How new thinking on ERP is igniting intelligent growth for midsize businesses

ERP software comes with an endless array of formats, environments, interfaces, and capabilities. However, knowing which offering to implement is still a challenge. As operations grow and expand into new locations, midsize businesses can quickly outgrow existing technology.

But this reality shouldn’t keep midsize businesses from adopting an ERP system. Instead, they should upgrade their...

By Dr. Michael Schmitt, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Employees.

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.

Gartner warns majority of organisations have low BI and analytics maturity

If you’re worried about not getting very far with business intelligence (BI) initiatives at your organisation, you may not be alone. According to a new study from Gartner, almost nine in 10 firms polled were classified as having ‘low’ BI and analytics maturity.

The findings, which are based on more than 800 responses collected by the analyst firm between October last year and June, argue organisations are...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

Ransomware is the ‘number one’ threat for small and medium businesses, argues Datto

Ransomware continues to be the primary attack vector small businesses face, according to a new report from business continuity and networking provider Datto.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report, which polled 2,400 managed service providers. According to the report, more than 55% of those polled said their clients had experienced a ransomware attack in the first six...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Malware, Security.

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.

Citrix acquires Sapho for $200 million to create smarter, superior work experience

Citrix has announced the acquisition of enterprise micro-app software provider Sapho for $200 million (£155.6m) to help ‘redefine the employee experience.’

Regular readers of this publication will be aware of Sapho’s modus operandi. The company aims to break down monolithic behemoth apps into micro-apps in one mobile, social-esque feed, whether it’s expense approvals from Concur or PO approvals from...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, RMAD.

Why it's important to create new competitive advantages with APIs

Global ICT is constantly evolving and the emergence of network application programming interfaces (APIs) and programmability is paving the way for more agile, friction-free networking models.

By 2021, the telecom API market is expected to exceed US$ 231.86 Billion according to MarketsandMarkets. The industry is entering a new era where control is directly in the hands of the network-centric businesses and legacy...

By Mark Daley, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

How EMEA CIOs are taking the lead in digital initiatives: AI 'becoming mainstream'

Barcelona this week has not only been host to VMworld, but Gartner's latest Symposium/ITXpo - and according to the analyst firm's latest research, CIOs in EMEA feel more able to put their digital initiatives to the test.

The study polled more than 3,000 CIOs -  with almost 1,000 in EMEA representing almost $5 trillion in revenue or public sector budget. Success among EMEA CIOs in scaling digital endeavours is better than their counterparts in North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific, Gartner...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

How the IT world wised up to the need for tech that ‘just works’

Believe it or not, but once upon a time, we expected the computer industry to sell us products that were complicated to set up and required specialist expertise at every turn. Early personal computer software involved spending lots of time reading manuals and scratching heads before we got to grips with character-based operating systems and their applications’ cryptic syntax and commands. If you’re in your middle age, you might recall WordPerfect’s scary empty screen or WordStar where you...

By Ashish Shah, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Data & Analytics.

Enterprise mobility management is more than just hype – and those still missing out need to start now

These days, you’d think it would be obvious to most companies that they need enterprise mobility management. And yet, time and time again we’re shown that that’s not the case.

While there are of course numerous reasons that a company may choose not to implement EMM, some of the most common reasons we hear are (perceived) complexity and cost. Those can certainly be factors, but they aren’t as significant as you might think. What’s more, despite the rigorous IT structures many...

By App47, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why CIOs need to be aware now of quantum computing, real-time language translation and more

Quantum computing, real-time language translation and nanotechnology will be among the far emerging technological trends – and according to Gartner, CIOs need to be aware of them sooner than later.

The analyst house posited seven ‘digital disruptions’ that the C-suite needs to recognise at its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo event. Some of the trends were more cultural than technological. For instance, there will be...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Research.

How to move the needle in enterprise machine learning: Take it to production level

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be an important transformational tool in the enterprise – that much is perfectly clear. Yet so far initiatives have been in silos, or individual contributions. What is going to be needed to take the next step?

A new research report from Algorithmia has focused on the ways companies of all sizes are exploring machine learning – and found that larger organisations have the advantage...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

AI and 5G ‘no longer concepts’ in the enterprise as future of work forecast revealed

Some good news around the state of enterprise, mobile and automation; almost nine in 10 companies polled by mobility provider MOBI said they were either undertaking or planning AI-driven initiatives, with three quarters of those seeing return on investment from it.

The study, which took responses from 100 US-based IT decision makers at companies with at least 5,000 employees, found that companies were generally confident...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why reports of EMM’s death may be exaggerated

“Put simply, enterprise mobility management (EMM) is dead and focus has shifted towards a unified IoT solution.”

Those were the words of SOTI CEO Carl Rodrigues in an interview with Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s Jason Koestenblatt in which the two discussed mobile transformation, IoT, and what’s next for EMM and MDM.

Rodrigues continued: “EMM will remain a fundamental element of that...

By App47, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Enterprise disconnect with consumer-standard experiences continues apace, report argues

Another day, another research report which proves the enterprise still has plenty of work to do when it comes to digital initiatives.

The latest report, a study from WordPress hosting firm WP Engine, found enterprises were not putting their money where their mouth was in terms of investment despite growing mobile traffic, as well as potential concerns around app stores.

The research,...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The current state of enterprise mobile: Seven trends increasing complexity

Just two years ago, enterprise mobile began to replace the dominant siloed approach of deploying mobile one department or business unit at a time, with a new enterprise-wide orientation. As a result, scalable, organisation-wide deployments of mobile are now the norm. Mobile began to be valued as a transformative catalyst for business. Enterprises combined mobile assets with cloud-based applications and business intelligence tools to pull from mobility previously hidden business insights.

With mobility...

By Marco Nielsen, 08 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Hyperledger and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance team up to push forward enterprise blockchain

If blockchain technologies are going to seriously infiltrate the enterprise, then an endorsement from two leading industry players would not go amiss. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) has teamed up with Hyperledger to seemingly do just that.

The two bodies are chumming up by becoming associate members within each other’s organisations. This is somewhat interesting in itself; the EEA naturally aims to focus on...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Data & Analytics, Security.