Wi-Fi issues need to be solved to unlock enterprise mobility gold

Wi-Fi is the most disruptive technology in terms of mobile work, leading to employees working longer hours, and getting more done in the process.

That’s the top line takeaway from the latest iPass Mobile Workforce Report, for Q2 2013. 14% of mobile workers have never paid for Wi-Fi access, whilst nearly a quarter (24%) have paid upwards of $30 for one-time access.

71% of those polled said they research hotspot and connection availability before they embark on a business trip, with Asia Pacific workers...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Windows 8 will be passed over as enterprise standard, warns researcher

According to the latest report from Forrester Research, enterprises will bypass Windows 8 as the enterprise PC OS of choice.

Avid readers of this site will not see this as a huge surprise; infact, Enterprise AppsTech reported Forrester’s – and specifically Johnson’s – opinion on the issue as far back as November.

Yet, with the report now released, it solidifies industry opinion – has Microsoft bitten off more than it...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Microsoft.

Gartner: 50% of companies will expect BYOD by 2017

Analyst house Gartner has waded in to the BYOD conversation, forecasting that by 2017 half of organisations will stop giving their employees work devices.  

The report, “Bring Your Own Device: The Facts and the Future”, examines all facets of BYOD strategy: the number of employees on personal device policies, as well as the cost per employee and the age old question of who should own what in the agreement.

Most definitions of a BYOD strategy remain similar, yet Gartner breathlessly calls it...

By James Bourne, 07 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Dell reinvention continues with mobility management offering

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Software

Dell Software’s sweet spot is the mid-enterprise market, with lower cost solutions that are relatively new to the market and can offer the latest technological developments without being encumbered with legacy systems to support. At Dell’s recent analyst day in San Francisco, mobility was the one of four pillars of Dell’s strategy. The others were cloud, Big Data, and security. With BYOD well established within enterprises there is an urgent need for managing corporate...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Employees, Security.

Organisations need to rethink the addressable market for CRM

Carter Lusher, Research Fellow & Chief Analyst: Enterprise Applications EcosystemAt its SugarCon customer conference in April 2013, SugarCRM made the case that companies need to dramatically expand their approach to interacting with customers and prospects. This fits into Ovum’s Customer-Adaptive Enterprise framework, and we agree that it is an important strategic change.

SugarCRM believes that every customer is important no matter how small, every employee is a potential customer, and every interaction is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification.

iOS remains the enterprise mobile platform of choice

According to cloud provider Citrix, in its Enterprise Mobility Cloud Report Q4 2012, Apple devices continued to dominate the mobile enterprise, although Android certainly had its advantages.

The report, which surveyed Citrix customers currently with EMM (enterprise mobility management) in the cloud, concluded that iOS platforms proved better for those enterprises where there was a lot of one-on-one customer engagement, such as retail, whilst Android was better for mobile field service organisations.

The...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Are low-end tablets a wise enterprise investment?

Businesses have traditionally lagged behind consumer markets when it comes to adopting new devices, but tablet sales in the enterprise are set to grow substantially in the next few years, according to Gartner.

Indeed, Gartner has heralded the devices as the “key accelerator to mobility” for the enterprise, and predicts that businesses will have purchased 53 million tablets by 2016...

By Antenna Software, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Examining the best ways to keep your network safe

Security provider Symantec has outlined the top five mistakes users make by leaving themselves open to hackers.

Whilst some of the policies are pretty standard fare, like enforcing stricter password policies, some may be overlooked, such as not educating employees on social media and online behaviour.

Symantec recently looked at other facets of the enterprise space, most prevalently examining how to create a successful BYOD policy back in...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How is BYOD a challenge for IT? [infographic]

Trend Micro, the antivirus cloud computing software provider, has published an infographic detailing the challenge of introducing employee-liable devices into the corporate network.

The research showed differences of opinion with regard to whether BYOD is an employee right. Nearly three quarters of CEOs (73%) believed so, yet less than half (44%) of IT executives agreed.

Similarly, nine out of 10 CEOs were the main decision makers when it came to a BYOD policy, which again is a significant increase on IT...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Infographic.

How ‘mobile’ does your business need to be?

Mobility is a subject that incorporates many different categories and discussion points within the world of business. As well as having to create an environment in which members of staff can be physically mobile and thus better able to do their jobs, you need to ensure that your company itself is agile enough to cope with changes in the marketplace.

Mobile Business

But just how mobile does your business need to be and in which ways can you define this term today? To help clarify the issue, here are some of...

By www.prepayasyougo.co.uk ., 26 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

BYO PC is bigger than you might think

Richard Absalom, Analyst, Consumer Impact Technology, Ovum

A lot has been said about BYOD, but BYO PC is a trend that has arguably been going on for a lot longer. Ovum has already released survey results focusing on the scale and drivers of the BYOD trend – the use of personal smartphones and tablets at work – but we also asked about employees’ usage of their own PCs at work. The results are covered in depth in two recent publications, Multi-Market BYOD Survey Results: The Scale of Bring Your Own PC...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees.

HIMSS13: Mobility, cloud, and data equals creative disruption

Charlotte Davies, Lead Analyst, Healthcare & Life Sciences

The digital revolution and, latterly, the consumerization of IT have brought about massive change in verticals such as retail and banking. This has widened the already considerable gulf between ICT adoption in these sectors and in the healthcare sector. However, at HIMSS13 last week, the annual healthcare conference run by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), there were concrete signs that the combined forces of healthcare...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Employees, Mobile.

More agile ICT is an executive leadership issue

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

It is time for senior executives to understand and embrace more agile approaches to sourcing and managing ICT. The way executives frame requirements and their expectations for ICT projects are significant factors affecting project performance. Blinkered, inward-looking, technology-centric requirements and traditional waterfall approaches often focus on the means at the expense of the ends. They seem proven and safe, but can lock agencies into long, costly...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees.

Jury still out on value of business intelligence gamification

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management, Ovum

Gamification is being touted as a way to immerse more enterprise users more deeply in business processes and tasks. Gamification borrows heavily from interactive and reward & recognition elements from online games, and maps them to business goals to drive interactivity, participation, and (hopefully) better results. The thinking is simple: the more interesting it is, the more likely people are to engage. So how can business analytics benefit from...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Employees, Gamification.

iPass report examines how BYOD makes IT’s job tougher

Even though a BYOD policy is going to make your employees happier, it will continue to tear out whatever hair’s left in the company IT department.

This was the leading line from the 2013 Mobile Enterprise Report authored by wireless specialist iPass and MDM provider MobileIron, which had 477 responses, a majority of which were from IT directors or similar.

  • 54% of respondents said their company utilised a BYOD policy
  • 56% said they had changed company guidelines in the past year to be more accommodating to BYOD – up from 47% last year
  • iPhones and iPads the most...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Research.

Removing barriers between app downloads and company websites #AppsWorld

Every day millions of people surf onto company websites throughout the world. And every day millions of opportunities to convert the website traffic into app downloads are lost. This is because getting a user from a website into the app store to download your specific app, remains one of the biggest challenges for marketers out there.

Yes, we see some great call to action buttons. And yes, plenty of apps are prominently displayed on websites. But the fact remains that the disconnect between mobile and web is...

By Six Degrees, 04 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise App Stores.

Mobilisation strategy advice from LA Airport's CIO Dominic Nessi - #AppsWorld

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the managing organisation for the sixth largest airport in the world, serving 62 million passengers a year, and faces the same IT challenges as any other piece of critical national infrastructure.

In this dynamic environment, LAWA CIO Dominic Nessi is right at the heart of things. His IT operation is the enabler for technology implementation across the organisation, ‘leading by following’, and supporting the operations staff that he says are the people who...

By Matthew Henkes, 18 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.