Global insurance IT spending set to top $100bn by 2017

As conditions in insurance markets worldwide slowly improve, CIOs are beginning to re-assess their strategies to drive a new set of IT priorities, and increasing their IT budgets to support these.The new reality of only modest premium growth in most mature markets is driving increased focus on simultaneously improving operational efficiency and organizational flexibility. As a result, Ovum is seeing the re-emergence of IT projects focused on legacy system consolidation/transformation and replacement. Within the emerging...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.

BYOD, cloud named in eight disruptive IT cost forces

Bring your own device (BYOD) and cloud computing have been named in Gartner’s eight most disruptive forces which need be managed to avoid stratospheric IT asset costs, the analyst house warns.

In a research note written by Gartner distinguished analyst and VP Alexa Bona, BYOD gives “new security and environmental risks”, which in turn leads to increased costs.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that the potential cost saving of BYOD has been called into question. Indeed, this is reminiscent of the...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Monetisation, Research.

Mobile BI not being utilised, yet companies see its potential

Whilst more than half of organisations surveyed were mulling over a mobile business intelligence (BI) strategy, only 8% have taken the plunge and gone for it.

That’s the finding from business process intelligence provider Jaspersoft, whose latest survey of over 500 community members prompted some intriguing results.

Even though less than one in 10 companies polled had mobile BI in place, a whopping 85% said they realised the advantages of such a strategy.

But what would these advantages be? According to a study by...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Mobile Analytics, Research.

Three in four employees aren’t trained in BYOD privacy risks

For three quarters of organisations, there’s no specific training in place to set aside the fears about BYOD.

This comes from Acronis, in association with the Ponemon Institute, who has released global survey results from its 2013 Data Protection Trends research, and it’s something of a warning shot at C-level execs implementing a BYOD policy.

That is, of course, if they have a policy. One in three (31%) don’t allow BYOD, whilst 58% don’t have a policy in place to manage employee owned...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.

CIOs again see employees as biggest cyber security threat

For more than half of executives, the greatest threat to sensitive corporate data stems from the company’s own employees, rather than external forces.

The report from IT Governance, entitled the ‘Boardroom Cyber Watch’, examined over 250 responses from a wide variety of sectors globally, ranging from technology, to healthcare and financial services.

53% of those polled said employees were the greatest risk to company data, ahead of criminals (27%) and competing organisations (8%).

One in...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.

Is Windows going to shake up the enterprise OS melting pot?

For future enterprise development projects, Windows is going to be challenging Apple, and lead Android. That’s the latest from a survey of over 100 mobile app dev professionals by enterprise BaaS provider AnyPresence.

Currently, of course, it’s a clear shootout between Android and iOS. Yet according to the report, both figures are going to drop for future mobile projects as enterprises explore other platforms, most notably HTML5 and a hybrid concoction.

Yet it’s the Windows figure which is...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Research.

Employees don’t trust employers with personal data, report finds

There is a huge gap between the employee and the IT department in terms of BYOD expectations, according to a new report.

The study of over 3000 employees globally from Aruba Networks revealed that, for at least one in three organisations globally, the IT department has no provisions in place to secure corporate files and applications.

51% of Americans, 35% of those in the Middle East and 34% of Europeans noted this, with two in three Americans (66%) worried about losing personal data as a result.

When asked...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Most business decision makers still spooked by lost or stolen devices

The latest industry report, this time InformationWeek’s 2013 Mobile Security Survey, has revealed that for nearly four in five (78%) business technology decision makers, the threat of lost or stolen devices is still the number one mobile security concern.

Use of cloud based storage service (36%) and malware from public app stores (34%) rounded off the top three, whilst security of Wi-Fi networks and public hotspots also charted highly.

Regarding more general takeaways, there was nothing groundbreaking...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Research, Security.

Developers looking more at B2B and B2E app markets, report finds

More proof has arrived that enterprise applications continue to gain market share, in the form of the latest mobile developer report from Appcelerator in conjunction with IDC.

The B2C market is dying out for developers, with B2B and B2E taking over. According to the research, in Q410 29.3% of devs surveyed said they were looking specifically at that market – now, that number has risen to 42.7%.

Similarly, over half of developers in the Q213 survey said they expected to build apps for enterprise app...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Tablet.