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.

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.

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.

How Node.js and Docker will help increase company head counts – and create new firms

If you want to create more projects, hire more staff and build out your organisation, then Node.js is the way to go, according to new research.

The figures come from a new study by NodeSource which aimed to examine the current momentum of Node.js within the open source software ecosystem. Naturally, given NodeSource works in the realm of Node.js consulting, it is not the biggest surprise to see these results – however the underlying statistics are certainly of interest.

More than nine in 10 (91%)...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Development, Employees.

Building a mobility strategy: How to drive adoption

As all too many companies have learned the hard way, building an app is no guarantee that employees will actually use it. With that in mind, you would be remiss not to consider how you’ll drive adoption when building out your mobility strategy.

This question—“how will we get our employees to use our apps?”—is a relatively new one for companies. When devices were company-owned, and pre-loaded with software, there was no need to ponder whether or not employees would use the devices...

By App47, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Analysing – and debunking – three common AI misconceptions

Artificial intelligence (AI) is widely discussed, but narrowly understood. While the majority of businesses are aware of it as a concept, they don’t necessarily know exactly how it can help them – and many believe that, by forcing change to existing working models, it may well be a threat. It’s the classic fear of the unknown. But while this fear is misplaced, it’s becoming quite pervasive.

It’s looking increasingly likely that AI will be as transformative for the business of the future as big...

By Peter Linas, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Employees.

Seven steps to successful software asset management

A recent article published in Search IT Operations provided an excellent overview of software asset management (SAM) and its benefits for helping organisations to avoid overspending on underused software, or incurring large fines from vendors if they are found to be contravening end user licensing agreements.

However, a Vanson Bourne survey of enterprise employees with responsibility...

By Phil Heap, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Employees.

Advice for the CIO: On making security an issue for everyone

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An organisation’s cybersecurity is only as strong as the weakest link. This is why it is vital there is buy in from staff of all levels and that best practice is adopted across the organisation. We know attackers are looking for the easiest route into organisations so building barriers that deter them is a vital first step in ensuring effective defence. As employees are often a weak link in this defence it is vital that CIOs, CISOs and others responsible for providing an...

By Duncan Hughes, 01 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Security.

Research warns of C-suite exposure to mobile security threats

The C-suite, including the CEO, are most at risk from being hacked when working outside of the office, according to a new report from mobile connectivity provider iPass.

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest annual Mobile Security Report, show that of the 500 CIOs and senior IT decision makers surveyed, almost half (47%) were said to be ‘very concerned’ about mobile security threats, up from 36% in 2016. In total, 93% of organisations polled said they were either...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Is poor presentation prep damaging your business acquisition opportunities?

Winning business is big business in itself. You only have to look at what companies spend on sales and marketing to see that, with targeted advertising, websites and CRM systems typically commanding big chunks of company budgets.

Often, though, those investments will only get you into a room with a potential client - a successful pitch is still required before POs can start changing hands. So, you’d think that companies would invest accordingly in their pitching too. After all, why would you pay to...

By Lyndon Nicholson, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees.

Cisco doubles down on Internet of Things strategy, introduces IoT Threat Defense

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"This is an amazing year," Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco, proclaimed before the audience at the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum in London this morning. "This is the year where we're talking about how to put this into action. We really did move from great vision slides and talking about what's possible, and we saw more and more examples of how this is happening."

No prizes for guessing the topic of conversation. According to Cisco's own research, only 26% of enterprise IoT...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

CIOs in Hong Kong stepping up fight against lax BYOD practices, new data reveals

One in three CIOs polled by Robert Half say a ‘lack of employee knowledge and skills around data security’ will be the biggest security risk their organisation faces in the coming five years.

The study, which surveyed 100 CIOs and CTOs in Hong Kong, found that almost three quarters (74%) of respondents allow their employees to access corporate data on their personal devices.

Only one respondent said their company was doing nothing to protect the company’s data on BYOD, while deployment of...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Gartner argues medicine, law and IT may be affected by the rise of the robots by 2022

Gartner has given a tentative guideline of 2022 as when smart machines and robots may replace highly trained professionals in medicine, law and IT, according to the firm’s latest missive.

The analyst house argues there is a fear of skilled practices becoming ‘utilities’ through the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). One example Gartner uses is through law; if an enterprise uses a smart machine which substitutes for a lawyer, after the first long and expensive period of training, the...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Why user behaviour continues to put enterprises at risk

No matter how rigorous an approach you take to security in the enterprise, your biggest threat to security will always be your users.

Though the so-called “user threat” has been well-known by IT professionals since the dawn of the computer, a new study commissioned by RiskIQ finds that the problem is extremely pervasive, and still poses a serious threat for consumer and enterprise app usage.

RiskIQ surveyed 1,000...

By App47, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

No matter who you are – automating access governance solves a plethora of business problems

You think your organisation’s systems are secure. Your employees have the solutions they need to maintain security, and for them to do their jobs effectively. Your user accounts are being provisioned automatically and you provide self-service, so anyone who is locked out, for example, can immediately get back into their workstations and perform at the highest level. Your newly hired employees can quickly get started from moment one without delay, right, with proper access to the organisation’s...

By Dean Wiech, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Identity.

Google shares its tiered approach to enterprise mobile security in new paper

Google has shed light on the tiered access method it employs in managing the devices of its more than 61,000 employees in a new whitepaper – with the aim to get IT admins to deploy it in their own organisations.

Michael Janosko, manager for security engineering and Rose La Prairie, Android product manager, explain the internal process in a company blog post. “Google’s technical...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why self-service is a key component of successful EMM

If you’re wondering how best to build employee buy-in for your enterprise mobility program, the first place you should look is your enrollment/onboarding process.

Put another way: the onboarding process is most employees’ first touch point with your EMM program. If it isn’t simple and easy to follow, you’re already starting the relationship on the wrong foot.

So: what does the ideal EMM enrollment process look like? In our minds, the process should:

Be self-service

The single best way...

By App47, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

We’re not worried about AI…it will allow us to work more flexibly, say employees

Two pieces of research have hit this publication’s inbox which give a further indication to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) among businesses and employees. A study from Adecco found that almost half of employees (48%) surveyed believed AI would enable them to work more flexibly, while research from Rocket Fuel argued the majority of millennials say it can help brands in terms of informing better buying decisions.

The Adecco research, which polled 1,000 board level executives and 1,000 workers...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, IoT, Productivity.

Get C-suite buy in and prioritise mobile outside of IT for greater ROI, says IBM

Align mobile initiatives with organisation-wide business goals, get the support of the C-suite and balance off the shelf with custom approaches: these are among the best strategies in order to gain maximum return on investment from enterprise mobility projects, according to a new report from IBM.

The Armonk giant has put together a new report from its Institute for Business Value (IBV) arm, titled ‘Return on Mobile Capturing the Value Beneath the Surface’, which focuses on surveys from more than...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.