UK employers need to face up to encryption issues, survey argues

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UK workplaces suffer from poor encryption leading to corporate data risks, as well as the use of unprotected and unauthorised devices, according to a new survey from WinMagic.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found that 42% use devices which are not provided by their employer to cope with corporate emails and files – in other words, BYOD – and more than half (52%) use personal online accounts to store or access work files, with the biggest offenders being...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Self-service analytics more available than ever – but is usage declining?

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A new report from Logi Analytics argues that while access to self-service analytics and business intelligence (BI) tools is higher than ever, adoption has declined.

The survey, which polled IT professionals as well as end users of BI and analytics tools, argued that while vendors have spent millions on reducing friction, and users continue to need analytics for their jobs, certain end users continue to reject BI products.

Logi argues as a result that uptake of self-service...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

CIO budgets see minimal increase but digitisation on the up

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CIOs are spending almost a fifth of their budget on digitisation, with that number expected to rise to 28% by 2018, according to the latest figures from analyst firm Gartner.

The findings appear in the 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey, which gathered data from more than 2,500 CIOs accounting for almost $9.5 trillion in revenue and public sector budgets.

Despite only a small increase in global enterprise IT budgets (2.2%), spend on digitisation is on the rise, according to the...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics.

It’s the data, stupid: Why mobility is not really about mobility but connectivity

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Editor's note: The author feels that given the political climate, it was reasonable to adopt James Carville's campaign management policies in reminiscence.

Mobility is not about mobility really – it’s about connectivity and data. Or in other words, why ‘app refactoring’ (which we define as remote desktop or screen scraping, or any other ‘agent in the cloud pretending to be the user clicking on things...

By Boaz Hecht, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

How zero code app development can accelerate your mobile transformation

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When it comes to the rising tide of rapid application delivery platforms, it seems no two research analysts agree on precisely what defines low-code vs. RAD vs. BPM or other visual development tools. One thing is clear; there is a growing adoption of low-code strategies by businesses and IT departments that have found a way to deliver apps faster while spending less.

While some architects and developers were initially reluctant to adopt, these tools have proven to accelerate delivery...

By David Basil, 12 October 2016, 4 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Life on Mars...or what needs to be done to get AI right

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The past week has been one of particular announcements. Elon Musk unveiled his hotly anticipated plan to send humans to live – and die – on Mars, outlining plans for up to a million colonists living in a self-sustaining society, while Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced plans to add intelligence to core products like Office 365, Skype, and Dynamic. Unfortunately, both announcements left more questions than answers.

Life on Mars

Musk kept us in the dark about how his...

By Alex Gorbansky, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Data & Analytics.

The top five pitfalls to avoid in your data protection strategy

Done correctly, data protection is a critical differentiator for your business. Done poorly, it can be costly, waste valuable staff time, and hold the organisation back from meeting key service level agreements.

This whitepaper from Veritas outlines five critical pitfalls to avoid when building a successful data protection strategy for your organisation.

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Security.

NIST report encourages “wider view” of mobile security ecosystem

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new resource which aims to help organisations protect their systems from mobile threats.

The paper, which is currently at a draft stage and is requesting feedback, lists potential threats in a variety of areas, from authentication to supply chains, physical access to payments, as well as network protocols and infrastructure.

“Mobile devices pose a unique set of threats, yet typical enterprise protections...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Four in 10 firms admit suffering crucial data loss from a mobile device

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Four in 10 companies have suffered a loss of key corporate data from a mobile device, according to new research from industrial IT services provider NetEnrich.

The study, which polled 150 North America-based IT professionals, argues corporate IT is “hounded” by concerns over mobile security. More than half (54%) of respondents say getting employees to review the company’s policy on mobile devices is the most difficult part of managing employee use, while a similar...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

IDC: Two in three enterprises expect to boost mobility spend - despite issues

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Two thirds of enterprises plan to increase their mobility spending in the coming year, according to the latest research from analyst house IDC.

The research firm’s latest survey, the 2016 Mobile Enterprise Devices, Security, Services and Solutions Survey which quizzed more than 700 US IT decision makers in companies with over 100 employees, also found that three quarters (74%) of organisations either have or plan to implement a CYOD (choose your own device) policy, citing the...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.