Assessing agile project management and its place in the modern workplace

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Agile project management methodologies have gained a lot of traction in the project management space in recent years, largely thanks to the flexibility and speed agile can offer organisations. However, agile methodologies are still often perceived as only applicable for software development teams. Many project managers miss out on the benefits of adopting an agile approach because of this misconception.

What is agile project management?

Originally pioneered in software development...

By Greg Bailey, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Employees, Productivity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MobileIron announces partnership with Dropbox for secure document collaboration

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron has announced a new partnership with Dropbox for greater and more secure collaboration.

MobileIron’s Access product, which aims to give organisations the ability to secure cloud services on mobile devices, will align with Dropbox Business, the cloud storage provider’s enterprise offering, to ‘ensure that only trusted users, on trusted devices, using trusted apps can access enterprise data in cloud services’, as the company puts...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

Smartsheet raises $52.1 million in series F round to bolster enterprise collaboration

Smartsheet, a software as a service (SaaS) collaboration platform based in Washington, has raised $52.1 million (£40.2m) in series F funding.

The company said the capital will be used to accelerate product, sales, marketing and infrastructure to support its platform ‘building upon an already solid financial position with low cash burn’.

Smartsheet’s product enables enterprise-wide collaboration through file sharing, alerts and reminders to enable ‘all notes, comments, files, and...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, M&A, Productivity.

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.

Facebook beefs up Workplace offering with bots, security, video API and more

Facebook opened up its enterprise-grade collaboration suite Workplace to everyone back in October – and now the social giant claims more than 14,000 businesses are using its tool, covering every continent on the planet.

At F8, the company’s developer conference, Facebook also announced a variety of integration partners for Workplace, including Dropbox, Box, and Salesforce, as well as new custom bots.

The integrations with cloud service providers and other collaboration firms relate to a long-running trend;...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

Why bots will become one of the biggest drivers of workplace efficiency

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Chatbots are one of the hottest trends at the moment and they are quickly expanding into workplaces around the world. As of mid-2016, there were about 170 venture capital funded chatbot startups and this has continued into 2017. In enterprises we are already seeing their use for customer relationship management, with AT&T and American Express among some of the bigger names to have begun using them. While CRM is a clear use case, bots also have the potential for efficiency...

By David Lee, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Cisco beats Microsoft to punch for collaboration crown – but cloud coming up on the rails

The enterprise collaboration market continues to be well and truly joined; and according to the latest figures from Synergy Research, Cisco ended 2016 as the market leader with Microsoft just behind.

Total revenues – including enterprise voice, unified comms applications, email software, enterprise content management (ECM), enterprise social and cloud comms – hit $9 billion.

As in previous analyses, Cisco dominated premise-based collaboration while Microsoft was on top for hosted and cloud-based....

By James Bourne, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration.

‘Untapped potential’ for AI in the enterprise clear in new report

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming ever more pervasive in the enterprise - and a new study from InsideSales.com argues that while more than half of respondents say they don’t use AI at work, the ‘untapped potential’ is certainly evident.

The findings, which appear in a new report on the state of artificial intelligence in the UK in 2017, found 56% of the more than 250 consumers polled believe they do not use AI in the workplace. Other findings show mixed feelings among survey...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Organisations are moving towards Slack – but what about the enterprise apps alongside it?

Slack is rapidly becoming one of the most popular enterprise apps – but which is the most popular enterprise app within Slack?

Meet Drum. The UK-based company, which offers a cloud-based web meeting platform, is one of the most frequently used in the ‘plug into the grid’ section of Slack’s app directory. In other words, among the apps which the Vancouver-founded company cite as the best fit for its

By James Bourne, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why mature DevOps shops are utilising automated security ‘early, everywhere and at scale’

More than two thirds of respondents to a survey conducted by Sonatype say their DevOps practices are either ‘very mature’ or of ‘improving maturity’, with mature organisations weaving automated security into their DevOps practices.

The study, which polled almost 2,300 IT professionals, found only a quarter (28%) of mature DevOps teams believe they were being slowed by security requirements, while 38% of developers in those teams say security is a primary concern.

The link between...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Employees.

Microsoft rolls out Teams to Office 365 customers: Where do we go from here?

It caused enough ripples when it was released that Slack was compelled to take out a full page advert in the New York Times – and now Microsoft has officially rolled out its Teams product to Office 365 subscribers worldwide.

To define Teams, as the promotional video for the preview put it: “Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace that gives people one place to connect and create in...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.