Collaboration app uptake increasing in organisations – but not everybody is using them

More than half of organisations polled by enterprise software provider Smartsheet say their use of collaboration apps has increased over the past 12 months.

The report, titled ‘2017 State of Enterprise Collaboration’, and put together alongside Market Cube, polled 1000 US enterprise IT decision makers. More than two thirds (71%) of respondents said they already have a defined collaboration strategy in place, while almost all (95%) say collaboration tools are a ‘high’ or...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Five ways your organisation can survive digital disruption

Companies, departments, and individuals need to get ahead of each shifting digital trend to stay relevant. New business models are challenging traditional business thinking, and many organizations are struggling to keep pace. Forrester research found that only 27 percent of operating companies have a working digital strategy.

Many companies risk losing their leadership position...

By Stephan Romeder, 21 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Productivity.

BlackBerry updates Enterprise Mobility Suite to include Office 365, DocuSign and wearables

BlackBerry has announced updates to its Enterprise Mobility Suite, including managing wearable devices, integration with DocuSign, and app analytics capabilities.

Other new features in the suite include managing and securing Office 365 mobile applications from BlackBerry’s unified endpoint management (UEM) suite, accessing business data on unmanaged laptops, and providing in-line comments and @mentions on Workspaces, the company’s enterprise file sync and share product.

“The explosion of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity, Security.

In a world of bots, AI and big data – how can employees and businesses survive?

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution hailed as bringing about a digital boom on the global economy, many may think: “Are we not already well into the digital economy era?”.

It is true that there are now countless apps and computing technologies that allow people to conveniently hail a taxi, book a hotel, or clean floors with a robot. Smart machines can also already drive cars, diagnose patients, and manage finances more effectively than humans. But in a new analysis –

By Ben Pring, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Productivity.

How proactively delivered personalised dashboards improve business intelligence

You often hear business leaders talking about their key performance metrics. Many even track them through visual dashboards cluttered with all sorts of impressive-looking charts, graphs, and numbers. But how effective are these dashboards, really?

For one thing, dashboards often present lots of complicated data with little, if any, analysis or context – they also take forever to load. This makes them unapproachable for employees who aren’t trained in analytics or don’t know how to sift through the raw...

By Natalie Lambert, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Keeping tabs on the key pillars of enterprise mobility

In the quest to implement a successful enterprise mobility program, it can be helpful to have guideposts to reference. While asking, “how will we know if our program is successful?” is a simple way to qualify success, having more specific guidelines in mind can keep your program on track.

Though at the end of the day, every organisation’s mobility needs are going to be different, there are a number of factors that each and every organisation should keep in mind as they weigh the success (or...

By App47, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

Smartsheet raises $52.1 million in series F round to bolster enterprise collaboration

Smartsheet, a software as a service (SaaS) collaboration platform based in Washington, has raised $52.1 million (£40.2m) in series F funding.

The company said the capital will be used to accelerate product, sales, marketing and infrastructure to support its platform ‘building upon an already solid financial position with low cash burn’.

Smartsheet’s product enables enterprise-wide collaboration through file sharing, alerts and reminders to enable ‘all notes, comments, files, and...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, M&A, Productivity.

More than nine in 10 IT pros see automation as necessary across the enterprise

94% of respondents polled by IT solutions provider BMC Software say they expect automation to move from IT across the whole business by 2020.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers across 12 countries, also found that for three quarters (73%) of respondents, businesses who do not embrace IT automation as an overall strategy within five years will go bust within 10 years.

Looking at enterprise architects in particular, there are plenty of hurdles obstructing their path, with lack of necessary budget...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Gartner argues medicine, law and IT may be affected by the rise of the robots by 2022

Gartner has given a tentative guideline of 2022 as when smart machines and robots may replace highly trained professionals in medicine, law and IT, according to the firm’s latest missive.

The analyst house argues there is a fear of skilled practices becoming ‘utilities’ through the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). One example Gartner uses is through law; if an enterprise uses a smart machine which substitutes for a lawyer, after the first long and expensive period of training, the...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

We’re not worried about AI…it will allow us to work more flexibly, say employees

Two pieces of research have hit this publication’s inbox which give a further indication to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) among businesses and employees. A study from Adecco found that almost half of employees (48%) surveyed believed AI would enable them to work more flexibly, while research from Rocket Fuel argued the majority of millennials say it can help brands in terms of informing better buying decisions.

The Adecco research, which polled 1,000 board level executives and 1,000 workers...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, IoT, Productivity.