‘Intelligent enterprise index’ shows organisations struggling with new paradigm

A new report from Zebra Technologies aims to measure ‘company intelligence’ – and finds that many companies are struggling in that department.

According to the study, which polled more than 900 IT decision makers across nine countries and five continents, almost half (48%) of companies quizzed were at least on the way to becoming an ‘intelligent enterprise’ scoring between 50 and 75 points out of 100 on the scale. Only 5% of companies, however, scored more than 75.

So what does...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

How to combat the risks of shadow IT with secure messaging

With the increasingly frequent and damaging security breaches in the news today, the natural tendency for IT professionals is to run back to the data centre and patch, upgrade, test and make sure that all business data and, therefore, the corporate reputation, is safe. While corporations continue to lock down the enterprise and its users, they often forget one important factor – employees have their own powerful computing devices, their mobile phone.  

Generally, employees will stop at nothing to...

By Galina Datskovsky, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Collaboration, Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Forrester’s tech trends for CIOs by 2020: Automation and artificial intelligence feature strongly

Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) all feature prominently in Forrester Research’s vision of how technology will transform business between 2018 and 2020.

The 42-page report outlines 10 tech trends and classifies them both in enterprise readiness and the pace of change. One trend – distributed trust systems challenging centralised authorities – is a slow burner in the ‘dawning’ stage, while public cloud is accelerating in the...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

How CIOs can avoid pain points during ERP implementation

For today’s CIO, making the right decision about technology is a formidable task – particularly when it comes to enterprise solutions such as an ERP system which touches so many facets of the organisation.

The realisation that the current technology solution is out of date and doesn’t provide the benefits that modern ERP systems do presents both opportunities and pitfalls to avoid. The old adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” does not apply in these situations. The...

By Jeff Carr, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Productivity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An enterprise without borders: Solving the disconnect with connected platforms

Business leaders have more progressive expectations than before. Their forward-looking business goals call for integration with new capabilities and technologies — from artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to bots and cloud services. None can be easily integrated into older platforms. Alongside this, CIOs are seeking closer partnerships with other organisations in their business ecosystem and need to develop ways to support borderless teams where internal employees, external...

By Craig Walker, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Cloud , IoT.