CIOs in Central Europe looking to make digital connection as rise of Industry 4.0 takes hold

One in three CIOs in Germany, Austria and Sweden (DACH) say digital initiatives are their top business priority, according to the latest note from analyst firm Gartner.

The study, which polled more than 3,000 CIO respondents across 89 countries, found an interesting correlation in central Europe. Of the 118 DACH CIOs, more than half (51%) said insufficient IT business resources were their most significant barrier to achieving...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

It’s not me, but it is probably you: How IT still views employees with contempt on cybersecurity

A new report from software as a service (SaaS) operations management and security platform BetterCloud begins with a blunt message. “While cybercriminals, hacktivists and ransomware often make a big splash in the news headlines, the reality is that the biggest security threat is often right in front of you.”

According to the study, which featured survey data from 500 IT professionals, the ‘well-meaning but...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

CXOs increasingly suspicious of employees when it comes to data breaches

When a data breach occurs – and unfortunately today it is a question of when rather than if – then looking for the responsible party and safeguarding against future events is a matter of course. Yet according to new data from security provider Egress, the C-suite differs from their employees in terms of who is to blame.

The study, which polled more than 250 CXO executives and 2000 employees across the UK and US,...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

How enterprise innovation is being stifled by lack of skills, support – and a fear of failure

Organisations want – or need – to innovate. Yet it’s not as simple as we’d all hope. According to a new report from IT services provider KCOM, multiple issues are leaving businesses scratching their heads when it comes to digital transformation.

The study, which polled 250 business leaders and C-suite decision makers, found a lack of support from senior stakeholders was the greatest inhibitor of change,...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

The top 10 ways IoT and blockchain will strengthen enterprise supply chains

  • The majority of enterprises are prioritising their blockchain pilots that concentrate on supply chains improvements (53%) and the Internet of Things (51%) according to Deloitte’s latest blockchain survey.
  • By 2023, blockchain will support the global movement and tracking of $2tn of goods and services annually based on a recent 

By Louis Columbus, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Organisations struggle with digital transformation strategy amid changing employee expectations

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a new study from SoftwareONE has found that the majority of organisations are willing to adopt and integrate digital workspace technology, but don’t have a defined strategy in place.

The report, which was put together alongside Vanson Bourne and polling 250 IT and business decision makers, found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that almost all (99%)...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Four things every CEO needs to know about ransomware

It’s hard to read the news at the moment without ransomware being mentioned. For example, I typed “ransomware” into Google News recently and got more than one million hits in 0.23 seconds. Even when I limited my search to the past 24 hours it returned more than six pages of links. Therefore, with so many experts writing things that are sufficiently interesting or important to feature as “news” — why has the problem not yet been...

By Dr. Sandra Bell, 21 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Malware, Security.

How CEOs are applying digital reinvention to fuel growth

Now more than ever, CEOs and their leadership teams must counter the threat of digital disruption. Within the evolving global economy, debate and analysis about business technology adoption must result in purposeful action. Even the trailing organisations are prepared to learn something actionable from their trailblazer peers.

The following statistics and insights are excerpts from the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) Global...

By David H Deans, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

Operationalise innovation: How insurance CIOs can outsmart the disruptors

For a long time, big insurers held all the aces. Decades of brand history, the protective effect of stringent regulation and large balance sheets kept competition at bay. This is now rapidly changing. The new players on the block hold the cards of agility, innovation and freedom from the millstone of legacy technology. They can use AI, cloud and IoT technology to meet escalating customer demand for highly personalised, seamless mobile digital services.

By Garry Larner, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Productivity, RMAD.

Enterprise IT infrastructure spend was strong in 2018 – with future outlook steady

Enterprise IT infrastructure had a more than solid year with spending jumping 13% in 2018, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

Aggregate revenues for the last four quarters hit $125 billion, with data centre servers being both the most lucrative market and the highest growing, at almost 26% year over year.

As ever, the cloudy side of the house saw greater gains, with...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity, Research.

New guidelines aim to help healthcare CIOs with cybersecurity initiatives

CIOs in healthcare will without exception have cybersecurity as one of their primary focus areas for 2019 – if not their biggest priority. To help in this quest, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a checklist of security best practices to help ensure a ‘holistic view of the intersection between cybersecurity and healthcare’, in the organisation’s own words.

The

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Security.

Bringing together blockchain, IoT and AI: Turning Skynet into reality?

The events of annus horribilis 2008 changed the world forever. The change was dubbed the "New Normal" and in turn gave rise to shifts in economic and political power which would have been considered the stuff of fantasy fiction as 2008 came to a close.

Fast forward 10 years. Shifts in the financial tectonic plates apart, we have seen the rise and rise of social media as the facilitator of both social and political...

By Keith Bedell-Pearce, 04 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, IoT.

Technology lessons learned for the CIO in 2018 – and what to expect in 2019

As CIOs look to get their organisations on board with disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Robotic Process Automation (RPA), it’s important to ensure that they take the right journey. After all, the path to digital transformation isn’t the same for everyone.

CIOs need to ask themselves how AI will exactly help deliver their business goals, or indeed how RPA will integrate into their infrastructure. And what about the cloud, which will no doubt become integral to AI...

By Gordon Wilson, 20 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Security.

Are you a digital-ready enterprise? A checklist for CIOs to ponder

The goal of nearly every enterprise – regardless of industry focus or vertical – is to position its products and services to reach the masses as quickly and efficiently as possible. But to do so in today’s modern business environment, an enterprise must operate as a digital business.

Embodying a modern digital business requires that CIOs make a conscious and strategic effort to...

By Vijay Pullur, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why Amazon is the almost perfect marketplace for the Fortune 100

Chief procurement officers (CPOs), key people who decide where and how to spend a company’s budget, have a front row seat to the unnerving trend of employees flocking to Amazon to buy what they need for work with little or no regard to policy. The allure is just too great compared to the alternative - corporate purchasing software with comparatively terrible UX.

While some company...

By Christian Lanng, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, Productivity.

Research emphasises importance of getting company culture right – and keeping it going long-term

Here’s an example of how important the culture is to an organisation’s overall health: according to recruiter Robert Half, more than one in three workers would not accept a job at a poor company culture even if the other aspects were ‘perfect.’

The findings, which appear in the company’s new report, Organisational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention, also show that it is a...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity, Research.

Enterprise digital transformation initiatives continue to stall: Why a long-term approach is needed

Everyone is talking about their digital transformation initiatives; but for many companies, that’s as far as it gets.

According to a new survey from Insight Enterprises, put together by IDG, more than half (51%) of the 200 IT executives surveyed – whose employers average more than 6,000 workers each – admit initiatives have either been stalled or abandoned.

By James Bourne, 27 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

CIOs ‘actively embracing’ IoT, blockchain and AI, asserts Barclaycard

CIOs aren’t just considering implementing new technologies – they are actively embracing them.

That’s the key finding from a new study by Barclaycard. The banking firm, which polled 100 UK-based CIOs at companies with more than 250 employees, found three in 10 CIOs were piloting or using Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, with 35% piloting or adopting blockchain technologies and 45% using artificial intelligence...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, IoT.