Microsoft launches new features for Teams including shortcuts and searches

Microsoft has launched a series of new features for Teams, its Slack-targeting collaboration tool, including shortcuts, @mentions, and a new search function.

The move represents the largest feature release for Teams since its rollout to Office 365 customers in March.

Users can now include information from apps in conversations, including project management tools Trello and Wrike, as well as access a personal view of apps.

Other features include integration with different Microsoft services. A feature called...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

MobileIron and Google Cloud partner on enterprise cloud services for operators

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron and Google Cloud have announced they are to collaborate on a new end-to-end platform for enterprise cloud services.

The two companies will combine Orbitera, a cloud commerce platform which Google Cloud acquired in 2016, with MobileIron’s app distribution, security, and analytics. The proposed result will be aimed at operators and enterprises, with potential features including customised bundles and customised branding.

As MobileIron sees it, the...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, Security.

GE’s aviation arm successfully pilots Vuzix AR glasses and video streaming

The aviation arm of General Electric (GE) is focusing on augmented reality (AR) to help its engineers and technicians work more productivity ‘hands-free and heads-up’, according to AR hardware manufacturer Vuzix.

The Rochester-based technology supplier announced that GE’s aviation operations unit has successfully piloted streaming product Vuzix Basics Video. Working in tandem with the Vuzix M300 smart glasses, the combined product aims to connect field technicians with remote experts for...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Employee Education, Productivity, Wearables.

Jamf boasts of record growth in 2017 – but Mac insight intriguing for enterprise

Jamf, an Apple-centric enterprise management software provider, has announced record growth for 2017 with the company growing revenue by 30% and recurring revenue going up 40% year-over-year.

The company claims it is adding on average almost 100 customers a week, including 17 of the 25 largest Fortune 500 companies, 10 out of the top 11 children’s hospitals, and 6,000 K-12 and higher education schools. Jamf hired 162 new employees and grew its international employee base by more than 50% in the past...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, MDM.

Latest Okta report showcases increased enterprise need for security apps and tools

The latest Businesses @ Work report from identity management provider Okta has revealed many of the fastest growing apps in the enterprise are based around security – and suggests that GDPR may be behind the renewed push.

Of the 15 fastest growing apps in the Okta network last year, seven were based around security. These were, in order of popularity, Jamf, KnowBe4, Cisco Umbrella, DigiCert, Sophos, Mimecast and CloudFlare.

Writing in an official company blog, Okta CEO Todd McKinnon argues that the...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Survey shows how organisations are looking to improve their enterprise apps in 2018

New year, new plans for organisations: according to a new survey from Sapho, more than three quarters of companies plan to upgrade their enterprise apps this year to help improve employee experiences and productivity.

Of the 160 IT directors, CIOs and CTOs polled at organisations with more than 1,000 employees, 94% say they will likely upgrade some of their apps next year. Primary drivers for improving enterprise apps is providing a better user experience, increasing data security, and improving employee...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Get your working processes up to scratch or employees will look elsewhere, firms warned

Are your working processes as good as they could be? Nintex, a workflow automation software provider, argues a third of employees at US companies are looking for new jobs because their company’s processes are broken beyond repair.

The company surveyed 1,000 full time employees at US organisations with more than 1,000 employees, and found that tech troubleshooting was the corporate process which caused the most frustration. Lacking access to certain tools and documents was also frequently cited as...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Red Hat study shows how field services are improving through IoT, AI, AR and more

A new study from Red Hat argues that field services operations are ‘bullish’ on technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne which quizzed 300 organisations with significant field workforce operations, found that field workforce technology was seen as important to 94% of organisations polled. More than half (53%) of respondents said they have implemented IoT to support field service, with 24% adding AI, 20% virtual...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research, UX, Wearables.

Smartsheet acquires Converse.AI to help automate enterprise collaboration

Software as a service collaboration platform provider Smartsheet is to acquire Converse.AI to help give the company another ‘step forward’ in its ethos on automation in the workplace.

The Washington-based firm aims to give organisations a one-stop-shop with wide visibility on projects through collaborative dashboards, widgets, calendars, and more. Customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, including Netflix and Cisco. Converse.AI integrates with enterprise social products such as Slack,...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

Only 4% of enterprise mobile devices protected against Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

The fallout from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is going to be painful, long-ranging and expensive – the latter in more ways in one. Yet according to new research published by Bridgeway, companies are not exactly getting a jumping start on reparation.

Bridgeway, through anonymously analysing 100,000 mobile devices through its mobile management reporting tool, IronWorks found that only 4% of enterprise mobile devices had been patched against the threats. In all, at least 72% of devices are...

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

Collibra raises $58m in series D funding to help automate data governance

Collibra, a Belgium-based enterprise data governance software provider, has announced the close of a $58 million (£43.1m) series D funding round to help expand its staff and product environment.

The round was led by ICONIQ Capital and Battery Ventures, already existing Collibra investors, with added participation from Dawn Capital, Index Ventures and Newion Investments. The company’s total funding now stands at more than $133 million.

Collibra offers a platform which automates data governance and...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.