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.

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.

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.

Enterprise mobility in 2016: The year in review

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As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, the first week of the year provides an appropriate time to look back at the previous 12 months, and the key stories which influenced the enterprise mobility sector during that time.

Rather than detailing the most important stories of the year chronologically as in previous years, this time Enterprise AppsTech is looking at the biggest hitters from 2016 in five key emerging areas:

App standardisation

One of the biggest stories of 2016 was undoubtedly the...

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

iPads in the workforce, or why enterprise mobility is all about the apps

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Mobile devices have been an integral part of the global workforce for years, as businesses adopt technology to drive transformation and improve business processes. Just last year, enterprise markets accounted for about $25 billion in annual Apple revenue, up 40 percent over 2014 – and iPads have undoubtedly earned a fair share of that revenue. There’s no denying the innovation behind the iPad and other tablets and smartphones. These devices are growing in popularity in the...

By Mark Scott, 23 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Why App Transport Security can’t get here soon enough

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What is completely transparent but protects you from prying eyes? Encryption, of course! “Completely transparent” may be a bit of an overstatement but, generally speaking, the way encryption operates is fairly painless for the average end user. However, with the January 1, 2017 deadline looming for requiring all App Store apps to utilize App Transport Security (a.k.a. ATS, Apple terminology for securing all app traffic using the TLS v1.2 protocol), encryption may get a...

By MobileIron, 23 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

The key factors in reducing the BYOD mobile security threat

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In its latest report, research firm Ovum reveals that 47% of employees now use their own smartphones to access corporate data, a quarter use a tablet, and 8% use wearables to access information in some form. It’s clear that BYOD is an established feature in today’s always-connected, always-contactable business landscape, and organisations therefore need to put secure mobility management measures in place. What are the principle considerations to bear in mind for this...

By Dave Schuette, 22 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Five areas CIOs who work with Microsoft technologies need to invest in

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Do your staff have the skills they need to support your IT strategy?

As a Microsoft Partner working with CIOs, heads of IT, developers, architects, administrators and more, we at Rencore wanted to find out if the digital age is providing more challenges, rather than opportunities when it comes to learning new skills. Our research – which also looks at what environments those companies are using, the challenges they have around security and governance and their plans for the future - is the...

By Matthias Einig, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Sapho becomes latest company to sign up for AppConfig Community

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Sapho, a San Bruno-based provider of enterprise micro apps, has announced it is the latest company to join the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards organisation with several leading EMM vendors among its personnel.

The company is also delivering AppConfig support in the latest release of its Sapho Micro App Platform.

“By joining the AppConfig Community, we are making our solution even easier for IT to deploy, which allows their employees to complete their work while...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Appthority warns only 3% of enterprise apps comply with upcoming Apple security mandate

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Apple is making a series of security changes for the new year – yet according to new research from Appthority, only 3% of enterprise apps are fully compliant with the new security mandate.

The research, which examined the top 200 iOS apps installed on enterprise devices worldwide, showed a relatively meagre proportion of apps which fully meet App Transport Security (ATS) data encryption requirements.

More than half (55%) of apps allow use of HTTP, instead of requiring HTTPS...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Highlights from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: What type of user are you?

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A couple of weeks ago, the App47 team attended Enterprise Mobility Exchange 2016 in Las Vegas. EME is a who’s who of thought leaders in the enterprise mobility space, and is always a great opportunity for our team to talk to other businesses about what’s working, what isn’t, and what’s on the horizon in the industry.

We’d be here all day if we recapped everything we discussed at EME, so instead, we’ll focus on a...

By App47, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM.