Five ways to enhance connectivity among a scattered workforce

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The rise of the digital workforce has resulted in a double-edged sword of enhanced flexibility and productivity, offset by increased complexity in staying connected and efficiently collaborating. Yes, today’s workers have an unprecedented range of tools and applications that increase the places, platforms and processes by which they can do their jobs. At the same time, a dispersed workforce introduces new challenges from a communications and collaboration standpoint, not to...

By Andy Nolan, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

New study highlights importance of isolated browsing to keep enterprises safe

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It’s not the device or some of the apps you need to worry about; a new report issued by Ericom Software argues the importance of isolated web browsing as an added layer of enterprise security.

The report has a nod towards a recent Gartner study, which argues, rather bluntly, that it’s ‘time to isolate your services from the internet cesspool.’ 96% of respondents in the Ericom survey...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Strategy Analytics: Enterprise mobile app market to break £100bn by 2022

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A new report from Strategy Analytics argues that the enterprise mobile app market will hit almost $74 billion (£59.4bn) in 2016, and grow to $128bn (£102.8bn) by 2022.

The analyst firm argues the primary driver for the growing market is the increasing mobile workforce, which Strategy notes will rise to 1.87 billion in 2022, up from 1.45bn this year. The ‘near ubiquity’ of Wi-Fi networks and the expansion of 4G will also contribute to the rise.

“The...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Skedulo secures $9.4m in series A funding to transform mobile workforce scheduling

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Meet Skedulo. The US and Australia-based company, which was founded in 2012, offers mobile workforce scheduling utilising the Salesforce platform – and it has snaffled $9.2 million (£7.45m) of series A funding in a round closed late last week.

The funding round was led by Costanoa Venture Capital, alongside contributions from existing investor Blackbird Ventures, taking overall funding up to $11m.

Skedulo’s...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

Turning your people into your most effective defence: A different approach

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Board meetings will never be the same again! Since the very public cyber-attack on TalkTalk in the UK in late October 2015 and following numerous other high profile CEO apologies, business leaders are now realising the real damage that a cyber-attack can have on their organisation. Hard-won reputations­­ – ­­­both corporate and personal – competitive advantage and market value are all at risk.

The gap between awareness and understanding

Chief executives and...

By Nick Wilding, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Zimperium: 60% of one company’s devices vulnerable to known cyber threats

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Don’t shirk from asking the tough questions, and realise mobile is your greatest cyber vulnerability. That’s the advice mobile security provider Zimperium is giving to organisations as it reveals insights from its Global Threat Intelligence lab.

The company adds that 60% of mobile devices in enterprise BYOD environments are vulnerable to known cyber threats, according to data from one customer with 7,000 mobile devices, and that companies have opened themselves up to an...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

GamEffective aims to change gamification by making people work smarter, not harder

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Gamification has long been seen as a method for improving enterprise productivity. Yet if anything has been learned over the past few years, it’s that it can’t just be tacked onto projects on its own.

GamEffective, an Israel-based software provider, aims to combine gamification and e-learning with its new release, gLearn. The product enables learning materials to be delivered to users in ‘micro-chunks’ based on how employees are performing, and allows...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification.

Why it’s time for time management to be transformed by mobility

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The use of Excel spreadsheets and good old fashioned pen and paper for timesheets is still prevalent in organisations, with the data not always reliable as a result, according to a new report.

Almost all workers polled by portfolio management provider Changepoint say they use their smartphones as part of their jobs, yet when it comes to time tracking, Excel and pen and paper still rule the roost.

The findings come from a new study, titled ‘Mobile Keeps Business Moving Forward’,...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

For mobile professionals Wi-Fi rules all – even above alcohol, chocolate, and sex

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We’ve all seen the picture of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs with ‘Wi-Fi’ crudely affixed to the bottom of the pyramid ahead of other physiological needs. Its tone is facetious – but a new study from connectivity provider iPass suggests this may be more real than we think.

According to the company’s 2016 Mobile Professional Report, 40% of the more than 1,700 survey respondents said Wi-Fi was their number one daily essential, foregoing alcohol,...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Self-service analytics more available than ever – but is usage declining?

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A new report from Logi Analytics argues that while access to self-service analytics and business intelligence (BI) tools is higher than ever, adoption has declined.

The survey, which polled IT professionals as well as end users of BI and analytics tools, argued that while vendors have spent millions on reducing friction, and users continue to need analytics for their jobs, certain end users continue to reject BI products.

Logi argues as a result that uptake of self-service...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.