New research shows how companies are struggling with keeping Office up to date

Windows 10 may be getting solid adoption in the enterprise – but the same cannot be said of Microsoft Office’s latest iteration.

According to a new study from Spiceworks, more than two thirds (68%) of the more than 1,150 IT professionals across the US, UK and Canada surveyed said they were still operating Microsoft Office 2007 in some capacity, even after the product officially reached its end of life.

Just under half (46%) of respondents - who of course may have more than one product in their...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Productivity, Security.

One in four companies only use passwords as BYOD defence, research finds

Here’s a worrying security statistic in research released today by Bitglass: one quarter of organisations use passwords only for BYOD security.

The research, which took its cue from more than 200 IT and security professionals surveyed at a recent Gartner conference, found that external sharing was the leading cloud security concern for those polled, cited by 45%. Other security scares include malware protection (40%) and unmanaged device access (40%).

For those who do use multi-factor authentication to...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, BYOD, Identity, Privacy, Security.

‘Intelligent enterprise index’ shows organisations struggling with new paradigm

A new report from Zebra Technologies aims to measure ‘company intelligence’ – and finds that many companies are struggling in that department.

According to the study, which polled more than 900 IT decision makers across nine countries and five continents, almost half (48%) of companies quizzed were at least on the way to becoming an ‘intelligent enterprise’ scoring between 50 and 75 points out of 100 on the scale. Only 5% of companies, however, scored more than 75.

So what does...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Fear of change holds organisations back in digital transformation push

What does the term digital transformation mean exactly? As a recent report points out, it can mean ‘both everything and nothing.’

“To some companies, [it is] the difference between competing and collapsing, the lynchpin in surviving the rapidly changing commercial landscape…to others, it’s a task that sits on a never-ending to-do list, regarded as little more than another business buzzword,” Microsoft’s UK enterprise team explains.

The report, from Microsoft, YouGov,...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft, UX.

Worldwide mobility spending to hit $1.72 trillion by 2021 as US and China lead charge

Global spending on mobility solutions is set to hit $1.72 trillion (£1.3tn) by 2021, according to the latest figures from analyst firm IDC.

The numbers, which appear in the company’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide, show that while annual growth will slip in the five years leading to 2021, spending on mobility-related hardware, software, and services will see a five year CAGR of 2.7%. Total mobility spending for this year will total $1.58tn.

Almost a quarter (22.6%) of this...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Jamf and Microsoft partnership latest to focus on Macs in enterprise

More evidence that Macs in the enterprise are gaining prominence: Jamf, an Apple-centric mobility provider, is partnering with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) for Mac security after an announcement at Microsoft’s Ignite event.

The move means authorised users are prevented from using Macs which are either personal, unmanaged, or otherwise not compliant with security policies.

The process sounds complicated but is relatively straightforward; users register their devices they want to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft.

Facebook updates Workplace progress a year on – and adds desktop app

It has been a year since Facebook officially went public with Workplace, its enterprise-focused tool – or rather, it has been a year since Facebook rebranded and made the product generally available.

This first birthday is therefore an apt time to reflect on the product’s growth, and a post from Julien Codorniou, VP Workplace at Facebook, gives some interesting statistics. More than 30,000 organisations are using Workplace worldwide – double that of six months ago – with more than one...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

VMware research explores importance of anytime, anywhere employee apps

The digital workforce is increasing in prominence – but how are these technological changes being analysed, and is it improving performance?

According to a new report released by VMware, alongside Forbes Insights, while companies which offer applications ‘anytime, anywhere’ to their employees can see measurable gains, there remains a gap between what the CIO thinks employees are being provided with and the employee experience.

The study, which polled more than 2,000 executives and frontline...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

Why AI in the enterprise will be a series of tactical gains – and why organisations are optimistic

Enterprises are optimistic about artificial intelligence (AI) in their organisations, while the way companies make the most of AI will be through lots of tactical gains rather than one big benefit.

That’s the verdict of managed mobility services provider MOBI following the release of its latest report, ‘Enterprise Mobility in 2017 and What Comes Next’. According to the study, which polled 300 IT decision makers and aimed to focus on how enterprises were addressing mobility issues as their...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

AI, blockchain, and robotics will ‘reshape digital business’ in 2018

IT services provider Dimension Data has looked into its crystal ball and predicted that blockchain, machine learning and robotics will be among the technologies which will “reshape digital business” in 2018.

Of this motley crew, it is blockchain which comes out on top as the key technology, primarily around security reasons. In the coming year, Dimension Data explains, interesting applications of blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) in the area of cybersecurity...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data & Analytics, Productivity, Research.

Zoho aims to offer more seamless password experience while ensuring security

Zoho, a business cloud software provider, has announced the addition of SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language)-based single sign on support for Vault, its team password manager, to enable greater cloud access.

The theory behind it is straightforward; by accessing Zoho Vault, users can access a variety of other applications directly, while IT has total visibility over user access, tracking, and accountability. Apps supported include Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365, Zendesk and Box, while Zoho Vault can...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity.

Forrester’s tech trends for CIOs by 2020: Automation and artificial intelligence feature strongly

Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) all feature prominently in Forrester Research’s vision of how technology will transform business between 2018 and 2020.

The 42-page report outlines 10 tech trends and classifies them both in enterprise readiness and the pace of change. One trend – distributed trust systems challenging centralised authorities – is a slow burner in the ‘dawning’ stage, while public cloud is accelerating in the...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Apple and GE partner up for Predix and Industrial IoT apps

Apple and General Electric (GE) have announced a wide-ranging partnership involving the link up of Predix, GE’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad, as well as a new SDK for iOS.

The Predix SDK will give developers the tools to make their own industrial IoT apps, the two companies said.

Alongside this, GE will standardise on iPhone and iPad for mobile devices, as well as ‘promote’ Mac as a desktop choice for its more than 330,000-strong employee base. GE will...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, IoT.

MobileIron and Appthority name new CEOs

A couple of reshuffles are afoot in the enterprise mobile space: MobileIron has named CFO Simon Biddiscombe as chief executive and president, while Appthority announced Anne Bonaparte has joined the company as CEO.

Biddiscombe takes over at MobileIron with immediate effect following the ‘mutual decision’ that former CEO Barry Mainz would leave the company. The former CFO joined MobileIron in 2015 in an interim capacity before taking the reins full time shortly afterwards.

Alongside the change, MobileIron...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility.

As IoT grows in the enterprise, security needs to evolve with it

Almost two in three respondents to a survey conducted by 451 Research and BlackBerry say their primary concern around digital technologies and processes is security – so is a unified security platform the answer?

As regular readers of this publication will be aware, this is the strategy on which BlackBerry is basing its fortunes, with the term ‘Enterprise of Things’ (EoT) being coined as a result. The strategy is becoming something of a success too; shares shot up by 19% after BlackBerry’s

By James Bourne, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Concerns rise from IT over protecting remote and mobile enterprise traffic

Four out of five IT executives – and more than half of C-suite execs – say they are not confident in protecting enterprise mobile traffic.

That is the verdict from a new study by enterprise security platform provider iboss. The report, titled ‘Security in a Remote Access World’ and taking the views of more than 100 IT professionals, argues that the executives leading the technological charge in large enterprises are making strategic decisions blind based on an incomplete view of their...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

As enterprise app expectations rise and timeframes fall, testing drops off in importance

Almost half of organisations admit to releasing apps before the quality testing stage as user expectations continue to soar.

That’s the finding from a new study released by Testplant which polled more than 750 development team leaders in the US and UK. Yet the deluge continues; 68% of respondents say they plan to build more apps during the coming 12 months.

Part of this is down to emerging technologies; 62% say their company will increase the number of apps which deploy machine learning and deep...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores.

New research shows how IT is lax on basic password protection policies

If you’re not enforcing strong passwords on your employees, then you could be at risk of a breach going well into seven figures to remediate it. Yet according to new data from OneLogin, a quarter of companies surveyed don’t even require user passwords to meet a minimum length requirement.

The study, which polled more than 500 US-based executives with influence over their firm’s security systems, also found a minority require users to rotate their passwords monthly (24%) or check them against...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity.

This app monitors program logs and screenshots to keep track of employees – consensually, of course

Remember the story in 2013 about the developer who outsourced his entire job to China and spent his days surfing Reddit and watching cat videos?

The rogue employee eventually got the hook after activity from VPN logs picked up China even though he was sat at his desk. Yet with this app, he probably would have been stopped sooner.

Meet Weagill. The app, launched last week by Weiskleint Enterprise in Denmark,...

By James Bourne, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Security.

WhatsApp and WinZip among most blacklisted enterprise iOS apps, says Appthority

WhatsApp, WinZip, and Pokémon GO were the top iOS apps blacklisted by mobile security teams, according to a new report from enterprise mobile threat protection provider Appthority.

The study, the company’s latest quarterly Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report, found iOS apps were most likely to be given the boot due to data leakage for sending SMS messages, tracking location, and sending data unencrypted.

For Android – whose biggest casualties were Where’s My Droid Pro and an...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security, Social.