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.

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

Get communication right between the CISO and the board to improve enterprise security

If security is a hot button issue in your organisation – and of course, why wouldn’t it be? – then CISOs and the rest of the board need to more ably see eye to eye, according to a new report.

The report, from Kudelski Security’s Client Advisory Council (CAC), argues it is a two-way street. The board needs to see CISOs as equal partners in the C-suite, rather than ‘compliance chasers and one-way cost centres’, while CISOs need to see cybersecurity from a board point of view...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How effective applications can deliver a harmonious performance

App usage has skyrocketed over the last ten years, for consumers and businesses alike. Not only do people interact with apps more frequently in every aspect of their day-to-day lives, but they also use a far broader range of apps to serve different functions. For individuals, this does not cause too much of an issue – managing applications is usually as simple as adding or removing them from a desktop or smart devices. But for organisations handling a much greater number of users and larger amount of...

By Mark Robinson, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise AR and VR will be the operators’ playground – once 5G wrangling is sorted out

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) over wireless networks is gaining momentum in the industrial sector. According to the latest study from ABI Research, 10% of industrial smart glasses, alongside standalone VR devices, will be connected to 5G by 2026.

The analyst firm argues that many telecom operators, such as Verizon, SK Telekom and Orange, as well as connectivity players such as Qualcomm, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia, see VR as a key benefit of 5G technologies – when they get here. ABI...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, UX, Wearables.

Capgemini notes how and why companies still struggle with their digital transformation initiatives

Organisations have hit a wall with regard to digital transformation – perhaps as a result of previously inflated expectations – according to the latest report from Capgemini.

The consultancy firm has put its findings in a report, titled ‘Understanding Digital Mastery Today’, focusing on the differences in company opinion between 2012 and 2018.

There was no change between 2012 and 2018 in terms of organsiations’ digital capabilities, with 39% of the 1,300 global executives polled...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry and Samsung continue collaboration to help businesses with digital transformation

BlackBerry and Samsung are rekindling their long-standing partnership and are setting out a ‘multi-year strategic relationship’ to help businesses accelerate digital transformation and ‘Enterprise of Things’ initiatives.

The key facet of the move will see joint enterprise customers being able to manage their wide collection of Samsung devices – be they phones, tablets, or wearables – out of the box through BlackBerry’s UEM (universal endpoint management) platform...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

New research sounds warning over balancing employee productivity and security

There always needs to be a fine line between ensuring productivity within employees and keeping them happy. Take the story earlier this month regarding an employee in Japan who was publicly admonished for ‘habitually’ leaving his desk a few minutes early for lunch.

Yet new figures from Spiceworks have found that employees spend up to 26 days per year on websites unrelated to their job.

According...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

How to counter the increasing volume of DDoS attacks

As attacks are getting more sophisticated, so must our defences.

The threat to corporate networks from DDoS attacks has never been greater. Despite some wins of recent, such as the takedown in April of Webstresser – an online DDoS-as-a-service website, organisations cannot take their guard down.

Such a service meant that criminals could flood servers with traffic for as little as...

By Ronald Sens, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

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.

How secure mobile messaging is starting to make progress in healthcare

It goes without saying that healthcare data is vitally important to keep secure. Many health organisations are as a result a bit reticent when it comes to adopting new technologies – take recent stories around how millennial doctors are puzzled by fax machines, or how the NHS still has more than 10,000 of the machines in...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Invest in your employees’ mobile devices and see a serious dividend, argues Samsung

Organisations who invest ‘proactively’ in their employees’ mobile devices will see a significant uptick in terms of device management, customisation and enterprise applications, according to new research from Samsung.

The company recently conducted a survey of American senior executives, along with Oxford Economics, to better understand the economic realities of enterprise mobility and to help guide its customers in this area. The study reveals that BYOD cost savings are not as great as...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

“Microsoft 365 – that’s just Office 365, right?” Busting the myths of Microsoft’s enterprise portfolio

“As a Microsoft instructor, it’s not uncommon for me to hear: ‘Microsoft 365? That’s just Office 365, right?’” says Richard Keep, Senior Microsoft Instructor at Firebrand Training.

In reality, Microsoft 365 isn’t a rebrand of Office 365 – it’s the overarching term now used to describe Microsoft’s enterprise offering.

IT pros will find that it’s being

By Alex Bennett, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Most employees believe their CIOs aren’t receptive to their technology needs

Gartner’s latest survey has found that less than 50% of IT and non-IT workers believe their CIOs are aware of digital technology problems that affect them. It was found that 58% of European CIOs are more aware of technical challenges than American workers (41%) believe they are.

Whit Andrews, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said: “Non-IT workers aren't likely to use the IT help desk as their first source of assistance, and are less likely to believe in the value of their...

By Enterprise CIO, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

How enterprise middleware will help fuel IoT, cloud and AI advent – with IBM leading the way

As the digitisation of business continues apace with cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and even artificial intelligence (AI) on the menu, the importance of employing middleware to connect legacy and new systems is increasing.

That’s the verdict of analyst firm Gartner in its latest note, which argues that spending in the application infrastructure and middleware market will break $30 billion globally this year.

IBM is at the top of the pile, Gartner argues, with $6.1bn in 2017 revenues...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise mobility and security: How to build a BYOD policy

As far back as 2012, Microsoft figures found that more than two thirds (67%) of workers already use their personal devices for work purposes – and that 87% of companies rely on their employee using personal devices to access business apps.

This, of course, is BYOD (bring your own device), and it’s more popular than ever before. Today’s mobile workforce benefits from easier collaboration, better tools and increased popularity – which is why remote teams and enterprise mobility are so...

By Tim Isaac, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

CIO job responsibilities in 2018: Driving business transformation and innovation

According to a Forrester report, CIOs are now viewed as the most important senior leaders in driving business transformation and innovation, and many believing they have more input than a CEO. Forrester highlights the CIO’s key role in supporting business change with technology playing a key part in breaking down barriers in the structure of organisations. These and more comprise the CIO's job...

By Nick Pike, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

P is for productivity: How Android 9.0 focuses on enterprise mobility

Did you catch any of the Google I/O coverage earlier this month? While Google’s developers discussed several impressive new technologies, none were more important for enterprise mobility than Android 9.0.

Believe it or not, some users have piloted tests dating as far back as March. As soon as this year’s annual developer conference came to a close, however, the company officially kicked off Android P—Android 9.0’s...

By Chris Koeneman, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

For enterprise cyber defence, there should be more than one solution

Enterprises face a dilemma when it comes to defence against today’s modern DDoS attacks: do they trust the surgical precision of an on-premise DDoS protection solution or go with a DDoS cloud scrubbing solution? It’s a tough decision for IT managers to make, as whichever option chosen will be the companies way of protecting themselves from cyberattacks. But, why even choose between the two? 

When it comes to defending from cyberattacks, enterprises need all the help they can get, so why not...

By Ronald Sens, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Organisations continue to report security concerns after implementing BYOD policies

For many small and medium sized business, bring your own device (BYOD) is always going to be an attractive option – reducing overheads, greater collaboration, and so forth. But security concerns simply will not go away – and according to new research from Paymentsense, more than half of small firms surveyed said they had experienced a breach since opening up the policy.

Six in 10 (61%) SMEs said they had experienced a cybersecurity incident. According to the more than 500 small business owners...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility.

GamEffective raises $11 million in series B funding to help improve workplace learning

GamEffective, a New York and Israel-based productivity software provider, has raised $11 million in a series B round of funding to help grow its platform.

The round was led by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), alongside existing investors 2B Angels, CE Ventures, Lipman, Chomski, Yaniv Tal and Eshbol among others, as well as new investor La Maison.

GamEffective’s modus operandi is around ‘engagement automation’. While gamification is an important part of how the company creates engagement...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification, Productivity.