Why today is the best and worst time to be a CIO

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The Charles Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities begins with the words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Dickens was speaking about the era surrounding the French Revolution, but those words still resonate with every CIO as he or she looks forward to 2015.

CIOs are facing with a range of challenges in the coming year, but those challenges also bring unique opportunities. With the right mindset and determination, every CIO can thrive and build an IT organization...

By MobileIron, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Work more than three hours a day on a mobile device? We’re all part of the mobile workforce

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Almost nine in 10 survey respondents in a study conducted by cloud workflow provider ManyWho said their employees regularly spend more than three hours a day working from a mobile device.

The research, which was conducted at the Apps World Europe event last month and targeted C-level executives, aimed to measure how the approach to business process is evolving among senior management and developers.

The results found 91% who said that being able to use apps to run their...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Enterprise Mobility.

How one company uses wearables in the workplace – even if it’s a CIO’s nightmare

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Here’s one firm which is using wearable tech at the office. Cloud services company Appirio has brought CloudFit into work, with the aim of improving employee morale and reducing health insurance costs.

The program, which is entirely voluntary, utilises a Fitbit device, and is part of a wider trend seen by Trend Micro in its latest research: employers actively pursuing opportunities to utilise wearable technology in the workplace. 61% of organisations polled in the 100-strong...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

The questions every CIO should ask about Apple Watch

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Apple recently released the developer tools and guidelines for Apple Watch, giving users and developers a preview of how the device and apps designed for it will function.

Apple Watch won’t be the first wearable or smartwatch on the market, but it is the first such device that has generated significant positive interest among consumers and the mainstream press, and it is considered by many to be the first break-through smartwatch. That means that it will not only create...

By MobileIron, 24 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Wearables.

New paper warns of “app delivery chasm” for enterprises

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A survey from Mendix has found nearly three quarters of IT departments are not equipped to handle the increasing demand for enterprise applications.

The report’s findings showed the primary fault is IT’s lack of capability for rapid app delivery. 69% of IT departments are consistently delivering projects too late, according to the survey of 470 global IT and business professionals, while 89% admit they’re unable to reduce their workload year on year.

The problem...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Development.

CIOs urged to keep clarity with file sharing policies – or face the consequences

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A research note from enterprise mobility provider Cortado has found that while many employees share files and collaborate on a variety of devices, there are still security fears.

The report, which surveyed more than 350 consumers and business users, found that only 15% of respondents didn’t share files, with three quarters of respondents only sharing files between one and five people. The vast majority of those polled also said they shared with a private group known to them,...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Remote working and mobile offices: Is the tide starting to turn?

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Over the next few years, the way many businesses operate is predicted to dramatically change. For many employees however, the process is already beginning.

43% of respondents in a Unify survey back in July admitted they’d look elsewhere if they were given more flexible working options, while a paper from PwC at the same time predicted that by 2022, many employees would...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Is your company too email-heavy in its internal comms?

A report from the Global Mobility Survey has found that the vast majority (82.7%) of organisations rely “heavily” on email to keep in contact with employees on assignment, with a high proportion of that number solely reliant on email.

The report noted how Indian businesses were far more likely to stay in touch with their colleagues than UK firms, who often “left their assignees in the cold”. Similarly, India-based firms were more likely to use social media programmes to keep in touch...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.