Five enterprise and CIO lessons from the BlackBerry decade

BlackBerry changed the world. It made wireless email a killer app that every salesperson and travelling executive absolutely needed to have to get their work done. It gave us devices with batteries that lasted a full week, connectivity that made email feel real-time even over very slow networks, and a user experience that everyone LOVED. And, for IT, BlackBerry established a standard of security that protected even the most sensitive information with comprehensive policy support from a central management console.

Great email and great security were the hallmarks of the BlackBerry solution and no one else even came close to matching them in the first decade of this millennium. The term “Crackberry” became so popular to describe the addictive nature of the service that it was selected as the

By MobileIron, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Why Salesforce1 ramps up a new PaaS era of enterprise apps

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

The big news at Dreamforce was Salesforce1, a new architecture that exposes core Salesforce functionality through public APIs to enable extensible mobile apps and seamless access to the AppExchange.

Salesforce’s strategy is for Salesforce1 to fuel “a golden age in enterprise apps” by acting as a platform upon which both enterprise customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) can develop and run new apps that are fully...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Seven in 10 workers say BYOD will foresee the death of the office phone

A new survey conducted by RingCentral has revealed that, for 70% of employees, office phones will eventually be replaced by mobile – although more than three quarters claim it will take at least two years for this to occur.

The survey, entitled “Workforce BYOD Rises Dramatically” which spoke to over 300 sources responsible for business phone systems, examined the all-pervasive nature of BYOD and concluded things are only set to become more saturated from here.

88% of respondents used mobile...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

CIOs struggling with outsourcing testing projects, jobs may be at risk

Around half (48%) of testing and development projects are outsourced by CIOs – yet one in four projects don’t deliver on their promise, according to new research published by Borland, a Micro Focus company.

The research of 590 CIOs across nine countries and five continents, conducted by Vanson Bourne, found that a third (31%) of outsourced development projects hit service level or time issues, with 23% failing to get over the line at all.

For one in three CIOs, that means their job is at risk,...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Guidewire broadens its strategy – and gains competitors – with BI

Barry Rabkin, Principal Analyst, Insurance Technology

Guidewire began doing business in the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry in 2001 with a focused mission and strategy. The vendor’s mission was, and still is, to serve only the P&C insurance industry, and its strategy was focused on legacy core system replacement. At Connections 2013, its annual gathering of P&C insurance customers, it announced the expansion of its strategic focus to include data management in legacy system...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

HTML5 for enterprise: Confusion the biggest barrier #AppsWorld

For enterprise application development, choosing to write in HTML5 is an extremely big call to make. And, according to an expert panel at Apps World Europe, there’s still some way to go before the open standard is ready for the enterprise.

Martin Beeby, developer evangelist at Microsoft, argues that further clarification on HTML5 and JavaScript is needed for the enterprise customer base.

“The overwhelming perception I get from customers is utter confusion about what they’re doing,” he...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2013, 3 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, HTML5.

Gartner: How Machiavelli should influence the new breed of CIOs

Here’s an interesting take on a current trend: analyst house Gartner has released an e-book which claims that CIOs have to develop a Machiavellian-esque strategy if they are going to compete in today’s business world.

To put it another way: for the CIO of today it’s fight or flight; kill or be killed. And that survival instinct means all sorts of underhanded chicanery could take place. All’s fair in love, war and business, after all.


By James Bourne, 16 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Research shows US businesses more concerned about enterprise social media

It’s taken a while, but European businesses are finally seeing the benefits of social media in the enterprise, according to new research. The study, entitled Killer Apps 2013, found that in just a year the number of CIOs and IT Directors blocking Facebook on behalf of their companies dropped by 15% compared to 2012, and blocking of YouTube has fallen by 17% during the same period.  

Whether this demonstrates...

By Easynet G.S., 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

Less than a third of large companies have BYOD policies, Samsung finds

According to the latest research from Samsung Electronics, just over three in 10 large European organisations have a formal BYOD policy in place, with a further 21% having more informal regulations in place.

This may serve as yet another reminder for companies looking to improve company morale by mobilising the workforce; keep security provisos unstructured and you may come unstuck.

What’s more worrying is that for more than a third of the 490 European respondents (34%), they had experience or were...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.