Salesforce makes third acquisition of the year with data entry automation startup

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Salesforce appears to be gunning for data driven software startups in 2016 as it makes its third acquisition in a few months.

Earlier this year, the company acquired open source machine learning server PredictionIO.

More recently, it also took on artificial learning startup MetaMind, which had been funded by Salesforce CEO Marc Benitoff.

Founder Richard Socher wrote he was “thrilled” the company had been...

By Rachael Power, 10 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

IT feels overworked and undervalued, according to new research

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Stop us if you’re heard this one before – a new survey from computing accessories provider Kensington has revealed IT professionals feel on the whole overworked and undervalued in their organisations.

One in three (32%) IT decision makers polled say they spend more time reacting to problems in the workplace than developing their IT strategy, while IT pros spend on average 44% of their working day fixing issues. Key frustrations cited by the survey respondents include a lack...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

Samsung KNOX recognised by Gartner as “strongest” mobile security platform

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Good news for Samsung’s mobile enterprise efforts; the company’s KNOX product has been recognised by analyst house Gartner with the most ‘strong’ ratings in its latest mobile security report.

The report, which was published earlier this month, examined core OS security features as well as the enterprise management side, and found KNOX to be at the top of the file for corporate managed security, as well as in more specific categories such as...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Samsung, Security.

A real life guide to protecting sensitive data in an IoT world

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I attended the 2016 RSA Security Conference in San Francisco earlier this month.  On the first day of the conference, the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) presented a half-day seminar entitled “Securing the IoT with Trusted Computing”. There were panels with industry leaders and demonstrations of IoT in action. Much of the focus of the discussions was on the vulnerabilities in the IoT and how trust might support better security. Naturally the TCG’s TPM (Trusted...

By Garry McCracken, 29 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

Analytics moving from customer to operations for competitive advantage

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The move to get one over on the competition means organisations are increasingly moving towards the back end instead of customer facing roles for their analytics, argues Capgemini – but there is still a long way to go before universal business benefits are realised.

The findings appear in a study from Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute, which focuses on a survey of 600 operations executives across three continents.

The study puts organisations into four categories...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

2015 data breaches by the numbers: Still plenty of work to do

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By Andrew Gertz, SafeNet

Do you want the good news or the bad news about 2015 data breaches? Truth be told, I’m a realist at heart — but one that wishes he could be an optimist – so let’s start with the good news.

The good

Based on the Breach Level Index (BLI), the total number of data records lost or stolen in 2015 actually decreased by 39% from 2014, the year of mega breaches.

While more...

By SafeNet, 04 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.

The ‘availability gap’: Enterprises struggling to do enough to meet user needs

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Enterprises continue to suffer from the ‘availability gap’ – the difference between what their IT teams can deliver and what their users demand – according to new research from Veeam Software.

The latest Veeam Availability Report shows that 84% of businesses have problems keeping up with user demand, up from 82% in 2014, which costs them up to $16 million per year in lost revenue and productivity. 82% of survey respondents say brand integrity suffers, while...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics.

Verizon warns of bigger, more frequent enterprise data breaches in 2016

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Telco giant Verizon has sent out a gloomy warning: regardless of the doubling down on enterprise security, 2016 will see even more, even higher profile data breaches.

The company has released nine predictions for enterprise IT, and alongside the security snafu, Verizon also predicts a shift from the more traditional enterprise security methods to fit more with user need, leading to a more ‘common sense’ approach which will enable chief security officers to focus...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Security.

AA partners with Trakm8 to offer remote monitoring to business customers

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Breakdown specialist AA has used Trakm8’s telematics offering for four years in order to slash costs and this has resulted in fuel savings of £1 million on an annual basis at the company. Now, AA is extending this collaboration by providing its business customers, who run fleets, with the same service, which will provide insight on fuel use, routes, and time taken to complete...

By Enterprise CIO, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics.

Research reveals CIOs relying on intuition than data for big decisions

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The role of the CIO has always been a high pressured one. But the majority of execs don’t help themselves by all too often relying on intuition and gut feel rather than data.

That’s the latest finding from research conducted by Colt. Of the 301 European senior technology decision makers questioned, more than two thirds (68%) of CIOs say they base high pressure decisions on instinct and experience more than any other factor. Despite that, three quarters (76%) admitted their...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.