A guide for contemporary IT teams to manage their IT inventory

IT management today is a convergence of employee productivity, uninterrupted business services, employee and customer communication platform, cyber defence and making businesses future ready. Over the last decade, the role of enterprise IT has changed from a business support function to ensuring your business is cyber safe and runs efficiently.  Hence it is not surprising that on average 4.1% of a company’s budget is allocated to IT. This represents an average of £9800 spend on IT per...

By Prasanna Kulkarni, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees.

Microsoft stirs AI and mixed reality into the Dynamics 365 pot with greater enterprise focus

Microsoft has redefined its focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and mixed reality (MR) for the enterprise markets, announcing new products for Dynamics 365.

Dynamics 365, the suite which Microsoft aims to reimagine customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP), will get the new AI and MR treatment to ‘take another step forward on our journey to help empower every organisation on the...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, UX.

Building trust in a ‘zero trust’ environment: A more dynamic security model

Today’s working environments are no longer governed by the perimeters and boundaries they once were.  As a result, security threats have multiplied and the pressure on IT teams to protect data has increased rapidly. Modern work happens in a mobile-cloud environment outside traditional security controls, and from the perspective of those controls it’s a zero trust environment.

As attacks become more sophisticated, security professionals are forced to reconsider the best practices on which...

By Ojas Rege, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

This enterprise secure messaging platform – with zero knowledge architecture – may be a Keeper

Worried that your organisation’s messaging tools aren’t up to scratch security-wise? Keeper Security may have the answer.

The Chicago-based security vendor has announced that KeeperChat, its secure chat and private messenger platform, is now available at SMB and enterprise level.

The platform, available on Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS, was originally launched in March,...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

What’s holding you back from digital transformation? Let Deloitte show the way

Every year, Deloitte conducts a global survey of CIOs at companies across industries with the goal of understanding how those CIOs operate, and accordingly how their companies are performing in the digital space.

As Deloitte points out in their 2018 survey, “Manifesting legacy: Looking beyond the digital era,” the role of the CIO as a “trusted...

By App47, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

Signs of the 'always-on' culture: Poorly performing mobile devices put employees' health at risk

The ubiquity of mobile devices and the promise of work being something one does, rather than being somewhere one goes, of course has its benefits. But to what extent is the 'always-on' culture a drain? According to a new study from B2M Solutions, it's not so much being always on, but when they're not on that is the issue.

The report, titled 'The Impact of Mobile Devices Issues on Employee Health and Well-Being', found more than two in five respondents had experienced stress or anxiety...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Gartner notes concern over employees developing future skills amid digital transformation drive

As organisations continue to undergo their digital transformation initiatives, what does this mean for employees? According to the latest note from Gartner, the majority of workers are set to struggle with the skills needed for future roles.

More than two in three business leaders polled by the analyst firm said their company needs to become ‘significantly digitalised’ by 2020 or risk obsolescence. What’s...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

iOS continues to dominate mobile in the enterprise – with IT and media biggest movers

iOS continues to dominate the enterprise mobile device landscape, according to the latest figures from cloud storage provider Egnyte.

The figures, which come from more than 16 petabytes of data analysed between 2017 and 2018, found that of the figures analysed, 79% of all mobile activity came from iOS, with three fifths (59%) of that total from iPhones and 41% from iPads.

Since 2017,...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Research.

The MAM revival – or, why MDM was never going to stand the test of time

Picture this: it’s 2008. All across the country, everyone from tech geeks to regular Joes are getting familiar with the new kid on the phone block, Apple’s iPhone.

Just as the iPhone is all the rage, so too are the apps that people are starting to get familiar with. Despite some detractors’ insistence that people don’t want their phones to be more than phones, customers are latching on quick. People are learning to love Evernote, and the New York Times app, and everything in between.

In...

By App47, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM.

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.

AWS retains its crown as the go-to cloud IaaS provider for SMBs

A study by cloud managed services provider RightScale has revealed that Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues its dominance among SMBs.

AWS first opened the door for its cloud services among SMBs with its initial IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offering. The company has retained its lead as the ‘go-to cloud’ for SMBs despite the presence of Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

In fact, AWS has twice as many SMB customers than its ‘big-named’ competitors.

AWS’...

By Enterprise CIO, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud .

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.

Why the IoT market is predicted to double by 2021 - reaching $520 billion

  • Bain predicts the combined markets of the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to about $520bn in 2021, more than double the $235bn spent in 2017.
  • Data centre and analytics will be the fastest growing IoT segment, reaching a 50% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021.
  • IoT customers are planning and executing more proof of concept pilots, with many balancing their expectations regarding broader adoption.
  • Cloud service providers (CSP) are emerging as influential providers of IoT services, consulting and analytics for enterprises, leaving smaller opportunities for other providers in niche...

By Louis Columbus, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

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.

Enterprises waiting months for security updates may cause concern in ‘as a service’ future

Revamping an enterprise’s IT security is never going to be a simple flick of a switch. Yet for more than a quarter of organisations polled by enterprise software provider Kollective, it will take at least a month before vital updates are installed.

The study, which polled 260 IT managers, found that for almost two in five (37%), not installing updates is seen as the biggest security threat this year, with outdated...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Slack secures $427 million in series H round – taking company valuation to $7.1 billion

Slack has announced it has raised an additional $427 million (£332m) of investment in a series H equity round, taking the company’s post-money valuation to more than $7.1 billion.

The round was led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic, joining T. Rowe Price Associates Inc, as well as Wellington Management, Baillie Gifford and Sands Capital.

“The way people work is...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.