Why business productivity can’t wait – and what you need to do next


There’s no denying that today we live in an application age. With so many common consumer tasks—paying bills, booking travel, buying entertainment, changing appointments and more —easily accomplished with a handheld device, we have all raised our expectations for service and response.

Mobile app advantages

Speed of data delivery can make or break a business in the application age. In many industries, sales, customer service and other external-facing employees make up well...

The benefits of integrating mobile collaboration into your legacy app


Unless you’ve been hiding under a stone you’ll have noticed that the world has gone mobile. According to industry analysts at Gartner, apps developed for mobile devices will outnumber those developed for the PC by four to one in 2015. The meteoric rise of social networking and BYOD, the ubiquitous availability of high speed connectivity and the move to the cloud, means that the working world is no longer governed by a 9-5 mentality. Being connected anytime, anyplace,...

By Subrah Iyar, 16 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

99+ use cases in one app: The power of industrialising enterprise mobility

There seems to be an app for everything.

Well, actually that doesn’t hold true in our business lives, does it? Enterprise mobility is much more complicated due to development costs, security concerns, skill shortages, complex BYOD solutions, and so on. However, for a few minutes, just imagine a world where your employees can download one app from their app store of choice and they get as many use cases in that single app as they need in order to be productive. Learn more with this eBook from...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The state of mobile Office 365 usage in the workplace – and what it means for SharePoint


Mobile Office 365 usage is growing steadily among Microsoft enterprise collaboration product users, according to a new piece of research from harmon.ie.

24% of harmon.ie mobile users are now using mobile Office 365 in the cloud, compared to 18% six months ago. Not surprisingly, the most popular activity conducted by business users on mobile devices was online and offline document access, according to 81% of the vote. 7% most frequently use their mobile devices to add a SharePoint...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Why there is still more work to do in enterprise video conferencing


Even though video conferencing is important to businesses in improving productivity, more than half of companies have outdated technology to take on the job.

That’s the finding from Blue Jeans Network, a cloud-based video collaboration services provider. This conclusion may not be the most surprising given what Blue Jeans does; however the research, of 116 IT and operations decision makers in the UK, uncovered some interesting statistics:

  • Three quarters (76%) of respondents say video conferencing has had a significant positive impact...

By James Bourne, 02 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

CIOs understand need to change IT delivery models, but struggle to force it through


Research unveiled by Dimension Data, in association with Ovum, has found while more than half of companies have developed plans to introduce a service-centric approach to IT delivery, it is still a struggle to make the business case to fully implement them.

The announcement, made at Cloud Expo Europe, reveals most CIOs have a good understanding of the need to move to an IT model which tracks actual usage and is transparently priced. Yet less than a third (32%) have secured funding to...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Productivity.

The one major problem in working effectively on your iPad has now been solved

Picture credit: WayTools

Take a look at the TextBlade. This keyboard, from Santa Monica-based startup WayTools, aims to provide greater typing functionality for iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

The TextBlade is certainly an intriguing piece of kit, one third the size of an iPhone and weighing in at just 1.5 ounces. It utilises Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect to the device – which can be an iPhone or Android device – and is able to stick to surfaces by utilising magnets.

The keyboard...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Productivity.

Analysis: Apple and IBM announce first mobile enterprise apps

Apple and IBM have launched their first set of enterprise mobile applications as part of a global strategic partnership between the companies that was announced in July 2014. It is a pivotal collaboration that could have a far-reaching effect on the future of enterprise mobility marketplace.

The collaboration, dubbed IBM MobileFirst for iOS, is a suite of applications and managed services for enterprise mobility, cloud services and big data. These are aimed at businesses needing support of the mobility life...

By Nicholas McQuire, 17 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Productivity.

Remote working and mobile offices: Is the tide starting to turn?

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Over the next few years, the way many businesses operate is predicted to dramatically change. For many employees however, the process is already beginning.

43% of respondents in a Unify survey back in July admitted they’d look elsewhere if they were given more flexible working options, while a paper from PwC at the same time predicted that by 2022, many employees would...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.