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.

The importance of the 'interconnected enterprise' to future business

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By 2017, 84% of IT leaders will look to IT infrastructure involving a direct, secure, physical or virtual connection between a company and its partners, customers and employees, compared to just 38% of organisations today.

That’s the key finding from a global study by Equinix which polled more than 1000 IT decision makers across five continents on the ‘interconnected enterprise’. Plenty has been written in this publication concerning the workplace of the future,...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

Why your business cannot rely on consumer-grade collaboration

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The verdict is in: Skype just won’t cut it for your business collaboration needs anymore. Or is this being too simplistic?

Last month, the video call provider suffered a debilitating outage, with the UK bearing the majority of downtime alongside other parts of Europe, Japan, and Australia. Recent research on employees’ collaboration habits has revealed a few interesting, if not entirely surprising trends. As generation mobile increasingly pervades the workplace,

By James Bourne, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

Enabling mobility: How working in an office hinders productivity

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Conventional wisdom says you need a physical office to run a business. But that wisdom is so stuck in its conventions that it is essentially obsolete. In the past, if you didn’t have an office (or garage, apartment, basement) in which everyone could work together, you didn’t have a business.

Today, technology has enabled a world where people don’t have to be physically together to work together. Businesses can be more dynamic and diverse than those confined to a...

By Bart Mroz, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.

New solution manages emails in SharePoint for greater business productivity

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To paraphrase a well known saying; Outlook is Outlook, and SharePoint is SharePoint – and never the twain shall meet. Yet a new solution announced by collaboration provider harmon.ie aims to change this traditional setting.

The company is aiming, through what it calls a Digital Workforce Innovator, to utilise drag and drop functionality and keep everything efficiently in one place. The concept is simple. While plenty of emails sent are quick, single line affairs, in other cases...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Microsoft, Productivity.

Why automating workflow management improves security and productivity

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New technologies often come around which can be helpful but are expensive and take significant time and effort to implement. But there are some technology solutions that organisations may overlook that can have a great, positive effect on efficiency.

For example, in any organisation where there are frequent requests, such as for account changes, additional access or for physical resources can be a time-consuming process to efficiently and securely approve these requests.

While...

By Dean Wiech, 11 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Productivity, Security.

Cisco continues to hold off Microsoft in collaboration market

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The winds of change may be blowing especially strongly at Cisco right now, but according to latest industry figures the company retains its stronghold in the collaboration market despite disruptive competition.

A report from Synergy Research notes Cisco continues to fend off competition from Microsoft in the enterprise collaboration space, holding a near 15% share of global revenue. For on-premise collaboration, this number rises to almost 25%, while Microsoft is the leader in...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

This tool aims to help businesses achieve faster software delivery through DevOps

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Micro Focus has released its latest business delivery platform for agile software development, Atlas 2.0, on a subscription basis starting from $60 per month per user.

Atlas 2.0 aims to help business analysts in agile software delivery organisations manage agile communication more effectively, ensuring that the development process quickly changes to the changing needs of an organisation.

The system captures data from several different sources for analysis, prioritisation, documentation...

By Enterprise CIO, 07 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The Cisco and Apple deal looks good on paper – but what can the CIO take away today?

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Cisco and Apple have announced a partnership to optimise Cisco networks for iOS devices and create a ‘fast lane’ for iOS business users.

Whereas eight years ago Cisco was winging a lawsuit to Cupertino for allegedly infringing its iPhone trademark, the companies now have a mutual goal. The deal continues to play into the trend of Apple building, rather than burning, bridges with technology giants, and has echoes with the enterprise app partnership announced with IBM one year...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Productivity.