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.

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 mobile backend 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.

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.

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.

AI, AR and VR intriguing Asia Pacific enterprises, argues IDC

The enterprise mobility landscape in Asia Pacific is seeing interesting growth, according to IDC, with the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots, and augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) creating new opportunities and challenges for organisations.

IDC unveiled new findings at its latest Enterprise Mobility Conference in Singapore, featuring responses from more than 1,350 IT and business decision makers in the region. Almost half (48%)...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, UX.

From complexity to simplicity: Lessons learnt in enterprise apps from Michelangelo

While it is true that core technologies themselves have greatly evolved, such as the iPhone which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in June, another evolution has occurred alongside technology: one of market demands and user expectations. These dictate the brief for how today’s technology solutions look and feel.

An underlying quality of that brief is simplicity. Not that this is anything new. From the Egyptian Bust of Nefertiti to Pablo Picasso’s Guitar, artists have acknowledged the importance...

By Lance Walter, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

Singapore Airlines working with IBM on enterprise apps

IBM appears to be drip-feeding new customer wins for its MobileFirst for iOS partnership; first City Furniture, and now Singapore Airlines (SIA) is using various apps to increase productivity and customer experience.

The two apps used by Singapore Airlines are Fly Now, which provides a single, real-time location for flight-related information and actions, such as flight plans and pilot check-ins, while Roster gives a 60 day view of flights assigned to a pilot, as well as providing alerts if pilots have visa,...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Keeping tabs on the key pillars of enterprise mobility

In the quest to implement a successful enterprise mobility program, it can be helpful to have guideposts to reference. While asking, “how will we know if our program is successful?” is a simple way to qualify success, having more specific guidelines in mind can keep your program on track.

Though at the end of the day, every organisation’s mobility needs are going to be different, there are a number of factors that each and every organisation should keep in mind as they weigh the success (or...

By App47, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, 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.

Taking a new innovative approach to BI – through natural language and notifications

In Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, the best-selling book from Daniel Kahneman, the author argues that if the brain is confronted by something not immediately understood, it triggers a fight or flight response.

This isn’t meant to mean of course that in business, anyone asked a question or presented with a concept foreign to them will literally run out of the room at the first opportunity. But what it does mean is that they won’t have time – or want to spend the time – finding out about...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Gamification.

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.

Enterprise mobile app uptake ‘not accelerating’, says Gartner

The latest missive from analyst firm Gartner is a pessimistic one, with the company warning that more than a quarter of enterprises globally have not built, customised, or virtualised any mobile apps in the last 12 months.

Despite this gloomy outlook, the number has gone down from the previous year, which stood at 39% of respondents. Enterprises who have undertaken mobile app development have deployed eight mobile apps on average to date – a ‘relatively flat’ number when compared with 2016....

By James Bourne, 01 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

Australia missing out on mobility maturity as Asia powers ahead, IDC argues

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Australia is moving behind several of its Asia Pacific counterparts when it comes to enterprise mobility maturity, according to IDC.

IDC puts businesses into five buckets with regards their mobility initiatives; ‘ad hoc’, or mobile experimentation, ‘opportunistic’, or basic mobility services, ‘repeatable’, defined mobile integration, ‘managed’, as in providing business innovation, and ‘optimised’, providing mobile...

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

Capriza announces one million member milestone, pinpoints micro apps for success

Enterprise mobility solutions provider Capriza has announced it has surpassed one million users in over 100 countries.

The company added that an uptake occurred after it launched its Micro Apps product last year – with usage figures at 200,000 just 18 months ago.

Among the statistics in the release was an interesting one: Capriza added its users have an average app interaction time per app of approximately 60 seconds. “It’s these kinds of seamless, instant, intuitive experiences that users...

By James Bourne, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

How the enterprise machine is shaking up healthcare

The enterprise machine is the new wave of enterprise application management. Still a relatively new concept, utilizing the enterprise machine in your product lineup can help generate additional revenue and give you full control over the user experience.  

Of course, ranting and raving about the positive benefits of the enterprise machine means little if you aren’t...

By App47, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM.