Upskill unveils support for Microsoft HoloLens, improves enterprise AR experience

Upskill, a provider of enterprise-centric augmented reality (AR) software, has announced the launch of Microsoft HoloLens for Skylight, its primary product.

Skylight is a software platform which enables frontline industrial workers to interact hands-free. As this publication previously noted when the company

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Germany and US leading the way in enterprise software-driven landscape, says Pivotal

The five S’s which define a modern software company are speed, stability, scalability, security, and savings. But to what extent do different verticals adhere to this mantra? Pivotal Software has put together a benchmark test to assess which industries and countries are on top – with Germany edging out the US in the latter.

The Built to Adapt Benchmark, put together alongside analyst firms Ovum and Longitude...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Cloud , Development.

Microsoft Ignite: Satya Nadella on open data, tech intensity, and mutual success

"It's a simple concept - think of it as a very simple equation," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told attendees at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. "Each of us has to do two things - we need to make sure we are adopting the latest and greatest technology, and we've got to build our own digital capability."

Nadella was talking about his latest ethos of 'tech intensity'. Regardless of which industry you are in, you are a digital business today - and as a result, you need to both...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Big Data, Collaboration, Microsoft.

Microsoft stirs AI and mixed reality into the Dynamics 365 pot with greater enterprise focus

Microsoft has redefined its focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and mixed reality (MR) for the enterprise markets, announcing new products for Dynamics 365.

Dynamics 365, the suite which Microsoft aims to reimagine customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP), will get the new AI and MR treatment to ‘take another step forward on our journey to help empower every organisation on the...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, UX.

Mendix and Major League Hacking want to tool students up with low code app building skills

Low- and no-code application technologies are helping lower barriers to software development – and thanks to a new partnership, this change is going as far back as the classroom.

App development platform provider Mendix is teaming up with Major League Hacking (MLH) to provide resources for students to build working apps in only two hours at MLH’s on-campus hackathons.

The...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, RMAD.

Siemens snaps up Mendix in $730m deal to ‘strengthen digital enterprise leadership’

Siemens has announced the acquisition of low-code app platform provider Mendix for €0.6 billion ($730m) alongside putting across a ‘significant multi-year investment to accelerate R&D innovation’ and the global footprint of its platform.

The move will see Mendix move into Siemens’ ‘digital factory’ division, which aims to focus on hardware and software products integrating with the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Enterprise AR and VR will be the operators’ playground – once 5G wrangling is sorted out

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) over wireless networks is gaining momentum in the industrial sector. According to the latest study from ABI Research, 10% of industrial smart glasses, alongside standalone VR devices, will be connected to 5G by 2026.

The analyst firm argues that many telecom operators, such as Verizon, SK Telekom and Orange, as well as connectivity players such as Qualcomm, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia, see VR as a key benefit of 5G technologies – when they get here. ABI...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, UX, Wearables.

Organisations struggling with seamless customer experiences, MuleSoft argues

In a continually on-demand world, the key to success for organisations is seamless access across all channels. Alas, according to a new report from app network platform provider MuleSoft, many companies are struggling on that front.

The findings appear in the company’s Consumer Connectivity Insights 2018 study. The report, which surveyed more than 8,000 consumers globally, found that four in five (81%) saw banking, insurance, retail or government as providing a disconnected experience. More than half...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity, Research.

Sapho announces deep Windows 10 integration to boost consistent micro app approach

Sapho, a San Bruno-based enterprise software provider, has announced a deep integration with Windows 10, enabling users to act upon tasks from various enterprise data points through the same system.

The company is best known for its micro app approach to solving the enterprise productivity puzzle. As this publication explored last year, Sapho’s main product offers a...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

How to engage your employees with AI voice assistants

Voice is one of the most natural forms of communication out there – which is why users find voice assistants (VAs) accessible, intuitive and easy to use. So much so that they’re fast becoming the go-to interface for the Internet of Things (IoT) – and it makes up the most widely used AI technologies today, with 41% of people using voice-activated assistants only having started doing so in the last six months.

Leading this surge are popular AI assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri...

By Tim Isaac, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

Building for brilliance: Tips for creating outstanding digital experiences to win user hearts and minds

“We live in a time where mobile apps are not utilities; rather, they are almost part of us.”

This was a pearl of wisdom dropped by one of our digital factory teams recently that I think really highlights the challenge that businesses face in developing compelling, competitive apps. Fundamentally, for an app to succeed, it must act as an extension of the user, augmenting their lives, solving their...

By Nick Pike, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, UX.

Bitcoin, blockchain and network security: A guide

The wild swings in the value of Bitcoin have been widely reported over the last few months drawing broad public attention to the cryptocurrency previously known mostly in cyber-world. Reports of players getting rich overnight buying and trading Bitcoin have blanketed the internet. Other reports of 50% overnight swings in Bitcoin value have also drawn much attention. Here are a few thoughts on the sudden rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies, the underlying technology and the risks to the players.

I use the...

By Alastair Hartrup, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Authentication, Data & Analytics, Security.

Think 2018 reveals the scale and challenge of IBM's opportunity

Over 40,000 customers, partners and analysts gathered in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago to attend IBM Think 2018. The event showcased the scale and breadth of IBM, with announcements in major areas including cloud computing, Watson, its partnership with Apple, blockchain and quantum computing. But with this scale comes a challenge for IBM: communicating this range of offerings with a clear and simple strategy.

Let's take a look at the top news from the event and then go deeper into our assessment. For a more...

By Nicholas McQuire, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Appdome launches BoostEMM to add multiple EMM services to mobile apps

Appdome, a mobility provider which enables organisations to integrate enterprise mobility management (EMM) services codelessly, has announced the launch of BoostEMM, a service which aims to provide multiple EMM services to mobile apps in a single workflow.

The press materials take BlackBerry – with whom Appdome has previously partnered – as an example. Organisations could,...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

VMware boosts Workspace ONE features with greater security and automation

VMware has added new features around its Workspace ONE platform to include data-driven intelligence and predictive security.

The new features include Workspace ONE Intelligence, a cloud-based service which integrates with the main platform to aggregate users, apps, networks and endpoint data, as well as the Workspace ONE Trust Network, which combines the security of the primary platform with best practices from featured partners. The seven companies combining with VMware on this are Carbon Black, CrowdStrike,...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

China and India enterprise app software spending continues to rise, says Gartner

Encouraging news on different markets for enterprise application software: according to Gartner, the boom of spending in India and China is not going to stop any time soon.

Enterprise app software spending in India is predicted by the analyst firm to hit $2.5 billion in 2018, an increase by 19.8% on the previous year, while China will see an 18.9% rise to $5.1 billion this year.

The most popular categories for enterprise software in both countries are around enterprise content management (ECM) and CRM, with...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

How CIOs can make the best use of their citizen developers

Gartner predicted the rise of the citizen developer in 2012 when it declared “we’re all developers now”. By 2018 Gartner estimated that more than half of all B2E mobile apps will be written by citizen developers and business analysts using codeless tools.

This trend has many CIOs concerned about how these novice developers will be trained and how data security will be maintained.

Demand for apps hampered by skills gaps

More businesses want to take advantage of the phenomenal increase in...

By Malcolm Carroll, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Development.

Assessing the enterprise mobility lifecycle: ‘Progress, not perfection’

Ever heard the saying that “perfect is the enemy of good”? It applies to many situations in the business world where quick decisions sometimes trump long deliberations. Still, not too many people would be surprised to hear that technology adoption moves more slowly in the enterprise than it does elsewhere. 

Which is exactly why it was so refreshing to hear a comment in a recent interview about how companies should be approaching the enterprise mobility process. 

In a conversation with Enterprise Mobility...

By App47, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

How custom app platforms are changing the game for line of business professionals

It is both an exciting and a confusing time to be a line-of-business (LOB) manager. A recent study by Forrester found that LOB professionals don’t always agree with the operational technology (OT) or IT security teams about who is responsible for what in their device-connected networks. Almost half (45 percent) of IT respondents think LOB staff should be responsible for IoT default configurations.

Why? Most likely because the IT department is already swamped with...

By Andrew LeCates, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

GE’s aviation arm successfully pilots Vuzix AR glasses and video streaming

The aviation arm of General Electric (GE) is focusing on augmented reality (AR) to help its engineers and technicians work more productivity ‘hands-free and heads-up’, according to AR hardware manufacturer Vuzix.

The Rochester-based technology supplier announced that GE’s aviation operations unit has successfully piloted streaming product Vuzix Basics Video. Working in tandem with the Vuzix M300 smart glasses, the combined product aims to connect field technicians with remote experts for...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Employee Education, Productivity, Wearables.