It takes two for Tangoe: Why the CFO and CIO are equal in the digital transformation drive

The best practice on the C-suite merry-go-round when it comes to organisational digital initiatives changes depending on what you read. “Is the CFO the key to digital transformation?” asked last year, while TechEdge posits “Are CIOs ready to lead the digital transformation?” Forbes, meanwhile, published a piece which argues

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

Unified comms as a service market ‘blossoming’ with Mitel and RingCentral leading the way

Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) growth is now consistent at 300,000 seats per quarter with Mitel and RingCentral at the top – and there is plenty more growth where that came from.

That is the verdict of Synergy Research, a long-time observer of enterprise infrastructure markets. The research defines UCaaS as ‘a communications service where service providers host and develop their own proprietary cloud PBX platform, enabling PSTN (public switched telephone network) connectivity and...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Productivity.

Tangoe expands advisory services with SD-WAN rise key to enterprise network change

Tangoe, a provider of telecoms expense management (TEM) solutions, has announced an expansion of its advisory services arm, with enterprises being able to optimise their current expense management solutions.

Tangoe Advisory Services has been put together to help enterprises in evaluating their network technology and service provider portfolio, as well as provide ‘insight, guidance and expertise’ to accelerate their network transformations.

The company says the maturation of software-defined wide area technology...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , 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.

Why CIOs say the cloud isn’t replacing on-premises systems

Legacy, on-premises systems—can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

At least, that’s how many IT decision makers are feeling these days. They want the competitive edge that only a slick, productivity enhancing, consumer-grade app can provide, yet they’re still chained to their clunky old legacy systems.

In a recent survey by IDG Communications, on behalf of Sapho, nearly 80 percent of IT decision makers acknowledged an urgent need to modernize their legacy apps. More than...

By Natalie Lambert, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Survey shows how organisations are looking to improve their enterprise apps in 2018

New year, new plans for organisations: according to a new survey from Sapho, more than three quarters of companies plan to upgrade their enterprise apps this year to help improve employee experiences and productivity.

Of the 160 IT directors, CIOs and CTOs polled at organisations with more than 1,000 employees, 94% say they will likely upgrade some of their apps next year. Primary drivers for improving enterprise apps is providing a better user experience, increasing data security, and improving employee...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The shortcomings of single sign-on in the age of information security

Why is it so difficult for companies to properly manage employee access to the online tools and services they are using? Here, we will walk you through the challenges that companies face when it comes to managing employee access, present the most common solutions, and give you an idea of why we need to take a step further than single sign-on.

Managing user access via Excel: Band-Aid on a gunshot wound

Let’s build a simple scenario; a small (by US standards) company of 100 people uses at the very least...

By Matos Kapetanakis, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity.

GE and NVIDIA team up to push through artificial intelligence in healthcare

A total of 500,000 GE Healthcare imaging devices will make use of NVIDIA’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform after the two companies signed an agreement.

The 10-year NVIDIA-GE Healthcare partnership has been further enhanced as NVIDIA is working with GE Healthcare to spread its AI application in the healthcare sector, which includes the new NVIDIA-powered Revolution Frontier CT, upgrading the Vivid E95 4D Ultrasound and formulation of GE Healthcare’s Applied Intelligence analytics...

By Enterprise CIO, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Productivity.

How accessible unified communications can change the enterprise – without breaking the budget

Enterprise communications are struggling to meet the needs of modern workplaces which are becoming more flexible, collaborative and mobile than ever before. When you then add more connected devices, the rise of bots, advanced analytics, focus on regulatory security and privacy concerns, you have a communications landscape that is rapidly growing in complexity. A new enterprise unified communication and collaboration (UC&C) survey from Wainhouse Research explores the trends and preferences in business...

By Moussa Zaghdoud, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Exploring the gap between strategy and execution for digital transformation

You can have as many strategic documents as you wish for digital transformation – but there is a world of difference between strategy and execution.

That is the key finding from a new research study by HCL Technologies, which found that while 70% of organisations have a formalised digital strategy, only 10% have an official deployment plan.

The report goes through various steps to remedy this gap, from focusing on customer experience, investing in ‘seed technologies’ instead of having the...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

How to combat the risks of shadow IT with secure messaging

With the increasingly frequent and damaging security breaches in the news today, the natural tendency for IT professionals is to run back to the data centre and patch, upgrade, test and make sure that all business data and, therefore, the corporate reputation, is safe. While corporations continue to lock down the enterprise and its users, they often forget one important factor – employees have their own powerful computing devices, their mobile phone.  

Generally, employees will stop at nothing to...

By Galina Datskovsky, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Collaboration, Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Cloud Foundry launches Container Runtime

Cloud Foundry has developed a new component designed to aid the deployment of containers; a way to tuck applications into isolated blocks by virtualising operating systems. The technology known as Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR) can be used to deploy containers using Kubernetes and BOSH for a cloud application platform.

CFCR currently supports Istio, and as both of these technologies are evolving, ongoing compatibility testings are scheduled accordingly. Default support for persistence of Google Cloud...

By Enterprise CIO, 13 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Development.

How SD-WAN in the enterprise leads to greater security, integration and automation

Cloud and software as a service (SaaS) applications are great for businesses – but they need a solid infrastructure underpinning it. According to IDC, security, bandwidth optimisation and automation are key to more organisations analysing SD-WAN for their operations.

The study, which gauges the views of more than 1200 enterprises across 11 countries, assessed how software defined networking (SDN) is moving into the enterprise. According to the respondents, bandwidth optimisation was the most important...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Security.

Essity and Microsoft to combine for Internet of Things in health and hygiene

The power of big data will now look after the hygiene and health of people around the world, as Swedish personal and professional hygiene products maker Essity has collaborated with Microsoft to leverage the latter’s Azure cloud-based computing platform.

In fact, it was four years ago when Essity actually started leveraging big data to help improve the lives globally, when it adopted the IoT approach to incontinence care for nursing home residents. The company’s TENA Identifi was the first...

By Enterprise CIO, 22 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

New Egnyte figures emphasise enterprise dominance of iOS – and uptick on macOS

Another day, another set of figures which emphasise the continued dominance of iOS in the enterprise.

This time, figures from Egnyte, scraping data from more than four billion 'activities', found 82% of enterprise tasks were performed on Apple’s OS compared with 18% on Android. For desktop, three quarters (75%) of tasks were performend on Windows compared with 25% on macOS, while for browsers Google Chrome, with 61%, was by far the most popular, ahead of Internet Explorer (18%) and Firefox...

By James Bourne, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Technological trends featuring digital transformation: Big data, cloud and DevOps

Any revolution in history has always been strictly connected, somehow driven, by one or more technological evolutions, which offered the set of technical instruments to radically transform behaviors or processes.

How are technological trends like cloud, DevOps, microservices and big data influencing the revolution of the digital transformation? By going inside their stack, we’ll see how successful examples of digital businesses, like NetFlix, eBay, General Electric, Domino’s and Uber, took...

By Alex Lussana, 25 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Development, Productivity.

Juniper forecasts in-flight Wi-Fi services to proliferate by 2022

In its recently released whitepaper titled “The Top 4 Disruptors of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity”, Juniper Research has projected that commercial aircraft adopting in-flight Wi-Fi services will reach 14,419 globally by 2022. The prediction is up from an estimation of 5,243 in 2017, which means that over half of the global fleet will offer such services in 2022, compared with just under a quarter in 2017.

The increase is mainly driven by the impact of the BYOD (bring your own device)...

By Enterprise CIO, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Employees.

How CIOs can help push through a hybrid, multi-cloud digital transformation environment

Recent research from consulting giant Bain & Company has aimed to give CIOs more of a pointer in their digital transformation initiatives.

The report – ‘Six IT Design Rules for Digital Transformation’ – argues that instead of having smooth sailing when it comes to digital transformation, CIOs are “struggling with a complex environment, higher costs, vexing compliance and security issues, and a perpetual need for faster implementation and sharper insights.”

The report...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

An enterprise without borders: Solving the disconnect with connected platforms

Business leaders have more progressive expectations than before. Their forward-looking business goals call for integration with new capabilities and technologies — from artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to bots and cloud services. None can be easily integrated into older platforms. Alongside this, CIOs are seeking closer partnerships with other organisations in their business ecosystem and need to develop ways to support borderless teams where internal employees, external...

By Craig Walker, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Cloud , IoT.

Microsoft moving EMS to Azure Portal helps company ‘blow past’ customer usage metrics

Microsoft is baking more of its enterprise mobility roles into the Azure Portal – and it means they have ‘blown past’ their usage metrics for the year.

The move, which has been made gradually over the past quarter, enables admins to operate Intune, Azure Information Protection, and Active Directory, all from one place. As an example video showed, admins can reset or remove data from devices that have fallen out of compliance, protect files, and more through a custom dashboard...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.