CIOs in Central Europe looking to make digital connection as rise of Industry 4.0 takes hold

One in three CIOs in Germany, Austria and Sweden (DACH) say digital initiatives are their top business priority, according to the latest note from analyst firm Gartner.

The study, which polled more than 3,000 CIO respondents across 89 countries, found an interesting correlation in central Europe. Of the 118 DACH CIOs, more than half (51%) said insufficient IT business resources were their most significant barrier to achieving...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Most cybersecurity research focusing on CPS, IoT and cryptography – but where is AI?

As cybersecurity continues to be a vital area for practically every organisation, the good news is that research continues to be strong in the field.

That’s the latest finding from Crossword Cybersecurity. The company looked at almost 1,200 current and past projects from academic institutions across four continents and found several trends which had emerged since 2013.

There were...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Research, Security.

Enterprise IT infrastructure spend was strong in 2018 – with future outlook steady

Enterprise IT infrastructure had a more than solid year with spending jumping 13% in 2018, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

Aggregate revenues for the last four quarters hit $125 billion, with data centre servers being both the most lucrative market and the highest growing, at almost 26% year over year.

As ever, the cloudy side of the house saw greater gains, with...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity, Research.

Poor enterprise mobility implementations can cost thousands per worker, report notes

Here are some end-of-year figures which show how vital mobility is to businesses today. According to mobile and IoT management provider SOTI, one poorly performing mobile application per shift can cost organisations up to $20,000 per mobile worker. Yet companies could do more on the management side.

The study, which was put together alongside VDC Research and comprised interviews with 400 respondents, found only one in five...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.

It’s going to be a hundred-zettabyte world – with major investments in the edge reaping rewards

Global data creation is predicted to grow to 163 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025, 10 times the amount of data produced in 2017, according to new figures from IDC.

The findings appear in a report put together by the analyst firm alongside data storage firm Seagate. The report, titled ‘The Digitisation of the World: From Edge to Core’, notes how the enterprise is driving this change.

“Where...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Research.

Research emphasises importance of getting company culture right – and keeping it going long-term

Here’s an example of how important the culture is to an organisation’s overall health: according to recruiter Robert Half, more than one in three workers would not accept a job at a poor company culture even if the other aspects were ‘perfect.’

The findings, which appear in the company’s new report, Organisational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention, also show that it is a...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity, Research.

Why CIOs need to be aware now of quantum computing, real-time language translation and more

Quantum computing, real-time language translation and nanotechnology will be among the far emerging technological trends – and according to Gartner, CIOs need to be aware of them sooner than later.

The analyst house posited seven ‘digital disruptions’ that the C-suite needs to recognise at its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo event. Some of the trends were more cultural than technological. For instance, there will be...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Research.

New research shows importance of visibility in mobile device strategy

A lack of visibility into devices and networks is putting businesses at risk of cyberattacks, according to a new report.

The study, put together by Enterprise Mobility Exchange and NetMotion Software and which polled more than 130 respondents at organisations with corporately owned mobile devices, explored employees' relationships with their devices and networks.

Almost half of mobile workers polled said they spent the majority of their working time connected to non-corporate public Wi-Fi and carrier...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.

iOS continues to dominate mobile in the enterprise – with IT and media biggest movers

iOS continues to dominate the enterprise mobile device landscape, according to the latest figures from cloud storage provider Egnyte.

The figures, which come from more than 16 petabytes of data analysed between 2017 and 2018, found that of the figures analysed, 79% of all mobile activity came from iOS, with three fifths (59%) of that total from iPhones and 41% from iPads.

Since 2017,...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Research.

Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1.4% in Q218, says Gartner

In its latest market analysis of the PC market, Gartner reports a 1.4% increase in global shipments of PCs totalling 62.1 million units in Q2/2018. This was the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since Q1/2012. The study says this rise in shipments was across all the regions if compared with the previous year.

Though it seems to be an optimistic situation, the research firm states that this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

Mikako...

By Enterprise CIO, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

Organisations struggling with seamless customer experiences, MuleSoft argues

In a continually on-demand world, the key to success for organisations is seamless access across all channels. Alas, according to a new report from app network platform provider MuleSoft, many companies are struggling on that front.

The findings appear in the company’s Consumer Connectivity Insights 2018 study. The report, which surveyed more than 8,000 consumers globally, found that four in five (81%) saw banking, insurance, retail or government as providing a disconnected experience. More than half...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity, Research.

Red Hat study shows how field services are improving through IoT, AI, AR and more

A new study from Red Hat argues that field services operations are ‘bullish’ on technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne which quizzed 300 organisations with significant field workforce operations, found that field workforce technology was seen as important to 94% of organisations polled. More than half (53%) of respondents said they have implemented IoT to support field service, with 24% adding AI, 20% virtual...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research, UX, Wearables.

Malicious and imitation apps continue to proliferate – so how can your organisation stay safe?

It has been a tough quarter when it comes to application security, according to RiskIQ’s latest mobile threat landscape report, with an increase in malicious apps flooding the marketplace, new mobile botnets, and imitation and trojan apps making it through official app store borders.

The report, which analysed 120 mobile app stores and more than two billion daily scanned resources, found that Google’s percentage of malicious apps fell to a low of 4% this quarter, having been at 8% in Q2. Yet this...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.

Forrester advocates strong UEM capabilities key to EMM strategy as VMware leads the way

Forrester has released its latest report analysing the enterprise mobility management (EMM) software runners and riders with BlackBerry, IBM, MobileIron and VMware in the leaders’ zone – and the latter out in front.

As EMM matures into unified endpoint management (UEM) – focusing on both desktop and mobile management – Forrester argues it is this capability, among a total of five, which differentiates the best from the rest. Vendors were assessed on 25 criteria in total, broadly...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Worldwide mobility spending to hit $1.72 trillion by 2021 as US and China lead charge

Global spending on mobility solutions is set to hit $1.72 trillion (£1.3tn) by 2021, according to the latest figures from analyst firm IDC.

The numbers, which appear in the company’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide, show that while annual growth will slip in the five years leading to 2021, spending on mobility-related hardware, software, and services will see a five year CAGR of 2.7%. Total mobility spending for this year will total $1.58tn.

Almost a quarter (22.6%) of this...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.