CenturyLink dips its toes into EMM waters with IBM MaaS360 offering

Communications provider CenturyLink has announced the launch of an enterprise mobility management (EMM) offering giving its customers 24x7x365 support alongside enhanced productivity and reduced security risks.

The company is utilising EMM based on IBM MaaS360 which ‘enables network administrators to deploy devices, deliver productivity apps and enable secure content collaboration on personal or corporate-owned devices with CenturyLink’s onboarding support, service level agreements and technical...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, 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.

MobileIron launches Internet of Things division, brings in ‘VP IoT’ to head up

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider MobileIron has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) division in its company to help customers make more sense of their implementations across the entire technology lifecycle.

The announcement, made at the firm’s analyst outing earlier today, puts more emphasis on MobileIron’s IoT play. The company cited a Bain & Company report which argues IoT vendor revenue could exceed $470 billion by 2020, while adding that its standard-based and...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

The state of enterprise application development today: Seven key takeaways

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Without a doubt, digital transformation is the single most critical issue facing organisations today. Disrupting industries, transforming businesses and creating new competitive differentiation. This is something that we cannot afford to ignore and application development lies at the heart of digitalising processes.

Although we’ve long since entered the digital age, many organisations still remain saddled with legacy IT systems, unable to keep up with the growing and...

By Paulo Rosado, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Capriza and Sapho releases beef up micro app approach

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A couple of new releases in the ‘micro app’ space have come to Enterprise AppsTech’s attention; Capriza has launched a new set of universal micro apps for field services, while Sapho is connecting its micro app platform to IBM Domino, the Armonk giant’s service for hosting social business applications.

This publication has taken a more detailed look at both Capriza and Sapho’s most recent offerings in the past, with

By James Bourne, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Why your new enterprise app will fail: Avoid these classic pitfalls

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Last year, we wrote a blog post about what employees want in enterprise mobile apps. The key criteria were (and still are) simple: employees want apps that work, that make their lives easier, and that are easy to use.

Follow those guidelines, and it’s more likely than not that your app will succeed given the right infrastructure and strategy. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum: what are some signs your shiny new app might fail?

Nitesh...

By App47, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Majority of mobile collaboration firms will support chatbots by end of 2017

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More than half of mobile collaboration providers will support chatbots in their offerings by the end of 2017, according to new analysis from Aragon Research.

The company evaluated 16 major mobile collaboration providers as part of its Tech Spectrum report on the topic, and found that while ‘several’ companies analysed already have chatbot capabilities more will follow before the year’s end.

“Messaging, the core of mobile collaboration, is becoming a top priority in...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Many local authorities lagging behind on BYOD, research warns

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Almost half of local authorities in England do not have a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to new research from Annodata.

The managed service provider submitted a freedom of information request to 79 council districts from all regions in England, and found 42% do not have BYOD implementation.

“The public sector in particular needs to approach BYOD with due diligence and special emphasis needs to be placed on security when employees are using their own devices...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

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.

Mind the gap: Revenues will suffer if IT remains stretched, companies warned

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An ‘IT delivery’ gap is threatening to undermine business productivity unless organisations shape up, according to a new research report from app network platform provider MuleSoft.

We’ve heard plenty about supposed skills gaps, yet according to the MuleSoft research only half of the more than 950 IT decision makers polled said they were able to deliver all projects asked of them last year, while 59% said business revenues will suffer within six months if the status...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

WebEx most popular enterprise app says MobileIron – yet organisational bad practices remain

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WebEx is the most popular enterprise app installed by MobileIron customers, with Dropbox, Facebook and WhatsApp among the most frequently blacklisted, according to a new report.

The study, the enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider’s third Mobile Security and Risk Review report, also found that almost 80% of firms are using more than 10 apps for business, with almost one in five (18%) using Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) – a number which goes up in...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Mobility skills and experience becoming ever more important, argues Randstad

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Mobility skills are going to be in ever-increasing demand while the line between cybersecurity and IT will start to blur, according to predictions from Randstad Technologies.

The analysis also examines a generational change in the workplace – although perhaps not the trend you are expecting – as well as new company roles.

Randstad argues that in 2017, companies will place greater emphasis on hires of all ages, although adding in a separate prediction that ‘generation...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

10 enterprise mobility acronyms you need to know for 2017

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Once upon a time, enterprise mobility abbreviations were much simpler to follow. Sounds like a fairy tale given today’s business technology landscape, right? As mobility enters 2017 full-tilt, rapid evolution and change will only add to an ever-growing list of industry terms and acronyms that can leave your head spinning. Here are ten must-know mobility abbreviations you’re sure to see in 2017:

BI: Business...

By MOBI, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, Wearables.

Skycure integrates with Microsoft EMS in enhanced mobile security play

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Mobile threat defence provider Skycure has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft on integrating its platform with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

The collaboration ‘allows organisations to more confidently address the needs of today’s mobile workforce, ensuring that devices are risk-free and secure before accessing corporate resources’, according to the press materials.

Customers should expect ‘seamless integration’ with EMS,

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

CISO research advocates ’30 day sprint’ to get privileged credentials up to date

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If you had a panel of Global 1000 chief information security officers (CISO) at your disposal, what would you ask them? A new report issued by CyberArk argues organisations can improve their security fitness and protect privileged credentials in a ’30 day sprint’.

The report outlines a ‘proven framework’ to implement a set of key controls around privileged credentials, noting that organisations can make gains ‘with a sufficient sense of urgency’. In...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employees, Security.

US hospital pays $3.2m fine after lost device and HIPAA non-compliance

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The Children’s Medical Center of Dallas has paid $3.2 million (£2.58m) to the US government after a lost device in 2009 was found to have breached HIPAA protocol.

The investigation came about after Children’s Health filed a breach report with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in January 2010 which indicated the loss of an unencrypted, non-password protected BlackBerry device at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport two months earlier. In July 2013, the hospital...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility.

It’s time to re-energise IT – and make the IT department more than a M*A*S*H unit

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There’s no holding back the obvious truths in the land of IT. Helpdesks are inundated and overwhelmed; we are overworked and our teams are scrambling for some lucidity. The problem is simple, and most of us know: mundane, repeated and wearisome tasks that can, or probably should, be automated.

Much stress and time could be saved for our IT team’s employees by taking away some of these entanglements, but many organisations overlook doing so in the name of convenience...

By Dean Wiech, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Identity, Security.

United Airlines and IBM work together on enterprise iOS apps for frontline staff

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The IBM and Apple mobility play gains another blue chip customer in the form of United Airlines, who has announced a partnership to deliver iOS apps to more than 50,000 devices for the airline’s ‘frontline employees’.

The apps which will be rolled out to United staff will be ‘powered by analytics and customised to further drive the airline’s digital transformation, enhancing how United serves its customers’, in the words of the press materials. In...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise apps “functional but unfriendly”, new report affirms

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According to a study from digital design and development studio ArcTouch, only 12% of respondents use enterprise mobile apps in the workplace – and of that number, many are ‘underwhelmed’ by the experience.

The report, “Functional But Unfriendly: A Study of Enterprise Mobile App User Experience”, polled 4000 office workers and found that enterprise mobile apps “underperform in the core aspects that make employees look forward to using the apps, and...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.