MobileIron expands partnership with Lenovo to include new offering

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider MobileIron has announced an expansion of its partnership with Lenovo, aiming to create a unified hardware and software experience for organisations.

Last year’s Mobile World Congress saw the first announcement of the partnership, whereby Lenovo customers could purchase MobileIron’s security and management platform alongside...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

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.

Aryaka and China Mobile International team up for enterprise-grade SD-WAN

The benefits of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN), should be known by organisations, even if implementation is still a little early. Improved agility and lower cost will be a given, but each enterprise’s needs – as well as their networks – will all be different.

Aryaka, a provider of software-defined network connectivity, has announced a strategic partnership with China Mobile International (CMI) to deliver what they are calling ‘the first fully compliant global SD-WAN...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Productivity.

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.

Too many apps? Toil and sloth: How multiple collaboration tools leads to wasted work

Hands up if you’ve never lost your train of thought when flipping between emails and spreadsheets trying to get two things done at once?

We’ve all done it – and a new study from unified communications provider RingCentral finds employees waste up to an hour of their working days hopping between apps, leading to a deficit of up to 32 days a year.

The study, which surveyed more than 2,000 knowledge workers across the US, UK and Australia, found more than two thirds (68%) said they toggle...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How to get the most out of your CRM system – and keep your customers from the brink

Acquiring new customers requires investing significant time and money, so it’s always more prudent to make every effort to keep the ones you have. Even a modest improvement in customer retention can significantly help grow your business.

You probably have all the tools you need in your CRM system, but it’s possible that your employees aren’t using the system fully. Perhaps they think the system doesn’t make their job any easier, or the data is unreliable.

Here are five pointers to...

By Stephan Romeder, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Marketing, Productivity.

Unified comms as a service market ‘blossoming’ with Mitel and RingCentral leading the way

Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) growth is now consistent at 300,000 seats per quarter with Mitel and RingCentral at the top – and there is plenty more growth where that came from.

That is the verdict of Synergy Research, a long-time observer of enterprise infrastructure markets. The research defines UCaaS as ‘a communications service where service providers host and develop their own proprietary cloud PBX platform, enabling PSTN (public switched telephone network) connectivity and...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Productivity.

Organisations struggling to complete digital transformation initiatives – with revenues suffering

Mind the gap please! New research from application connectivity provider MuleSoft has revealed the vast majority of organisations will struggle with revenues if they fail to complete their digital transformation initiatives – and a skills gap is at the heart of the problem.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers (ITDMs) across seven countries and four continents, found 81% of respondents expect to see a negative impact on revenue in the coming 12 months if they fail to complete initiatives....

By James Bourne, 21 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

UK CIOs believe Brexit will contribute to country’s decline as global business leader

A worrying portent from Pivotal Software in its latest research: three quarters of CIOs in the UK believe the country will lose its position as a global business leader after Brexit.

The study, which polled more than 100 CIOs, 100 IT decision makers and 2,000 employees in the UK, argues diminishing access to talent – cited by 59% of respondents – and investment in technology (cited by 46%) were the primary factors in hindering business success.

On the flip side, almost three quarters (72%) of CIOs...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

New report assesses how organisations are facing issues with collaborative working

A new report from Clarizen, a project management software provider, has shown how organisations are increasingly relying on mobile working – and the issues companies are facing with their collaboration software.

The study, titled ‘Powering Remote Working’, polled more than 300 executives from a range of global companies and found 70% of businesses say they have employees, departments and teams spread across several sites or working from home.

Yet many problems persist with a mobile working...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Sprawling IT complexity could make it ‘impossible’ for IT to manage digital performance

More than three quarters of organisations say sprawling IT complexity could soon make it ‘impossible’ to manage digital performance effectively.

That is the key finding from a new report from Dynatrace, who polled 800 CIOs in large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. 76% of CIOs polled say multi-cloud makes it especially difficult and time-consuming to monitor and understand the impact cloud services have on the user experience, while a similar number (72%) say monitoring the performance...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , COPE, Productivity.

Microsoft launches new features for Teams including shortcuts and searches

Microsoft has launched a series of new features for Teams, its Slack-targeting collaboration tool, including shortcuts, @mentions, and a new search function.

The move represents the largest feature release for Teams since its rollout to Office 365 customers in March.

Users can now include information from apps in conversations, including project management tools Trello and Wrike, as well as access a personal view of apps.

Other features include integration with different Microsoft services. A feature called...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.

Survey shows how organisations are looking to improve their enterprise apps in 2018

New year, new plans for organisations: according to a new survey from Sapho, more than three quarters of companies plan to upgrade their enterprise apps this year to help improve employee experiences and productivity.

Of the 160 IT directors, CIOs and CTOs polled at organisations with more than 1,000 employees, 94% say they will likely upgrade some of their apps next year. Primary drivers for improving enterprise apps is providing a better user experience, increasing data security, and improving employee...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Red Hat study shows how field services are improving through IoT, AI, AR and more

A new study from Red Hat argues that field services operations are ‘bullish’ on technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne which quizzed 300 organisations with significant field workforce operations, found that field workforce technology was seen as important to 94% of organisations polled. More than half (53%) of respondents said they have implemented IoT to support field service, with 24% adding AI, 20% virtual...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research, UX, Wearables.

Calling all CFOs: Why connecting with a toothbrush might just be worth it

Until recently, technology vendors and the companies that buy their wares have focused largely on what the technology does – what features it has, the capabilities it can offer. But it's no longer about what technology can do, it's about what it can enable. The fact that a manufacturer can communicate with a toothbrush may represent technological wizardry. However, it's the knowledge the company can collect from the resulting data stream — such as how many brushings a customer can get...

By Tony Kontzer, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity.

Five steps to building a helpdesk knowledge base

Improving the quality of service delivery is a commendable goal, but our day-to-day workload sometimes means this remains an elusive fantasy. Few of us have the time to sit down and consider the benefits that a well-constructed, shared and used knowledge base can provide. In many organizations, the knowledge base is underutilized.

For example, in my experience managing the service desk-focused company, TOPdesk, I’ve seen periods of time when as many as 85% of companies with a service management solution...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

Collibra raises $58m in series D funding to help automate data governance

Collibra, a Belgium-based enterprise data governance software provider, has announced the close of a $58 million (£43.1m) series D funding round to help expand its staff and product environment.

The round was led by ICONIQ Capital and Battery Ventures, already existing Collibra investors, with added participation from Dawn Capital, Index Ventures and Newion Investments. The company’s total funding now stands at more than $133 million.

Collibra offers a platform which automates data governance and...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why digital transformation initiatives are getting pushback from the C-suite

Another day, another piece of research around digital transformation. According to a new study from enterprise and cloud network infrastructure provider Interoute, more than half (51%) of IT leaders in the UK are struggling to secure boardroom access to digital transformation objectives.

The study, which polled 820 IT decision makers in organisations across Europe, pondered on the various reasons boardrooms across Europe are reticent to make big leaps towards digital transformation – with Brexit and...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Gartner says AI will create more jobs than it eliminates…by 2020

It has often been the dividing line when it comes to artificial intelligence infiltrating the workplace; will it create more jobs than it takes away? Gartner has come out on the optimistic side of the coin in its latest analysis – at least by 2020, anyway.

The new decade will be a ‘pivotal’ turning point in AI-related employment dynamics, the analyst firm argues, as 2.3 million jobs will be created through the technology’s advances in 2020, compared to eliminating 1.8 million. By 2025,...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Productivity.