Google aims to utilise G Suite for new hiring app aimed at smaller businesses

Google has announced the launch of Hire, an app aimed at helping small and medium businesses in the recruitment process.

The app combines with G Suite, Google’s set of intelligent apps, including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar, to help ‘efficiently manage the interview process end to end’, in the company’s words.

Organisations can communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire, with emails syncing automatically in both, schedule interviews through Hire and Calendar, and analyse...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Four in five organisations concerned digital transformation is leaving them behind

Another day, another report which warns against slow progress when it comes to digital transformation: according to a study from Couchbase, 80% of organisations are at risk of being left behind.

The survey from the NoSQL database firm, which polled 450 heads of digital transformation – in other words, CIOs, CTOs and CDOs (chief digital officers) – found that the vast majority (89%) said their industry was either already being disrupted by digital technology or that it was a ‘matter of...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, IoT.

Is a lack of creativity stifling workplace productivity?

Plenty of reports have hit the headlines regarding the UK’s seemingly low levels of productivity – but is stifling creativity a further problem?

According to new research issued by Microsoft, uninspiring workplaces, stress, and a lack of room for individual concentration are all contributing to the risk of a ‘creativity crisis’.

The study, put together by Microsoft Surface representing the views of more than 1,100 employees, also found existing workloads and organisational processes...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Gartner says worldwide IT spending to grow 2.4% in 2017

Worldwide IT spending continues to increase, with emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, blockchain, and smart machines in retail behind the climb.

That’s according to the latest analysis from Gartner, which forecasts global IT spending to total $3.5 trillion (£2.7tn) in 2017, up 2.4% from the year before. Communications services represent the highest number, at $1.37tn, however up only 0.3% from 2016. IT services, at $922bn in 2017, continue their steady uptake at 3.1%, while...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Research.

Kony report reveals continued dissatisfaction with enterprise apps

It feels like a line which has been endlessly repeated – but a new study reveals how organisations are still unimpressed with their enterprise apps.

The study, from enterprise app provider Kony alongside Wakefield Research, surveyed more than 1,000 line of business executives and found that while for 98% of respondents specific mobile apps would be a boon for their organisation, user experience, cost, and maintenance remain big issues.

Two thirds (65%) of those polled admitted they were not entirely...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Three in five global organisations have adopted Windows 10, says Spiceworks

Gartner said back in April that 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by the end of 2017 – and now according to new data from Spiceworks, 60% of global organisations have adopted the operating system today.

Windows 10, which was officially launched two years ago – give or take five days – was seen by many analysts as the long-term successor to Windows Vista, whose...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Microsoft adds Check Point to EMS security partners, joins Zimperium and Lookout

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Check Point, integrating the latter’s SandBlast Mobile with its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.

The companies had previously teamed up for securing Microsoft Azure with Check Point’s vSec Cloud Security, with Check Point adding that baking SandBlast Mobile, aimed at mobile threat defence, into Microsoft’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) product, Intune, “provides...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Digital transformation drivers uncovered in Dimension Data report

62% of business and IT leaders polled by Dimension Data say they expect to have technology such as virtual advisors in their organisations within the next two years, while gaining competitive advantage and improving business processes were cited as key reasons to move to digital transformation.

The study, whose findings appear in the paper ‘The Digital Workplace Report: Transforming Your Business’, polled 850 participants at organisations with at least 1,000 employees.

Looking at the European...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Companies failing to heed warnings on employee deprovisioning, research warns

More than half of employees surveyed by identity management provider OneLogin admit they still have access to corporate applications from former employers.

The study, which was based on a survey of 500 US-based IT decision makers, found that almost half (44%) of respondents lack confidence that former employees have been removed from corporate networks. A quarter of those polled said their organisation takes more than a week to remove a former employee from their records, while another quarter did not know...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

New study warns of management risks as enterprise mobile devices become more pervasive

More than two thirds of CEOs in the transportation and logistics sector are ‘failing to grasp’ the importance of rugged devices in the field to their operations, according to a new report from SOTI.

The study, conducted by Arlington Research on behalf of the enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider, sought responses from 1,300 individuals in companies with more than 50 employees, who all use a smart device for work purposes.

Management remains a headache despite – or because of –...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

CIOs need to incorporate event-driven architecture in their business, says Gartner

If organisations are to realise the benefits of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, event-driven architecture (EDA) is the way forward, according to the latest missive from Gartner.

EDA is defined by TechTarget’s microservices arm as ‘a framework that orchestrates behaviour around the production, detection and consumption of events as well as the...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, IoT.

Symantec to acquire Skycure to bolster mobile security play

Cyber security giant Symantec has announced it is to acquire Israel-based Skycure, a ‘mobile threat defence’ provider.

Skycure’s modus operandi is the belief that ‘true enterprise mobile security could only be achieved by building from the ground up a solution of a type that did not yet exist…one that understands the unique characteristics of mobile devices and mobile productivity’, in the company’s own words.

In other words, Skycure protects across all major mobile...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

Trend Micro and VMware team up for enterprise mobile security

Trend Micro and VMware have announced the integration of its solutions for increased enterprise mobile security.

The former’s Mobile Security for Enterprise solution will be baked into VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch, the latter’s digital workspace platform and enterprise mobility management (EMM) offerings.

Customers “will be able to secure corporate data from mobile threats more effectively through policy enforcement and compliance and sharing device security posture...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How Node.js and Docker will help increase company head counts – and create new firms

If you want to create more projects, hire more staff and build out your organisation, then Node.js is the way to go, according to new research.

The figures come from a new study by NodeSource which aimed to examine the current momentum of Node.js within the open source software ecosystem. Naturally, given NodeSource works in the realm of Node.js consulting, it is not the biggest surprise to see these results – however the underlying statistics are certainly of interest.

More than nine in 10 (91%)...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Development, Employees.

AI, AR and VR intriguing Asia Pacific enterprises, argues IDC

The enterprise mobility landscape in Asia Pacific is seeing interesting growth, according to IDC, with the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots, and augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) creating new opportunities and challenges for organisations.

IDC unveiled new findings at its latest Enterprise Mobility Conference in Singapore, featuring responses from more than 1,350 IT and business decision makers in the region. Almost half (48%)...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, UX.

The key ways remote access is impacting the future of work

The workplace continues to change. Whether it’s through personal mobile devices, collaboration software, or remote working, technology continues to spur greater efficiencies.

According to remote software developer RealVNC, the rise of remote software will drive other business trends in the coming year – with the company picking out the five of the most important in a new report.

RealVNC, which counts NASA, Shell and Disney among its customers, argues businesses will have to more actively look at...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Microsoft moving EMS to Azure Portal helps company ‘blow past’ customer usage metrics

Microsoft is baking more of its enterprise mobility roles into the Azure Portal – and it means they have ‘blown past’ their usage metrics for the year.

The move, which has been made gradually over the past quarter, enables admins to operate Intune, Azure Information Protection, and Active Directory, all from one place. As an example video showed, admins can reset or remove data from devices that have fallen out of compliance, protect files, and more through a custom dashboard...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Progress Software acquires Kinvey for $49 million

Progress Software has announced the acquisition of backend as a service (BaaS) technology provider Kinvey for $49 million (£37.8m).

Kinvey, with customers including NBCUniversal, Schneider Electric and VMware, enables organisations to build apps in minutes. The company was named as a leader in the Forrester Wave for mobile development platforms towards the end of 2016, with its platform being awarded a patent the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS.

Why the problem of ‘disconnected data’ could be costing your company billions

Legacy technology and ‘disconnected data’ is costing businesses ‘billions’ each year, according to a new study commissioned by SnapLogic.

The report, which was put together by Vanson Bourne, argues the total cost comes to $140 billion per year after interviewing 500 interviews of IT decision makers and business users of cloud-based applications. This isn’t just financial, but impacts on organisations’ ability to innovate, develop new products and services, and engage their...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Apperian unveils new password controls and single sign on in product update

Mobile app management (MAM) provider Apperian has announced updates to its platform with the aim of ‘increasing the security of enterprise mobile app data without compromising usability’.

The new capabilities include supporting single sign on with Touch ID on iOS devices, supporting the OAuth authentication protocol, as well as advanced password restrictions. The password restrictions include providing administrators with granular controls around password expiration time, password history, and how...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Identity, MAM, Security.