Organisations jumping head first into digital transformation projects – with wasteful results

Organisations are set to waste millions as they try and force through digital transformation initiatives, according to a new report from Couchbase.

The study, titled ‘Are Organisations Realising Their Digital Revolutions?’, polled 450 heads of digital transformation in enterprises across the UK, US, France and Germany, and found 95% saw digital transformation as an ‘insurmountable’ task.

By James Bourne, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Employees who see compliance violations twice as likely to leave, says Gartner

Employees who see misconduct or a compliance violation at work are twice as likely to leave their organisations, according to a new study from Gartner.

The survey, which sampled more than 5,000 employees at various levels, found that 29% of employees saw at least one compliance breach at work in 2016 and 2017. Of these sampled employees, 59% were actively looking for another job due to a compliance violation. This was compared with...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Why a mobile device does not equal a mobile strategy

“There’s a difference between having mobile devices in your workplace and having a mobile strategy. You might have invested in a thousand devices. That doesn’t mean you’ve mastered mobility. What happens when the devices break? When it’s time to refresh? What about security? Covering these bases — and covering them methodically — is the difference between being a participant in the age of mobility and a leader in it.”

Those are the words of Evan Tomlin, Director of...

By App47, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM.

Remote support software gaining popularity – but more can be done for optimal experience

More than half of companies say remote access and remote support software is highly business critical – as TeamViewer notices an increase in use cases.

The figures come from research conducted by the vendor, alongside Research Now SSI, which aimed to focus on the most popular bundles associated with remote collaboration software, alongside potential barriers to implementation.

By James Bourne, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Dealing in data: Insider tips for effective document management during the M&A process

The efficient management of sensitive and confidential documents is crucial to the completion of a smooth M&A process.

From a seller’s perspective, decisions need to be made throughout the process about who has access to what information, due to competition and privacy concerns. From a buyer’s perspective, the transaction will only proceed once the...

By Tom Wheeler, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees, M&A.

Chief data officer role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping sort enterprise data deluge

How are enterprises getting to grips with the data and analytics deluge – and how vital is employing a chief data officer?

According to new research published by MicroStrategy, more than half (57%) of the 500 companies polled said they had a chief data officer (CDO), with the study saying the role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping democratise data and analytics across organisations.

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Collaboration, Employees.

The risk of ransomware: How to avoid becoming a victim

Since it made more frequent waves in the headlines in waves in 2017, ransomware – which allows hackers to commandeer a company’s data and hold it under password protection until a ransom is paid – has become one of the most feared and profitable weapons in a cybercriminal’s arsenal. More and more hackers are turning to ransomware because it delivers them the best bang for their buck. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are particularly vulnerable to this...

By Mark Banfield, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

Facebook acquires enterprise messaging platform Redkix

Facebook is acquiring Israel-based messaging company Redkix which will join the former’s Workplace team.

Workplace is a collaborative platform run by Facebook that was made to answer the fast-growing enterprise startup Slack in 2016.

A total of 30,000 businesses have used the product as of October 2017. In May 2018, Slack had said that it has 70,000 paid teams on its platform, and Microsoft Teams had about 200,000 organisations using its platform as of March.

The idea of Workplace was that the...

By Enterprise CIO, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees.

What can the enterprise learn from the connected home?

From refrigerators and lamps to door locks and heating, the Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionised the way we live and work, making a truly robust ecosystem of smart devices a reality.

Indeed, IoT has quickly become one of the hottest technology topics around, expanding into all manner of industries as the rate of innovation shows no signs of slowing down.

Within the home, IoT has turned everyday objects into connected products designed to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. The...

By Leigh Moody, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Phishing awareness training not translating to fewer clicks, research argues

The emails just keep on coming; many relevant, but many more either just good old fashioned spam or, worse, phishing attempts. Yet new research argues that despite regular phishing awareness training, many companies are still falling for the old routines.

The research was conducted by Ironscales, an Israel-based company which claims to offer the world’s first automated phishing prevention, detection, and response platform. More on that later – but according to the data, which came from 300...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

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.

Don't compromise security when exploring blockchain initiatives, organisations warned

If you mention the word blockchain at an event or networking soiree, there will naturally be a frenzy of activity; how is your business going to be transformed by it? How much are you betting on it? But is this rush to take advantage of the newest, shiniest object neglecting security?

According to new figures from RSA, traditional security information and event management (SIEM) tools aren't going to cut it with identifying 'new normal' behaviours associated with...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Security.

How analytics are empowering next-gen access and zero trust security

Employee identities are the new security perimeter of any business.

80% of IT security breaches involve privileged credential access according to a Forrester study. According to the Verizon Mobile Security Index 2018 Report, 89% of organizations are relying on just a single security strategy to keep their mobile networks safe. And with Gartner predicting worldwide security...

By Louis Columbus, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

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.

How to combat low technology confidence in your workplace

Workplace technology develops and transforms at an incredible pace; we see new possibilities for working each day from the latest video calling software to voice-powered assistants and virtual office spaces.

Almost 50% of executives are planning to invest more than £10m in digital technologies and ways of working by 2020.The allure of new IT designed to modernise and innovate, bolster employee...

By John Brett, 29 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

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.

Machine learning in staffing and recruitment: Three key applications

It’s easy to be either afraid of or dubious about machine learning: if it doesn’t live up to the (considerable) hype, then it disappoints; if it’s as transformative as people say it is, then there will be inevitable worry about how it affects jobs.

Where recruitment is concerned, however, machine learning should be neither feared nor scorned: its benefits are already becoming clear. It has the potential to bring speed, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness to slow, complex, and costly...

By Peter Linas, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees.

Digital transformation: Preparing the business for perpetual change

The term ‘digital transformation’ has been bandied around a lot over the last few years, and frankly you’d be forgiven for being tired of hearing about it. But behind the hyperbole lies a key challenge for every business: how to update and innovate to remain competitive in a world of converging technology.

If done correctly, there are plenty of benefits associated with digital transformation. Automation and the digitising of systems can boost efficiency significantly, especially when they...

By Jim Bowes, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

Four steps to boost service management self-service portal uptake

Increasing self-service portal uptake for the service desk can be a yeoman’s task, and many organizations simply say the heck with it and focus on other things, things that they feel they have a better shot at addressing. While there may not always be specific ways to take on such a seemingly unyielding task, there are steps that can be taken to generate success.

Using a real-life example, my colleague Jeroen Janssen, a service management consultant, recently worked with the London...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees.

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.