Report: Two in three industrial firms are accelerating AR deployment to improve productivity

Two thirds of industrial companies polled by PTC say they are accelerating deployment of augmented reality (AR) to improve worker productivity.

In a newly released ‘State of Industrial Innovation’ report series, PTC has analysed the industrial AR and IIoT markets. Among the findings included in the latest AR report are those focused on delivering enhanced methods of training for frontline workers, enabling the workforce optimisation necessary to address the growing skilled labour shortage the...

By Enterprise CIO, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Employees, Productivity, Wearables.

Why CIOs need to question 5G and the 'need for speed'

Who doesn’t want a bit of extra speed in their life – especially when it comes to mobile data? Well, quite a few people, as it turns out.

The advent of 5G services promises much faster mobile communications, with ten times the speeds of existing 4G services (and remember what a transformation that was). According to received wisdom, everyone stands to benefit – from consumers who will be able to download an HD film in seconds, to urban planners who can use 5G to provision the services that...

By Harry Chima, 02 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Data & Analytics, Development.

How AI can support and elevate the role of the CIO

Artificial intelligence (AI) will be the most impactful technology to affect businesses since ground-breaking inventions like the telephone, the personal computer, and the Internet.

With AI innovation, there is a very symbiotic relationship between data and AI: the more data that AI has, the better it tends to perform. While there are numerous ways of applying AI within your business, for many CIOs the question remains: how can AI...

By Ricky Thomas, 30 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Samsung SDS announces next version of enterprise blockchain platform

Samsung SDS has announced the launch of Nexledger Universal, the latest iteration of its enterprise blockchain platform.

Nexledger Universal offers standard application programming interface, which is often applicable to Samsung SDS NCA (Nexledger Consensus Algorithm) and general blockchain such as Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric. The platform helps customers to develop application services like settlement, authentication,...

By Enterprise CIO, 29 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Development.

PTC and Nokia looking to augmented reality for industrial contexts at Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe this week is set to promise much for anyone with even a passing interest in industrial technology – and PTC and Nokia have gotten a jump on the rest by launching augmented reality (AR)-flavoured offerings.

PTC announced the unveiling of its new Vuforia Expert Capture AR solution. The product aims to improve the entire manufacturing process, including productivity, quality, safety, and compliance. The...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, UX, Wearables.

Scope AR secures $9.7m series A funding to provide enterprise AR expertise

Meet Scope AR. The San Francisco-based startup aims to in its own words ‘help make any worker an instant expert with augmented reality’ – and it has secured $9.7 million (£7.4m) in series A funding to help achieve that goal.

The funding round was led by Romulus Capital, with existing investors Angel ListHaystack, New Stack Ventures, North American Corporation, SignalFire and Susa Ventures all...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Why 2019 will be the breakthrough year for AI-assisted application development

Artificial intelligence is no longer a technology for the future. In many ways AI is already shaping our everyday lives. From consumers interacting with virtual assistance chatbots online to predictive analytics helping hospitals anticipate and prepare for spikes in patient demand, AI is already making its mark.

No matter size or industry, a strong business case for incorporating AI exists for every single organisation....

By Nick Ford, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

How Tangoe has taken the acquisition of MOBI and is revamping its mobility roadmap

“I have to say I went through those seven steps of acquisition,” explains Chris Koeneman, now of Tangoe. “They were the enemy, this was who we fought every day, and to then go and be acquired by them… it was really at the last minute that we said yes to the equity partners behind Tangoe.”

Koeneman was senior vice president of worldwide sales at managed mobility services (MMS) provider MOBI,

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, UX.

A guide to implementing artificial intelligence for the small to midsize business

Various cutting-edge technologies under the umbrella of artificial intelligence (AI) are receiving a lot of attention. As 2019 begins, there are many indicators that the AI boom will continue. New highs of computing power, paired with mind-boggling levels of data, will further accelerate the growth of AI and adoption in the business world. 

While the overall concept...

By Michael Renz, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Productivity.

Why the missing link for enterprise digital transformation is Zero Trust Security

  • Enterprises will invest $2.4tn by 2020 in digital transformation technologies including cloud platforms, cognitive systems, IoT, mobile, robotics, and integration services according to the World Economic Forum
  • Digital transformation software and services revenue in the U.S. is predicted to reach $490bn in 2025, soaring from $190bn in 2019, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.49% according to 

By Louis Columbus, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data & Analytics, Security.

Yubico introduces NFC-enabled security key and connector

Hardware authentication device manufacturer Yubico has introduced two new device form factors, namely the Security Key NFC and the YubiKey Lightening connector for iPhones and iPads, at the ongoing CES 2019 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manufactured in the US and Sweden, the Security Key NFC is made from reinforced fiberglass that is hermetically sealed and injection moulded into a monolithic block, which delivers remarkable...

By Enterprise CIO, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Security.

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.