Unqork secures $51 million in series B funding to further no-code enterprise mission

No-code application platform provider Unqork has announced the close of a $51 million (£39.6m) series B funding round to further its mission of providing high-quality software for large enterprises at low cost.

The round was put together by existing investor Goldman Sachs, as well as new investors Aquiline Technology Growth and World Innovation Lab, and is part of a wider $131m (£101.7m) round of funding led by Alphabet investment fund CapitalG.

The money will be used to grow Unqork's sales...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, RMAD.

CIO IT budgets are gradually increasing – with AI and ML a ‘spotlight’ technology

The good news is that the CIO’s IT budget is going up – but it remains slow progress.

That’s according to a new report released by IDG. The CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities 2020 report, which polled 200 heads of IT, found that three in five (59%) respondents expect their technology budgets to increase in the coming 12 months. Yet this is only just up from 57% the previous year.

By James Bourne, 27 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Research.

For a truly customer-centric model, we need to solve the ‘last mile’ of AI

I’ve yet to work with an enterprise that didn’t have customer-centricity as its top goal. Customer centricity has been the driving force behind countless digital transformation initiatives, and the reason why so many enterprises invest in building a data science team and culture designed to help them better understand their customers.

By Tim Burke, 26 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, COPE, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Many companies still compromising mobile security to get things done: Verizon study

Four in 10 companies admit they have ‘sacrificed’ mobile security in the past year, according to the latest study from Verizon.

The report, Verizon’s third edition of its Mobile Security Index, found many companies are leaving themselves at risk through lax security plans. 43% of respondents had sacrificed mobile security over the most recent 12 months, with two thirds (66%) of companies impacted calling the...

By Enterprise CIO, 26 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Mobile, Mobile Analytics, Research, Security.

Gaurang Torvekar, CEO, Indorse: On finding the right business model for a skills marketplace – with blockchain

For any budding entrepreneurs with an idea and a head full of dreams, here are two key lessons that Gaurang Torvekar, CEO of Singapore-based Indorse, has learned: the business model is more important than the idea, and don’t let your technology be the only selling point.

Torvekar (left) firmly describes himself as a founder in the blockchain...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

How to redefine the future of fraud prevention through AI and machine learning

Redefining the future of fraud prevention starts by turning trust into an accelerator across every aspect of customer lifecycles, basing transactions on identity trust that leads to less friction and improved customer experiences.

Start by turning trust into a sales and customer experience accelerator

AI and machine learning are proving to be very effective at finding anomalies in transactions and scoring, which are potentially the most fraudulent. Any suspicious transaction attempt leads to more...

By Louis Columbus, 24 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Big Data, Employees, Security.

Kronos and Ultimate Software announce merger to create HCM powerhouse

Kronos, a US-based human capital management cloud provider has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Ultimate Software with the aim to build one of the world’s largest cloud companies.

The combined company will have a stronger position in the rapidly growing human capital management (HCM) marketplace. The companies will have revenues of about $3 billion (£1.54bn), more than 12,000 employees across the...

By Enterprise CIO, 21 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, M&A, Productivity.

BlackBerry threat analysis report sounds pessimistic warning for retail and automotive brands

If you are in the automotive or retail space, expect more cyber threats in the coming year – according to a new report from BlackBerry.

The company’s 2020 Threat Report, put together using insights from Cylance, the anti-malware provider acquired by BlackBerry one year ago, analysed various attack vectors of interest to bad actors, from coin-mining to ever-sophisticated ransomware methods.

By James Bourne, 20 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Enterprise open source usage soars aligned with cloud strategies, argues Red Hat

Proprietary software usage is plummeting as enterprise open source projects are increasingly playing a strategic role in organisations, according to a new report from Red Hat.

The study, the company’s second State of Enterprise Open Source report, polled 950 global IT leaders, of whom 95% said open source was important to their enterprise infrastructure.

“It’s safe to...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Productivity, Research.

Cybersecurity firm Deep Instinct announces $43 million series C funding to boost growth

Deep Instinct, a US-based cybersecurity firm has announced its $43 million (£32.95m) series C funding, bringing he company’s total investment to £76.6m.

The funding round was led by Millennium New Horizons, with participation from Unbound, the London-based investment company, along with LG, and existing investor NVIDIA. According to Deep Instinct, the investment will be used to boost sales and marketing. It will...

By Enterprise CIO, 17 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Security.

Why businesses must bite the bullet and upgrade their legacy ERP systems

Although ERP systems involve lengthy implementation times and decades-long lifespans, when a new generation of solutions offers a significant leap forwards in capability and convenience, there are few reasons to remain tied to a legacy system. Take Microsoft Dynamics as an example – Dynamics 365 has arrived on the market in full force in late 2016, and many Dynamics AX users are already actively looking to shift away from a solution that originally came into existence...

By Sally Howell, 14 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How CIOs must address the most pressing cybersecurity issues of 2020: A guide

Cybersecurity has become one of the top concerns of enterprises around the world over the past several years, and in 2020, that trend is bound to continue. Privacy legislation like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation and the upcoming California Consumer Privacy Act will begin to play a larger role in CIOs’ decision-making related to data handling and privacy.

Granted, many companies’ technology...

By Pete Thurston, 12 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

How to deal with technical debt to fully go through the gears of digital transformation

It’s an interesting conundrum that even as enterprise organisations are being urged to embrace digitalisation and move on from legacy applications and outdated platforms and processes, in reality, they can’t begin to invest wholeheartedly until they pay off their technical debt. Technical debt? In this context it’s the cost that organisations have to bear in order to maintain old systems.

For many it has built up over...

By Mark Fieldhouse, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Actions speak louder than words: Moving from digital transformation to ‘data transformation’

Digital transformation has been a buzzword for quite some time now. Despite being viewed by a few people as an over-the-top term by over-zealous vendors, digital transformation has had an impact on businesses in a very real way. In fact, the World Economic Forum predicts that the global economic impact of digital transformation will hit $100 trillion by 2025.

By Tim Christensen, 06 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees.

IDG’s State of the CIO 2020: Changing responsibilities and becoming more customer-centric

IDG has recently released its 2020 State of the CIO research, which explains in detail the CIO agenda for the upcoming year and provides a framework of the responsibilities and challenges faced by senior IT leaders. Over the past decade, 42% of CIOs have had a transformational focus, but strong momentum suggests 40% will be taking more strategic responsibilities in 2020.

The research suggests 45% of CIOs polled spend the majority of their time on security management; 44% on aligning IT initiatives...

By Enterprise CIO, 04 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Research.

10 ways to own your cybersecurity in 2020: Passwords, practice and prevention

Bottom line: One of the best New Year’s resolutions anyone could make is to learn new ways to secure their personal and professional lives online, starting with ten proven ways they can take greater control over their own cybersecurity.

For many professionals, their personal and professional lives have blended together thanks to the growing number of connected, IoT-capable devices, including cars, home security systems, smartphones, virtual assistants including Amazon Echo, Google Home, Wi-Fi routers, and...

By Louis Columbus, 30 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, CIO, Employees, Security.

The quest for the perfect PC: Travelling through the cloud, via VDI and desktop centralisation

Whether you call it a PC, a desktop, a workstation, or some other term, organisations have been provisioning computers with varying degrees of success for decades, and the model is ripe for disruption. PCs and laptops promised on-demand productivity for workers, but in reality, these devices have fallen far short of that promise for enterprises.

Provisioning these physical devices is just the...

By Amitabh Sinha, 30 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

How the CIO needs to see the evolution of no-code platforms: Security, ML, and democratising data

The low-code and no-code enterprise application platform space, one may have considered, was a part of enterprise digital transformation which has matured, served its purpose, and now been siphoned off by the bigger players in the space.

As far back as 2016, this publication was exploring the right direction for the...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD, Security.

The 10 ways asset intelligence improves cybersecurity resiliency and persistence

Bottom line: By securing every endpoint with a persistent connection and the resiliency to autonomously self-heal, CIOs are finding new ways to further improve network security by capitalising on each IT asset's intelligence.

Capturing real-time data from IT assets is how every organisation can grow beyond its existing boundaries with greater security, speed, and trust. Many IT and cybersecurity teams and the CIOs that lead them, and with whom I’ve spoken with, are energised by the opportunity to...

By Louis Columbus, 24 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Identity, Security.

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.