Office 365 most popular enterprise app with Zoom fastest growing, says Okta

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Office 365 increased its lead as the most popular application in the Okta network last year, ahead of Salesforce and Box, according to the company’s latest Businesses@Work study released today.

The latest report, which is the third edition of the company’s study into workplace trends, pulled data from thousands of Okta customers, from small businesses to enterprise, representing millions of authentications. The primary trend, alongside the apps data, was that 16% of...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Mobility investments moving more towards the business – but is this the full story?

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How are organisations investing in mobile technology, and what will 2017 bring? These are among the questions that Nick McQuire, VP enterprise at CCS Insight and contributor to this publication, has been exploring in his recent work.

The latest edition of CCS Insight’s enterprise IT buyers survey landed at the very back end of 2016, with lots of continuity but some interesting and challenging findings. The study, which quizzed 400 mobile technology decision makers in Europe and...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, 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.

Report argues inflection point with SharePoint development imminent

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SharePoint developers are aware they need to learn new skills but do not have sufficient training while upgrading SharePoint is not in the short-term plans of many businesses.

Those were among the key findings from a new report released by Rencore on SharePoint and Office 365 development best practices.

The study elicited more than 1,200 responses, of which almost two thirds were either architects or developers, and found something of an inflection point when it comes to enterprise...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Microsoft.

Microsoft announces Intune is part of Android for Work initiative

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Microsoft has announced its enterprise mobility management (EMM) suite Intune is now part of the Android for Work program.

The announcement, made on an official company blog, outlined several new capabilities for the initial release. Microsoft plans to offer a broader set of management policies for Android devices – managing work profiles and defining permission policies for certain...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft acquires AI-flavoured scheduling service Genee to bolster Office 365

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Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Genee, an artificial intelligence-powered scheduling service, to bolster Office 365 in the productivity stakes.

Genee works in a similar way to Amy, x.ai’s AI-flavoured personal assistant. Users looking to schedule meetings can simply copy Genee into an email and the software then does the work. The company confirmed that the service will shut down on September 1, while adding that all existing calendar entries created will remain.

“With...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Microsoft, Productivity.

New survey reveals potential SharePoint collaboration difficulties

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More than a quarter of SharePoint projects have struggled to meet expectations, while a similar number have stalled, according to new research released by information management analysts AIIM.

The study, conducted alongside information management software firm Gimmal and mobile and email content management vendor Colligo, found that for two thirds (66%) of those who had cited dissatisfaction, the primary issue was that the Microsoft collaboration product was “hard to...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Microsoft, Productivity.

Enterprises keen on Windows 10 migration – but plenty still to work out

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Windows 10 is a top priority for enterprises, but it’s still early days in terms of migration, according to research conducted by VMware.

The survey, which conducted 575 interviews – 72% with customers and the remainder with partners –  was released yesterday on the anniversary of the operating system’s launch.

Almost three quarters (74%) of those polled said the key motivation to move to Windows 10 was the obsolescence of Windows 7 and 8. For half...

By James Bourne, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft and IBM team up for Surface-specific enterprise apps

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Microsoft has announced a deal with IBM to expand the Surface Enterprise Initiative and push out new apps for Surface tablets and Surface Book laptops to IBM’s enterprise customers.

The move builds on Microsoft’s deal with Dell and HP last year reselling Surface tablets to open the initiative – and has interesting overtones with Apple’s IBM collaboration announced back in 2014.

The reason for the comparison is that the Microsoft/IBM deal looks on the...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Skype for Business gets solid user feedback – but mobile issues need to be ironed out

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It has been almost a year and a half since Microsoft announced it was reskinning and revamping Lync as Skype for Business – so are users satisfied with their experience? In a word: yes. In two words: yes…but.

A new study released today from Osterman Research and Unify Square, a unified comms vendor with a specific Redmond focus, finds more than half (52%) of...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Privacy, Productivity.