How the future of AI will put new demands on ERP systems – and how to overcome them

Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a significant impact on companies and their business models over the next five years. 85% of CEOs surveyed in PwC’s 22nd Annual Global CEO Survey are convinced of this. But with only 33% having dipped their toe into AI for ‘limited uses’, and fewer...

By Andy Coussins, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Report: Global IT spending forecast to rise 3.4% year on year to almost £3tn in 2020

Gartner has forecast in its latest report that worldwide IT spending is forecast to reach £2.95 trillion ($3.9tn), an increase of 3.4% year over year in 2020. Global IT spending is expected to hit almost £4 trillion in 2021.

One of the fastest growing markets in 2020 will be the software market – that is expected to grow 10.5%. The report also predicted that growth in enterprise IT spending for cloud-based...

By Enterprise CIO, 17 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Marketing, Productivity.

Business vs. IT: Who should be responsible for automation projects?

Robotic process automation (RPA) is exceptionally enticing to businesses across all sectors, promising compelling benefits such as cost savings, increased productivity and eliminating outdated and time-consuming processes. According to global analyst house Gartner, the global RPA market will top $1 billion in sales by the end of 2020, with 40% of large enterprises adopting an RPA software tool.

By James Ewing, 17 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Five key blockchain trends to watch for the enterprise in 2020

Many executives feel like blockchain is a hammer looking for a nail that doesn’t offer business value.

However, the real-world blockchain networks that have formed over the past few years are proving that blockchain can be valuable. Even the most pessimistic skeptics are starting to become convinced that enterprise blockchain can improve business processes.

By Isaac Kunkel, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics.

What should the role of IT be in low- and no-code application development?

No-code and low-code application development platforms are clearly catching on. Leading research firm, Gartner, predicts that “by 2024, low-code application platforms will be responsible for 65 per cent of all application development activity.” Much of the demand is driven by so-called citizen developers who are using rapid application development (RAD) tools like these to build the software they need to do their jobs, despite having little or no coding...

By Chris Obdam, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

How AI technologies will improve talent management in 2020: Speed and selection

47% of US-based enterprises are using AI today for recruitment, leading all countries in the survey. US-based enterprises' adoption of AI for recruitment soared in the last year, jumping from 22% in 2018 to 47% this year based on last year's Harris Interactive Talent Intelligence and Management Report 2018.

  • 73% of US CEOs and CHROs plan to use more AI in the next three years to improve talent management
  • US-based enterprises’’ adoption of AI for recruitment soared in the last year, jumping from 22% in 2018 to 47% this year
  • US-based enterprises...

By Louis Columbus, 09 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees.

Why shadow IT is the cybersecurity threat which keeps giving – and what needs to be done about it

  • More than 5,000 personal devices connect to enterprise networks every day with little or no endpoint security enabled in one of every three companies in the US, UK, and Germany
  • More than 1,000 shadow IoT devices connect to enterprise networks every day in 30% of the U.S., U.K., and German companies
  • 12% of U.K. organisations are seeing more than 10,000 shadow IoT devices connect to their enterprise networks every day
  • Associates most often use shadow IT devices to access social media (39%), followed by downloading apps (24%), games (13%), and films (7%). Hackers, organised crime and...

By Louis Columbus, 09 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Security.

Accenture to buy Symantec’s managed cyber services arm – two months after Broadcom close

Updated Jan 9 Accenture is to acquire Symantec’s managed cybersecurity services (MSSP) arm – two months after Broadcom closed a $10.7 billion deal to buy the security provider outright.

The move will look to beef up Accenture Security and aim to make it a leading provider of managed security services. Accenture will secure Symantec’s six operations centres, in the US, the UK, India, Australia, Singapore and Japan,...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security.

Insight Partners acquires Armis for $1.1 billion to claim largest enterprise IoT security deal

New York-based private equity firm Insight Partners has acquired California-based enterprise IoT security provider Armis for $1.1 billion (£838.5m).

Armis allows organisations to safely adopt unmanaged and IoT devices throughout their business. As CTO Nadir Izrael puts it: “One of the biggest challenges keeping CIOs and CISOs up at night is how to secure the unmanaged devices proliferating through their businesses, from...

By Enterprise CIO, 07 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, M&A, Security.

Why it’s time for IT to have a proper chat with HR to improve business continuity

In recent years, IT’s role within a business has massively shifted. Long gone are the days of it simply being a backend operation, stuck in the company basement like the IT Crowd in the mid noughties. Now, technology is the driver of change and IT is the hub of a business – and it needs to own that position.

Yet, this change can also bring its own difficulties. There are still ongoing...

By Geoffroy de Lestrange, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity, Security.

The three IT service management trends enterprises need to explore in 2020

In recent years, the IT service management (ITSM) landscape has been evolving as the industry strives to build its presence within organisations, adding value and becoming a trusted advisor. But what does 2020 hold for the industry?

ITSM guru Stephen Mann once pointed out that changes in the service management field don’t happen overnight. New concepts and...

By Sumit De, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Productivity.

For better or worse: How understanding the pros and cons can give businesses the perfect marriage with SaaS

Subscription-based services are revolutionising the way many of us consume everyday products. From Netflix and Spotify giving instant access to vast libraries of content, to meal kits such as Gousto and Hello Fresh taking the complexity – and up-front effort – out of preparing a meal.

Things are the same in the business realm, where vendors and their customers are embracing software...

By Alex Guillen, 23 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Productivity, Security.

Veritas: Enterprises are accelerating their cloud transformations

According to Veritas, an American international data management company, enterprise customers are accelerating their cloud transformation initiatives.

Veritas has experienced a four-fold rise in the amount of data moving from on-premises environments to the two main public clouds worldwide over the past year alone, which is an addition to a dramatic increase in the number of NetBackup workloads that have managed to move to the cloud in the same timeframe.

As an enabler of current digital business, the cloud...

By Enterprise CIO, 16 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud .

Scope AR acquires studio WakingApp as enterprise augmented reality ramps up

Scope AR, a San Francisco-based provider of enterprise-focused augmented reality (AR) software, has announced it is to acquire AR studio WakingApp.

WakingApp offers a proprietary AR platform which focuses on being of use to enterprises across industries. The company said it was ‘thrilled’ to join Scope AR and ‘become an integral part in the delivery of first-class AR solutions to enterprise organisations.’

By James Bourne, 11 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Wearables.

Tonkean: Automation will define enterprise trends in 2020

According to Tonkean, a leading robotic automation and management platform for business operations, automation is set to revolutionise the way we work in the year 2020.

In its latest predictions for 2020 mobile industry trends, some of the key trends that Tonkean’s analysts have identified are:

  • App fatigue for both IT and businesses as automation consolidates different app functions – In a number of enterprises, app fatigue has been seen as a rising trend. Both IT as well as business functions in organizations are making their efforts to consolidate the number of apps. In 2020, firms will turn their heads...

By Enterprise CIO, 09 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Research.

How automation will help enterprises overcome the cybersecurity skills gap

There are few verticals that can boast a 0% unemployment rate, but cybersecurity is one of them. There are far more job openings than there are skilled professionals to fill them. This is despite many efforts to train, upskill and reskill people to close this talent gap. With almost three million unfilled cybersecurity positions around the world, the industry needs to come to grips with the serious nature of this skills gap.

The speed at which the threat landscape is...

By Mike Armistead, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Can serialisation be the future of food industry traceability?

Serialised box tracking has been standard practice in the beef and poultry industries for a long time – and the entire food space may follow suit if serialised tracking becomes a mandatory requirement.

The US has already adopted serialisation regulation in the pharmaceutical market through the Drug Supply Chain Security Act – the FDA acting to introduce carton and case serialisation to combat illegal and...

By Simon Noakes, 03 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Productivity, Security.

The seven signs which mean it’s time to get focused on Zero Trust security

When an experienced hacker can gain access to a company’s accounting and financial systems in 7 minutes or less after obtaining privileged access credentials, according to Ponemon, it’s time to get focused on Zero Trust Security. 2019 is on its way to being a record year for ransomware attacks, which grew 118% in Q1 of this year alone, according to

By Louis Columbus, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.