The 2019 CIO strategy analysed: Leaders needed combining CIO knowledge and CEO flair

The role of the CIO in 2019 remains a fascinating one. Where do companies invest in their technology initiatives? What position does the CIO hold? What emerging technologies need to be explored?

According to the 2019 CIO survey from Harvey Nash and KPMG, which polled more than 3,600 IT leaders, almost two thirds (63%) of organisations are now allowing technology to be managed outside the IT department.

By James Bourne, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

The seven mistakes CIOs can make with blockchain – and how to overcome them

Gartner appears to really have it in for blockchain – or at least, wants to make sure organisations don’t dive in head first and make a serious mistake.

The analyst firm has put together a list of seven mistakes to avoid in blockchain projects as part of its latest research, including misunderstanding use cases, wrongly assuming key standards, and ignoring governance issues.

By James Bourne, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CIO, Research.

New research shows extent of ‘polymorphic’ email phishing campaigns

We’re deluged by emails on a daily basis; many of which are not in good faith. Many others, like the old-fashioned telephone game, are passed down from scammer to scammer, changed a little here, and then sent to users’ inboxes.

According to new research from phishing prevention provider Ironscales, more than two in five (42%) email phishing attacks are polymorphic, with some attacks undergoing more than 500...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

IoT, AI and blockchain all key to digital transformation – but ensure you get the millennial view

It is widely accepted that a confluence of emerging technologies will be key to future business transformation. Yet there may be a difference of opinion dependent on generation, according to a new report.

The study, from KPMG, aimed to highlight divergent opinions between global tech leaders and millennials. According to the report – which polled more than 740 business leaders and 600 millennials working in the...

By James Bourne, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity.

MobileIron aims to kill off the password completely with further move to Zero Trust

Enterprise mobile software provider MobileIron has announced an update to its Access mobile security and identity platform with a zero sign-on solution which aims to finally replace the password as a security authenticator.

The company’s vision is to enable enterprises to use their mobile devices as their digital identity to access enterprise services and data, built on its unified endpoint management (UEM) platform and powered by...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Security.

CIOs in Central Europe looking to make digital connection as rise of Industry 4.0 takes hold

One in three CIOs in Germany, Austria and Sweden (DACH) say digital initiatives are their top business priority, according to the latest note from analyst firm Gartner.

The study, which polled more than 3,000 CIO respondents across 89 countries, found an interesting correlation in central Europe. Of the 118 DACH CIOs, more than half (51%) said insufficient IT business resources were their most significant barrier to achieving...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Slack unveils Office 365 integrations – and makes Microsoft part of its world

Slack is Slack, and Microsoft is Microsoft, and never the twain shall meet? Perhaps not. Slack has announced the launch of integration capabilities with Office 365 in order to – theoretically at least – bring more seamless collaboration to user workflows.

“Your company relies on a unique mix of tools to get work done. Maybe it’s Zoom for calls, Box for file storage, and Outlook for email and calendaring. Or you could...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

It’s not me, but it is probably you: How IT still views employees with contempt on cybersecurity

A new report from software as a service (SaaS) operations management and security platform BetterCloud begins with a blunt message. “While cybercriminals, hacktivists and ransomware often make a big splash in the news headlines, the reality is that the biggest security threat is often right in front of you.”

According to the study, which featured survey data from 500 IT professionals, the ‘well-meaning but...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Case study: How the National Crime Agency looks to squash the cybercriminals at source

Ben Russell, head of cyber threat response at the National Crime Agency (NCA), wants to get one thing clear. “We’re not a regulator – we’re not here to dish out fines,” he says. “We’re here to support businesses, investigate the criminals and try and catch people in order to help.”

The agency is not here to judge, or enforce anything in particular, but to help businesses if they...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Employees, Privacy, Security.

PTC and Nokia looking to augmented reality for industrial contexts at Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe this week is set to promise much for anyone with even a passing interest in industrial technology – and PTC and Nokia have gotten a jump on the rest by launching augmented reality (AR)-flavoured offerings.

PTC announced the unveiling of its new Vuforia Expert Capture AR solution. The product aims to improve the entire manufacturing process, including productivity, quality, safety, and compliance. The...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, UX, Wearables.

Verizon finds organisations increasingly sacrificing security to ‘get the job done’

Have you ever been working on a project and, knowing it was a choice between ensuring security and getting to deadline, been forced to go with the latter? If you have, according to a new report, you have plenty of company.

The latest Verizon Mobile Security Index, published earlier this month, found almost half (48%) of the more than 600 survey respondents had sacrificed the security aspect of their work in order to ‘get...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

CXOs increasingly suspicious of employees when it comes to data breaches

When a data breach occurs – and unfortunately today it is a question of when rather than if – then looking for the responsible party and safeguarding against future events is a matter of course. Yet according to new data from security provider Egress, the C-suite differs from their employees in terms of who is to blame.

The study, which polled more than 250 CXO executives and 2000 employees across the UK and US,...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Scope AR secures $9.7m series A funding to provide enterprise AR expertise

Meet Scope AR. The San Francisco-based startup aims to in its own words ‘help make any worker an instant expert with augmented reality’ – and it has secured $9.7 million (£7.4m) in series A funding to help achieve that goal.

The funding round was led by Romulus Capital, with existing investors Angel ListHaystack, New Stack Ventures, North American Corporation, SignalFire and Susa Ventures all...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Enterprises see great benefits in automation and RPA – but aren’t able to take advantage yet

The vast majority of enterprises see the benefits in deploying intelligent automation tools – but fewer than half have put their money where their mouth is, according to a new study.

Data from low-code development platform Appian, in its latest Future of Work survey, has found only 46% of organisations polled had deployed intelligent automation while 86% said integration would improve customer experience.

By James Bourne, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How Tangoe has taken the acquisition of MOBI and is revamping its mobility roadmap

“I have to say I went through those seven steps of acquisition,” explains Chris Koeneman, now of Tangoe. “They were the enemy, this was who we fought every day, and to then go and be acquired by them… it was really at the last minute that we said yes to the equity partners behind Tangoe.”

Koeneman was senior vice president of worldwide sales at managed mobility services (MMS) provider MOBI,

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, UX.

Canadian government to invest in BlackBerry’s QNX platform for a driverless car future

BlackBerry is looking to develop the ‘next-generation automotive connectivity and safety solution’ in its native Canada – and has got the backing of the government to help it.

Those words were straight from the mouth – or rather, Twitter account – of BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who announced a commitment of $310 million CAD (£181.2m) to developing this platform, with $40m CAD coming from the...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Data & Analytics, IoT.

The five primary misconceptions of AI: Bias-free, self-learning, and more

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are becoming increasingly key to enterprise strategies and, in time, tech implementations. But if you want to get ahead, you have to avoid misconceptions about the technology and its uses.

According to Gartner, organisations need to be wary of bias and ethical issues, as well as avoid falling into the trap of thinking that AI and ML will only replace repetitive,...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Productivity, Research.

How enterprise innovation is being stifled by lack of skills, support – and a fear of failure

Organisations want – or need – to innovate. Yet it’s not as simple as we’d all hope. According to a new report from IT services provider KCOM, multiple issues are leaving businesses scratching their heads when it comes to digital transformation.

The study, which polled 250 business leaders and C-suite decision makers, found a lack of support from senior stakeholders was the greatest inhibitor of change,...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Organisations struggle with digital transformation strategy amid changing employee expectations

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a new study from SoftwareONE has found that the majority of organisations are willing to adopt and integrate digital workspace technology, but don’t have a defined strategy in place.

The report, which was put together alongside Vanson Bourne and polling 250 IT and business decision makers, found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that almost all (99%)...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.