WhatsApp is taking over at work: Are contextual apps the answer?

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The promise of unified collaboration and communication in the workplace is an empty one; instead we’re seeing greater fragmentation as we use more tools and apps than ever.

Day to day I use any combination of Skype, Keevio, SMS, IRC or Slack, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, any one of Google’s three messaging apps, and let’s not forget good old phone calls. 

People are more engaged with apps they use socially and in their home life, so we’re inevitably seeing...

By Rob Pickering, 19 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

BlackBerry moves away from smartphones – more focus on software and security

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It’s official: BlackBerry is no longer committed to making its own hardware.

The announcement was made – or rather, it was mentioned as an aside – in BlackBerry’s most recent earnings report.  “The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” said John Chen, BlackBerry CEO, in a statement. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Security.

Four key tips to make flexible working arrangements succeed

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Organisations are increasingly under pressure to help improve work/life balance for their employees. Following the introduction of the flexible working legislation in the UK that came into place two years ago, a number of businesses are starting to realise the benefits of offering flexible working options. Benefits include happier, and ultimately more productive...

By Andy Nolan, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Mobile, Productivity.

How the rise of the bots could change the enterprise

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By Justin Grimsley

Think back to the last time you ordered lunch for the office. Remember how much of a hassle it was, especially when catering to food allergies and preferences? Well, Taco Bell aims to change that experience with the introduction of TacoBot. Now, as you’re collaborating with colleagues on Slack, everyone in the...

By VMware AirWatch, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Mobile, Productivity.

Why the Salesforce acquisition of Quip impacts the future of collaboration

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Opinion In case you missed it earlier this week, Salesforce has continued its acquisition spree, purchasing Quip for $582 million (£440m) – or $750m if you include cash incentives. That may seem like a staggering sum to pay for a four-year-old 40-person startup, but not when you consider what’s at stake: ownership of the CRM and collaboration market.  

The deal is not only a shot across...

By Alex Gorbansky, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Marketing, Mobile, Productivity.

Apple retains lead in Nordics device market, IDC figures show

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A new piece of research teased out by analyst house IDC provides an interesting look at a microcosm of the device market; the iPad Pro has helped Apple maintain a solid market lead for smart connected devices in the Nordics.

The figures, which class PCs, smartphones, detachable computers and tablets in the overall field of ‘smart connected devices’, saw Apple’s overall market share of 28.8% with 1.58 million shipments in Q116, down from 33% this time last year. Samsung...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Tablet.

McAfee Labs warns of mobile app ‘collusion’ in latest security report

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It comes as no surprise to anyone that the mobile security landscape is as competitive as ever, and the latest warning from McAfee Labs examines mobile app ‘collusion’ – two or more apps being manipulated together to orchestrate attacks.

The report from McAfee, now a part of Intel Security, gives the specific definition as “two or more apps that can carry out harmful activity together using interapp communications in a collaborative fashion.” This...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Security.

Apperian gains patent for Dynamic Policy Engine that discards need for SDKs or code modification

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Apperian is looking to redefine enterprise mobility management with a new patent for its Dynamic Policy Engine that facilitates the addition of security, identity and management policies without the need for software development kits (SDKs) or code modification. The approach differs from traditional offerings in that it is able to apply and make updates to app policies...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 05 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: MDM, Mobile.

The three key trends from MWC 16: IoT, NFV, and 5G

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There were three distinct yet interrelated themes at this year’s MWC in Barcelona that will likely have significant staying power in the years to come. These themes are the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables, network function virtualisation (NFV), and 5G. 

IoT and wearables were everywhere during the show.  Vertical markets like healthcare, transportation/logistics, and automotive seemed to be well represented in vendor and operator booths....

By Greg Collins, 09 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Mobile.