alongside Wakefield Research, surveyed more than 1,000 line of business executives and found that while for 98% of respondents specific mobile apps would be a boon for their organisation, user experience, cost, and maintenance remain big issues.

Two thirds (65%) of those polled admitted they were not entirely...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Highlights from 2017 Enterprise Mobility Exchange report: Digital transformation, AI, and more

The question of where IT is headed is always a difficult one to answer.

Though it often seems that adoption of new technologies in the enterprise moves at a snail’s pace, every year, new tech is introduced that has the potential to dramatically transform the future of business. At the same time, businesses are constantly figuring out new ways to leverage old technology to their advantage. All of this means that there are a myriad of factors at play when it comes to predicting the new and the next.

To track some of that progress,...

By App47, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, COPE, Enterprise Mobility.

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 adds Check Point to EMS security partners, joins Zimperium and Lookout

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Check Point, integrating the latter’s SandBlast Mobile with its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.

The companies had previously teamed up for securing Microsoft Azure with Check Point’s vSec Cloud Security, with Check Point adding that baking SandBlast Mobile, aimed at mobile threat defence, into Microsoft’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) product, Intune, “provides...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Companies failing to heed warnings on employee deprovisioning, research warns

More than half of employees surveyed by identity management provider OneLogin admit they still have access to corporate applications from former employers.

The study, which was based on a survey of 500 US-based IT decision makers, found that almost half (44%) of respondents lack confidence that former employees have been removed from corporate networks. A quarter of those polled said their organisation takes more than a week to remove a former employee from their records, while another quarter did not know...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

How the iPhone changed the enterprise mobile space – and how the next 10 years will shape up

When smartphones were introduced to enterprise mobility, they weren’t all that smart. The BlackBerry was primarily an email device with a tactile keyboard you could use to extend communication beyond voice.

When the iPhone was introduced, it was slow to fully penetrate the enterprise market. It was only through the consumerisation of IT (consumers bringing their personal devices to work and demanding corporate support) that the shift to iPhone and Android truly began. Since then, the iPhone’s...

By Josh Garrett, 13 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

New study warns of management risks as enterprise mobile devices become more pervasive

More than two thirds of CEOs in the transportation and logistics sector are ‘failing to grasp’ the importance of rugged devices in the field to their operations, according to a new report from SOTI.

The study, conducted by Arlington Research on behalf of the enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider, sought responses from 1,300 individuals in companies with more than 50 employees, who all use a smart device for work purposes.

Management remains a headache despite – or because of –...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Symantec to acquire Skycure to bolster mobile security play

Cyber security giant Symantec has announced it is to acquire Israel-based Skycure, a ‘mobile threat defence’ provider.

Skycure’s modus operandi is the belief that ‘true enterprise mobile security could only be achieved by building from the ground up a solution of a type that did not yet exist…one that understands the unique characteristics of mobile devices and mobile productivity’, in the company’s own words.

In other words, Skycure protects across all major mobile...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

Trend Micro and VMware team up for enterprise mobile security

Trend Micro and VMware have announced the integration of its solutions for increased enterprise mobile security.

The former’s Mobile Security for Enterprise solution will be baked into VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch, the latter’s digital workspace platform and enterprise mobility management (EMM) offerings.

Customers “will be able to secure corporate data from mobile threats more effectively through policy enforcement and compliance and sharing device security posture...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

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.

What is the deal with wearables in the enterprise today?

With recent announcements and new product launches, wearable technology is making a push at the enterprise level. By 2020, experts believe there could be as many as 830 million wearable devices in use worldwide.

Today’s wearable technology market is growing by more than 15% annually—at this rate, the market’s value will exceed $50 billion in less than five years. As more companies...

By MOBI, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.