Tinder, Pokémon GO and Instagram among most frequently blacklisted enterprise apps

Are you in the habit of swiping right at work? According to the latest report from enterprise mobile security provider Appthority, Tinder is now among the apps most blacklisted by enterprise mobility and security teams.

The study, which uses data based on millions of mobile security scans Appthority performs for its customers each quarter, found Tinder to be the third most frequently blacklisted iOS app; not so much because it wastes valuable company time, but because it is able to send SMS messages.

The top...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why digital transformation initiatives are getting pushback from the C-suite

Another day, another piece of research around digital transformation. According to a new study from enterprise and cloud network infrastructure provider Interoute, more than half (51%) of IT leaders in the UK are struggling to secure boardroom access to digital transformation objectives.

The study, which polled 820 IT decision makers in organisations across Europe, pondered on the various reasons boardrooms across Europe are reticent to make big leaps towards digital transformation – with Brexit and...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Productivity.

42Gears moves up to include unified endpoint management in latest offering

42Gears, an enterprise mobility solution provider based in India, has announced the launch of a unified endpoint management (UEM) offering to move beyond standard mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM).

As the company’s website outlines, the UEM offering supports all OS types, as well as a wide variety of devices, from desktops and laptops, to ruggedized devices and IoT devices, to kiosks and printers. The product “takes away ineffective multi-platform dependencies...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Cisco makes Security Connector app available to provide greater enterprise iOS security

Cisco’s Security Connector for iOS, a tool which aims to give enterprises deep visibility and control over network activity on Apple devices, is now generally available.

A blog post confirmed the news, which was first announced in June when Tim Cook, Apple CEO, took to the stage alongside Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins to discuss...

By James Bourne, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

LinkedIn’s data on emerging jobs cites machine learning and data science skills as key

If you want to get the bleeding edge jobs in tech, machine learning, big data, and data science are the ways forward, according to new research from LinkedIn.

The social giant analysed its own data from the past five years to come up with a variety of trends on which jobs and skills are on the rise – and what they are replacing.

Of the top 10 emerging jobs – those whose rate of growth have been at least four and a half times in the past five years – six of them are tech-specific. Machine...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees.

Gartner says AI will create more jobs than it eliminates…by 2020

It has often been the dividing line when it comes to artificial intelligence infiltrating the workplace; will it create more jobs than it takes away? Gartner has come out on the optimistic side of the coin in its latest analysis – at least by 2020, anyway.

The new decade will be a ‘pivotal’ turning point in AI-related employment dynamics, the analyst firm argues, as 2.3 million jobs will be created through the technology’s advances in 2020, compared to eliminating 1.8 million. By 2025,...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Productivity.

Malicious and imitation apps continue to proliferate – so how can your organisation stay safe?

It has been a tough quarter when it comes to application security, according to RiskIQ’s latest mobile threat landscape report, with an increase in malicious apps flooding the marketplace, new mobile botnets, and imitation and trojan apps making it through official app store borders.

The report, which analysed 120 mobile app stores and more than two billion daily scanned resources, found that Google’s percentage of malicious apps fell to a low of 4% this quarter, having been at 8% in Q2. Yet this...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.

Worldwide security spending to hit $96bn in 2018, says Gartner

Global security spending will hit $96.3 billion in 2018 at an increase of 8% from this year, according to the latest figures from Gartner.

The analyst firm puts security spending for 2018 into five buckets; security services, which comprises the majority (60%) of the overall market, followed by infrastructure protection (18.1% market share at $17.5bn), network security equipment (12.1% share at $11.7bn), consumer security software (4.9%, $4.7bn) and identity access management (4.9%, $4.7bn).

To give an...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

Forrester advocates strong UEM capabilities key to EMM strategy as VMware leads the way

Forrester has released its latest report analysing the enterprise mobility management (EMM) software runners and riders with BlackBerry, IBM, MobileIron and VMware in the leaders’ zone – and the latter out in front.

As EMM matures into unified endpoint management (UEM) – focusing on both desktop and mobile management – Forrester argues it is this capability, among a total of five, which differentiates the best from the rest. Vendors were assessed on 25 criteria in total, broadly...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Get on board with biometrics and your organisation will be better trusted

A majority of consumers would be more likely to trust organisations if they were to use biometrics for authentication, according to a new study from Unisys.

The study, which polled more than 3,500 consumers across seven countries in Europe, found more than two thirds (68%) would trust biometric-friendly organisations more than others. 63% of respondents believe that biometrics are more secure than traditional PIN and password methods, with 57% there adding fingerprint scanning was the most secure form of...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How the CIO role is expanding through digital business – and why the time is right for change now

The role of the CIO is changing as organisations’ technical roadmaps and priorities change with it. It’s something we are all more than aware of – and a new report from Gartner focuses on how CIOs in India are adapting to the challenge.

The figures, which come from the analyst firm’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey, show that for CIOs in India, optimising enterprise operational excellence, tracking business value of IT, and business cost optimisation are their biggest priorities.

In terms of...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Security.

The importance of automating mobility management costs and working out true TCO

Can mobility management costs – mobile services management, employee support, managing device inventory – be automated and eradicated? According to a new report from Forrester Research, yes.

The report, put together alongside Cisco Jasper, polled more than 300 decision makers who manage mobile devices and services within their company. The resulting responses found a litany of inefficiencies.

More than half of service change requests are put in at the last minute, the research found, complicating matters...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

DDoS attack attempts continue to rise – with unsecure IoT devices the culprit

Organisations faced on average 237 DDoS attack attempts during the third quarter of 2017, equating to eight per day.

That is the primary finding from a new study by security provider Corero Network Security, with the figure marking an increase of 35% in monthly attack attempts compared to the previous quarter. The statistics are taken from DDoS attack attempts against Corero customers.

Explaining the reasons behind the increase in frequency of these attacks, Ashley Stephenson, CEO at Corero, said: “The...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

CIOs getting to grips with machine learning and cutting through the hype

What do you need to do to become a first-mover CIO when it comes to machine learning? Developing methods to monitor machine-made mistakes and redefining job descriptions to prepare for the onslaught are key, according to a recent report from ServiceNow.

The study, titled ‘The Global CIO Point of View’, which polled 500 CIOs across 11 countries in 25 industries, argues that CIOs are adopting machine learning and ‘cutting through the hype.’ The use of machine learning is a major factor...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Employees.

Enterprise video usage continues to rise – but integration issues remain

Enterprises are creating more video content than ever – but concerns remain around whether software platforms can fully support video natively.

That’s the key finding from a study from video technology provider Kaltura. The company’s fourth annual State of Video in the Enterprise report, which polled almost 650 enterprise professionals, found an overwhelming interest in enterprise video integration.

90% of respondents from large businesses said video content and workflows need to be...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Sapho supports SAP Ariba and Concur Travel while PowWow Mobile integrates with BlackBerry

A couple of updates from the enterprise mobility space: micro app provider Sapho has launched its 4.4 iteration including new integrations with SAP Ariba and Concur Travel, while PowWow Mobile has announced an integration with BlackBerry’s Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.

Sapho said its integration with SAP Ariba for procurement operations was at the top of many of its customers’ ‘most wanted connectors’ list, and starting with Sapho Modern Portal 4.4 managers can approve or deny...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BlackBerry, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

How intelligent automation will revitalise workplace outsourcing

The outsourcing market is all set to be transformed by intelligent automation, according to an analyst note from Gartner.

Gartner defines these services as an umbrella term for a ‘variety of strategies, skills, tools and techniques that service providers are using to remove the need for labour, and increase the predictability and reliability of services while reducing the cost of delivery.’

As the analyst firm notes, replacing human labour with intelligent automation services (IAS) will only work...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Exploring the gap between strategy and execution for digital transformation

You can have as many strategic documents as you wish for digital transformation – but there is a world of difference between strategy and execution.

That is the key finding from a new research study by HCL Technologies, which found that while 70% of organisations have a formalised digital strategy, only 10% have an official deployment plan.

The report goes through various steps to remedy this gap, from focusing on customer experience, investing in ‘seed technologies’ instead of having the...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

New report shows AI is key for boosting revenue in the enterprise

Is your organisation ready for the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI)? If not, then these figures from Harvard Business Review may worry you.

The study, commissioned by software as a service provider Apttus, polled almost 500 business executives and thought leaders and found an almost universal desire for machine learning – plus a majority who believe their future success depends on how they tackle AI.

In all, just 3% of respondents said their organisations had no need for machine...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

EMM market to break $2.2 billion by 2022, says Strategy Analytics

The enterprise mobility management (EMM) market will break $2.2 billion (£1.68bn) in value by 2022, according to the latest prognostication from research firm Strategy Analytics.

The market is set to continue its stable growth over the coming five years, hitting $1.8bn in 2017 representing total year over year growth of 9.0%, Strategy adds.

In terms of vendors, VMware AirWatch continues to lead the way with 19% market share, according to the figures. BlackBerry – including of course Good...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.