A guide to implementing artificial intelligence for the small to midsize business

Various cutting-edge technologies under the umbrella of artificial intelligence (AI) are receiving a lot of attention. As 2019 begins, there are many indicators that the AI boom will continue. New highs of computing power, paired with mind-boggling levels of data, will further accelerate the growth of AI and adoption in the business world. 

While the overall concept...

By Michael Renz, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Productivity.

Why the missing link for enterprise digital transformation is Zero Trust Security

  • Enterprises will invest $2.4tn by 2020 in digital transformation technologies including cloud platforms, cognitive systems, IoT, mobile, robotics, and integration services according to the World Economic Forum
  • Digital transformation software and services revenue in the U.S. is predicted to reach $490bn in 2025, soaring from $190bn in 2019, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.49% according to 

By Louis Columbus, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data & Analytics, Security.

The cybersecurity angle: Why recent research and investment in quantum and IoT is key

Opinion Our Scientific Advisory Team recently compiled a database of nearly 1,200 cybersecurity projects from academic institutions across the globe. Based on this research, various trends were identified. Globally, projects with an IoT element have increased by 123% when comparing the periods January 2008 to June 2013 with July 2013 to December 2018. Around 14% of current projects are IoT-related. With the promise of quantum computing on the horizon, there...

By Tom Ilube, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, IoT, Research, Security.

Canadian government to invest in BlackBerry’s QNX platform for a driverless car future

BlackBerry is looking to develop the ‘next-generation automotive connectivity and safety solution’ in its native Canada – and has got the backing of the government to help it.

Those words were straight from the mouth – or rather, Twitter account – of BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who announced a commitment of $310 million CAD (£181.2m) to developing this platform, with $40m CAD coming from the...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Data & Analytics, IoT.

The five primary misconceptions of AI: Bias-free, self-learning, and more

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are becoming increasingly key to enterprise strategies and, in time, tech implementations. But if you want to get ahead, you have to avoid misconceptions about the technology and its uses.

According to Gartner, organisations need to be wary of bias and ethical issues, as well as avoid falling into the trap of thinking that AI and ML will only replace repetitive,...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Productivity, Research.

How enterprise innovation is being stifled by lack of skills, support – and a fear of failure

Organisations want – or need – to innovate. Yet it’s not as simple as we’d all hope. According to a new report from IT services provider KCOM, multiple issues are leaving businesses scratching their heads when it comes to digital transformation.

The study, which polled 250 business leaders and C-suite decision makers, found a lack of support from senior stakeholders was the greatest inhibitor of change,...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Disaster recovery best practice: Taking care of business with cloud PCs

IT leaders know the numbers: According to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses fail to recover from a disaster. That’s why disaster recovery (DR) planning is one of the top priorities for IT teams. When a business disruption happens, such as a natural disaster, what is the most effective and affordable way to jumpstart productivity once people are safe? The good news is that with cloud computing, a natural disaster doesn’t also have to be a financial...

By Brad Peterson, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Productivity.

A bird’s eye view of enterprise security: From reaction to prevention

The cybersecurity space has become incredibly convoluted - a simple organic search of “cybersecurity solutions” will generate approximately 28,500,000 results. The nature of cybersecurity makes it a constantly moving target, but the sheer number of tools and methods designed to combat the dizzying array of threats is enough to make any corporate leader’s head spin as they contemplate which technologies achieve what and which are worth the investment.

By Ted Ross, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, IoT, Malware, Security.

Okta report: Fastest growing apps focus on identity-driven security

The fifth annual Businesses @ Work report by US-based publicly-traded identity management company Okta states that organisations are sincerely considering Zero Trust architecture as the fastest growing apps today focus on identity-driven security.

The report, which leverages anonymised data from Okta’s customer base to put light on technology adoption in the enterprise, reveals that user-focused security apps dominate with KnowBe4, LastPass, and Proofpoint in the top three spots.

KnowBe4...

By Enterprise CIO, 08 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Research.

Dell EMC updated with enhanced data protection for mid-sized businesses

Software developer Dell EMC has updated its Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) with enhanced data protection services.

With these updates, Dell EMC has made it easier and more efficient for businesses to run its security appliances. For instance, a speed boost has been provided to restores, which is now 2.5 times faster than the previous versions of the appliance. Moreover, recalls for IDPA are now four times faster from the cloud to the hardware, albeit 40,000 IOPS with 20...

By Enterprise CIO, 07 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

What can tech businesses do to address the STEM skills shortage?

We are living through a period of unprecedented change. Rapidly evolving technology has transformed how we live and work, creating expectations for the future that would have seemed the stuff of science fiction just a few decades ago.

It’s easy to get caught up in the vast possibilities that technology offers, but we must remember that people are the ones driving innovation in this exciting new world and they are central to its success.

To fully realise the potential of the technology at our fingertips,...

By Rich Mortimer, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Opinion.

The top 10 ways IoT and blockchain will strengthen enterprise supply chains

  • The majority of enterprises are prioritising their blockchain pilots that concentrate on supply chains improvements (53%) and the Internet of Things (51%) according to Deloitte’s latest blockchain survey.
  • By 2023, blockchain will support the global movement and tracking of $2tn of goods and services annually based on a recent 

By Louis Columbus, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Organisations struggle with digital transformation strategy amid changing employee expectations

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a new study from SoftwareONE has found that the majority of organisations are willing to adopt and integrate digital workspace technology, but don’t have a defined strategy in place.

The report, which was put together alongside Vanson Bourne and polling 250 IT and business decision makers, found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that almost all (99%)...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The reality of augmenting workers’ skills: Augmented reality in the enterprise

The numbers that flocked to the App Store and Google Play revealed the extent to which Pokémon Go caught the public’s imagination. At its heart was augmented reality technology, and before long the broader potential beyond the parameters of media and entertainment was decisively cemented. The traction has, in fact, provided a wakeup call for many online businesses to assess how putting a digital layer over the physical world could be harnessed...

By Maurizio Canton, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, UX.

IDC says worldwide smartphone shipments fall 4.9% year over year

IDC’s worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker has reported that worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 4.9% year-on-year to 375.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, which is now the fifth consecutive quarter of decline.

According to the report, the challenging holiday quarter closes out the worst year ever for smartphone shipments with global smartphone volumes decreasing 4.1% in 2018 with a total of 1.4 billion...

By Enterprise CIO, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Global IT spending predicted to hit $3.8 trillion in 2019, says Gartner

Market research firm Gartner has predicted that the worldwide spending on IT will increase by 3.2% on a year-on-year basis, to a total of £2.86 trillion in 2019.

John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, said: “Despite uncertainty fuelled by recession rumours, Brexit, and trade wars and tariffs, the likely scenario for IT spending in 2019 is growth. However, there are a lot of dynamic changes...

By Enterprise CIO, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

Separating hype from reality: Exploring AI in IT service management

IT service teams are under continuous pressure to do more with less while also delivering superior customer service and reduced downtime. Complexity is also increasing by leaps and bounds. Artificial intelligence and machine learning offers many opportunities to address these challenges and help improve IT service management overall. Let’s examine how IT managers and directors can implement AI to improve their operations.

ITSM is...

By Akhil Sahai, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Productivity.

The self-service portal selfie: Up and running in a flash

Case study It’s only been six months since William Schrikker Group (WSG) started using its self-service portal, “Selfie.” After a tremendously successful start, WSG leaders want to expand the portal’s capabilities. The level of commitment within the organisation was great, and even before the self-service portal went live, several department leaders expressed their wish for their own portal.

WSG is a youth...

The state of enterprise mobility at retail's big 2019 show

By Micah Robinson – Content Manager, Stratix

Another blockbuster edition of NRF Retail’s Big Show has come and gone, and it is an excellent opportunity to take stock of where enterprise mobility in the retail industry has been, where it is now, and where it looks to go. Let’s break down some of the most notable happenings and insights concerning mobile devices and services gained at the conference:

Bye-bye, dedicated devices. Hello, multi-purpose mobile...

By Stratix, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Why marketing security is the phrase every executive needs to understand in 2019

Headlines around data breaches have become the new norm in today’s digital age. These kinds of headlines are accompanied by new financial consequences for the breached companies in the form of hefty potential fines for non-compliance and class-action lawsuits for failing to adequately protect consumer data.

Enterprise executives around the world watch such news with great interest, but very...

By Marty Greenlow, 24 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Security.