To maximise existing tech talent, it’s important to facilitate innovation skills

It’s no secret that IT talent is in short supply. With the ever-increasing number of technological channels, data sources and platforms, the demand for tech-savvy talent is innumerable. Randstad Technologies, a tech jobs specialist company, indicated that they have seen a 104 percent year-over-year increase in demand for skills in technologies such as iOS, Android, HTML5, Angular, Java and...

By Johan den Haan, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees.

Analysing the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of developing a future-proof manufacturing 2020 strategy

The pace of digital transformation in the manufacturing industry is relentless. But digital transformation is not just about deploying emerging technologies – it’s about using the data collected to create new business opportunities, better understand and meet customer expectations, and put in place a future-proof digital strategy.

The Columbus Manufacturing 2020 report, released in March, brought together industry leaders, academics and end users for...

By Kevin Bull, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity.

It’s time to ditch the password – and start to appreciate the evolving needs of enterprises

Today, May 3, is World Password Day. It’s a ‘celebration’ to promote better password habits. We’ve long viewed the password as a critical gatekeeper to our digital identities, safeguarding our online shopping, banking, social media, sensitive data, and business communications.

But has the password had its day? Best practise recommends the use of complex passwords that include upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers put together randomly. The password should be at a minimum 8...

By Ojas Rege, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, CIO, Employees, Identity, Security.

What the consolidation of phishing awareness training means for CIOs

Last November I was asked for my 2018 cybersecurity predictions, and I was most confident about one. That projection: the phishing awareness training market was primed for consolidation.

Fast-forward just a few months and my inner genie certainly appears to be out of the bottle. By January 3, Barracuda Networks had announced its acquisition of Phishline, a social engineering training platform, for an undisclosed amount. Shortly thereafter, Proofpoint...

By Eyal Benishti, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Security.

Why data should be a strategic asset available to all employees

The question of who owns and controls our data has been in the press a lot these past weeks. But while Cambridge Analytica and Facebook both have serious questions to answer, in other sectors – including work, education, retail and energy – data harvesting is empowering organisations.

While analytics teams have traditionally been made up of data scientists tasked with gathering,...

By Robert Dagge, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees.

Cybersecurity: Four steps CIOs can take to minimise data loss

With cyber-attacks on the rise most IT professionals acknowledge it’s no longer a question of if their organisation will get hacked, but when.

Last year the cyber-attack toll hit an all-time high. According to research by Risk Based Security, 2017 saw a record-breaking 5,000 cyber breaches and resulted in a staggering 7.89 billion records being compromised. Big brand names like Verifone, Verizon, eBay, Uber and Equifax all fell victim to breaches that exposed the personal data of millions of...

By Jan van Vliet, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why IT directors need to exercise a duty of care to support employees in an emergency

Businesses have procedures in place to protect employees travelling overseas to remote or possibly dangerous countries, but recent terror attacks in the UK have brought the health and safety issues companies face abroad to the home front.  IT directors now have a growing responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their workforce in the event of an emergency, regardless of their location.

The challenge for IT teams is finding technology that offers an effective means of communicating and...

By Raymond Kenney, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The differences between SaaS and on-premise software asset management: A guide

Software asset management (SAM) plays an integral role in today’s businesses. It helps with cost optimisation, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation. Most companies implement SAM to deal with the complexity of on-premise asset management. As companies started to move towards software as a service (SaaS), IT managers hoped for easier software license compliance and simplified processes.

For a while, there were talks of SAM elimination. That didn't happen. Instead, SaaS has brought its own set...

By Prasanna Kulkarni, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Collaboration, Employees.

Why C-suite expertise does not always translate to InfoSec awareness

Their experience and judgement has led C-suite executives to the head of their organisations – yet according to new research from Bitdefender, these employees are most likely to expose the company to a major cyberattack.

According to the study, which polled 250 CIOs, CISOs and CSOs, more than two in five (41%) perceive their C-suite colleagues as InfoSec averse. A similar number (42%) say they are most concerned with a loss of customer and stakeholder trust with data breaches, while more than a quarter...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

10 charts that will change your perspective of Amazon Prime’s growth

  • 70% of Americans with incomes of $150,000 or more who shop online have Amazon Prime memberships
  • Amazon Prime international customers will grow at a 56% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2016 to 2018
  • Amazon shipped more than 5 billion items in 2017 with Prime worldwide
  • By 2022 there will be 56 million Amazon Prime Video subscribers in the U.S., and 122 million worldwide

Net Sales at Amazon reached $177.9bn in 2017, a 31% increase from $136bn in 2016 and 

By Louis Columbus, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Marketing, Mobile Analytics.