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.

How SD-WAN in the enterprise leads to greater security, integration and automation

Cloud and software as a service (SaaS) applications are great for businesses – but they need a solid infrastructure underpinning it. According to IDC, security, bandwidth optimisation and automation are key to more organisations analysing SD-WAN for their operations.

The study, which gauges the views of more than 1200 enterprises across 11 countries, assessed how software defined networking (SDN) is moving into the enterprise. According to the respondents, bandwidth optimisation was the most important...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Security.

BlackBerry sees strategy verified as shares soar on positive financial results

BlackBerry’s strategy in moving into software and security over hardware appears to be paying dividends: the company’s shares have shot up by 19% after posting GAAP revenues of $238 million (£178.1m) in its most recent quarter.

The company’s adjusted EBITDA was $50 million – a positive number for the fourteenth consecutive quarter – while software and services revenue was at a record $185m GAAP, 77% of total revenue.

Speaking to analysts after the results were announced,...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

New figures show encouraging BYOD usage in healthcare

More than two thirds of healthcare organisations say some form of bring your own device (BYOD) is allowed in their hospitals – up 13% from this time last year.

That is the verdict from Spok, a secure communications provider for clinical industries. The study, whose results were put in an infographic, polled more than 350 healthcare executives, and not surprisingly found data security the biggest reason why organisations were concerned about a BYOD model.

Physicians...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

UK employees ‘largely optimistic’ around impact of automation on working practices

Workers in the UK are ‘largely optimistic’ about the impact automation will have in the workplace, according to a new report from Workfront.

More than four in five (84%) of the 2,000 office workers surveyed by the company agreed with the sentiment that “the use of automation in the workplace will let us think of work in new and innovative ways”, with a similar number (82%) saying similar with the chance “to learn new things as the workforce moves towards more...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Walmart signs up for Facebook Workplace in key win for social giant

Facebook’s enterprise-focused collaboration tool, Workplace, has got another blue-chip client in the form of Walmart, the company has announced.

The social giant has seen more than 14,000 companies sign up to Workplace in the past 10 months. Facebook opened up Workspace to all organisations in October last year.

“Workplace is helping to further accelerate Walmart’s digital transformation as they work...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

SOTI looks to Linux mobility management support in latest release

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider SOTI has announced what is claimed to be the first solution managing mixed mobility and IoT deployments with support for Linux.

The Linux support is part of the latest update to SOTI MobiControl, the firm’s flagship EMM product. The company argues Linux mobility management support has been ‘largely ignored’, and where it does exist, been only partial and proprietary. 

The update will aim to “protect Linux devices against unauthorised...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Microsoft Ignite: LinkedIn integration, Teams getting top marks, mixed reality, and more

Microsoft laid out more of its vision around artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality, and the importance of collaboration over individualism at its Ignite event in Orlando today.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, outlined to the audience the four methods of enabling digital transformation (below); modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and AI, to empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations, and transform products.

“When you think about the...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

AI seen as a job creator rather than a job destroyer, asserts CCS Insight

It’s often been the more optimistic viewpoint that instead of making employees redundant, artificial intelligence (AI) will free workers up to be more creative. Yet hard data now backs up that assertion in the form of a new report from CCS Insight.

The study, which polled more than 650 employees across five regions, found that while 70% of respondents fear AI will affect their job in the coming decade, only 13% say the technology is affecting them currently. Despite this, one in three see artificial...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Security pros unsure on facial recognition with fingerprints on top, survey finds

Apple’s shiny new iPhone X will include ‘Face ID’ biometrics – but security practitioners appear to have their doubts over the technology’s perceived benefits.

Cloud security software provider Bitglass polled 129 attendees at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in July and found that for one in five (19.4%) respondents, facial recognition was considered the least effective security tool, only ahead of password-protected documents (33.3%).

Fingerprints – cited by 3.1% -...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.