Averting disaster: Get back to business faster with predictive analytics

Across the globe natural disasters are occurring at an alarming rate. In 2018 alone, we’ve witnessed the devastating effects of the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, flooding and mudslides in Japan, flash floods in Jordan, Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Pacific Ocean and numerous hurricanes that battered the Atlantic coast of the US – just to name just a few. While the impact of destructive weather on people’s lives takes priority, it...

By Steve Smith, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Productivity.

Are you a digital-ready enterprise? A checklist for CIOs to ponder

The goal of nearly every enterprise – regardless of industry focus or vertical – is to position its products and services to reach the masses as quickly and efficiently as possible. But to do so in today’s modern business environment, an enterprise must operate as a digital business.

Embodying a modern digital business requires that CIOs make a conscious and strategic effort to...

By Vijay Pullur, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

RingCentral aims to ‘reimagine communications and collaboration’ with new unified mobile app

At its annual user conference, titled ‘ConnectCentral’, RingCentral – a US-based provider of cloud-based communications and collaboration solutions for businesses – announced the availability of the new RingCentral unified mobile app, which aims to be an entirely reimagined collaboration-centric experience for enterprise communications.

The RingCentral unified mobile app provides a modern...

By Enterprise CIO, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How the IT world wised up to the need for tech that ‘just works’

Believe it or not, but once upon a time, we expected the computer industry to sell us products that were complicated to set up and required specialist expertise at every turn. Early personal computer software involved spending lots of time reading manuals and scratching heads before we got to grips with character-based operating systems and their applications’ cryptic syntax and commands. If you’re in your middle age, you might recall WordPerfect’s scary empty screen or WordStar where you...

By Ashish Shah, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Data & Analytics.

Digital transformation to make heritage financial firms ‘irrelevant’ by 2030, says Gartner

The growth of digitisation will mean 80% of heritage financial services firms will either go out of business, become commoditised or exist but not compete effectively by 2030, according to a new report from Gartner.

As global digital platforms, fintech companies and other non-traditional players gain greater market share, these traditional firms will struggle for relevance, the company added.

By Enterprise CIO, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees.

When the rubber meets the road: The sweet spot for innovation in digital transformation

Digital transformation is separating the winners from the losers. More than ever, innovation is critical. The biggest innovations today are happening where the rubber meets the road, where employees on the front lines are grappling with challenges. Given the right tools, these individuals have the potential to truly innovate by creating the solutions to these challenges that they alone intimately understand.

Innovation happens...

By Andrew LeCates, 25 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Three steps to create secure instant messaging within your organisation

Instant messaging (IM) applications are now a given in the modern enterprise. In fact, according to this article in Wired magazine, they are almost as old as the Internet itself!  It’s easy to see why instant messaging applications are popular - they are quick to use, less formal than email and allow for instantaneous communication.  Users can see immediately when their colleagues are online, share files quickly and...

By Jan van Vliet, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

Slack acquires Astro to bolster email collaboration - with AI flavour

Slack has announced it has acquired AI-influenced email software provider Astro - and its first step is to shut down its service.

Visitors to Astro's site will be met with the news that the company's apps for Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa and Slack will be shut down on October 10, while new users will no longer be able to sign up.

Andy Pflaum, CEO of Astro, wrote: "We started in 2015 with a mission to bring intelligence to workplace communications, starting with email. We know email continues...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Social.

Microsoft Ignite: Satya Nadella on open data, tech intensity, and mutual success

"It's a simple concept - think of it as a very simple equation," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told attendees at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. "Each of us has to do two things - we need to make sure we are adopting the latest and greatest technology, and we've got to build our own digital capability."

Nadella was talking about his latest ethos of 'tech intensity'. Regardless of which industry you are in, you are a digital business today - and as a result, you need to both...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Big Data, Collaboration, Microsoft.