Why we need a multi-channel mobile strategy

This is an extract from my presentation at the Global Enterprise Mobility Forum on the 12th November 2013; the actual presentation can be found here.

With the continuing rise of mobile devices in the enterprise, it’s easy to focus on building apps or a website that allows users of mobile devices to access their important corporate processes. The problem is that businesses get stuck between the rock of “one size fits...

By David Akka, 18 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Opinion.

Microsoft survey reveals how willing employees are to embrace mobility

A recent survey by Microsoft has revealed that more than a quarter of workers work in bed, whilst nearly half have worked whilst on holiday.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, sheds light on employee habits in the ‘always-connected’ generation and finds that staff are willing to work almost anywhere.

Some eye-opening highlights in the research included:

  • Nearly one in five (19%) respondents admitted they had worked while they were going to the bathroom
  • 20% of parents surveyed said they had been working whilst attending their child’s...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Mobile, Research.

Analysing BYOD 2.0, COPE and what it means for the enterprise

With Ovum’s enterprise mobility flashpoints for 2014 being published earlier this week, Enterprise AppsTech talks with Neil Cohen, VP marketing at Visage Mobile, and Richard Neale, CTO of Esselar, to discuss the future of mobility and the BYOD ecosystem

“I want to wipe off the notion of saving money on BYOD as a strategy,” says Neil Cohen, VP marketing at telecoms expense management provider Visage Mobile. “It...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, MDM, Mobile.

Guidewire broadens its strategy – and gains competitors – with BI

Barry Rabkin, Principal Analyst, Insurance Technology

Guidewire began doing business in the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry in 2001 with a focused mission and strategy. The vendor’s mission was, and still is, to serve only the P&C insurance industry, and its strategy was focused on legacy core system replacement. At Connections 2013, its annual gathering of P&C insurance customers, it announced the expansion of its strategic focus to include data management in legacy system...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Mobile enterprise apps drive mobile working into a new era

Richard Absalom, Analyst, Consumer Impact Technology

Mobile enterprise apps is a hot topic and an area receiving a growing level of investment, according to our research into mobile consumerization, “bring your own device” (BYOD), and enterprise mobility management (EMM). Mobile application management (MAM) is a nascent part of the still-immature overall EMM market, but it is an exciting space that we expect will see huge growth, especially if the growth in mobile device management (MDM) services...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Mobile.

Mobility top priority for seven in 10 organisations, says survey

A new survey from Citrix has revealed that, for seven in 10 (71%) of large enterprises, they see incorporating mobility as a “top priority” for their business, with 63% adding it was the most important factor in keeping their organisation competitive.

The survey of 1700 senior IT decision makers, conducted by Vanson Bourne, comprises an overall report entitled ‘Citrix Mobility in Business’ which examines global mobility trends in a snapshot:

  • 71% of companies surveyed “allow, accommodate and encourage” BYOD
  • Android is “by far”...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Mobile.

Two days a week wasted on HR reports, survey finds

A new report from SuccessFactors has revealed that organisations are spending on average 17 hours a week producing HR reports, leading to worryingly inefficient workforces.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of those polled said their employees were “increasingly dispersed”, whilst only 23% believe their HR system “always delivers data sufficient for their needs”.

The increasing consumerisation of IT is seen as a primary factor in this disparity. As the workforce increases, the number of...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

The reality of mobile data: Unreliable...even where you might least expect it

Here at 5app we have been conducting some tests to determine the real-life data connectivity that the public can expect from mobile data networks. The results surprised us:

  • Even on major motorways there are sections with no data connection;
  • You can still fail to make a connection even in central London due to congestion;
  • You may get several different IP addresses over a period of time;
  • Requests that do work can take over a minute to respond;
  • Data doesn’t always get through.


We used a mobile phone to run a web page that uses GPS to detect your current location. Every 10 seconds...

By 5APP, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Oracle catches tailwind in mobile BI space

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Software – Information Management

Oracle recently released its new Oracle BI Mobile App Designer, a platform that allows users to create HTML5-based mobile BI applications in a drag-and-drop environment. This addition to the Oracle BI suite is welcome but overdue. Until recently, Oracle has treaded behind its competitors when it comes to mobile functionality. However, the company is rapidly catching up, which it needs to do because mobility is no longer just a “nice to...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Mobile Analytics.

Why offline access is a game-changer for enterprise mobility

We are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile technology and the internet in our daily business lives, and a large part of our software and data now resides in various cloud-based services. The question of what happens when we don’t have internet access has been downplayed, but I believe the technology has now progressed to a level of both sophistication and ubiquity that makes offline access more than just a “nice to have”.

Why offline is needed

Cloud evangelists like to argue that we’ll soon be...

By David Akka, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.