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.

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.

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.

BlackBerry updates Enterprise Mobility Suite to include Office 365, DocuSign and wearables

lackBerry has announced updates to its Enterprise Mobility Suite, including managing wearable devices, integration with DocuSign, and app analytics capabilities.

Other new features in the suite include managing and securing Office 365 mobile applications from BlackBerry’s unified endpoint management (UEM) suite, accessing business data on unmanaged laptops, and providing in-line comments and @mentions on Workspaces, the company’s enterprise file sync and share product.

“The explosion of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity, Security.

Gartner’s 2017 EMM Magic Quadrant: And then there were four?

Analyst firm Gartner has released its latest Magic Quadrant for enterprise mobility management (EMM), with VMware AirWatch, MobileIron, BlackBerry, and IBM at the top of the tree.

The quadrant this year features only 13 vendors with no new names, unless you count Ivanti, which is the new company name of LANDESK, a regular in the list, when they combined with HEAT Software in January this year. SAP was the unfortunate name to fall out of the list, no longer qualifying, while Citrix fell from the leaders...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

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.

How WannaCry demonstrates the dangers of homogeneous, unpatched networks

Whenever history seemed to repeat itself, my Granny used to quip, “same song, different verse.” As the WannaCry (WNCRY) ransomware spread like wildfire in a dry forest, I heard the familiar refrain and discordant notes of previous worms: Blaster (2003), Welchia “Nachi” (2003), and Conflicker (2008). Each of these worms spread via well known flaws in Microsoft Windows for which patches were already available. Why then, after a decade and a half, are we still seeing worms spreading via...

By MobileIron, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft.

The anatomy of an IoT solution: Three layers to success

The pace of new technology becoming available is coming at organisations fast – and it’s only going to get quicker. IT leaders are under pressure to not only get up to speed on what new technology is best for the business but to also ramp it up into operations.

In this data-driven age, innovation often means incorporating new technologies like blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning. Specifically for IoT, McKinsey estimates that IoT could generate $11.1 trillion a year in...

By Hans de Visser, 15 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Cisco Jasper moves IoT and EMM closer with mobility management platform release

Enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) provider Cisco Jasper has announced the launch of Control Center for Mobile Enterprise, which aims to automate the management of enterprise mobile services and devices.

The service, which is an extension of the company’s current Control Center product, aims to provide enterprises with faster delivery of services, alongside lower operational costs and predictable telecom bills.  

The move certainly makes sense from a strategic standpoint. Having built up more than...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

The enterprise manager’s checklist: Getting to grips with DDoS attacks and the botnet army

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks jumped into the mainstream consciousness last year after several high-profile cases - one of the largest and most widely reported being the Dyn takedown in October 2016. While not necessarily a new threat - they have in fact been around since the late ‘90s - the Dyn takedown is an interesting example as it used poorly secured IoT devices to coordinate the attack.  

When you consider that by 2020 it is predicted...

By Ingo Schneider, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Malware, Security.

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.

Is it time to drop the ‘m’ in mobile application management?

For most of our life as a company, we’ve lived in the Mobile Application Management, or MAM, space. 

Not any more. 

Increasingly, we see our future as dependent on dropping the “M.” We’re not just dealing with mobile application management now. We’re dealing with application management at large. 

What this means, of course, is that companies are shifting their focus from using applications only on mobile phones to increase employee...

By App47, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, MAM.

Key network strategies for the connected enterprise: DDoS protection, IoT, and more

Successful rollout of enterprise digital transformation continues to be a mixed bag. We continue to see the explosive increase in connected devices (the IoT phenomenon) and large advances in application capabilities to improve enterprise productivity. But we’ve also seen the challenges of securely implementing these technologies potentially delaying greater enterprise adoption.

Security certainly became the hottest issue in late 2016 in the aftermath of high-profile attacks. The

By Joe Raccuglia, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Cisco Jasper announces NB-IoT trial completion, connected car partnerships, and more

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MWC Cisco Jasper certainly made an impact at last year’s Mobile World Congress, and this year is no different, with the company making a plethora of announcements around the Internet of Things (IoT), connected cars, and wearables.

First, the bread and butter business cases: Cisco announced this morning that Cisco Jasper had completed live trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) on its Control Center platform, which the company claims makes it one of the first to succeed in this area.

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By James Bourne, 28 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Wearables.

CenturyLink dips its toes into EMM waters with IBM MaaS360 offering

Communications provider CenturyLink has announced the launch of an enterprise mobility management (EMM) offering giving its customers 24x7x365 support alongside enhanced productivity and reduced security risks.

The company is utilising EMM based on IBM MaaS360 which ‘enables network administrators to deploy devices, deliver productivity apps and enable secure content collaboration on personal or corporate-owned devices with CenturyLink’s onboarding support, service level agreements and technical...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity.

MobileIron launches Internet of Things division, brings in ‘VP IoT’ to head up

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider MobileIron has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) division in its company to help customers make more sense of their implementations across the entire technology lifecycle.

The announcement, made at the firm’s analyst outing earlier today, puts more emphasis on MobileIron’s IoT play. The company cited a Bain & Company report which argues IoT vendor revenue could exceed $470 billion by 2020, while adding that its standard-based and...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Why enterprises who keep their IT models static will face trouble ahead

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IT staff are spending more than 30% of their time on new service requests and resolving issues and only 15% of their time allocated to innovation, according to a new piece of research by Dimension Data.

The move represents a year on year decline by 25%, which represents a warning sign, the company argues; enterprises who don’t evolve their IT models and innovate within them, with the demand for improving customer engagement and the need to crunch ever greater amounts of data rising,...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

2017’s anticipated attacks for CIOs: DDoS, IoT, and more

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Along with well wishes, this New Year we have been inundated with warnings from experts and journalists that 2017 will entail an upsurge of DDoS, IoT and Ransomware attacks that will exceed by far 2016’s record. So with warnings must come action – which is where we propose that prevention is the best form of defence.

2016 saw some of the most well-established and public facing companies as the target of cyber criminals attacks, the most notable being the Yahoo hack which...

By Mike Hemes, 25 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Why healthcare is a vulnerable sector for cyber attack – and what can be done about it

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2017 is set to feature greater attacks on internet security; the broad adoption of IoT seen to be easily compromised coupled with data often held on legacy systems is likely to capture attention.

Healthcare represents one of the sectors vulnerable to IoT attacks. As more and more people adopt smart wearables and mobile apps tracking fitness the bank of hackable data for cyber criminals is growing and the value of the information is increasing which makes attacking more rewarding....

By Duncan Hughes, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

IoT and mobility: The two main pillars of digital disruption

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By Chris Hale, Vice President of Marketing, Stratix Corporation

The lines have blurred between two massive technology forces driving changes in businesses everywhere: Internet of Things and mobility.

For example, what’s considered a “device”?  In the realm of enterprise mobility, we think mainly of smartphones and tablets equipped with apps and Internet connectivity. Smartphones are packed with sensors that collect data on location, orientation, acceleration,...

By Stratix, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.