As enterprise app expectations rise and timeframes fall, testing drops off in importance

Almost half of organisations admit to releasing apps before the quality testing stage as user expectations continue to soar.

That’s the finding from a new study released by Testplant which polled more than 750 development team leaders in the US and UK. Yet the deluge continues; 68% of respondents say they plan to build more apps during the coming 12 months.

Part of this is down to emerging technologies; 62% say their company will increase the number of apps which deploy machine learning and deep...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores.

From buzzword to boardroom: What’s next for machine learning?

Artificial intelligence is considered to be the next quantum leap. More UK businesses than ever before are making machine learning a top priority as it promises to fundamentally revolutionise multiple industries.

Yet the concept of machine learning isn’t, in principle, anything new. So why the hype now?

What has changed today is the technical framework that makes...

By Bastian Nominacher, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development.

This app monitors program logs and screenshots to keep track of employees – consensually, of course

Remember the story in 2013 about the developer who outsourced his entire job to China and spent his days surfing Reddit and watching cat videos?

The rogue employee eventually got the hook after activity from VPN logs picked up China even though he was sat at his desk. Yet with this app, he probably would have been stopped sooner.

Meet Weagill. The app, launched last week by Weiskleint Enterprise in Denmark,...

By James Bourne, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Security.

WhatsApp and WinZip among most blacklisted enterprise iOS apps, says Appthority

WhatsApp, WinZip, and Pokémon GO were the top iOS apps blacklisted by mobile security teams, according to a new report from enterprise mobile threat protection provider Appthority.

The study, the company’s latest quarterly Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report, found iOS apps were most likely to be given the boot due to data leakage for sending SMS messages, tracking location, and sending data unencrypted.

For Android – whose biggest casualties were Where’s My Droid Pro and an...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security, Social.

How SD-WAN in the enterprise leads to greater security, integration and automation

Cloud and software as a service (SaaS) applications are great for businesses – but they need a solid infrastructure underpinning it. According to IDC, security, bandwidth optimisation and automation are key to more organisations analysing SD-WAN for their operations.

The study, which gauges the views of more than 1200 enterprises across 11 countries, assessed how software defined networking (SDN) is moving into the enterprise. According to the respondents, bandwidth optimisation was the most important...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Security.

New figures show encouraging BYOD usage in healthcare

More than two thirds of healthcare organisations say some form of bring your own device (BYOD) is allowed in their hospitals – up 13% from this time last year.

That is the verdict from Spok, a secure communications provider for clinical industries. The study, whose results were put in an infographic, polled more than 350 healthcare executives, and not surprisingly found data security the biggest reason why organisations were concerned about a BYOD model.

Physicians...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Microsoft Ignite: LinkedIn integration, Teams getting top marks, mixed reality, and more

Microsoft laid out more of its vision around artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality, and the importance of collaboration over individualism at its Ignite event in Orlando today.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, outlined to the audience the four methods of enabling digital transformation (below); modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and AI, to empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations, and transform products.

“When you think about the...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

The truth about low-code platforms: Debunking the myths

The term "low-code app development" didn't exist until a few years ago, but the concept isn't a new one. In the last decade, the possibility of building a working business application in a few hours has come to fruition and has attracted an enormous amount of interest from enterprise professionals around the world. It’s become a favourite topic for the big-name analysts, with lots of vendors beginning to offer it, and companies, who have long backlogs and customer demands for mobility,...

By Nick Pike, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

AI ambition and execution poles apart for many organisations, research finds

A gap remains between organisations who are interested in artificial intelligence (AI) and those who have taken the plunge, according to a new research study.

MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group have released their new, jointly conducted, report titled “Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence: Closing the Gap Between Ambition and Action” which surveyed more than 3,000 business executives, managers, and analysts in 112 countries and 21 industries.

The research found...

By Enterprise CIO, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Productivity.

Communications coming full circle: Are we moving back into a voice-first world?

With the wave of personal assistants, such as Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant, and new startups leveraging AI and analytics to build personal companions, it’s becoming clear we are moving toward a new voice-controlled relationship with technology. As we have already seen in the consumer market, it is all but a given that these voice-activation systems will eventually make it into the enterprise environment, as the potential benefits of these systems could be tremendous in simplifying and automating...

By Craig Walker, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Productivity.