Why Amazon is the almost perfect marketplace for the Fortune 100

Chief procurement officers (CPOs), key people who decide where and how to spend a company’s budget, have a front row seat to the unnerving trend of employees flocking to Amazon to buy what they need for work with little or no regard to policy. The allure is just too great compared to the alternative - corporate purchasing software with comparatively terrible UX.

While some company...

By Christian Lanng, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, Productivity.

Research emphasises importance of getting company culture right – and keeping it going long-term

Here’s an example of how important the culture is to an organisation’s overall health: according to recruiter Robert Half, more than one in three workers would not accept a job at a poor company culture even if the other aspects were ‘perfect.’

The findings, which appear in the company’s new report, Organisational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention, also show that it is a...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity, Research.

RingCentral aims to ‘reimagine communications and collaboration’ with new unified mobile app

At its annual user conference, titled ‘ConnectCentral’, RingCentral – a US-based provider of cloud-based communications and collaboration solutions for businesses – announced the availability of the new RingCentral unified mobile app, which aims to be an entirely reimagined collaboration-centric experience for enterprise communications.

The RingCentral unified mobile app provides a modern...

By Enterprise CIO, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Get to grips with DevSecOps – and address security flaws much more quickly

The number of vulnerable applications in an organisation’s ecosystem remains at a ‘staggeringly high’ level according to new research – but putting DevSecOps practices into action appear to have some benefits.

That’s according to a report from CA Veracode. The latest State of Software Security report – CA Technologies having acquired Veracode last year – gives a ‘promising’...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Productivity, Security.

When the rubber meets the road: The sweet spot for innovation in digital transformation

Digital transformation is separating the winners from the losers. More than ever, innovation is critical. The biggest innovations today are happening where the rubber meets the road, where employees on the front lines are grappling with challenges. Given the right tools, these individuals have the potential to truly innovate by creating the solutions to these challenges that they alone intimately understand.

Innovation happens...

By Andrew LeCates, 25 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Three steps to create secure instant messaging within your organisation

Instant messaging (IM) applications are now a given in the modern enterprise. In fact, according to this article in Wired magazine, they are almost as old as the Internet itself!  It’s easy to see why instant messaging applications are popular - they are quick to use, less formal than email and allow for instantaneous communication.  Users can see immediately when their colleagues are online, share files quickly and...

By Jan van Vliet, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

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.

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.

How Mead & Hunt transformed its IT operations through virtual desktop infrastructure

Mead & Hunt, a more than 100-year old US-based company specialising in design, engineering and architecture consulting, had a bit of a problem. They needed to open up a new office, in Tallahassee, Florida, in a matter of weeks. The employees had been hired – but there was nowhere to put them and ensure they were productive from day one.

Projects of this type would usually involve multiple recces to the new office...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Employees, Productivity.

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.

The 90% success recipe: Beating the odds and the market with digital and analytics

Pressure is mounting on CEOs and their leadership teams to deliver above-market growth. However, consistently beating the market over time, requires a top-performing commercial engine underpinned by a new wave of digital and analytics capabilities.

While hiring new talent is a crucial component of building necessary capabilities, you also need to facilitate change within the organisation itself. Business executives today need to focus on building capabilities with the same level of commitment they showed when...

By Michael Viertler, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Transitioning your data centre to the cloud: A CIO's guide

Those involved in the technology world are used to things changing quickly, but it’s likely that few anticipated how fast organisations would shift from managing on-premises data centre infrastructure to declaring a moratorium on it and moving to the cloud. Not too long ago, many CIOs thought a hybrid approach was the way to go, since it seemed that some workloads just didn’t belong in the cloud and that public cloud security was not wholly adequate.

By Deborah Thornton, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

The big bet on AI: Expectations versus reality

The bets are in! Artificial intelligence (AI) is the favourite to win the-hottest-tech-initiative for IT professionals this year. But is it a reality? If recent headlines are anything to go by, AI is set to triumph.  

In April of this year, the U.K. government raised its stakes in the AI game with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS)’

By Leon Adato, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Remote support software gaining popularity – but more can be done for optimal experience

More than half of companies say remote access and remote support software is highly business critical – as TeamViewer notices an increase in use cases.

The figures come from research conducted by the vendor, alongside Research Now SSI, which aimed to focus on the most popular bundles associated with remote collaboration software, alongside potential barriers to implementation.

By James Bourne, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

ERP budgets: Reduce risk and prepare for successful implementation

Planning for a new ERP solution is a major decision for CIOs and other enterprise C-level executives. Everyone acknowledges the benefits a new technology can deliver. Today’s manufacturing and distribution companies find that accessing data instantly throughout the enterprise is a compelling rationale for moving in a new direction. The overriding question is, when is the expense worth the effort and potential disruption that implementing a new solution may...

By Andrew Bolivar, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Productivity.

Microsoft adds Slack to list of official Office rivals in 10-K report

Microsoft and Slack are hardly going to be bosom buddies – and now the rivalry has gone up a couple of notches.

At least, that’s according to Microsoft’s annual 10-K report. This year’s offering (html, 107 pages if you have a spare hour or so) has a new name under the ‘competition’ banner. Slack is in as a competitor...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1.4% in Q218, says Gartner

In its latest market analysis of the PC market, Gartner reports a 1.4% increase in global shipments of PCs totalling 62.1 million units in Q2/2018. This was the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since Q1/2012. The study says this rise in shipments was across all the regions if compared with the previous year.

Though it seems to be an optimistic situation, the research firm states that this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

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By Enterprise CIO, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

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.

How to combat low technology confidence in your workplace

Workplace technology develops and transforms at an incredible pace; we see new possibilities for working each day from the latest video calling software to voice-powered assistants and virtual office spaces.

Almost 50% of executives are planning to invest more than £10m in digital technologies and ways of working by 2020.The allure of new IT designed to modernise and innovate, bolster employee...

By John Brett, 29 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.