Slack acquires Astro to bolster email collaboration - with AI flavour

Slack has announced it has acquired AI-influenced email software provider Astro - and its first step is to shut down its service.

Visitors to Astro's site will be met with the news that the company's apps for Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa and Slack will be shut down on October 10, while new users will no longer be able to sign up.

Andy Pflaum, CEO of Astro, wrote: "We started in 2015 with a mission to bring intelligence to workplace communications, starting with email. We know email continues...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Social.

Don’t let your next big idea die: How the CIO can use low code to be innovation’s biggest champion

You’d be hard pressed to find an executive who’d disagree that the speed of innovation is a critical success factor in modern business. In the face of such pressure, businesses know innovation needs to be a focus and many talk a lot about the strategic importance of innovation to secure their future.

But the unavoidable truth is that most businesses produce dozens, if not hundreds, of new ideas every year that come...

By Nick Ford, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

How AI and machine learning can help detect and fight against cyberattacks

New research conducted by the Ponemon Institute argues that IT security teams need both a new approach and powerful new tools to protect data and other high-value assets, as companies struggle to fight against sophisticated cybersecurity attacks.

For this study, conducted on behalf of Aruba, a total of 4,000 security and IT professionals across the Americas, Europe and Asia were surveyed to understand what makes security deficiencies so hard to fix, and what types of technologies and processes are required to...

By Enterprise CIO, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Data & Analytics, Security.

What’s holding you back from digital transformation? Let Deloitte show the way

Every year, Deloitte conducts a global survey of CIOs at companies across industries with the goal of understanding how those CIOs operate, and accordingly how their companies are performing in the digital space.

As Deloitte points out in their 2018 survey, “Manifesting legacy: Looking beyond the digital era,” the role of the CIO as a “trusted...

By App47, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

The MAM revival – or, why MDM was never going to stand the test of time

Picture this: it’s 2008. All across the country, everyone from tech geeks to regular Joes are getting familiar with the new kid on the phone block, Apple’s iPhone.

Just as the iPhone is all the rage, so too are the apps that people are starting to get familiar with. Despite some detractors’ insistence that people don’t want their phones to be more than phones, customers are latching on quick. People are learning to love Evernote, and the New York Times app, and everything in between.

In...

By App47, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM.

Mendix and Major League Hacking want to tool students up with low code app building skills

Low- and no-code application technologies are helping lower barriers to software development – and thanks to a new partnership, this change is going as far back as the classroom.

App development platform provider Mendix is teaming up with Major League Hacking (MLH) to provide resources for students to build working apps in only two hours at MLH’s on-campus hackathons.

The...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, RMAD.

The 90% success recipe: Beating the odds and the market with digital and analytics

Pressure is mounting on CEOs and their leadership teams to deliver above-market growth. However, consistently beating the market over time, requires a top-performing commercial engine underpinned by a new wave of digital and analytics capabilities.

While hiring new talent is a crucial component of building necessary capabilities, you also need to facilitate change within the organisation itself. Business executives today need to focus on building capabilities with the same level of commitment they showed when...

By Michael Viertler, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Productivity.

The big bet on AI: Expectations versus reality

The bets are in! Artificial intelligence (AI) is the favourite to win the-hottest-tech-initiative for IT professionals this year. But is it a reality? If recent headlines are anything to go by, AI is set to triumph.  

In April of this year, the U.K. government raised its stakes in the AI game with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS)’

By Leon Adato, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Slack secures $427 million in series H round – taking company valuation to $7.1 billion

Slack has announced it has raised an additional $427 million (£332m) of investment in a series H equity round, taking the company’s post-money valuation to more than $7.1 billion.

The round was led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic, joining T. Rowe Price Associates Inc, as well as Wellington Management, Baillie Gifford and Sands Capital.

“The way people work is...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.