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We are living through a period of unprecedented change. Rapidly evolving technology has transformed how we live and work, creating expectations for the future that would have seemed the stuff of science fiction just a few decades ago.

It’s easy to get caught up in the vast possibilities that technology offers, but we must remember that people are the ones driving innovation in this exciting new world and they are central to its success.

To fully realise the potential of the technology at our fingertips,...

By Rich Mortimer, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Opinion.

Exploring the future of the open source ecosystem in light of the Red Hat acquisition

IBM’s recent acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion was a surprise to many in the open source community while also a cause for concern within, and for, the open source ecosystem.

Bob Young and Marc Ewing created a defining moment when they founded Red Hat 25 years ago. They helped fuel not only what has become the norm for development and open source but also the widespread adoption of open source by companies. Not surprisingly, Red Hat became synonymous with both the Linux operating system (OS) and...

By Bart Copeland, 21 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Opinion.

Surviving ‘digital Darwinism’ through automating digital transformation

As automation technology evolves, its capabilities to improve processes and efficiency - along with the expectations of it to deliver these things - increases ever higher.

But while automation is often thought of as the result of digital transformation, it is also a key tool in the effectiveness of delivering these business change projects in the first place.

As an enabling tool, automation goes hand-in-hand with digital transformation projects, bringing down costs, improving efficiency and optimising digital...

By Anthony Lamoureux, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Opinion.

What you need to do if you’re behind the curve on enterprise apps


More businesses than ever are deploying apps for their employees to use. That should mean that those businesses have a strategy for which apps to deploy and why—right?

Not so fast. Though a new study from Adobe found that the majority of departments (62%) think it’s important to “be ahead of the curve compared to competitors” with mobile apps, most departments (66%) believe they’re...

By App47, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Opinion.

Rumour has it: How Apple’s headphone jack removal could compromise its enterprise position


Consumers and industry pundits are already expressing frustrations upon hearing that Apple is planning to remove its headphone jack in the next iPhone. But is this simply a consumer issue? Or will it have an impact on the enterprise market as well?

The company has already been making major moves to strengthen its position within the enterprise, including partnerships in the past year with Cisco and IBM, and new enterprise-friendly features to iOS and macOS Sierra at this year’s...

By Josh Garrett, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Opinion.

Opinion: Embracing collaboration and the human cloud in the connected workforce

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We now live in a digital age, and technology is rapidly progressing bringing with it new possibilities that didn’t exist before. Businesses need to be able to adapt and use these developments in order to gain a competitive edge and create a more modern, connected workforce.

If businesses aren’t able to adapt to and integrate with new technologies they will fail to...

By Geraldine Osman, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Opinion.

Enterprise apps will shift to cloud, says IHS Research Director

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Clifford Grossner from IHS talked about the future shift to off-premise enterprise apps at the NexGen Cloud conference in San Diego.

According to Grossner, solution providers will see more applications used by enterprise customers shift off-premise to the cloud, and they need to quickly move to capitalise on the new opportunities created by this shift.

He said: "If...

By Enterprise CIO, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Opinion.

In enterprise mobility, “there’s an app for that” is not enough

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Watching the explosion of mobile apps has been, in a word, incredible.

In less than a decade, consumers have gone from having low-tech cell phones to early-stage smartphones to powerful machines that house dozens of mobile apps that do everything from stream music to order you a ride to work.

But as mobile apps have exploded, a problem has followed—and it’s one that often...

By App47, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile, Opinion.

Celebrating five years of BYOD with five simple phases

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2010: IT simply can’t ignore personal devices anymore

Although the term was first introduced in 2009, BYOD had its first full year, and became much more mainstream, in 2010. CIOs were really starting to feel the pressure as personal devices flooded the workplace. At the same time, Android was starting to pick up steam and the first iPad was introduced to the market. The influx of new devices led to employees bringing more smartphones and tablets to work, which IT was...

By David Lingenfelter, 05 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Opinion.

The current trend in enterprise mobility: Remove the ‘mobility’ bit

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Opinion The phrase ‘enterprise mobility’ is becoming a comfortable fit for many CIOs, IT and business executives. But as is often the way with technology, it’s quickly becoming too comfortable. What we see as enterprise mobility moves forward into 2015 is increasingly less and less related to the term ‘mobile’.

It’s something vendors are seeing in conversation with executives, as...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Opinion.

Why it’s vital to update your passwords for employee offboarding

Here’s a worrying statistic taken from an Intermedia report: nine out of 10 employees who leave companies still retain password for corporate applications, ranging from Facebook to Salesforce and PayPal.

It’s part of the circle of life. Plenty of stories like this hit the Enterprise AppsTech news desk (well, inbox), they duly get reported on, but seemingly nothing happens, as security firms continue to commission scaremongering surveys, the results of which get emailed to hard-working industry...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Employee Education, Employees, Opinion, Security.

Finding BYOD an IT manager can get behind

Mel Leith of Cognisec, a single sign-on IT solutions provider, recently wrote an article that we felt compelled to comment on. The article—“Hassle Free BYOD”—covers a BYOD solution that’s more forward-thinking than many solutions you may be familiar with.

Rather than focus on the devices themselves—how many employees actually want to let their IT managers install security measures on their personal devices?—Leith advocates for a BYOD...

By App47, 04 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Opinion.

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.

Opinion: Apple and IBM power up with partnership

By Ben Reed, head of technology, Mubaloo

Recently, whenever Apple makes an announcement that appears to be out of step with its past, pundits cry “Steve is spinning in his grave.” With IBM and Apple announcing a new partnership, focused on bringing powerful tools to businesses, this sort of reaction was to be expected. Yes, during the 80s Apple and IBM were competitors but 30 years later, these are two very different...

By Mubaloo, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Opinion.

Why the new IoT world demands a new Web

We are now in what many call the next great 10 year technology cycle, a cycle that will take what it has learned from previous cycles and apply it to new ideas and innovations. In order for this to happen businesses must start readying themselves for the much vaunted Internet of Things (IoT), unshackling themselves from the current confines and limitations of the Web.

Time for facelift

Now just turned 25 years of age, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the current...

By Jonas Jacobi, 10 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Opinion.

Opinion: Windows 8(.1) is the Enterprise OS

Research from IDC in February revealed that 35% of devices in-use by UK businesses runs Android, whilst 32% use Apple’s competing iOS platform. The results make it clear that businesses and their employees are indecisive about which platform they should use for their day-to-day operations.

Mobile, in particular, is a big opportunity which Microsoft has prepared for through utilising the company’s vast experience in the enterprise to know what businesses required. The company tweaked and bolstered...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Development, Microsoft, Opinion.

Spring clean your network: 10 key priorities

By Adrian Thirkill, UK MD, Easynet Global Services

“Spring brings a boost of energy which we often put to cleaning, but new research shows we can use this energy to improve other areas of our lives too” says Queen of Clean Aggie Mackenzie, of Kim and Aggie fame. She recommends we use this lighter, brighter time of year to chase away the dust and get rid of whatever we don’t use.

Her wise words are apt when it comes to our corporate networks....

By Easynet G.S., 15 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Opinion.

Opinion: Bury XP - or bury your data

Upgrading Windows XP to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 is critical both from a cost perspective and security point of view.

It's easy to measure the amount of money you’ll spend trying to get an aged Windows XP system to work when things go wrong. But it’s hard to put a price on your data. A data compromise due to a new virus can have immeasurable costs to the business that may last for years. 

Here are my top tips in migrating whilst you still can:

1. If you’re...

By Paul Martini, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Opinion.

Why mobile-first companies leave the door open for the competition

Let’s face it, there are apps these days that are always in the news… for good or for bad. You know some of the ones I’m talking about – Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram, Angry Birds, Shazam, and the list goes on.

So why are these apps always in the news? Because the businesses that created them are app-centric…meaning the apps are the business.

These businesses were born in the mobile-era, so they revolve around their mobile apps and invest heavily in them. While these apps may be wildly...

By Mike Brown, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Opinion.