Slack and Docker up their enterprise game with latest releases

Slack and Docker’s latest product releases are both targeting the enterprise, with the former issuing security updates and supporting enterprise mobility management (EMM) and the latter aiming to bring containers as a service (CaaS) to the enterprise application portfolio.

Admins on Enterprise Grid, Slack’s enterprise-themed product – which this publication has previously covered – can...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

BlackBerry and Appdome team up for codeless integration of voice, video and messaging

BlackBerry and Appdome have announced a partnership to help cut down the cost of integrating messaging, voice, and video capabilities into existing applications and services.

The BBM Enterprise SDK, first made available in June, was hailed by the company at the time as offering a superior user experience compared to other enterprise instant messaging platforms, with more than 60 ISV partners at the time building...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Research calls for ‘new breed of executive’ to step up on digital transformation

A new report from Robert Half UK argues that payroll and accounts jobs are highly likely to face automation by 2022.

The study, titled ‘Digital Transformation and the Future of Hiring’, polled more than 200 interviews with senior finance executives, and found that 87% of executives recognised the positive impact a growing reliance on technology holds for organisations.

According to respondents, digital processes will be extended to manual data entry tasks, with financial modelling, generating...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Appdome joins AppConfig Community with eye on helping ISVs with best practice

Appdome has announced it has become the latest company to join the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards body with several key enterprise mobility players among its ranks.

The company, based out of Redwood City, California, provides a codeless way of integrating third party SDKs into mobile apps. Appdome joins almost 100 other companies in the ISV members’ section, and through its Appdome for AppConfig will enable customers to automatically integrate the community’s best practice...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

VMware, MobileIron, IBM, BlackBerry and Citrix top IDC EMM rankings

VMware, MobileIron, IBM, BlackBerry and Citrix make the top of the pile in IDC’s latest report examining enterprise mobility management (EMM).

The study, published for the first time by IDC, puts VMware at the top of the tree, with the 14 vendors overall being ranked on ‘capabilities’ and ‘strategies’ – not too dissimilar from ‘ability to execute’ and ‘completeness of vision’ from a rival analyst firm – and being categorised as either leaders,...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

How CIOs can help push through a hybrid, multi-cloud digital transformation environment

Recent research from consulting giant Bain & Company has aimed to give CIOs more of a pointer in their digital transformation initiatives.

The report – ‘Six IT Design Rules for Digital Transformation’ – argues that instead of having smooth sailing when it comes to digital transformation, CIOs are “struggling with a complex environment, higher costs, vexing compliance and security issues, and a perpetual need for faster implementation and sharper insights.”

The report...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Latest research shows continued issues with enterprise mobility initiatives

The vast majority of executives polled by enterprise information management (EIM) provider M-Files say their employees have difficulty locating documents when working outside of the office.

The study, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne, quizzed 250 UK-based IT decision makers, and found more than half of respondents (51%) said they would like the ability to access company documents, or be able to edit them, when working remotely or on a mobile device.

44% of those polled added they wanted the ability to...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Clarizen introduces Slack bot and notes improved productivity

Clarizen has announced a new bot that works within Slack – and the company says early adopters have already seen a marked improvement in their productivity.

The company has coined the term ‘ACE’ – not to be confused with the precursor initiative to the AppConfig Community – to describe how work processes can improve through the bot. ‘Adaptive’ refers to the use of real-time data, as well as being able to prioritise work and get live status updates, while...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Social.

Google aims to utilise G Suite for new hiring app aimed at smaller businesses

Google has announced the launch of Hire, an app aimed at helping small and medium businesses in the recruitment process.

The app combines with G Suite, Google’s set of intelligent apps, including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar, to help ‘efficiently manage the interview process end to end’, in the company’s words.

Organisations can communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire, with emails syncing automatically in both, schedule interviews through Hire and Calendar, and analyse...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Four in five organisations concerned digital transformation is leaving them behind

Another day, another report which warns against slow progress when it comes to digital transformation: according to a study from Couchbase, 80% of organisations are at risk of being left behind.

The survey from the NoSQL database firm, which polled 450 heads of digital transformation – in other words, CIOs, CTOs and CDOs (chief digital officers) – found that the vast majority (89%) said their industry was either already being disrupted by digital technology or that it was a ‘matter of...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, IoT.

Is a lack of creativity stifling workplace productivity?

Plenty of reports have hit the headlines regarding the UK’s seemingly low levels of productivity – but is stifling creativity a further problem?

According to new research issued by Microsoft, uninspiring workplaces, stress, and a lack of room for individual concentration are all contributing to the risk of a ‘creativity crisis’.

The study, put together by Microsoft Surface representing the views of more than 1,100 employees, also found existing workloads and organisational processes...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

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 enterprise app 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.

Three in five global organisations have adopted Windows 10, says Spiceworks

Gartner said back in April that 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by the end of 2017 – and now according to new data from Spiceworks, 60% of global organisations have adopted the operating system today.

Windows 10, which was officially launched two years ago – give or take five days – was seen by many analysts as the long-term successor to Windows Vista, whose...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Microsoft adds Check Point to EMS security partners, joins Zimperium and Lookout

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Check Point, integrating the latter’s SandBlast Mobile with its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.

The companies had previously teamed up for securing Microsoft Azure with Check Point’s vSec Cloud Security, with Check Point adding that baking SandBlast Mobile, aimed at mobile threat defence, into Microsoft’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) product, Intune, “provides...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security.

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.

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.

Symantec to acquire Skycure to bolster mobile security play

Cyber security giant Symantec has announced it is to acquire Israel-based Skycure, a ‘mobile threat defence’ provider.

Skycure’s modus operandi is the belief that ‘true enterprise mobile security could only be achieved by building from the ground up a solution of a type that did not yet exist…one that understands the unique characteristics of mobile devices and mobile productivity’, in the company’s own words.

In other words, Skycure protects across all major mobile...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.