Report shows most companies satisfied with ERP solution – in theory

Panorama Consulting has released its latest enterprise resource planning (ERP) report which reveals that the majority of companies feel they’ve made a good choice with their ERP software and provider, even though various challenges remain – but does it tell the whole story?

The primary challenge is one of cost: over half (53%) of ERP implementations went over company budget; more than three in five (61%) went over time with an almost identical number (60%) saying they received less than half of...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

The Consumer Electronics Show: all about enterprise

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise, Ovum

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the usual media frenzy, with as many new technology announcements as ever. Although CES focuses on mass-market, consumer products, entertainment, and services, it does provide a preview of technologies and products that will most likely enter the enterprise market eventually. It also gives IT departments some idea of what the corporate end user is going to expect in terms of corporate IT services, user interfaces, and service...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 11 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

CIOs must scrutinise the security of their cloud setup

Research from IT recruitment consultancy Robert Half Technology has brought up an all too familiar story – CIOs are not testing the security credentials of their cloud vendor.

The latest figures suggest that 55% of the CIOs surveyed haven't tested the security procedures that their cloud vendor provides, despite the threat of expensive retrospective action.

Similarly, recent research has revealed that fewer than half of CIOs test cloud security systems and procedures. At the same time, the survey,...

By Wave Systems, 21 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Enterprise segmentation is ripe for transformation

By Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise PracticeAs traditional wireline revenues continue to decline and new services such as mobility flatten it is even more important to find new ways to segment enterprise customers. Most telcos put a great deal of effort into understanding consumer trends and building sophisticated marketing plans for the consumer market, and they need to make a similar investment in the enterprise space. New segmentation could drive transformation channel programs, prompt a redesign of direct sales...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Mobile Analytics.

Gartner survey examines CIO agenda in the enterprise

A global survey of CIOs by analyst house Gartner has revealed that mobile technology is forecast to be the most disruptive technology in the enterprise over the next 10 years.

The study, entitled ‘Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World’ and produced by Gartner Executive Programs, polled over 2000 CIOs amounting to over $230bn (£143.6bn) in IT budgets. And according to the CIOs polled, mobile has a huge part to play in disrupting the current IT landscape.

It’s perhaps unsurprising,...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Companies need to work out cloud and app security because of BYOD

BYOD policies make employees happier and companies richer, says study – but haven’t we heard this before?

A select preview of research results has been unveiled by (ISC)2 which has shown further the drivers and statistics behind bring your own device (BYOD) adoption.

The key findings were that companies supporting BYOD improves employees’ experience and reduces IT costs, and that security managers feel their companies need to be more clued up on cloud-based and application security.

The 2013...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Research, Security.

How can ERP solutions benefit small businesses?

A research paper from the Aberdeen Group has revealed how smaller organisations can utilise enterprise resource planning (ERP), showing that cost reduction is the primary driver impacting an ERP strategy according to survey respondents.

The report, entitled “ERP and the Small Business”, focused on 261 small organisations in its ERP Benchmark survey of 2012 and uncovered key reasons why companies should adopt an enterprise resource planning solution:

  • Standardisation – ensuring the best practices of the organisation are followed, with 71% of the best-in-class...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Monetisation.

Can BYOD and ERP play nicely together?

All sizes of business first saw BYOD as a great way of saving money, having staff provide their own smart phones and tablets for the company's benefit. The reality has not quite matched that initial impression.

The plethora of different devices put additional load on the company wireless network and double or even triple the number of IPs needed to support all those devices.

While staff may own the devices they have been very quick to start claiming expenses for calls and data usage paid for at their own...

By Richard Minney, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud .

Citrix acquires Zenprise to move into MDM sphere

Virtualisation expert Citrix has acquired mobile device management vendor Zenprise for an undisclosed amount, with the deal to be finalised in Q1 2013.

The acquisition will see Citrix integrating Zenprise’s device management software into the CloudGateway and Me@Work programs to aid mobile app and data management.

The partnership aims to complete two parts of an enterprise mobility jigsaw; to create “a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line from a trusted vendor that combines all the...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

Benioff: PCs are going down & they're taking Microsoft with them

This month I attended Cloudforce in Stockholm and was absolutely blown away by the sheer volume of attendees, to be honest I think Salesforce may have been just as surprised. The event had around 250 attendees last year and had ballooned this year to about 1200.

The reason I say Salesforce may have been taken by surprise is obvious when you saw attendees crammed into a tiny room. Clever marketing or over subscription I am not sure, either way it had...

By David Akka, 31 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Microsoft, Mobile.