RealWear secures $17 million in series A funding for AR-enabled industrial wearables

RealWear has secured a total of $17 million (£12.1m) in series A funding round to speed up the production of its flagship product – the HMT-1 – the AR-enabled fully voice-controlled ultra-rugged wearable device for oil and gas, telecommunications, as well as utilities and manufacturing sectors.

Noting the increasing demand for a hands-free communications and connected wearable solutions globally, the fund will be utilised to cater to this demand.

The Series A funding round was led by...

By Enterprise CIO, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Wearables.

Optimising the care pathway: A vision of connected healthcare delivery

Healthcare is going through its own digital transformation. New technology, such as wearables, telemedicine and IoT connectivity is making its way into hospitals, clinics and care homes. It is aimed at optimising care pathways to reduce average hospital stays and improve patient welfare.

But without the right infrastructure in place to support new devices and applications working on the frontline of healthcare, the limitations of existing systems will hinder technology adoption and the weaknesses in security will be laid bare – as...

By Nicole Hill, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Gartner identifies seven steps to bring down risk of security threats from Spectre and Meltdown

It is beneficial for leaders in the security and risk management field to adopt a pragmatic and risk-based approach to deal with the ongoing security threats posed by the "Spectre" and "Meltdown” vulnerabilities, according to Gartner.

Gartner identifies seven steps that security and risk heads can follow to bring down the risks associated with security threats.

Almost all modern IT systems are at risk of security threats so all desktops, mobiles, servers, virtual machines, IoT devices and...

By Enterprise CIO, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Privacy, Security.

Winning the heart of consumers: How enterprises can battle digital natives

With increasingly fickle consumers who are not afraid to air their views on social media, it has never been more important for companies to fulfil their customers’ every want and need, in order to protect band reputation, garner loyalty and drive business success.

But how easy is it realistically for companies to answer the desires of the connected ‘I need everything now’ consumer?

Over the past few years, tech startups have been steaming ahead of big businesses when it comes to fulfilling...

By Rohit Garg, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees.

UK CIOs believe Brexit will contribute to country’s decline as global business leader

A worrying portent from Pivotal Software in its latest research: three quarters of CIOs in the UK believe the country will lose its position as a global business leader after Brexit.

The study, which polled more than 100 CIOs, 100 IT decision makers and 2,000 employees in the UK, argues diminishing access to talent – cited by 59% of respondents – and investment in technology (cited by 46%) were the primary factors in hindering business success.

On the flip side, almost three quarters (72%) of CIOs...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

PowWow Mobile focuses on smart app templates and more with latest product release

PowWow Mobile, a San Francisco-based provider of enterprise mobility software, has launched the latest version of its SmartUX product focused on enterprise mobile app creation and modernisation.

The latest offering, version 6.0, has a variety of updates, from the introduction of micro-app templates for mobilising common enterprise workflows, to extended drag and drop capabilities.

The product has four elements aimed at helping organisations build, repurpose and deliver enterprise mobile apps. These are...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Lack of knowledge around biometrics apparent – but could they be coming to a workplace near you?

A new piece of research from employee software provider TSheets shows a worrying lack of knowledge around what biometric data represents – and concern over how it may be used.

The survey collated responses from 500 US residents and asked them what they thought contained biometric data. The answers offered to respondents were DNA, facial photographs, fingerprints, hand geometry, iris scan, and retina scan. Of course, participants should have selected all of those options – but 37.3% opted for...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Employee Education, Employees, Identity, Security.

How digital transformation is making the CIO job role change ‘significantly’

More than half of respondents polled by the Cloud Industry Forum say their role has changed ‘significantly’ as a direct result of digital transformation.

The study, conducted alongside hybrid IT services provider Ensono, polled 200 UK IT and business decision makers. 56% said their role had significantly changed, with 51% saying their responsibilities has increased and 47% adding they were under greater pressure to deliver. This is more likely with the IT side of the house, the research adds, with...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Detachable tablet market sees growth – but traditional slates continue to struggle

Good news and bad news on the tablet front according to IDC’s most recent statistics: while the detachable tablet market has seen an upturn in fortunes, shipments of more traditional slate tablets have declined for the 13th consecutive quarter.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s most recent Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, reveal the worldwide detachable tablet market – iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro, and so forth – grew to 6.5 million units in the fourth quarter of...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Three key reasons why apps and network teams should talk more

When it comes to application outages and poor performance, customers are no longer prepared to forgive and forget. The ever-expanding market brings with it a wealth of opportunities, but it also means that it has never been easier to lose customers to rivals – to retain them, you must keep them happy.

Until recently, network and application teams have been siloed, with each focused on the demands of their specific role. But, by adopting a combined approach, these teams together can create the additional...

By Paul Higley, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees.

How banking, manufacturing and telecoms will spend their ICT budgets in 2018

Global ICT spending will hit almost $4 trillion (£2.8tn) in 2018 according to IDC – and while the consumer market will have the largest share, major investments will take place in the manufacturing, banking, and professional services spaces.

The consumer market will account for $1.5tn in ICT spending in 2018, IDC added, but on the industrial side, banking, discrete manufacturing, telecommunications and professional services will be the four largest industries for spending. Banking will be the...

By Enterprise CIO, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Marketing, Mobile.

Energy and utilities sector to comprise 17% of AR glasses shipments globally in 2018

According to estimates put forward by ABI Research, the energy and utilities sector will comprise 17% of augmented reality (AR) glasses shipments throughout the world in 2018 as the industry emphasises on the importance of workers’ safety provided by these smart glasses.

According to the company’s “Augmented Reality in Energy and Utilities” report, total AR market revenues for the energy and utilities sector are anticipated to reach $18 billion by 2022 - with platform and...

By Enterprise CIO, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

New report assesses how organisations are facing issues with collaborative working

A new report from Clarizen, a project management software provider, has shown how organisations are increasingly relying on mobile working – and the issues companies are facing with their collaboration software.

The study, titled ‘Powering Remote Working’, polled more than 300 executives from a range of global companies and found 70% of businesses say they have employees, departments and teams spread across several sites or working from home.

Yet many problems persist with a mobile working...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

ServiceNow notes importance of chief human resources officer in digital transformation tangle

ServiceNow has published its financial results and given a missive on how it thinks the enterprise is responding to digital transformation – and how, of course, it is helping organisations in this process.

The Santa Clara-based firm published $497 million in subscription revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017, with a record 41 deals over $1 million in the quarter and more than $1 billion in total contract value in Q4 2017.

Yet of greater interest are the comments made by ServiceNow CEO John Donahoe...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Sprawling IT complexity could make it ‘impossible’ for IT to manage digital performance

More than three quarters of organisations say sprawling IT complexity could soon make it ‘impossible’ to manage digital performance effectively.

That is the key finding from a new report from Dynatrace, who polled 800 CIOs in large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. 76% of CIOs polled say multi-cloud makes it especially difficult and time-consuming to monitor and understand the impact cloud services have on the user experience, while a similar number (72%) say monitoring the performance...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , COPE, Productivity.

Microsoft launches new features for Teams including shortcuts and searches

Microsoft has launched a series of new features for Teams, its Slack-targeting collaboration tool, including shortcuts, @mentions, and a new search function.

The move represents the largest feature release for Teams since its rollout to Office 365 customers in March.

Users can now include information from apps in conversations, including project management tools Trello and Wrike, as well as access a personal view of apps.

Other features include integration with different Microsoft services. A feature called...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

MobileIron and Google Cloud partner on enterprise cloud services for operators

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron and Google Cloud have announced they are to collaborate on a new end-to-end platform for enterprise cloud services.

The two companies will combine Orbitera, a cloud commerce platform which Google Cloud acquired in 2016, with MobileIron’s app distribution, security, and analytics. The proposed result will be aimed at operators and enterprises, with potential features including customised bundles and customised branding.

As MobileIron sees it, the...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, Security.

An example of the enterprise machine in action: Xloong AR glasses

If you asked us to describe the benefits of the enterprise machine, one of the biggest would certainly be that it allows you to greatly broaden the potential of products you’re already making. 

We can talk about that all we want, but few things are as good for showing the benefits of an idea than a good old-fashioned example. 

That’s exactly what we thought of when we read about Chinese technology company Xloong, and what they’re doing to change the way...

By App47, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

GE’s aviation arm successfully pilots Vuzix AR glasses and video streaming

The aviation arm of General Electric (GE) is focusing on augmented reality (AR) to help its engineers and technicians work more productivity ‘hands-free and heads-up’, according to AR hardware manufacturer Vuzix.

The Rochester-based technology supplier announced that GE’s aviation operations unit has successfully piloted streaming product Vuzix Basics Video. Working in tandem with the Vuzix M300 smart glasses, the combined product aims to connect field technicians with remote experts for...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Employee Education, Productivity, Wearables.

Jamf boasts of record growth in 2017 – but Mac insight intriguing for enterprise

Jamf, an Apple-centric enterprise management software provider, has announced record growth for 2017 with the company growing revenue by 30% and recurring revenue going up 40% year-over-year.

The company claims it is adding on average almost 100 customers a week, including 17 of the 25 largest Fortune 500 companies, 10 out of the top 11 children’s hospitals, and 6,000 K-12 and higher education schools. Jamf hired 162 new employees and grew its international employee base by more than 50% in the past...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, MDM.