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.

New research sounds warning over balancing employee productivity and security

There always needs to be a fine line between ensuring productivity within employees and keeping them happy. Take the story earlier this month regarding an employee in Japan who was publicly admonished for ‘habitually’ leaving his desk a few minutes early for lunch.

Yet new figures from Spiceworks have found that employees spend up to 26 days per year on websites unrelated to their job.

According...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

Digital transformation: Preparing the business for perpetual change

The term ‘digital transformation’ has been bandied around a lot over the last few years, and frankly you’d be forgiven for being tired of hearing about it. But behind the hyperbole lies a key challenge for every business: how to update and innovate to remain competitive in a world of converging technology.

If done correctly, there are plenty of benefits associated with digital transformation. Automation and the digitising of systems can boost efficiency significantly, especially when they...

By Jim Bowes, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

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.

How secure mobile messaging is starting to make progress in healthcare

It goes without saying that healthcare data is vitally important to keep secure. Many health organisations are as a result a bit reticent when it comes to adopting new technologies – take recent stories around how millennial doctors are puzzled by fax machines, or how the NHS still has more than 10,000 of the machines in...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why data is key to ensure AI isn’t just a more intelligent ‘garbage in, garbage out’ process

Today, enterprises are going through challenging times. Customers are increasingly demanding personalised experiences and ‘predictive’ service quality. Enterprises need to be speedy, adaptable, agile and lean to deliver these experiences. As a result, artificial intelligence (AI) comes to the rescue of these organisations as they enable them to simplify complex operations, empower humans, create unified experiences, build smart, efficient processes and provide effective service orchestration to...

By Kalyan Kumar, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Productivity.

P is for productivity: How Android 9.0 focuses on enterprise mobility

Did you catch any of the Google I/O coverage earlier this month? While Google’s developers discussed several impressive new technologies, none were more important for enterprise mobility than Android 9.0.

Believe it or not, some users have piloted tests dating as far back as March. As soon as this year’s annual developer conference came to a close, however, the company officially kicked off Android P—Android 9.0’s...

By Chris Koeneman, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How to handle digital transformation and collaboration at large enterprises

You’ve got a team of 500 and some of them have been with the business more than thirty years. They are still thriving, as is the business, and, overall, you are doing really well. It’s a promising time, but not one without its challenges, because large companies don’t work the same way that they used to.

One of the biggest but often overlooked challenges for large, legacy enterprises, is how to collaborate effectively at scale and how to move on from older systems. If you're seeking to...

By Johann Butting, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

GamEffective raises $11 million in series B funding to help improve workplace learning

GamEffective, a New York and Israel-based productivity software provider, has raised $11 million in a series B round of funding to help grow its platform.

The round was led by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), alongside existing investors 2B Angels, CE Ventures, Lipman, Chomski, Yaniv Tal and Eshbol among others, as well as new investor La Maison.

GamEffective’s modus operandi is around ‘engagement automation’. While gamification is an important part of how the company creates engagement...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification, Productivity.