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.

The real state of DevSecOps: Checking on automation, speed, and accuracy

Synopsys commissioned 451 Research to conduct a study on the state of DevSecOps. As described in the report “DevSecOps Realities and Opportunities,” it was found that only half of DevOps teams include application security testing (AST) in their continuous integretion and continuous deploypment (CI/CD) workflows. DevOps teams face both challenges and opportunities as they apply application security tools and...

By Meera Rao, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Security.

Out of the shadows: What’s next for citizen developers?

The original definition of a “citizen developer” was someone outside IT who creates new business applications for a department or team using single-user or workgroup solutions built with tools like Microsoft Excel and Access. Sometimes they were sanctioned by corporate IT, but many of them were “rogue” or part of a group known as “shadow IT.”

By contrast, today’s citizen developers can build departmental, enterprise, and even public applications using shared services,...

By Nick Pike, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

How CIOs can make the best use of their citizen developers

Gartner predicted the rise of the citizen developer in 2012 when it declared “we’re all developers now”. By 2018 Gartner estimated that more than half of all B2E mobile apps will be written by citizen developers and business analysts using codeless tools.

This trend has many CIOs concerned about how these novice developers will be trained and how data security will be maintained.

Demand for apps hampered by skills gaps

More businesses want to take advantage of the phenomenal increase in...

By Malcolm Carroll, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Development.

PowWow Mobile focuses on smart app templates and more with latest product release

PowWow Mobile, a San Francisco-based provider of enterprise mobility software, has launched the latest version of its SmartUX product focused on enterprise mobile app creation and modernisation.

The latest offering, version 6.0, has a variety of updates, from the introduction of micro-app templates for mobilising common enterprise workflows, to extended drag and drop capabilities.

The product has four elements aimed at helping organisations build, repurpose and deliver enterprise mobile apps. These are...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Are we approaching the age of the single-purpose app?

For years, developers, systems architects, industry experts and others have been debating about what the right approach is when it comes to building apps for mobile platforms. Is it better to create a multi-purpose app or develop multiple single-purpose apps?

This debate has been going on, mostly quietly, for the last 10 years. But a few years ago, the “app unbundling” concept came into the spotlight, raising the volume on the discussion. Let’s look at what each approach involves, what each...

By Ronnie Rios, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Sapho supports SAP Ariba and Concur Travel while PowWow Mobile integrates with BlackBerry

A couple of updates from the enterprise mobility space: micro app provider Sapho has launched its 4.4 iteration including new integrations with SAP Ariba and Concur Travel, while PowWow Mobile has announced an integration with BlackBerry’s Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.

Sapho said its integration with SAP Ariba for procurement operations was at the top of many of its customers’ ‘most wanted connectors’ list, and starting with Sapho Modern Portal 4.4 managers can approve or deny...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BlackBerry, Development, 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.

Why the use of persuasive techniques is vital when optimising a SaaS website

When it comes to developing your website, as a software provider you might wonder why you should you care about applying persuasive techniques. For me, that is an easy question to answer. You can claim you’ve developed the most powerful and innovative SaaS product on earth, which is great - but it’s useless if you can’t persuade anyone to try it out or to buy it.

By their very nature, SaaS products are exclusively bought and used online, so your website is crucial in persuading...

By Jochen Grünbeck, 13 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

From buzzword to boardroom: What’s next for machine learning?

Artificial intelligence is considered to be the next quantum leap. More UK businesses than ever before are making machine learning a top priority as it promises to fundamentally revolutionise multiple industries.

Yet the concept of machine learning isn’t, in principle, anything new. So why the hype now?

What has changed today is the technical framework that makes...

By Bastian Nominacher, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development.

SOTI looks to Linux mobility management support in latest release

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider SOTI has announced what is claimed to be the first solution managing mixed mobility and IoT deployments with support for Linux.

The Linux support is part of the latest update to SOTI MobiControl, the firm’s flagship EMM product. The company argues Linux mobility management support has been ‘largely ignored’, and where it does exist, been only partial and proprietary. 

The update will aim to “protect Linux devices against unauthorised...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

How citizen developers are enabling digital transformation

Digital transformation requires not just a new set of technologies, but also a rethinking of processes and roles.

Part of this shift in mindset involves letting citizen developers—those with no formal development experience—find and create digital solutions to current business processes that are causing problems. These processes were traditionally the responsibility of IT departments, but they are moving to the line of business, where those who best understand the problem are. And why do they know...

By Ann Monroe, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

The truth about low-code platforms: Debunking the myths

The term "low-code app development" didn't exist until a few years ago, but the concept isn't a new one. In the last decade, the possibility of building a working business application in a few hours has come to fruition and has attracted an enormous amount of interest from enterprise professionals around the world. It’s become a favourite topic for the big-name analysts, with lots of vendors beginning to offer it, and companies, who have long backlogs and customer demands for mobility, are lapping it...

By Nick Pike, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Microsoft adds guest access to Teams collaboration tool

Microsoft has announced that it is expanding its Teams collaboration product to include employees from other companies, alongside unveiling new developer tools.

“Guest access has been one of the top requested features for Teams among our customers, and we’ve been working hard to get it right,” wrote Lori Wright, general manager for Microsoft Teams in a blog post announcing the news. “Today, Teams is getting even better with the rollout of guest access to all Office 365 commercial and...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Microsoft, Security.

The role of IoT in the future of mobility

The modern world is a living world full of movement: people, products, information... This world is on the move, and the Internet of Things is moving with it. The solutions offered by the IoT allow us to envisage a more efficient future in many respects. We need to keep moving forward whether by land, sea or air. Mobility is an essential part of our lives. This is how the IoT gives a glimpse of what is to come in an interconnected world.

Mobility as a service

With a steadily increasing population, transport...

By Telefónica IoT, 07 September 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

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.

Appdome joins AppConfig Community with eye on helping ISVs with best practice

Appdome has announced it has become the latest company to join the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards body with several key enterprise mobility players among its ranks.

The company, based out of Redwood City, California, provides a codeless way of integrating third party SDKs into mobile apps. Appdome joins almost 100 other companies in the ISV members’ section, and through its Appdome for AppConfig will enable customers to automatically integrate the community’s best practice...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Three considerations to overcome enterprise app fatigue

Think about the apps on your smartphone. You’ve probably downloaded dozens of them, but how many do you use on a regular basis? It’s likely that your patience for a bad user experience is low and you’ll stop using an app if it doesn’t seamlessly do what you downloaded it for.

If this feels like you, you’re not alone. Research from comScore finds that mobile users spend 85 percent of their time using just five apps. Moreover, a Gartner survey shows that 41 percent of users are not...

By Ed Hadley, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Assessing agile project management and its place in the modern workplace

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Agile project management methodologies have gained a lot of traction in the project management space in recent years, largely thanks to the flexibility and speed agile can offer organisations. However, agile methodologies are still often perceived as only applicable for software development teams. Many project managers miss out on the benefits of adopting an agile approach because of this misconception.

What is agile project management?

Originally pioneered in software development...

By Greg Bailey, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Employees, Productivity.