A note to CEOs: Shadow IT is not someone else’s problem

Trends like bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own app (BYOA) – or shadow IT as some industry observers call it - are fast spreading throughout the workplace.

On the whole, they are welcomed by the enterprise for the additional flexibility and productivity benefits they bring.  After all, letting employees use their own phones and apps for work tasks saves time and investment on new IT, right?

But there’s a catch.

Alongside the benefits, shadow IT is also allowing fresh...

By Omri Sigelman, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Pinpointing productivity and the continued rise of Slack in the enterprise

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MWC At an entertaining session at Mobile World Congress earlier today, the key question arose: is technological innovation and a changing work-life balance actually making us more productive, or are the current breed of enterprise apps just another platform on which to waste time?

The answer came back overwhelmingly for the former; 65% of the audience members polled said that they were more productive now than five years ago. When it came to the most popular apps, Office came out on top...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How CIOs need to adapt or die in the world of digital transformation

There is a tectonic shift happening in IT. Or to be more specific, there is an irreversible change occurring in who drives and controls IT spend. According to Gartner, today around 83% of all IT spend is controlled by the CIO or his/her reports. Within three years, the picture will be very different, at least half of all IT spend will happen at individual business unit level. 

To put it another way, by 2020 the CIO will at best control just 50% of the total IT spend across the organisation.

This is being...

By Matt Fisher, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

How the CIO role has been ‘completely transformed’ in recent years through IT shift

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One in three CIOs say their job role has been ‘completely transformed’ in recent years while another third say their job has become more important in their company’s hierarchy, according to a new piece of research from Bitdefender.

The study, titled ‘Virtualisation makes CIOs’ roles key’, surveyed more than 150 UK-based IT decision makers in companies with more than 1,000 PCs, and found some worrying security findings. Only 55% of incoming cyberattacks...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How CSOs can avoid the shadow of a cybersecurity Groundhog Day

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Every year, in Pennsylvania, people gather in droves to watch a groundhog predict how much longer winter will last. For Americans, it’s a pretty big deal to see this glorified gerbil pop up and look terrified as throngs of onlookers wait in hushed silence to see whether the mighty Phil from Punxsutawney will see his shadow. 

Historically, the varmint is only 39% accurate, but in truth that’s probably better than most human non-groundhog meteorologists.

Like groundhogs,...

By Duncan Hughes, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Security.

2017’s anticipated attacks for CIOs: DDoS, IoT, and more

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Along with well wishes, this New Year we have been inundated with warnings from experts and journalists that 2017 will entail an upsurge of DDoS, IoT and Ransomware attacks that will exceed by far 2016’s record. So with warnings must come action – which is where we propose that prevention is the best form of defence.

2016 saw some of the most well-established and public facing companies as the target of cyber criminals attacks, the most notable being the Yahoo hack which...

By Mike Hemes, 25 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Five areas CIOs who work with Microsoft technologies need to invest in

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Do your staff have the skills they need to support your IT strategy?

As a Microsoft Partner working with CIOs, heads of IT, developers, architects, administrators and more, we at Rencore wanted to find out if the digital age is providing more challenges, rather than opportunities when it comes to learning new skills. Our research – which also looks at what environments those companies are using, the challenges they have around security and governance and their plans for the future - is the...

By Matthias Einig, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Half of EMEA CIOs participating in ‘digital ecosystem’, Gartner argues

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It may be de rigeur to look at a half empty glass when assessing the future prospects of the CIO – but the latest research note from Gartner attempts to put a more positive spin on things.

According to Gartner, half of CIOs surveyed in EMEA are participating in what the analyst firm calls a ‘digital ecosystem’ – in other words, investing in digital technologies, such as big data and analytics, learning machines and the Internet of Things- while two thirds (65%)...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

The four common enterprise mobility mistakes to avoid

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Implementing an enterprise mobility program in your business can be a great way to boost employee productivity, improve employee and customer retention, and make a positive impact on your bottom line. But it isn’t all roses. A poorly executed mobility program can hinder more than it helps, which is why it’s so important to carefully plan before making the leap.

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By App47, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

IDC’s CIO predictions for 2017: Not all will survive the digital transformation move

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Analyst firm IDC has put together its predictions for the changing role of the CIO through 2017, and found that 40% of CIOs will not attain leadership roles in enterprise digital transformation (DX) through a lack of vision, credibility, or ability.

The study, titled ‘IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions’, goes a little further than the coming year as well as having a slightly broader focus on enterprise IT strategy. The analyst firm argues that by...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.