Unqork secures $51 million in series B funding to further no-code enterprise mission

No-code application platform provider Unqork has announced the close of a $51 million (£39.6m) series B funding round to further its mission of providing high-quality software for large enterprises at low cost.

The round was put together by existing investor Goldman Sachs, as well as new investors Aquiline Technology Growth and World Innovation Lab, and is part of a wider $131m (£101.7m) round of funding led by Alphabet investment fund CapitalG.

The money will be used to grow Unqork's sales...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, RMAD.

CIO IT budgets are gradually increasing – with AI and ML a ‘spotlight’ technology

The good news is that the CIO’s IT budget is going up – but it remains slow progress.

That’s according to a new report released by IDG. The CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities 2020 report, which polled 200 heads of IT, found that three in five (59%) respondents expect their technology budgets to increase in the coming 12 months. Yet this is only just up from 57% the previous year.

By James Bourne, 27 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Research.

Gaurang Torvekar, CEO, Indorse: On finding the right business model for a skills marketplace – with blockchain

For any budding entrepreneurs with an idea and a head full of dreams, here are two key lessons that Gaurang Torvekar, CEO of Singapore-based Indorse, has learned: the business model is more important than the idea, and don’t let your technology be the only selling point.

Torvekar (left) firmly describes himself as a founder in the blockchain...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

BlackBerry threat analysis report sounds pessimistic warning for retail and automotive brands

If you are in the automotive or retail space, expect more cyber threats in the coming year – according to a new report from BlackBerry.

The company’s 2020 Threat Report, put together using insights from Cylance, the anti-malware provider acquired by BlackBerry one year ago, analysed various attack vectors of interest to bad actors, from coin-mining to ever-sophisticated ransomware methods.

By James Bourne, 20 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Enterprise open source usage soars aligned with cloud strategies, argues Red Hat

Proprietary software usage is plummeting as enterprise open source projects are increasingly playing a strategic role in organisations, according to a new report from Red Hat.

The study, the company’s second State of Enterprise Open Source report, polled 950 global IT leaders, of whom 95% said open source was important to their enterprise infrastructure.

“It’s safe to...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Productivity, Research.

How the CIO needs to see the evolution of no-code platforms: Security, ML, and democratising data

The low-code and no-code enterprise application platform space, one may have considered, was a part of enterprise digital transformation which has matured, served its purpose, and now been siphoned off by the bigger players in the space.

As far back as 2016, this publication was exploring the right direction for the...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD, Security.

Accenture to buy Symantec’s managed cyber services arm – two months after Broadcom close

Updated Jan 9 Accenture is to acquire Symantec’s managed cybersecurity services (MSSP) arm – two months after Broadcom closed a $10.7 billion deal to buy the security provider outright.

The move will look to beef up Accenture Security and aim to make it a leading provider of managed security services. Accenture will secure Symantec’s six operations centres, in the US, the UK, India, Australia, Singapore and Japan,...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security.

Scope AR acquires studio WakingApp as enterprise augmented reality ramps up

Scope AR, a San Francisco-based provider of enterprise-focused augmented reality (AR) software, has announced it is to acquire AR studio WakingApp.

WakingApp offers a proprietary AR platform which focuses on being of use to enterprises across industries. The company said it was ‘thrilled’ to join Scope AR and ‘become an integral part in the delivery of first-class AR solutions to enterprise organisations.’

By James Bourne, 11 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Wearables.

Allison Cerra, CMO, McAfee: On education and mindfulness in removing cybersecurity complexity

If you’re going to write a playbook around cybersecurity best practice, as a leading executive of one of the major security companies, then it may be a wise idea to deal with any skeletons in the cupboard before dispensing the pellets of wisdom.

Thankfully Allison Cerra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at McAfee, does so in her new book with integrity, grace, and no little wit.

In April 2017, as

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Apple notes continued enterprise presence as Salesforce partnership goes up a gear

Last September, Apple and Salesforce announced a strategic partnership to bring the latter onto native iOS as well as developing new mobile apps. As the cavalcade of Dreamforce news and speakers rolled on earlier this week, one of the more interesting sessions was a fireside chat between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

There’s always one rotten app in the bunch: Google launches App Defense Alliance

Google has announced the founding of the App Defense Alliance to help defend the company’s app store from bad actors – with security partners ESET, Lookout and Zimperium all on board.

The move will see the Google Play Protect detection systems for malicious apps integrated with the scanning engines of each partner. The partnering companies were chosen specifically for their specialisms in endpoint protection and...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores, Malware, Security.

Gartner notes upcoming challenges for CEOs – and what CIOs must do to mitigate them

When your organisation has to navigate stormy waters, the CEO will take the brunt of the incoming waves. Yet the CIO can steer a course to safety through technological change. A new report from Gartner assesses three macro-level problems chief executives may face in the coming year – and how CIOs can be able to mitigate them.

The first trend is focused around what Gartner calls ‘reglobalisation’. As...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees.

Samsung launches Galaxy enterprise edition with UK focus

Samsung has unveiled the enterprise edition of its Galaxy smartphone in the UK, with a plethora of enterprise-flavoured options promised from security to firmware over-the-air.

The launch will see the Galaxy Enterprise Edition become available on the Note10, S10, S10e, A50, A40 and XCover 4s variants, with more variants being announced later in the year.

By James Bourne, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Samsung.

New report ponders the ‘data-deprived enterprise’ problem – with self-service BI the way to go

Enterprises are continuing to make strategic decisions without sufficient data to back them up, according to a new report – and it is the frontline employees who are more likely to go without.

The 2020 Global State of Enterprise Analytics report, put together by MicroStrategy, surveyed 500 business intelligence (BI) and analytics professionals across five countries and 10 industry segments. 94% of those polled said data...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Oracle report explores how employees have gone from fear to optimism with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already changed the relationship between employees and technology – and according to a new study, workers are more likely to trust robots than their managers.

The findings appear in Oracle’s second annual AI at Work study, which polled more than 8,000 employees, managers and HR leaders across 10 countries. 64% of those polled said they would trust a robot more than their manager,...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Unqork and Celigo secure combined $100m funding to bolster enterprise integration software

While the enterprise mobility and enterprise software markets are today somewhat saturated, venture capital money can still be sourced for particularly innovative startups. Two such companies, Celigo and Unqork, have announced funding rounds this week.

Celigo, based out of San Mateo, California, has raised $20 million (£16.4m) in a series B funding round. The company aims to provide...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

More than half of workers polled experience mobile issues at least once a month, survey argues

The enterprise mobility market may be considered close to saturation, but plenty of pain points remain, according to a new industry report.

The State of Enterprise Mobility survey, conducted by B2M Solutions, found more than half (51%) of workers polled reported experiencing at least one issue with their mobile devices per month which hindered their ability to do their job.

The study,...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Organisations still trying to find sweet spot between innovation and security focus, argues CompTIA

It is a question which organisations continue to ponder: what is the right balance between innovation and security? A new report from CompTIA argues that companies are working to balance both sides of the coin – but with issues along the way.

The report, ‘Cybersecurity for Digital Operations’ which is based on a survey of 500 US businesses, found almost half (45%) of organisations polled were...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

Enterprises need comprehensive data strategies – but few are getting it right today

Another day, another disconnect in enterprise land: according to a new study, while two thirds of organisations believe a comprehensive data strategy is a requirement for meeting business objectives, only a third say their current capabilities are able to do so.

The study, from Harvard Business Review and Cloudera titled ‘Critical Success Factors to Achieve a Better Enterprise Data Strategy in Multi-Cloud...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.