Despite the latest mobile offerings, the traditional office cannot die out just yet

There’s a clear change among the workforce of today. From the introduction of flexible working hours to products which enable employees to do their jobs on their smartphones, the traditional office is becoming less and less relevant.

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, boasted during the Salesforce1 World Tour that he could run his entire business on his phone, from the basics such as calendar integration and sending emails to printing attachments and gathering signatures.

Other vendors are joining the dots together.

By James Bourne, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Opinion.

More than four in five employees do BYOA, according to latest survey results

81% of employees surveyed are using their own apps to improve their working productivity, according to figures released by enterprise mobility provider Globo.

The figures suggest one of two conclusions; either companies aren’t providing sufficient enterprise apps, or consumer apps are doing a sufficient job for employees. Less than half of organisations surveyed (44%) provided B2% mobile apps, according to the research.

Calendar apps were the most popular brought in by employees with 69% of those...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Good aims to put in the final piece of the puzzle for mobile working

The trend for greater productivity through mobile working continues unabated.

There are plenty of tools out there to help employees get tasks done without setting foot in their office, leading to reduced costs all round. Not all workers want, or need, to be mobile, it has to be said: but for those who do, they don’t want to be constricted by the same routines as other departments in their business.

That’s the bet Good Technology is making with its Mobile Workflow product, released last week, which...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

FeedHenry launches customisable field workforce management product

Irish mobile backend specialist FeedHenry has launched its Field Workforce Management product, which enables enterprises to create customisable apps for their field workers based on different mobile workflows.

The cloud-based solution is run off the FeedHenry 3 platform, is supported across iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as integrating fully with existing CRM and ERP systems.

Field Workforce Management enables customised enterprise apps through a drag and drop system, includes maps functionality to...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Tinder, sexting & nights out: The hidden world of workplace devices

By Stephen Midgley, Vice President Global Marketing, Absolute Software

Smartphones and tablets are now integral to the way many businesses run. They underpin mobile working which in turn boosts productivity and enables the flexible working patterns that are helping businesses attract top staff, keep people motivated and drive efficiencies throughout organisations. As a result, many businesses provide their employees with top of the range smartphones and tablets, meaning...

By Absolute Software, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The solution to “shadow IT”

In users’ minds, IT no longer needs to look complicated and if it does than you’re doing it wrong.  But users have no real understanding of network security, data protection laws or the current threat environment.  It’s better to guide and support your users while giving them the tools they want.

“Shadow IT” is the trend for enterprise users making use of IT services that have not been approved by corporate IT.  It covers a broad range of use cases, from employees...

By David Akka, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

How to avoid a mobile own goal during the World Cup

By Stephen Midgley, Vice President Global Marketing, Absolute Software

The World Cup creates a unique office environment. Sweepstakes are set up, flags are hoisted on desks and employees pledge undying allegiance to nations from all corners of the globe. There is also a palpable desperation to catch a glimpse of the games and with this year being the most connected World Cup, football fever is set to make a bigger impact than...

By Absolute Software, 20 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

BYOD and the 2014 World Cup in the Office

Every four years, the world comes together to celebrate its most popular sport—soccer (or football, depending on where you live) —with the World Cup. Unlike March Madness, this month-long sports phenomenon isn’t confined to a predominately US audience. Instead, the World Cup represents the ultimate worldwide sporting event.

As websites and social networks gear up for unprecedented levels of traffic and activity, organizations around the world must be wary of what’s happening on their...

By Kevin Olivieri, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

How the NHS aims to improve healthcare by boosting productivity through mobility

It’s long been mooted that giving employees more freedom with their mobile devices will lead to a happier, more productive workforce. Yet the security of information remains paramount – and in a sector such as healthcare, it’s not just the company you’re letting down, but potentially confidential patient details.

With figures ranging from one in five to one in three users admitting to losing devices in public places,

By James Bourne, 16 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Home and mobile working: Should CEOs give their workforce more freedom?

Data released by the Office for National Statistics found that there are more registered UK home workers than at any point since records began. But should CIOs and managing directors give their workforce more freedom?

Last week data released by the Office for National Statistics found that, at 4.2 million, there are more registered UK home workers than at any point since records began.

Yet this is just the tipping point: plenty of recent research has arrived at the same conclusion, as this infographic from...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

More UK employees working from home than ever before, research shows

Research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that 14% of the UK’s workforce work from home, a record high.

According to the data, the number of home workers in the UK has hit 4.2 million of a 30 million-strong workforce, up from 2.9m in 1998.

Of that number, 1.5m – or 5% of those in work overall – worked within their home or its grounds, whilst the remaining 2.7m used their home as a...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why apps are still a risky business for CIOs

There is now widespread understanding that both personal and business-owned mobile devices can represent a potential threat to your organisation's data. What is less understood is how a whole tier of commonly available apps exist that represent a more covert threat to a security plan.

As a result, building a strategy that comprehensively manages both the device and app side of potential threats is now essential, since it only takes failure at one end to compromise your organisation’s data.

A first...

By Absolute Software, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Interoute solution aims to take the sting out of video conferencing

Virtual data centre provider Interoute has launched Interoute One Bridge, a device agnostic platform which aims to enable seamless connection for voice and video conferencing.

The product is integrated with Interoute’s SIP trunking capability and offers enterprise-class security, utilising WebRTC to offer unlimited virtual meeting room addresses with a simple URL.

As well as being device agnostic the One Bridge platform is vendor agnostic; anyone with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox can join the video...

By James Bourne, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Wearable tech can boost employee happiness and productivity, report finds

A new report from Rackspace has revealed that using wearable technology in the workplace can make employees happier and more productive.

The report, which draws on three separate studies, found that over the course of three weeks productivity levels of those using wearables went up steadily – from a score of 7.06 to 7.38 and finally 7.66 – whilst job satisfaction levels went up on average by 3.5%.

This adds to the various claims already made concerning the beneficial effects of wearable technology...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Smartphones: The transition from accessory to necessity

A smartphone is no longer the symbol of a C-level executive; they exist for everyone. A flashy new handset is no longer a conversation starter; the discussion has evolved into ‘what are you doing with it and how does it makes your life easier?’

If you are sitting at your desk or on the bus, the majority of people will be using their smartphone in some capacity. Our work and personal lives are now blurred thanks to the power of smartphones. The

By Phil Barnett, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

New survey shows employees still don't care about data security

It’s a case of ‘same news, different day’, following the release of a survey by Centrify in conjunction with Osterman Research which reveals that 15% of enterprise workers see they have little responsibility to protect corporate data.

The survey, undertaken in March of more than 500 North American based respondents, also found that less than half (44%) of those polled were ‘hyper-aware’ of their mobile security – in other words, they thought about their responsibility to...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, BYOD, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Single Sign-on: Regulating access cards

By now, many organizations and employees are aware of the advantages of single sign-on (SSO) solutions because they only have to remember a single password rather than dozens of complex passwords.

In essence, because of the technology, IT departments receive fewer password reset calls, while the organization also can use the solutions to meet its auditing requirements.

Typically, after the number of passwords has been reduced to a single complex password, organizations often replace its remaining password,...

By Dean Wiech, 23 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

BlackBerry comes up trumps in OS security – yet enterprises are still leaving

More than half of financial services firms which use BlackBerry are either in the process of migrating from it or are planning to move over in the future, a new industry report reveals.

The report, conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by mobility provider MobileIron, took its responses from over 400 mobile strategists, with 23% of respondents admitting they were currently migrating off BlackBerry, compared to 20% who were staying put.

18% said they were planning to migrate to a multi-OS mobile...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Why employees are the biggest not-so-hidden threat to your business data

Which is the bigger security threat to your business; cyber criminals, or your own employees?

Increasingly that question is being answered with the latter – and research from EE out today has revealed that nearly 10 million devices were lost by UK employees last year.

The survey of 2000 UK consumers, conducted by Vision Critical in March, found that nearly one in five (19%) lost a device on a work night out, while a further 16% of devices continued their journey on public transport long after their...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

HP launches update to application lifecycle management portfolio

HP has launched Apps 12, the latest iteration of its Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite, with added cloud capability and more efficient testing.

The company specifically references the “anywhere, anytime” always-connected world to help enterprises improve application development, save costs and speed up the delivery of applications with the latest ALM rollout.

HP is adding cloud testing capabilities to its LoadRunner 12 and Performance Center 12 iterations, as well as Application...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.