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.

Microsoft beefs up 365 security and compliance with more advanced offerings

Microsoft is certainly not letting up just because it is the start of the year. The company is launching two new offerings for its enterprise-focused Microsoft 365 suite around increasing security and compliance.

The solutions, around identity and threat protection and information protection and compliance respectively, aim to tie up a few more of the disparate areas within the Microsoft enterprise portfolio. Identity and...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Poor enterprise mobility implementations can cost thousands per worker, report notes

Here are some end-of-year figures which show how vital mobility is to businesses today. According to mobile and IoT management provider SOTI, one poorly performing mobile application per shift can cost organisations up to $20,000 per mobile worker. Yet companies could do more on the management side.

The study, which was put together alongside VDC Research and comprised interviews with 400 respondents, found only one in five...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Gartner warns majority of organisations have low BI and analytics maturity

If you’re worried about not getting very far with business intelligence (BI) initiatives at your organisation, you may not be alone. According to a new study from Gartner, almost nine in 10 firms polled were classified as having ‘low’ BI and analytics maturity.

The findings, which are based on more than 800 responses collected by the analyst firm between October last year and June, argue organisations are...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Enterprise Mobility.

Tangoe acquires MOBI to bolster its mobility services offering

Telecom expense management (TEM) software provider Tangoe has acquired managed mobility services (MMS) firm MOBI in another sign of consolidation in the enterprise mobility space.

Both companies will be familiar to regular readers of this publication – and their two technologies will seemingly complement one another. Indeed, Tangoe has been thinking about this space for some time;

By James Bourne, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

It’s going to be a hundred-zettabyte world – with major investments in the edge reaping rewards

Global data creation is predicted to grow to 163 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025, 10 times the amount of data produced in 2017, according to new figures from IDC.

The findings appear in a report put together by the analyst firm alongside data storage firm Seagate. The report, titled ‘The Digitisation of the World: From Edge to Core’, notes how the enterprise is driving this change.

“Where...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Research.

Research emphasises importance of getting company culture right – and keeping it going long-term

Here’s an example of how important the culture is to an organisation’s overall health: according to recruiter Robert Half, more than one in three workers would not accept a job at a poor company culture even if the other aspects were ‘perfect.’

The findings, which appear in the company’s new report, Organisational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention, also show that it is a...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity, Research.

Enterprise digital transformation initiatives continue to stall: Why a long-term approach is needed

Everyone is talking about their digital transformation initiatives; but for many companies, that’s as far as it gets.

According to a new survey from Insight Enterprises, put together by IDG, more than half (51%) of the 200 IT executives surveyed – whose employers average more than 6,000 workers each – admit initiatives have either been stalled or abandoned.

By James Bourne, 27 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Ransomware is the ‘number one’ threat for small and medium businesses, argues Datto

Ransomware continues to be the primary attack vector small businesses face, according to a new report from business continuity and networking provider Datto.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report, which polled 2,400 managed service providers. According to the report, more than 55% of those polled said their clients had experienced a ransomware attack in the first six...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Malware, Security.

CIOs ‘actively embracing’ IoT, blockchain and AI, asserts Barclaycard

CIOs aren’t just considering implementing new technologies – they are actively embracing them.

That’s the key finding from a new study by Barclaycard. The banking firm, which polled 100 UK-based CIOs at companies with more than 250 employees, found three in 10 CIOs were piloting or using Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, with 35% piloting or adopting blockchain technologies and 45% using artificial intelligence...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, IoT.

Citrix acquires Sapho for $200 million to create smarter, superior work experience

Citrix has announced the acquisition of enterprise micro-app software provider Sapho for $200 million (£155.6m) to help ‘redefine the employee experience.’

Regular readers of this publication will be aware of Sapho’s modus operandi. The company aims to break down monolithic behemoth apps into micro-apps in one mobile, social-esque feed, whether it’s expense approvals from Concur or PO approvals from...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, RMAD.

How EMEA CIOs are taking the lead in digital initiatives: AI 'becoming mainstream'

Barcelona this week has not only been host to VMworld, but Gartner's latest Symposium/ITXpo - and according to the analyst firm's latest research, CIOs in EMEA feel more able to put their digital initiatives to the test.

The study polled more than 3,000 CIOs -  with almost 1,000 in EMEA representing almost $5 trillion in revenue or public sector budget. Success among EMEA CIOs in scaling digital endeavours is better than their counterparts in North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific, Gartner...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Tablet sales continue to decline – but hope abounds for refreshed Surface and iPad Pros

The global tablet market declined 8.6% during the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest figures from IDC – but with the release of updated Surface and iPad Pros, there could be light at the end of a very long tunnel.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, found global shipments were at 36.4 million for those three months, with slate tablets still accounting for...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet, UX.

CIOs fear IoT-related performance and revenue meltdowns, new research finds

The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is an insatiable one – but what price to pay for attempting to do too much too soon? According to new research, three quarters of CIOs fear performance problems with IoT rollouts could ‘significantly’ damage business operations and revenues.

The figures come from software company Dynatrace, who polled 800 global CIOs at businesses with more than 1,000 employees. 78%...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.