Many local authorities lagging behind on BYOD, research warns

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Almost half of local authorities in England do not have a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to new research from Annodata.

The managed service provider submitted a freedom of information request to 79 council districts from all regions in England, and found 42% do not have BYOD implementation.

“The public sector in particular needs to approach BYOD with due diligence and special emphasis needs to be placed on security when employees are using their own devices...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Mind the gap: Revenues will suffer if IT remains stretched, companies warned

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An ‘IT delivery’ gap is threatening to undermine business productivity unless organisations shape up, according to a new research report from app network platform provider MuleSoft.

We’ve heard plenty about supposed skills gaps, yet according to the MuleSoft research only half of the more than 950 IT decision makers polled said they were able to deliver all projects asked of them last year, while 59% said business revenues will suffer within six months if the status...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Mobility skills and experience becoming ever more important, argues Randstad

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Mobility skills are going to be in ever-increasing demand while the line between cybersecurity and IT will start to blur, according to predictions from Randstad Technologies.

The analysis also examines a generational change in the workplace – although perhaps not the trend you are expecting – as well as new company roles.

Randstad argues that in 2017, companies will place greater emphasis on hires of all ages, although adding in a separate prediction that ‘generation...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

CISO research advocates ’30 day sprint’ to get privileged credentials up to date

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If you had a panel of Global 1000 chief information security officers (CISO) at your disposal, what would you ask them? A new report issued by CyberArk argues organisations can improve their security fitness and protect privileged credentials in a ’30 day sprint’.

The report outlines a ‘proven framework’ to implement a set of key controls around privileged credentials, noting that organisations can make gains ‘with a sufficient sense of urgency’. In...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employees, Security.

It’s time to re-energise IT – and make the IT department more than a M*A*S*H unit

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There’s no holding back the obvious truths in the land of IT. Helpdesks are inundated and overwhelmed; we are overworked and our teams are scrambling for some lucidity. The problem is simple, and most of us know: mundane, repeated and wearisome tasks that can, or probably should, be automated.

Much stress and time could be saved for our IT team’s employees by taking away some of these entanglements, but many organisations overlook doing so in the name of convenience...

By Dean Wiech, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Identity, Security.

United Airlines and IBM work together on enterprise iOS apps for frontline staff

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The IBM and Apple mobility play gains another blue chip customer in the form of United Airlines, who has announced a partnership to deliver iOS apps to more than 50,000 devices for the airline’s ‘frontline employees’.

The apps which will be rolled out to United staff will be ‘powered by analytics and customised to further drive the airline’s digital transformation, enhancing how United serves its customers’, in the words of the press materials. In...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why enterprises who keep their IT models static will face trouble ahead

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IT staff are spending more than 30% of their time on new service requests and resolving issues and only 15% of their time allocated to innovation, according to a new piece of research by Dimension Data.

The move represents a year on year decline by 25%, which represents a warning sign, the company argues; enterprises who don’t evolve their IT models and innovate within them, with the demand for improving customer engagement and the need to crunch ever greater amounts of data rising,...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

Why a new vision is required for European enterprise mobility

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Employees are demanding a different experience and require new ways of working. At the centre of this shift is the mobile and IoT device; but European businesses are failing to place this at the heart of their technology strategies.

The compelling evidence speaks for itself: Gartner predicts a $2.5m spend per minute on IoT and one million new IoT devices sold every hour by...

By Nassar Hussein, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The software-defined workplace: What will work look like in 2017?

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In 2016, consumer-facing tools and apps continued to converge with workplace software. Slack announced an integration with Salesforce and consumer brands like Skype and Facebook made progress with their respective enterprise-focused offerings. Today, employee workplace software is slowly looking more like consumer and social apps, which isn’t surprising since employees have become accustomed...

By Natalie Lambert, 24 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Productivity.

Building a business case for an employee communications app

If you are putting together a communications mobile project, building a well thought-out business case to get executive and stakeholder buy-in is the most important step to your success.

This whitepaper from Sitrion examines the importance of internal communications to the strategic direction and success of your organisation, as well as providing a how-to guide to help make the business case for your employee communications app initiative.

By James Bourne, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.