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.

Get to grips with DevSecOps – and address security flaws much more quickly

The number of vulnerable applications in an organisation’s ecosystem remains at a ‘staggeringly high’ level according to new research – but putting DevSecOps practices into action appear to have some benefits.

That’s according to a report from CA Veracode. The latest State of Software Security report – CA Technologies having acquired Veracode last year – gives a ‘promising’...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Productivity, Security.

Why CIOs need to be aware now of quantum computing, real-time language translation and more

Quantum computing, real-time language translation and nanotechnology will be among the far emerging technological trends – and according to Gartner, CIOs need to be aware of them sooner than later.

The analyst house posited seven ‘digital disruptions’ that the C-suite needs to recognise at its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo event. Some of the trends were more cultural than technological. For instance, there will be...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Research.

How to move the needle in enterprise machine learning: Take it to production level

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be an important transformational tool in the enterprise – that much is perfectly clear. Yet so far initiatives have been in silos, or individual contributions. What is going to be needed to take the next step?

A new research report from Algorithmia has focused on the ways companies of all sizes are exploring machine learning – and found that larger organisations have the advantage...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

AI and 5G ‘no longer concepts’ in the enterprise as future of work forecast revealed

Some good news around the state of enterprise, mobile and automation; almost nine in 10 companies polled by mobility provider MOBI said they were either undertaking or planning AI-driven initiatives, with three quarters of those seeing return on investment from it.

The study, which took responses from 100 US-based IT decision makers at companies with at least 5,000 employees, found that companies were generally confident...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.