How Mead & Hunt transformed its IT operations through virtual desktop infrastructure

Mead & Hunt, a more than 100-year old US-based company specialising in design, engineering and architecture consulting, had a bit of a problem. They needed to open up a new office, in Tallahassee, Florida, in a matter of weeks. The employees had been hired – but there was nowhere to put them and ensure they were productive from day one.

Projects of this type would usually involve multiple recces to the new office...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Employees, Productivity.

Signs of the 'always-on' culture: Poorly performing mobile devices put employees' health at risk

The ubiquity of mobile devices and the promise of work being something one does, rather than being somewhere one goes, of course has its benefits. But to what extent is the 'always-on' culture a drain? According to a new study from B2M Solutions, it's not so much being always on, but when they're not on that is the issue.

The report, titled 'The Impact of Mobile Devices Issues on Employee Health and Well-Being', found more than two in five respondents had experienced stress or anxiety...

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

Gartner notes concern over employees developing future skills amid digital transformation drive

As organisations continue to undergo their digital transformation initiatives, what does this mean for employees? According to the latest note from Gartner, the majority of workers are set to struggle with the skills needed for future roles.

More than two in three business leaders polled by the analyst firm said their company needs to become ‘significantly digitalised’ by 2020 or risk obsolescence. What’s...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

iOS continues to dominate mobile in the enterprise – with IT and media biggest movers

iOS continues to dominate the enterprise mobile device landscape, according to the latest figures from cloud storage provider Egnyte.

The figures, which come from more than 16 petabytes of data analysed between 2017 and 2018, found that of the figures analysed, 79% of all mobile activity came from iOS, with three fifths (59%) of that total from iPhones and 41% from iPads.

Since 2017,...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Research.

Mendix and Major League Hacking want to tool students up with low code app building skills

Low- and no-code application technologies are helping lower barriers to software development – and thanks to a new partnership, this change is going as far back as the classroom.

App development platform provider Mendix is teaming up with Major League Hacking (MLH) to provide resources for students to build working apps in only two hours at MLH’s on-campus hackathons.

The...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, RMAD.

Enterprises waiting months for security updates may cause concern in ‘as a service’ future

Revamping an enterprise’s IT security is never going to be a simple flick of a switch. Yet for more than a quarter of organisations polled by enterprise software provider Kollective, it will take at least a month before vital updates are installed.

The study, which polled 260 IT managers, found that for almost two in five (37%), not installing updates is seen as the biggest security threat this year, with outdated...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Slack secures $427 million in series H round – taking company valuation to $7.1 billion

Slack has announced it has raised an additional $427 million (£332m) of investment in a series H equity round, taking the company’s post-money valuation to more than $7.1 billion.

The round was led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic, joining T. Rowe Price Associates Inc, as well as Wellington Management, Baillie Gifford and Sands Capital.

“The way people work is...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

New collaboration aims to explore VR and AR for engineering and automotive design

StarVR and Autodesk are coming together for an initiative to provide virtual and augmented reality for automotive design and engineering.

The product, VRED Professional, is optimised for the StarVR One head mounted display, which is also being unveiled this week. The headset offers a professional-grade colour spectrum, custom full RGB AMOLED displays and integrated eye tracking, among other features.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Organisations jumping head first into digital transformation projects – with wasteful results

Organisations are set to waste millions as they try and force through digital transformation initiatives, according to a new report from Couchbase.

The study, titled ‘Are Organisations Realising Their Digital Revolutions?’, polled 450 heads of digital transformation in enterprises across the UK, US, France and Germany, and found 95% saw digital transformation as an ‘insurmountable’ task.

By James Bourne, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Employees who see compliance violations twice as likely to leave, says Gartner

Employees who see misconduct or a compliance violation at work are twice as likely to leave their organisations, according to a new study from Gartner.

The survey, which sampled more than 5,000 employees at various levels, found that 29% of employees saw at least one compliance breach at work in 2016 and 2017. Of these sampled employees, 59% were actively looking for another job due to a compliance violation. This was compared with...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Remote support software gaining popularity – but more can be done for optimal experience

More than half of companies say remote access and remote support software is highly business critical – as TeamViewer notices an increase in use cases.

The figures come from research conducted by the vendor, alongside Research Now SSI, which aimed to focus on the most popular bundles associated with remote collaboration software, alongside potential barriers to implementation.

By James Bourne, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.