The Generation Y approach: Simple steps to consistent user experiences in workplace IT

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I recently semi-jokingly asked my colleague: “What did people do before the invention of smartphones?” We quickly concluded that they probably actually talked to each other.

Smartphones are one of a number of technology phenomena that have changed our lives drastically in the past decade such as group messaging, navigation maps, Wi-fi and a whole host of mobile apps. However, the adoption of new technology in many businesses remains slow and this resistance to change will...

By Ashish Gupta, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Combating digital indifference amongst Gen Y: What employers need to do now

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In recent years, much has been written about Generation Y, or millennials, entering the workplace and, more pertinently, how business are adjusting to manage them. This includes challenges of how to meet new aspirations and how to properly integrate them in a company that includes workers from a different generation and background.

However, in this digital age, millennials are posing a new challenge to businesses. In short, young people are careless in the way they manage passwords and...

By Guillaume Desnoes, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Report argues how IT provides major risks to data security

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Here’s an interesting yet not entirely surprising point of view from Intermedia’s latest research report; the most tech-savvy employees at an organisation are most likely to create a security risk.

In other words, IT personnel – those who should in all truth know better – are much more likely to engage in risky behaviours than the average employee. According to the 2015 Insider Risk report, almost a third (32%) of IT professionals surveyed back in August...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Employees ‘overwhelmed’ by number of communication options in workplace

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There have been plenty of creative reasons over the years to explain how and why enterprise collaboration initiatives have failed, from a lack of transparency from the boardroom to the shop floor, to lack of employee buy-in, and many more besides. Here’s another one, from video conferencing provider Highfive’s latest survey: employees are overwhelmed by the number of options they have to communicate with one another, they get too distracted and start goofing...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

The employee strikes back: Workforce steadily refuses BYOD while MAM is ‘DOA’

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A new report from Bitglass has revealed that more than half (57%) of end users polled do not participate in a company BYOD program because they do not want employers’ IT departments to have visibility into their data and applications.

The paper, entitled ‘BYOD Security 2015: Rise of the Employees’, conducted two surveys on BYOD adoption and challenges with 2000 regular employees and 227 IT security professionals quizzed. Bitglass argues that while BYOD has room to...

By James Bourne, 22 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy.

IBM and Box partnership bears first fruit, aims to safeguard BYO cloud apps

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IBM has announced Cloud Security Enforcer, which enables companies to gain visibility into third party cloud apps and control them securely.

The inspiration for the latest product release from Big Blue emanates from the continued rise of shadow IT, according to a recent study by IBM. One in three employees – a number which increases to one in two for the millennial workforce – uploads and shares company data to third party apps, usually without the knowledge or consent of...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Lookout warns of “extremely prevalent” shadow BYOD use in federal government

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A study of more than 1000 US federal employees from mobile security provider Lookout has found more than 40% ignore policies prohibiting mobile device usage.

The survey’s findings, naturally, bear parallels to the revelation regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email to perform state duties – a point which Lookout dutifully notes. Yet the Democratic presidential candidate is far from alone. A quarter (24%) of those polled admitted sending work documents to...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why the next generation workforce demands a mobile-first workplace

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If you do not have a strategy in place to cater for tomorrow’s workforce, then it should be rushing up the priority list immediately.

The working mentality is shifting, with the traditional office setting increasingly moving towards obsolescence – and a new study from Domo and CEO.com argues the next generation of employees expect a mobile-first workplace from their employers.

The research went straight from the horse’s mouth, polling more than 2000 college...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Millennial workforce increasingly frustrated by company-issued collaboration tools

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More and more workers understand the benefits of collaboration tools in the enterprise – but continue to be thwarted by the tools at their disposal.

That’s the key finding from survey data released by Alfresco Software, which notes a distinct generational gap in terms of how employees like to get their work done. Nowhere is this better encapsulated than in terms of company-issued collaboration tools; 71% of millennials face challenges with the software, compared to 45% of the...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Canada privacy commissioner issues BYOD warning for businesses

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Updated The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, alongside the equivalents for the states of British Columbia and Alberta, have issued a document offering guidance for companies looking to implement BYOD programs.

Citing “an increased blurring of the lines between professional and personal lives” and “employee concerns that privacy is at risk”, the 16 page missive goes through the various stages of rollout, from getting senior management onside, to privacy...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, COPE, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.