New collaboration aims to explore VR and AR for engineering and automotive design

StarVR and Autodesk are coming together for an initiative to provide virtual and augmented reality for automotive design and engineering.

The product, VRED Professional, is optimised for the StarVR One head mounted display, which is also being unveiled this week. The headset offers a professional-grade colour spectrum, custom full RGB AMOLED displays and integrated eye tracking, among other features.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Organisations jumping head first into digital transformation projects – with wasteful results

Organisations are set to waste millions as they try and force through digital transformation initiatives, according to a new report from Couchbase.

The study, titled ‘Are Organisations Realising Their Digital Revolutions?’, polled 450 heads of digital transformation in enterprises across the UK, US, France and Germany, and found 95% saw digital transformation as an ‘insurmountable’ task.

By James Bourne, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Employees who see compliance violations twice as likely to leave, says Gartner

Employees who see misconduct or a compliance violation at work are twice as likely to leave their organisations, according to a new study from Gartner.

The survey, which sampled more than 5,000 employees at various levels, found that 29% of employees saw at least one compliance breach at work in 2016 and 2017. Of these sampled employees, 59% were actively looking for another job due to a compliance violation. This was compared with...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Why a mobile device does not equal a mobile strategy

“There’s a difference between having mobile devices in your workplace and having a mobile strategy. You might have invested in a thousand devices. That doesn’t mean you’ve mastered mobility. What happens when the devices break? When it’s time to refresh? What about security? Covering these bases — and covering them methodically — is the difference between being a participant in the age of mobility and a leader in it.”

Those are the words of Evan Tomlin, Director of...

By App47, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM.

Remote support software gaining popularity – but more can be done for optimal experience

More than half of companies say remote access and remote support software is highly business critical – as TeamViewer notices an increase in use cases.

The figures come from research conducted by the vendor, alongside Research Now SSI, which aimed to focus on the most popular bundles associated with remote collaboration software, alongside potential barriers to implementation.

By James Bourne, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Google digs deeper into the enterprise at Google Cloud Next ‘18

Google Cloud Next '18 put customers, developers, partners and analysts through their paces last week in San Francisco, with an exhausting set of more than 100 announcements. The event confirmed the transformation Google Cloud has undergone since Diane Greene took the helm, and it revealed Google's growing momentum with enterprises and advances against Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

But if Google really wants to vie for cloud supremacy in the next few years, it must also improve its global...

By Nicholas McQuire, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

ERP budgets: Reduce risk and prepare for successful implementation

Planning for a new ERP solution is a major decision for CIOs and other enterprise C-level executives. Everyone acknowledges the benefits a new technology can deliver. Today’s manufacturing and distribution companies find that accessing data instantly throughout the enterprise is a compelling rationale for moving in a new direction. The overriding question is, when is the expense worth the effort and potential disruption that implementing a new solution may...

By Andrew Bolivar, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Productivity.

Dealing in data: Insider tips for effective document management during the M&A process

The efficient management of sensitive and confidential documents is crucial to the completion of a smooth M&A process.

From a seller’s perspective, decisions need to be made throughout the process about who has access to what information, due to competition and privacy concerns. From a buyer’s perspective, the transaction will only proceed once the...

By Tom Wheeler, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees, M&A.

Chief data officer role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping sort enterprise data deluge

How are enterprises getting to grips with the data and analytics deluge – and how vital is employing a chief data officer?

According to new research published by MicroStrategy, more than half (57%) of the 500 companies polled said they had a chief data officer (CDO), with the study saying the role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping democratise data and analytics across organisations.

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Collaboration, Employees.

How to combat daily security threats within the healthcare sector

Last year, we saw one of the most aggressive ransomware attacks on healthcare institutions around the world. WannaCry went viral on May 12, causing widespread disruption to global IT systems and raising serious questions about the preparedness of the National Health Service to deal with such incidents.

According to the NAO’s published report earlier this...

By Anthony Perridge, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

Microsoft adds Slack to list of official Office rivals in 10-K report

Microsoft and Slack are hardly going to be bosom buddies – and now the rivalry has gone up a couple of notches.

At least, that’s according to Microsoft’s annual 10-K report. This year’s offering (html, 107 pages if you have a spare hour or so) has a new name under the ‘competition’ banner. Slack is in as a competitor...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Siemens snaps up Mendix in $730m deal to ‘strengthen digital enterprise leadership’

Siemens has announced the acquisition of low-code app platform provider Mendix for €0.6 billion ($730m) alongside putting across a ‘significant multi-year investment to accelerate R&D innovation’ and the global footprint of its platform.

The move will see Mendix move into Siemens’ ‘digital factory’ division, which aims to focus on hardware and software products integrating with the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

The risk of ransomware: How to avoid becoming a victim

Since it made more frequent waves in the headlines in waves in 2017, ransomware – which allows hackers to commandeer a company’s data and hold it under password protection until a ransom is paid – has become one of the most feared and profitable weapons in a cybercriminal’s arsenal. More and more hackers are turning to ransomware because it delivers them the best bang for their buck. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are particularly vulnerable to this...

By Mark Banfield, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

Facebook acquires enterprise messaging platform Redkix

Facebook is acquiring Israel-based messaging company Redkix which will join the former’s Workplace team.

Workplace is a collaborative platform run by Facebook that was made to answer the fast-growing enterprise startup Slack in 2016.

A total of 30,000 businesses have used the product as of October 2017. In May 2018, Slack had said that it has 70,000 paid teams on its platform, and Microsoft Teams had about 200,000 organisations using its platform as of March.

The idea of Workplace was that the...

By Enterprise CIO, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees.

Check Point upgrades mobile security solution ‘SandBlast Mobile 3.0’

SandBlast Mobile 3, one of the leading mobile threat defence solutions owned by Israeli firm Check Point, has been enhanced with some on-device technology that prevents malicious malware, botnets, and phishing attacks on all mobile applications.

The solution has established a benchmark in terms of new mobile security with on-device network threat prevention.

SandBlast Mobile has been upgraded with important features that now prevent phishing attacks on applications, keeps away from browsing to malicious...

By Enterprise CIO, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

CIOs want cloud, cybersecurity and AI – but not all confident their IT is up to it

Data analytics, cloud and cyber security are the key technologies for CIOs today – but a fair proportion are looking at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

That is the primary finding from a study by Trace3, a provider of, well, cloud, cybersecurity, and machine learning software. Never mind that however – the statistics from the study, which featured more than 200 responses from the C-suite, as well as vice presidents and directors, are still...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Security.

Industries still ‘in the middle’ when it comes to cybersecurity implementation, Gartner finds

Even though 95% of CIOs expect cyber threats to increase over the next three years, only two in three (65%) organisations currently have a cybersecurity expert.

That’s the key finding from analyst firm Gartner, who polled 3,160 CIO respondents across all major industries that represent approximately $13 trillion in revenue and public sector budgets and $277 billion in IT spending.

The survey also found that skills challenges continue to plague organisations that adopt digitalisation, with digital...

By Enterprise CIO, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Five reasons why enterprises need mobile app management

By Chris Schroeder

Modern technology has taken communication to a completely new level. Today, you have devices talking to devices, hence the birth of IoT (internet of things). Since everyone is carrying a device with them today, restricting them from using those devices is impractical. The issue worsens for large enterprises where it has become unattainable to prevent employees from bringing their own devices and connecting them to organization’s private network. Mobile app management provides a...

By App47, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM.

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger top blacklisted enterprise app list again

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger have got plenty of fans – but not so much in the enterprise as they continue to be blacklisted.

That’s the key finding from the latest quarterly report from enterprise mobile security provider Appthority. The study, the Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report for Q218, is based around the millions of scans the company performs for its customers, and found WhatsApp and Facebook to be similarly popular – and unpopular from a security view – for...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

What can the enterprise learn from the connected home?

From refrigerators and lamps to door locks and heating, the Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionised the way we live and work, making a truly robust ecosystem of smart devices a reality.

Indeed, IoT has quickly become one of the hottest technology topics around, expanding into all manner of industries as the rate of innovation shows no signs of slowing down.

Within the home, IoT has turned everyday objects into connected products designed to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. The...

By Leigh Moody, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.