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.

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.

CIOs need to incorporate event-driven architecture in their business, says Gartner

If organisations are to realise the benefits of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, event-driven architecture (EDA) is the way forward, according to the latest missive from Gartner.

EDA is defined by TechTarget’s microservices arm as ‘a framework that orchestrates behaviour around the production, detection and consumption of events as well as the...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, IoT.

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.

The 10 key benefits of digital transformation

By Matt Louden

For most companies, digital transformation is too complex to handle alone—88% rely on third-party providers for at least one component. Despite this drawback, organisations are making their tech-savvy transformations more rapidly than ever. Why?

What’s all the fuss about?

It’s...

By MOBI, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics.

Enterprise IT RFPs ‘not fit for purpose’, new research warns

With digital transformation, it is all about agility and innovation; getting the balance right between delivering a secure experience and enabling a more efficient working environment. So does the traditional enterprise IT request for proposal (RFP) still have a place in the process?

The short answer: not as it stands. According to new research from KCOM, which examined RFPs it received over the past year and a half, only 14% of RFPs showed any evidence of collaboration between IT and the wider organisation...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration.

The CIO outlook for 2017: Fulfilment high while digital adoption continues to go up

CIOs who say they are ‘very fulfilled’ in their roles is at a three year high, while more than half of organisations are investing in more nimble technology platforms.

These are among the key highlights of the annual CIO Survey from KPMG and Harvey Nash. The study, which analysed responses from almost 4,500 CIOs across 86 countries, found that in a large amount of cases, the CIO’s role remains important.

For more than seven in 10 respondents, the CIO role is becoming more strategic –...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

The three traits which digitally leading companies share: Disrupt or risk being disrupted

If only digital transformation in large organisations were as easy as flicking a switch; one day you are laggards, the next you are ahead of the chasing pack.

Alas, getting top-down buy in and replacing legacy technologies – as well as sourcing which technologies are right for your company – takes time. But a new piece of research from Alfresco Software and Forbes Insights shares key trends which differentiate the fastest growing players in the digital economy.

“Today’s corporate...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Data & Analytics, IoT.

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.

How disruptive innovations fuel digital transformation – and what this means for the C-suite

What's disruptive innovation, and why does it matter to leaders in the C-suite? It's how the savvy non-conformist will target market opportunities. How does this happen, when established companies seem to have the advantage? Creative software developers can quickly apply new technologies and digital business models to capture untapped demand.

Moreover, the most disruptive new companies will eventually reshape entire industries, swiftly pushing aside the legacy incumbent players -- it's a form of Digital...

By David H Deans, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, IoT.

Organisations starting to trust automated security, new research finds

The majority of executives polled by Radware say they trust automated security solutions with a third saying they trust automated cyber defence compared with humans.

The study, the 2017 Executive Application & Network Security Survey, was conducted by Merrill Research on behalf of Radware in April 2017, which surveyed 200 executives – 100 in the US and 100 in Europe. The report helps understand the threat landscape, potential impact on businesses, level of preparedness, emerging threats and...

By Enterprise CIO, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Identity, Security.

Debunking the five most common myths associated with enterprise mobile apps

Each year the world becomes more mobile. According to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are more active mobile phone subscriptions than people on the planet. In the consumer world, the mobile customer is the new norm, but the picture is notably different in the enterprise.

The typical large business uses thousands of applications, including complex legacy systems that run their core business processes. With estimates measured in months to years to mobilise each application, it’s no...

By Kristen Rachels, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

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.

More than nine in 10 IT pros see automation as necessary across the enterprise

94% of respondents polled by IT solutions provider BMC Software say they expect automation to move from IT across the whole business by 2020.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers across 12 countries, also found that for three quarters (73%) of respondents, businesses who do not embrace IT automation as an overall strategy within five years will go bust within 10 years.

Looking at enterprise architects in particular, there are plenty of hurdles obstructing their path, with lack of necessary budget...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

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.

ANZ CIOs doing well on digital – but with a caveat, says Gartner

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CIOs in Australia and New Zealand are top of the class when it comes to customer focus and digitalisation initiatives, according to a new missive from analyst firm Gartner.

The figures, which come from the 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda survey, found that of the almost 2,600 respondents in 93 countries, 49% of ANZ CIOs are participating in digital ecosystems ‘as platforms to exchange information and interact electronically with competitors, customers, regulators, stakeholders and other...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud .

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.

Three strategies to reduce your database total cost of ownership

If your company is like most companies, you have an Oracle database problem. You might be using more databases and versions of databases than your company is aware of. And there is a good chance you’re running databases under the false belief they’re all fully supported. Either way, many companies face big risks with neglected database systems. Let’s take a closer look.

In a recent enterprise Oracle database survey conducted by Rimini, we discovered that most...

By Hari Candadai, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

CIO digital strategies across Asia analysed with Gartner survey

A series of missives from analyst firm Gartner has shed light on the CIO’s digital strategy across Asia – with some interesting results.

The company has chosen three geographic areas – China, India, and south-east Asia (SEA) – and found that China is ‘preparing for a digital ecosystem surge’, India is on the road to digitalisation but with serious skills gaps, and south-east Asia CIOs are expected to get better than expected results from only moderate increases in IT...

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

A note to CEOs: Shadow IT is not someone else’s problem

Trends like bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own app (BYOA) – or shadow IT as some industry observers call it - are fast spreading throughout the workplace.

On the whole, they are welcomed by the enterprise for the additional flexibility and productivity benefits they bring.  After all, letting employees use their own phones and apps for work tasks saves time and investment on new IT, right?

But there’s a catch.

Alongside the benefits, shadow IT is also allowing fresh...

By Omri Sigelman, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.