The software-defined workplace: What will work look like in 2017?

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In 2016, consumer-facing tools and apps continued to converge with workplace software. Slack announced an integration with Salesforce and consumer brands like Skype and Facebook made progress with their respective enterprise-focused offerings. Today, employee workplace software is slowly looking more like consumer and social apps, which isn’t surprising since employees have become accustomed...

By Natalie Lambert, 24 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Productivity.

Healthcare becoming more mobile but one in four firms concerned over MDM

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More than a quarter of healthcare organisations are less than confident in their chosen mobile device management (MDM) in batting away security attacks, according to a new report from Jamf.

The study, which was conducted by analyst firm Vanson Bourne, found a refreshingly high number of healthcare firms going in with mobility at the outset; 83% say they currently provide mobile devices to caregiving staff. Yet the same number cited security as the highest priority concern with...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Security.

IBM inks deal with Bell to soup up iOS enterprise apps in Canada

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Bell, the largest telecoms provider in Canada, is working with IBM to help offer IBM MobileFirst, the Armonk giant’s enterprise mobility play with Apple, to Canadian businesses.

The telco will ‘combine its expertise in mobility services with IBM’s robust suite of apps tailored to meet the specific needs of professionals across multiple industries, including energy and utilities, government, manufacturing, retail and more’, according to a press...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

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.

Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC GM, on why 2017 will be a year of “platform acceleration”

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Sumit Dhawan, the new general manager of end user computing at VMware, believes that 2017 will be the year of “platform acceleration”, both at his company and in the wider enterprise mobile industry.

Dhawan, who previously headed up the desktop products division, takes over from Sanjay Poonen, who has moved up to become VMware’s chief operating officer. It’s certainly a hard act to follow, but Dhawan says he couldn’t be happier with the position the...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

Why healthcare is a vulnerable sector for cyber attack – and what can be done about it

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2017 is set to feature greater attacks on internet security; the broad adoption of IoT seen to be easily compromised coupled with data often held on legacy systems is likely to capture attention.

Healthcare represents one of the sectors vulnerable to IoT attacks. As more and more people adopt smart wearables and mobile apps tracking fitness the bank of hackable data for cyber criminals is growing and the value of the information is increasing which makes attacking more rewarding....

By Duncan Hughes, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

Why companies investing in AI today should expect a revenue spike by 2020

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Organisations investing in artificial intelligence (AI) anticipate a 39% revenue rise by 2020, while faster growing firms are more likely to be further ahead in their AI initiatives, according to a new study from IT consulting firm Infosys.

The survey, which polled 1,600 senior business decision makers at large organisations globally, found that alongside the revenue rise, businesses which forge ahead with AI will expect a 37% reduction in costs by 2020. More than three quarters...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Marketing, Productivity.

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.

A new era: The rise of the enterprise machine

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We’re living in an era of mobility.

Consumers use apps to help track their weight and fitness. To manage airline tickets and Chipotle coupons. To check the latest scores of their favourite teams. And enterprise employees are using apps to help manage inventory, boost productivity, simplify work in the field, and more. All around us, mobile devices and applications are making life easier for us as “users”.

Increasingly, however, we’re noticing the rise of something...

By App47, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Arxan acquires MAM provider Apperian to enhance mobile and IoT operations

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Application security provider Arxan Technologies has announced the acquisition of mobile app management (MAM) provider Apperian to help its mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) push.

Discussions between the two companies had been going on for almost a year with a plethora of options on the table, from strategic partnerships to investment, before settling on acquisition because both companies’ management “felt that there were so many synergies that the companies could maximise impact and...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MAM, Security.

Atlassian acquires productivity app Trello for $425m

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Productivity app provider Trello is to be acquired by enterprise software firm Atlassian for $425 million, the two companies have announced.

Trello, which was featured in an Enterprise AppsTech article from 2014 outlining top apps for business executives, was launched five years ago, making it truly a company of the smartphone generation. The company boasts almost 20 million users, including customers such as Google, National...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Productivity.

The weapon of openness, or how open email benefits productivity and security

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“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy”, said the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr. “The best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.”

It’s a principle that goes far beyond politics. The rapid advance of technology has led to a significant increase in the amount of data companies are collecting, and this, in turn, has effectively created two kinds of corporate environment: those where knowledge and information are shared...

By Peter Linas, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Security.

UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm expand corporate wellness program, add BYOD model

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American managed health care company UnitedHealthcare and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm have announced an improvement and expansion of their wellness program UnitedHealthcare Motion.

The program provides employees with activity trackers at no additional charge and enables them to earn up to $1,500 per year by meeting certain goals for the number of daily steps.

The companies started UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program in 2016 as a pilot in 12 states. The employers...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Wearables.

What 2017 has in store for enterprise analytics – and what you need to do about it

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The last year has seen big changes in how people adopt and use analytics. Many analytics tools today require users to leave the apps they use every day to gain any benefit. This is inefficient and outdated, which is one reason why we have seen adoption of self-service tools decline 20% since 2014.

Today’s users are desperate for something that is better, easier, and more efficient for them to work with in their daily workflows and app usage patterns. In other words, there’s...

By Tom Cahill, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees.

Bitglass secures $45m in new funding to bolster EMEA expansion

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Enterprise data security provider Bitglass has announced it has raised $45 million in series C funding, five weeks after announcing it was expanding to the EMEA region.

The round, which featured new investor Future Fund alongside existing investors Norwest, NEA and SingTel Innov8, brings the company’s total funding to $80m, with the company saying it will use it to expand in EMEA,...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security.

Sapho’s micro app approach aims to keep it simple and social in enterprise app fight

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Sapho, an enterprise mobility and micro app platform provider based in San Bruno, California, has an interesting story to tell.

Regular readers of this publication will already be aware of what they do, as well as being aware of the company’s recent membership of the AppConfig Community initiative. Yet if you dig a little deeper, Sapho’s model arguably makes them stand out in what is...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification, Social.

IoT and mobility: The two main pillars of digital disruption

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By Chris Hale, Vice President of Marketing, Stratix Corporation

The lines have blurred between two massive technology forces driving changes in businesses everywhere: Internet of Things and mobility.

For example, what’s considered a “device”?  In the realm of enterprise mobility, we think mainly of smartphones and tablets equipped with apps and Internet connectivity. Smartphones are packed with sensors that collect data on location, orientation, acceleration,...

By Stratix, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

2017: Device disruption is over – now it’s time to optimise

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2017 is the dawn of a new enterprise mobility reality. For the last decade, mobility strategy has worked tirelessly to support mobile devices and technologies. That’s about to change.

Out with the old, in with the new

The evolution of enterprise mobility strategy is alive and well in 2016. Despite a decrease in personal mobile device sales and upgrades, corporate mobile and IoT devices continue to be procured and...

By Mitch Black, 04 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Why 2017 will be a year of continued evolution for enterprise mobility

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With businesses more commonly embracing mobile-centric strategies throughout 2016, it’s easy to view the past year as a tipping point where companies became serious about mobility. However this doesn’t mean that innovation in enterprise mobility is going to slow down, and 2017 should see the industry accelerate faster than ever. In fact the move toward a mobile only workplace may be happening quicker than many businesses realize, with the recently released Gartner...

By Yuval Scarlat, 04 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

451 Research: Seven in 10 enterprise IT buyers collecting IoT data

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More than seven in 10 enterprises polled by analyst firm 451 Research say they are gathering IoT data – but security and a perceived lack of return on investment remain major stumbling blocks.

The company’s latest figures, which come from the most recent Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things Organisational Dynamics survey, polled almost 1,000 enterprise IT buyers and found the number of firms looking at IoT data went up to its highest number, up three percentage...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.