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.

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.

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.

Commoditising cybercrime: The rise of ransomware-as-a-service

Recent years have seen a growing number of high-profile ransomware attacks such as WannaCry hit the headlines for their ability to hijack a huge number of computers in a short space of time and extort victims into paying ransoms in order to get their information back. In the case of WannaCry, over 200,000 computers were infected across 150 countries in just four days, with the ransoms being demanded ranging from $300-$600 per computer. Estimates put the...

By Naaman Hart, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Malware, Security.

Why more organisations are understanding the benefits of becoming an ‘intelligent enterprise’

If you want to become an ‘intelligent enterprise’ – one where the physical and digital worlds are connected to drive innovation via real-time guidance, data-powered environments and collaborative mobile workflows – then time is running out to be ahead of your peers.

According to new research published by Zebra Technologies, the number of firms who are becoming intelligent enterprises has doubled year over...

By Enterprise CIO, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

The real deal on cybercrime, breach timelines, and mounting a proactive defence

Here’s something that may seem obvious but is more true today than ever: Organisations that take security breaches seriously (which should be all of them) can’t afford to sit back and take a reactive approach to their defensive strategy. Although a considerable amount of damage can be done in a shockingly short period of time, simple proactive steps can often thwart cybercriminals and defend organisations against a wide variety of attacks.

By Ted Ross, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Malware, Security.

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.

Communication, C-suite engagement and continuous change: Key digital transformation tips for CIOs

Across all industries and sectors, the use of technology to revolutionise the way business is done has become pervasive. But undertaking digital transformation in this way is a long-term project and often one that includes various hurdles and obstacles unique to each individual organisation. It is the role of the CIO (with the support of the board) to address these challenges and ensure the project is a success.

With this in...

By Rich Hillebrecht, 08 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

Tablet sales continue to decline – but hope abounds for refreshed Surface and iPad Pros

The global tablet market declined 8.6% during the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest figures from IDC – but with the release of updated Surface and iPad Pros, there could be light at the end of a very long tunnel.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, found global shipments were at 36.4 million for those three months, with slate tablets still accounting for...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet, UX.

CIOs fear IoT-related performance and revenue meltdowns, new research finds

The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is an insatiable one – but what price to pay for attempting to do too much too soon? According to new research, three quarters of CIOs fear performance problems with IoT rollouts could ‘significantly’ damage business operations and revenues.

The figures come from software company Dynatrace, who polled 800 global CIOs at businesses with more than 1,000 employees. 78%...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

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.

Digital transformation to make heritage financial firms ‘irrelevant’ by 2030, says Gartner

The growth of digitisation will mean 80% of heritage financial services firms will either go out of business, become commoditised or exist but not compete effectively by 2030, according to a new report from Gartner.

As global digital platforms, fintech companies and other non-traditional players gain greater market share, these traditional firms will struggle for relevance, the company added.

By Enterprise CIO, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees.

Surviving ‘digital Darwinism’ through automating digital transformation

As automation technology evolves, its capabilities to improve processes and efficiency - along with the expectations of it to deliver these things - increases ever higher.

But while automation is often thought of as the result of digital transformation, it is also a key tool in the effectiveness of delivering these business change projects in the first place.

As an enabling tool, automation goes hand-in-hand with digital transformation projects, bringing down costs, improving efficiency and optimising digital...

By Anthony Lamoureux, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Opinion.

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.