Chief data officer role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping sort enterprise data deluge

How are enterprises getting to grips with the data and analytics deluge – and how vital is employing a chief data officer?

According to new research published by MicroStrategy, more than half (57%) of the 500 companies polled said they had a chief data officer (CDO), with the study saying the role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping democratise data and analytics across organisations.

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Collaboration, Employees.

Microsoft adds Slack to list of official Office rivals in 10-K report

Microsoft and Slack are hardly going to be bosom buddies – and now the rivalry has gone up a couple of notches.

At least, that’s according to Microsoft’s annual 10-K report. This year’s offering (html, 107 pages if you have a spare hour or so) has a new name under the ‘competition’ banner. Slack is in as a competitor...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Siemens snaps up Mendix in $730m deal to ‘strengthen digital enterprise leadership’

Siemens has announced the acquisition of low-code app platform provider Mendix for €0.6 billion ($730m) alongside putting across a ‘significant multi-year investment to accelerate R&D innovation’ and the global footprint of its platform.

The move will see Mendix move into Siemens’ ‘digital factory’ division, which aims to focus on hardware and software products integrating with the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

CIOs want cloud, cybersecurity and AI – but not all confident their IT is up to it

Data analytics, cloud and cyber security are the key technologies for CIOs today – but a fair proportion are looking at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

That is the primary finding from a study by Trace3, a provider of, well, cloud, cybersecurity, and machine learning software. Never mind that however – the statistics from the study, which featured more than 200 responses from the C-suite, as well as vice presidents and directors, are still...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Security.

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger top blacklisted enterprise app list again

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger have got plenty of fans – but not so much in the enterprise as they continue to be blacklisted.

That’s the key finding from the latest quarterly report from enterprise mobile security provider Appthority. The study, the Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report for Q218, is based around the millions of scans the company performs for its customers, and found WhatsApp and Facebook to be similarly popular – and unpopular from a security view – for...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

McAfee revamps with new enterprise security portfolio

Guess who’s back? Well, to a certain extent at least. McAfee has announced the launch of a new enterprise security portfolio which aims to give customers a ‘comprehensive, flexible defence system that manages their security products based on their needs today and in the future as they continue to move to modern device operating systems and to the cloud.’

The product, McAfee MVISION, offers a single integrated management workspace, and three subsidiary products – McAfee MVISION ePO...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Get communication right between the CISO and the board to improve enterprise security

If security is a hot button issue in your organisation – and of course, why wouldn’t it be? – then CISOs and the rest of the board need to more ably see eye to eye, according to a new report.

The report, from Kudelski Security’s Client Advisory Council (CAC), argues it is a two-way street. The board needs to see CISOs as equal partners in the C-suite, rather than ‘compliance chasers and one-way cost centres’, while CISOs need to see cybersecurity from a board point of view...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Phishing awareness training not translating to fewer clicks, research argues

The emails just keep on coming; many relevant, but many more either just good old fashioned spam or, worse, phishing attempts. Yet new research argues that despite regular phishing awareness training, many companies are still falling for the old routines.

The research was conducted by Ironscales, an Israel-based company which claims to offer the world’s first automated phishing prevention, detection, and response platform. More on that later – but according to the data, which came from 300...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Enterprise AR and VR will be the operators’ playground – once 5G wrangling is sorted out

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) over wireless networks is gaining momentum in the industrial sector. According to the latest study from ABI Research, 10% of industrial smart glasses, alongside standalone VR devices, will be connected to 5G by 2026.

The analyst firm argues that many telecom operators, such as Verizon, SK Telekom and Orange, as well as connectivity players such as Qualcomm, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia, see VR as a key benefit of 5G technologies – when they get here. ABI...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, UX, Wearables.

Capgemini notes how and why companies still struggle with their digital transformation initiatives

Organisations have hit a wall with regard to digital transformation – perhaps as a result of previously inflated expectations – according to the latest report from Capgemini.

The consultancy firm has put its findings in a report, titled ‘Understanding Digital Mastery Today’, focusing on the differences in company opinion between 2012 and 2018.

There was no change between 2012 and 2018 in terms of organsiations’ digital capabilities, with 39% of the 1,300 global executives polled...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Don't compromise security when exploring blockchain initiatives, organisations warned

If you mention the word blockchain at an event or networking soiree, there will naturally be a frenzy of activity; how is your business going to be transformed by it? How much are you betting on it? But is this rush to take advantage of the newest, shiniest object neglecting security?

According to new figures from RSA, traditional security information and event management (SIEM) tools aren't going to cut it with identifying 'new normal' behaviours associated with...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Security.

BlackBerry and Samsung continue collaboration to help businesses with digital transformation

BlackBerry and Samsung are rekindling their long-standing partnership and are setting out a ‘multi-year strategic relationship’ to help businesses accelerate digital transformation and ‘Enterprise of Things’ initiatives.

The key facet of the move will see joint enterprise customers being able to manage their wide collection of Samsung devices – be they phones, tablets, or wearables – out of the box through BlackBerry’s UEM (universal endpoint management) platform...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

New research sounds warning over balancing employee productivity and security

There always needs to be a fine line between ensuring productivity within employees and keeping them happy. Take the story earlier this month regarding an employee in Japan who was publicly admonished for ‘habitually’ leaving his desk a few minutes early for lunch.

Yet new figures from Spiceworks have found that employees spend up to 26 days per year on websites unrelated to their job.

According...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

Organisations struggling with seamless customer experiences, MuleSoft argues

In a continually on-demand world, the key to success for organisations is seamless access across all channels. Alas, according to a new report from app network platform provider MuleSoft, many companies are struggling on that front.

The findings appear in the company’s Consumer Connectivity Insights 2018 study. The report, which surveyed more than 8,000 consumers globally, found that four in five (81%) saw banking, insurance, retail or government as providing a disconnected experience. More than half...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity, Research.

How secure mobile messaging is starting to make progress in healthcare

It goes without saying that healthcare data is vitally important to keep secure. Many health organisations are as a result a bit reticent when it comes to adopting new technologies – take recent stories around how millennial doctors are puzzled by fax machines, or how the NHS still has more than 10,000 of the machines in...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The Dresner 2018 business intelligence verdict: Highlights and opportunities

The overall business intelligence (BI) landscape is a healthy one according to the latest report from Dresnor Advisory Services.

The latest 2018 Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study – all 187 pages of it – asserts that better decision making is the most important facet for BI this year, alongside improved operational efficiency and growth in revenues.

Among the highlights include:

Spending

More than half of organisations will increase BI spending with only 6% reporting a decrease in...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Mobile Analytics.

Invest in your employees’ mobile devices and see a serious dividend, argues Samsung

Organisations who invest ‘proactively’ in their employees’ mobile devices will see a significant uptick in terms of device management, customisation and enterprise applications, according to new research from Samsung.

The company recently conducted a survey of American senior executives, along with Oxford Economics, to better understand the economic realities of enterprise mobility and to help guide its customers in this area. The study reveals that BYOD cost savings are not as great as...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

How enterprise middleware will help fuel IoT, cloud and AI advent – with IBM leading the way

As the digitisation of business continues apace with cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and even artificial intelligence (AI) on the menu, the importance of employing middleware to connect legacy and new systems is increasing.

That’s the verdict of analyst firm Gartner in its latest note, which argues that spending in the application infrastructure and middleware market will break $30 billion globally this year.

IBM is at the top of the pile, Gartner argues, with $6.1bn in 2017 revenues...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Organisations continue to report security concerns after implementing BYOD policies

For many small and medium sized business, bring your own device (BYOD) is always going to be an attractive option – reducing overheads, greater collaboration, and so forth. But security concerns simply will not go away – and according to new research from Paymentsense, more than half of small firms surveyed said they had experienced a breach since opening up the policy.

Six in 10 (61%) SMEs said they had experienced a cybersecurity incident. According to the more than 500 small business owners...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility.

GamEffective raises $11 million in series B funding to help improve workplace learning

GamEffective, a New York and Israel-based productivity software provider, has raised $11 million in a series B round of funding to help grow its platform.

The round was led by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), alongside existing investors 2B Angels, CE Ventures, Lipman, Chomski, Yaniv Tal and Eshbol among others, as well as new investor La Maison.

GamEffective’s modus operandi is around ‘engagement automation’. While gamification is an important part of how the company creates engagement...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification, Productivity.