Enterprise video making ‘quick’ shift to mobile devices, says IBM

There has been a ‘dramatic’ increase in mobile video viewership and resolution in the enterprise, according to a new missive from IBM.

According to data pooled from billions of views across IBM Cloud Video’s enterprise service, mobile viewership had increased five-fold to almost one third of views – 5.8% to 28.8% respectively. More views beget bigger files – the average video file size for the enterprise increased by 29% from 2015 to 2016 – while the company also noted...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

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 CIO, 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.

Do you stick or twist with your UC software vendor? Companies increasingly saying twist

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Companies’ primary motivation for investing in a new unified communications (UC) tool is almost wholly around productivity while there is a conflict of thinking with regard to whether to use a single vendor, according to a new survey.

The results, from West Unified Communications Services, polled more than 250 IT managers and found increasing productivity (53%) far outweighed other concerns for businesses looking at updating their UC systems. Difficulty maintaining existing tools was...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity.

One in three small businesses expects to ditch their desk phones by 2020

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As unified communications (UC) develops, it is likely to become more and more mobile-based; yet according to recent survey figures from communication software provider BroadSoft, one in three small businesses expects to have mobile-only UCaaS solutions in place by 2020.

The study, which polled 129 service providers, found 42% of those polled said more than half of UC interactions – across all business sizes – will be mobile based. Similarly, more than four in five (82%)...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity.

Productivity contributes to “another stunning growth year” for mobile, says Flurry

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The latest mobile growth figures from analytics provider Flurry have revealed app usage has grown by 58%, with every category – excepting games – seeing figures go up.

In particular, productivity apps saw a 125% session growth in 2015, according to the research. More and more consumers, especially in the younger demographic – in other words, the future workforce – are “using their smartphones, phablets and tablets as their primary computing device and their sole...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Mobile Analytics, Productivity.

In enterprise mobility, “there’s an app for that” is not enough

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Watching the explosion of mobile apps has been, in a word, incredible.

In less than a decade, consumers have gone from having low-tech cell phones to early-stage smartphones to powerful machines that house dozens of mobile apps that do everything from stream music to order you a ride to work.

But as mobile apps have exploded, a problem has followed—and it’s one that often...

By App47, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile, Opinion.

Six business communication trends for 2016 you need to know about

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Much has been written recently about how startups in Silicon Valley are redefining the face of businesses and how we do business. While agile business practices, added transparency, and contractor-based staffing are still catching on, one change that unquestionably has taken hold already is the evolution of business communications.

Business communications is no longer...

By JT Ripton, 07 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Mobile.

How the latest mobile technology trends affect your business

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Mobile shopping is beginning to replace Black Friday, AdAge reported this October, citing Google data. According to Google, 54% of shoppers this year plan to do their shopping on their smartphones during free moments while eating or commuting, and 52% plan to consult their smartphone before visiting a store.

Smartphone shopping has gone up 64% since last year and now constitutes 30% of all online purchases. Meanwhile in-store shopping over Thanksgiving fell 5% last year, and total...

By App47, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, Mobile, Security.

How companies buy mobility products: Broad changes taking place

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Astonishing changes are happening within businesses as mobile technology becomes more and more central to their IT, business operations and digital transformation initiatives. Results from our recent Decision-Maker Mobile Technology Survey, 2015 show us these changes are broad-ranging.

They encompass new buyers and spending levels, new priorities and challenges, as well as shifts in distribution channels and brand affinities.

In August 2015, we surveyed 589 mobile technology decision-makers in...

By Nicholas McQuire, 06 October 2015, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Mobile critical priority for two in three organisations, report argues

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Mobile is a critical priority on the business technology agenda for almost two thirds (64%) of respondents, according to a new survey from IDG Enterprise published this week.

The report, titled ‘Building the Mobile Enterprise’, quizzed more than 500 respondents from its various portfolio of publications, and found the primary driver of mobile investments is improving internal communication (68%), ahead of customer retention (64%) and faster decision making (60%).

Similarly...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.