More than nine in 10 IT pros see automation as necessary across the enterprise

94% of respondents polled by IT solutions provider BMC Software say they expect automation to move from IT across the whole business by 2020.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers across 12 countries, also found that for three quarters (73%) of respondents, businesses who do not embrace IT automation as an overall strategy within five years will go bust within 10 years.

Looking at enterprise architects in particular, there are plenty of hurdles obstructing their path, with lack of necessary budget...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Signal Sciences raises $15m in series B round and launches ‘new category’ of web app security

Signal Sciences, a California-based security engineering provider, has raised $15 million (£11.6m) in series B funding as well as launching what it describes as a ‘new category’ of web application security solutions.

The Web Protection Platform (WPP), designed by former Etsy engineers and security leaders, aims to provide comprehensive threat protection for web applications, microservices, and APIs on any platform. Though building web apps is an essential and core part of every business, the...

By Enterprise CIO, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , M&A, Security.

ANZ CIOs doing well on digital – but with a caveat, says Gartner

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CIOs in Australia and New Zealand are top of the class when it comes to customer focus and digitalisation initiatives, according to a new missive from analyst firm Gartner.

The figures, which come from the 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda survey, found that of the almost 2,600 respondents in 93 countries, 49% of ANZ CIOs are participating in digital ecosystems ‘as platforms to exchange information and interact electronically with competitors, customers, regulators, stakeholders and other...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud .

Three strategies to reduce your database total cost of ownership

If your company is like most companies, you have an Oracle database problem. You might be using more databases and versions of databases than your company is aware of. And there is a good chance you’re running databases under the false belief they’re all fully supported. Either way, many companies face big risks with neglected database systems. Let’s take a closer look.

In a recent enterprise Oracle database survey conducted by Rimini, we discovered that most companies have multiple database...

By Hari Candadai, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Google Cloud shows it means business with latest announcements

Last week I attended Google's premier enterprise event, Google Cloud Next '17. A dizzying total of 100 announcements were made at the event, highlighting key market trends and the speed of progress being made by the Google Cloud unit under new boss Diane Greene.

Here I'll summarise the main announcements and our assessment. For a more comprehensive analysis please see Google Cloud Next '17 Event Shows Significant Enterprise Progress.

Google's...

By Nicholas McQuire, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Analysing compliance in the finance industry (Français)

If you work in the finance industry, you'll already be familiar with how 'tickbox' courses work. A set of slide titles down the side; a narration that more than likely just repeats what's written on the slides; an easy multiple choice question at some point to 'prove' that employees understand the course; and a metaphorical tick at the end. Well done, you've ticked off compliance.

But who is that helping - and is it even helping the employer? This whitepaper from Blackboard...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration.

Analysing compliance in the finance industry (Español)

If you work in the finance industry, you'll already be familiar with how 'tickbox' courses work. A set of slide titles down the side; a narration that more than likely just repeats what's written on the slides; an easy multiple choice question at some point to 'prove' that employees understand the course; and a metaphorical tick at the end. Well done, you've ticked off compliance.

But who is that helping - and is it even helping the employer? This whitepaper from Blackboard...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration.

MobileIron secures deal with Lenovo as VMware goes down managed service route

MWC Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron has announced a partnership with equipment manufacturing giant Lenovo to help secure and manage PCs and other devices – with one eye on Windows 10.

The deal, announced at Mobile World Congress, means Lenovo customers can purchase MobileIron’s security and management platform alongside their own PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The theory around securing Windows 10 makes sense; given extended support for Windows 7 is set to run out in January 2020, according to Microsoft’s

By James Bourne, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Analysing compliance in the finance industry

If you work in the finance industry, you'll already be familiar with how 'tickbox' courses work. A set of slide titles down the side; a narration that more than likely just repeats what's written on the slides; an easy multiple choice question at some point to 'prove' that employees understand the course; and a metaphorical tick at the end. Well done, you've ticked off compliance.

But who is that helping - and is it even helping the employer? This whitepaper from Blackboard...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration.

The importance of user adoption when implementing ERP

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Like any of new type of system or process, change management is essential when implementing ERP software. Most managerial staff are aware of this, however, there is one important aspect often overlooked or underestimated that can cause your shiny new system to fall into unraveling disarray. This aspect is human, specifically referred to in this case as ‘user adoption’.

Do not assume you know how employees work

Assuming you know the intricacies of every...

By Lauri Klaus, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Productivity.