New research shows importance of visibility in mobile device strategy

A lack of visibility into devices and networks is putting businesses at risk of cyberattacks, according to a new report.

The study, put together by Enterprise Mobility Exchange and NetMotion Software and which polled more than 130 respondents at organisations with corporately owned mobile devices, explored employees' relationships with their devices and networks.

Almost half of mobile workers polled said they spent the majority of their working time connected to non-corporate public Wi-Fi and carrier...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.

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.

Upskill unveils support for Microsoft HoloLens, improves enterprise AR experience

Upskill, a provider of enterprise-centric augmented reality (AR) software, has announced the launch of Microsoft HoloLens for Skylight, its primary product.

Skylight is a software platform which enables frontline industrial workers to interact hands-free. As this publication previously noted when the company

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

New York cybersecurity fund shows importance of investing in people rather than technology

It seems rather appropriate that the constant surveillance against cyber attack is being championed by the city that never sleeps.

The NYCEDC (New York City Economic Development Corporation) aims to place the city as the leader in security with the Cyber NYC initiative - and up to $100 million in investment. $30m will come from the city, alongside up to an additional $70m from private funding, to put together a series of initiatives. 

Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) has been appointed to establish the...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

BlackBerry is bewitched by the blockchain as it aims to bring ‘Enterprise of Things’ to healthcare

BlackBerry has announced a series of partnerships to focus its ‘Enterprise of Things’ initiative into the healthcare space – including a move towards blockchain technologies.

The company is working with ONEBIO, a peer-to-peer marketplace for biodata, to power a blockchain digital ledger with the aim of creating a fully secure global ecosystem for medical data. Data can be put on the ledger, such as from...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

Hyperledger and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance team up to push forward enterprise blockchain

If blockchain technologies are going to seriously infiltrate the enterprise, then an endorsement from two leading industry players would not go amiss. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) has teamed up with Hyperledger to seemingly do just that.

The two bodies are chumming up by becoming associate members within each other’s organisations. This is somewhat interesting in itself; the EEA naturally aims to focus on...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Data & Analytics, Security.

Germany and US leading the way in enterprise software-driven landscape, says Pivotal

The five S’s which define a modern software company are speed, stability, scalability, security, and savings. But to what extent do different verticals adhere to this mantra? Pivotal Software has put together a benchmark test to assess which industries and countries are on top – with Germany edging out the US in the latter.

The Built to Adapt Benchmark, put together alongside analyst firms Ovum and Longitude...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Cloud , Development.

Enterprises are finding open source so alluring that vulnerabilities are less important

The Equifax data breach of 2017 was a bad one. Just how bad it ended up being was only revealed in May this year. This isn’t for the faint of heart: 209,000 payment cards, 99 million addresses, and more than 146 million people affected.

Yet these revelations have had little effect on organisations using vulnerable open source software. According to the latest State of the Software Supply Chain report from Sonatype, the...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Privacy.

Slack acquires Astro to bolster email collaboration - with AI flavour

Slack has announced it has acquired AI-influenced email software provider Astro - and its first step is to shut down its service.

Visitors to Astro's site will be met with the news that the company's apps for Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa and Slack will be shut down on October 10, while new users will no longer be able to sign up.

Andy Pflaum, CEO of Astro, wrote: "We started in 2015 with a mission to bring intelligence to workplace communications, starting with email. We know email continues...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Social.

Microsoft Ignite: Satya Nadella on open data, tech intensity, and mutual success

"It's a simple concept - think of it as a very simple equation," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told attendees at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. "Each of us has to do two things - we need to make sure we are adopting the latest and greatest technology, and we've got to build our own digital capability."

Nadella was talking about his latest ethos of 'tech intensity'. Regardless of which industry you are in, you are a digital business today - and as a result, you need to both...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Big Data, Collaboration, Microsoft.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New collaboration aims to explore VR and AR for engineering and automotive design

StarVR and Autodesk are coming together for an initiative to provide virtual and augmented reality for automotive design and engineering.

The product, VRED Professional, is optimised for the StarVR One head mounted display, which is also being unveiled this week. The headset offers a professional-grade colour spectrum, custom full RGB AMOLED displays and integrated eye tracking, among other features.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.