Why apps are still a risky business for CIOs

There is now widespread understanding that both personal and business-owned mobile devices can represent a potential threat to your organisation's data. What is less understood is how a whole tier of commonly available apps exist that represent a more covert threat to a security plan.

As a result, building a strategy that comprehensively manages both the device and app side of potential threats is now essential, since it only takes failure at one end to compromise your organisation’s data.

A first...

By Absolute Software, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Values go to the heart of customer-centricity, and that is the job of leadership

Jeremy Cox, Principal Analyst, Customer Engagement

The challenge facing all enterprises is how to remain relevant to customers amid unprecedented speed of change. Being customer-centric promises the best means to do that, but the implications for transformation are profound.

It is impossible to reconcile product-centric and customer-centric philosophies. In the former the organisation’s capabilities, processes, and collective mindset focus on products or services it wishes to sell to its customers....

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

CIOs seek the path to big strategic goals and objectives, survey shows

Senior executives at progressive companies have been on a mission - they're raising the bar of expectations for leaders of their significant investment in business technologies. Providing reliable access to IT resources and reporting on system up-time objectives are unlikely to gain recognition or rewards from the savvy CEO. They now require a direct impact on business-related goals and anticipated outcomes - with no excuses.Granted, many CIOs and IT managers have made progress in their efforts to better align their IT operations with their...

By David H Deans, 12 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Enterprise IT must adapt to the “mobile first” world

Richard Absalom, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Mobility

The shift to the “mobile first” enterprise will have as big an impact as the introduction of the web. There are 1.6 billion smartphones alone in the market and the number of connected devices is set to see further step change growth through multi-device ownership, including tablets and new wearable devices such as glasses, sensors, and watches enabled by machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

This proliferation of devices, and the notion that they are a new...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

How CxOs can transition their enterprises to be agile

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Software Infrastructure Solutions

Agile and lean thinking is now practiced in the mainstream business, beyond the IT department. Agile business processes typically replace legacy waterfall ones, which are characterized by too much up-front effort, long delivery times, and disappointing outcomes. Agility in the business has the benefit of “failing fast,” which means gaining feedback through incremental delivery and being able to steer away from problems quickly, at...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

How CIOs can help out IT illiterate CEOs

By Nick Razey, Next Generation Data

Systems failures, and not only high profile ones such as those experienced by RBS recently, highlight why CEOs and other senior leaders must become more aware of their corporate IT. It seems that many are only too happy to remain overly reliant on IT staff and external consultants.  

“So what?” says the CEO, “I don’t run an IT company so why should I worry?” This is where a strong forward thinking CIO can make a step change in the...

By NGD, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Countdown to Windows XP shutdown: Dutch government joins UK in extension

At the time of writing, there is 13 hours, 52 minutes and 48 seconds left to go before Microsoft officially stops support for Windows XP – and still, many people are leaving it to the last minute.

The Dutch news site Webwerald reports that the country’s government has joined the UK premiership by shelling out between €6.8m and €8m on Windows XP support from Microsoft for another year. This works out at...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

How telcos are learning about life in the ICT channel

David Molony, Principal Analyst, Enterprise

Telecoms operators in enterprise managed services have some experience of selling through channel partners such as local resellers or integrators. Even so, they have been slow to develop the commercial skills and systems to drive this important part of the business in the disciplined way that IT companies do. Now, however, there are signs that telcos are learning valuable lessons in channel partner management.

The cloud model is driving telcos into the channel

The...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Why flash storage offers compelling benefits for the enterprise

Amrita Choudhury, Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

With exponential growth in data volumes driven by cloud computing, Big Data, analytics, mobility, social media, server/storage virtualization, digital media, and large-scale transactions, storage systems have struggled to meet the required performance levels.

Data needs to be available on the go, and this has made enterprises rethink their storage strategies, especially for applications that require high performance and quick response times.

Flash storage...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Opinion.

Debunking 10 enterprise application integration myths

I talk to a lot of people about enterprise integration, and I find that there are several widely held beliefs which are preventing people from really understanding the benefits integration can bring their organisations. Below are some that I believe are most important and the truth behind each one.

1) All integration products are the same

There are two main types of integration tool: on one side you have data synchronisation / upload tools; and on the other is process-based integration. This isn’t just...

By David Akka, 20 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Feature.