Slack boasts eight million daily active users – and more than three million paid users

Collaboration software provider Slack has cleared its throat, taken the mic and given an update on its customer base.

The company now has more than eight million daily active users (DAUs), more than three million paid users, equating to more than half a million companies around the world being on board. Almost two thirds of the Fortune 100 are paid Slack customers, the company added, with more than 70,000 paid teams signed up.

Alongside this, various customer testimonials were put up. Oracle said employees...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

Sapho announces deep Windows 10 integration to boost consistent micro app approach

Sapho, a San Bruno-based enterprise software provider, has announced a deep integration with Windows 10, enabling users to act upon tasks from various enterprise data points through the same system.

The company is best known for its micro app approach to solving the enterprise productivity puzzle. As this publication explored last year, Sapho’s main product offers a...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce and ServiceNow top Gartner hpaPaaS Magic Quadrant

Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce and ServiceNow sit atop the summit of Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for enterprise high productivity application platform as a service (hpaPaaS).

The report marks Gartner’s second in the rather complicated-sounding ‘hpaPaaS’ category. To translate, the category covers rapid application development in the cloud with both low-code and no code capabilities; but as Gartner adds, their functionality is expanding to cover the Internet of Things (IoT),...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Collaboration between startups and system integrators key to enterprise innovation

Innovation, innovation, innovation: if you’re not doing it, even at enterprise level, then you’re falling behind. But is that really the case?

Many enterprise initiatives often stall early on – or result in limited business outcomes. Yet according to a new report from IDC, collaborating between startups and system integrators could lead to ‘great potential.’

The report, titled Best Practices for Service Company and Start-Up Collaboration in Europe, explores the relationship each...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

MobileIron expands partnership with Lenovo to include new offering

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider MobileIron has announced an expansion of its partnership with Lenovo, aiming to create a unified hardware and software experience for organisations.

Last year’s Mobile World Congress saw the first announcement of the partnership, whereby Lenovo customers could purchase MobileIron’s security and management platform alongside...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

How gamification and automation can change your organisation’s cybersecurity stance

Gamification could be the key tool to instil a better cybersecurity posture in your organisation – with gamers potentially representing the next generation of threat hunters.

That is the primary finding from a new report by McAfee which polled 950 cybersecurity managers at organisations with 500 or more employees. The study, titled ‘Winning the Game’, argues popular security competition games, such as capture the flag, make sense from an inter-organisational perspective. Four in 10 companies...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Gamification, Security.

Aryaka and China Mobile International team up for enterprise-grade SD-WAN

The benefits of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN), should be known by organisations, even if implementation is still a little early. Improved agility and lower cost will be a given, but each enterprise’s needs – as well as their networks – will all be different.

Aryaka, a provider of software-defined network connectivity, has announced a strategic partnership with China Mobile International (CMI) to deliver what they are calling ‘the first fully compliant global SD-WAN...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Productivity.

Appdome launches BoostEMM to add multiple EMM services to mobile apps

Appdome, a mobility provider which enables organisations to integrate enterprise mobility management (EMM) services codelessly, has announced the launch of BoostEMM, a service which aims to provide multiple EMM services to mobile apps in a single workflow.

The press materials take BlackBerry – with whom Appdome has previously partnered – as an example. Organisations could,...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

Collaboration revenues push $10bn in Q4 with Cisco and Microsoft fighting for first place

The enterprise collaboration market has never been as hot as it is today with Cisco and Microsoft duelling for top spot, according to Synergy Research.

The figures, based on Q4 data, show total collaboration revenues, including unified communications, telepresence, email software, enterprise social and content management and more, hit just under $10 billion, an all-time high.

Cisco places just ahead of Microsoft in the overall stakes, well ahead of IBM and Avaya in third and fourth place respectively - yet...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

VMware boosts Workspace ONE features with greater security and automation

VMware has added new features around its Workspace ONE platform to include data-driven intelligence and predictive security.

The new features include Workspace ONE Intelligence, a cloud-based service which integrates with the main platform to aggregate users, apps, networks and endpoint data, as well as the Workspace ONE Trust Network, which combines the security of the primary platform with best practices from featured partners. The seven companies combining with VMware on this are Carbon Black, CrowdStrike,...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why C-suite expertise does not always translate to InfoSec awareness

Their experience and judgement has led C-suite executives to the head of their organisations – yet according to new research from Bitdefender, these employees are most likely to expose the company to a major cyberattack.

According to the study, which polled 250 CIOs, CISOs and CSOs, more than two in five (41%) perceive their C-suite colleagues as InfoSec averse. A similar number (42%) say they are most concerned with a loss of customer and stakeholder trust with data breaches, while more than a quarter...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

Too many apps? Toil and sloth: How multiple collaboration tools leads to wasted work

Hands up if you’ve never lost your train of thought when flipping between emails and spreadsheets trying to get two things done at once?

We’ve all done it – and a new study from unified communications provider RingCentral finds employees waste up to an hour of their working days hopping between apps, leading to a deficit of up to 32 days a year.

The study, which surveyed more than 2,000 knowledge workers across the US, UK and Australia, found more than two thirds (68%) said they toggle...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Toshiba launches Windows 10 Pro-enabled enterprise AR glasses

Toshiba has announced the launch of what is claimed to be the first smart glasses product which combines industrial-grade hardware with Windows 10 Pro software.

The new dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses, which come in at less than two ounces in weight, can be seen as another step forward in the enterprise wearable and augmented reality (AR) arena. The product offers document viewing, live video calls and barcode scanning, alongside alerts and messaging, and photo and video capture.

The company adds that the usage of...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, UX, Wearables.

It takes two for Tangoe: Why the CFO and CIO are equal in the digital transformation drive

The best practice on the C-suite merry-go-round when it comes to organisational digital initiatives changes depending on what you read. “Is the CFO the key to digital transformation?” asked CIO.com last year, while TechEdge posits “Are CIOs ready to lead the digital transformation?” Forbes, meanwhile, published a piece which argues

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

Microsoft adds voice interactions, transcription and translation to Teams collaboration mix

Microsoft is adding a variety of capabilities to its Teams product including Cortana voice interactions, message translations, and cloud-based recording and transcription.

The updates come as Microsoft Teams reaches its first birthday. Microsoft had previously issued features for Teams in January around shortcuts, mentions and search. These updates, however, are focused on more ambitious...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

China and India enterprise app software spending continues to rise, says Gartner

Encouraging news on different markets for enterprise application software: according to Gartner, the boom of spending in India and China is not going to stop any time soon.

Enterprise app software spending in India is predicted by the analyst firm to hit $2.5 billion in 2018, an increase by 19.8% on the previous year, while China will see an 18.9% rise to $5.1 billion this year.

The most popular categories for enterprise software in both countries are around enterprise content management (ECM) and CRM, with...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

Upskill raises $17 million in further boost towards enterprise augmented reality

Meet Upskill. The Washington D.C. based provider of enterprise augmented reality (AR) software has raised $17.2 million in funding to further its growth and product development.

The company’s primary product, Skylight, aims to enable frontline workers to interact hands-free on top of Vuzix hardware. In October, the company released the latest iteration of its platform, involving a greater user interface, and allowing rapid creation of new applications.

Among the companies who are using Skylight AR...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Unified comms as a service market ‘blossoming’ with Mitel and RingCentral leading the way

Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) growth is now consistent at 300,000 seats per quarter with Mitel and RingCentral at the top – and there is plenty more growth where that came from.

That is the verdict of Synergy Research, a long-time observer of enterprise infrastructure markets. The research defines UCaaS as ‘a communications service where service providers host and develop their own proprietary cloud PBX platform, enabling PSTN (public switched telephone network) connectivity and...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Productivity.

Totango secures $9 million in funding to help organisations improve customer engagement

Totango, an enterprise software provider based out of San Mateo and Tel Aviv, has announced a $9 million funding round to help ‘scale the company to exponential growth.’

Participants in this round of funding included four existing investors, BGV, Canvas, Pitango and Interwest, as well as a new investor in Grayhawk Capital.

The company offers a variety of products based around what it calls the customer success industry. As opposed to focusing on getting sales in and leaving the customer to their...

By James Bourne, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

Organisations struggling to complete digital transformation initiatives – with revenues suffering

Mind the gap please! New research from application connectivity provider MuleSoft has revealed the vast majority of organisations will struggle with revenues if they fail to complete their digital transformation initiatives – and a skills gap is at the heart of the problem.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers (ITDMs) across seven countries and four continents, found 81% of respondents expect to see a negative impact on revenue in the coming 12 months if they fail to complete initiatives....

By James Bourne, 21 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.