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.

Google launches beefier Android Enterprise Recommended program – with nine EMM partners

The bar which has just been set for getting to grips with Android in the enterprise is higher than ever – with the launch of a new Google program.

Android Enterprise Recommended has launched with nine partners which Google says has been able to demonstrate a variety of requirements, from a ‘proven ability to deliver advanced security and management features’, as well as a consistent deployment experience and...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Most cybersecurity research focusing on CPS, IoT and cryptography – but where is AI?

As cybersecurity continues to be a vital area for practically every organisation, the good news is that research continues to be strong in the field.

That’s the latest finding from Crossword Cybersecurity. The company looked at almost 1,200 current and past projects from academic institutions across four continents and found several trends which had emerged since 2013.

There were...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Research, Security.

Enterprise IT infrastructure spend was strong in 2018 – with future outlook steady

Enterprise IT infrastructure had a more than solid year with spending jumping 13% in 2018, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

Aggregate revenues for the last four quarters hit $125 billion, with data centre servers being both the most lucrative market and the highest growing, at almost 26% year over year.

As ever, the cloudy side of the house saw greater gains, with...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity, Research.

New guidelines aim to help healthcare CIOs with cybersecurity initiatives

CIOs in healthcare will without exception have cybersecurity as one of their primary focus areas for 2019 – if not their biggest priority. To help in this quest, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a checklist of security best practices to help ensure a ‘holistic view of the intersection between cybersecurity and healthcare’, in the organisation’s own words.

The

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Security.