Google shares its tiered approach to enterprise mobile security in new paper

Google has shed light on the tiered access method it employs in managing the devices of its more than 61,000 employees in a new whitepaper – with the aim to get IT admins to deploy it in their own organisations.

Michael Janosko, manager for security engineering and Rose La Prairie, Android product manager, explain the internal process in a company blog post. “Google’s technical...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Cisco Jasper moves IoT and EMM closer with mobility management platform release

Enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) provider Cisco Jasper has announced the launch of Control Center for Mobile Enterprise, which aims to automate the management of enterprise mobile services and devices.

The service, which is an extension of the company’s current Control Center product, aims to provide enterprises with faster delivery of services, alongside lower operational costs and predictable telecom bills.  

The move certainly makes sense from a strategic standpoint. Having built up more than...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Why self-service is a key component of successful EMM

If you’re wondering how best to build employee buy-in for your enterprise mobility program, the first place you should look is your enrollment/onboarding process.

Put another way: the onboarding process is most employees’ first touch point with your EMM program. If it isn’t simple and easy to follow, you’re already starting the relationship on the wrong foot.

So: what does the ideal EMM enrollment process look like? In our minds, the process should:

Be self-service

The single best way...

By App47, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by end of 2017, says Gartner

Analyst house Gartner projected Windows 10 for record enterprise adoption as far back as 2015 – and now a new note from the company says 85% of enterprises will have started deployments by the end of 2017.

The figure comes from a survey conducted in the last quarter of 2016 in Brazil, China, France, India, the UK, and US. Almost half (49%) of respondents said security improvements were the primary reason for...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Is it time to drop the ‘m’ in mobile application management?

For most of our life as a company, we’ve lived in the Mobile Application Management, or MAM, space. 

Not any more. 

Increasingly, we see our future as dependent on dropping the “M.” We’re not just dealing with mobile application management now. We’re dealing with application management at large. 

What this means, of course, is that companies are shifting their focus from using applications only on mobile phones to increase employee...

By App47, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, MAM.

Get C-suite buy in and prioritise mobile outside of IT for greater ROI, says IBM

Align mobile initiatives with organisation-wide business goals, get the support of the C-suite and balance off the shelf with custom approaches: these are among the best strategies in order to gain maximum return on investment from enterprise mobility projects, according to a new report from IBM.

The Armonk giant has put together a new report from its Institute for Business Value (IBV) arm, titled ‘Return on Mobile Capturing the Value Beneath the Surface’, which focuses on surveys from more than...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

How to get data analytics right and avoid the 'swivel chair effect' for employees

Productivity is the Holy Grail for many businesses. Having a productive workforce can lead to time savings, better customer retention and ultimately higher profits. However, trying to achieve productivity isn’t always easy. Experts list a myriad of techniques for how to encourage a more productive workforce, from providing flexible working hours to offering different working spaces.

Technology has its role to play here, too. But rather than focusing on the latest fad product to keep employees engaged,...

By Tom Cahill, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Apperian argues more enterprise mobility investments focusing on bottom line

Organisations expect their enterprise mobility initiatives to go beyond business processes and employee satisfaction and impact the bottom line, according to a new piece of research from Apperian.

The study, conducted in conjunction with CITO Research which polled more than 100 mobility professionals across over 10 industries, found that almost half (43%) of respondents said increased productivity was their primary goal for an enterprise app rollout, up 20% from the previous year. More than one in five (22%)...

By James Bourne, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, Research.

Capriza secures payment standard and Yorkshire Building Society customer win

A couple of notes from enterprise mobility software provider Capriza this week: the company has announced it has achieved level one compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standard, while also securing a customer win in the form of Yorkshire Building Society (YBS).

The PCI DSS, a global standard for providing security and privacy for accepting, storing, processing and transmitting payment card information, and goes alongside the Palo Alto company’s existing ISO 27001 certification....

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

IBM looks to ‘building blocks’ for quick app creation in Bluemix

IBM has announced the launch of new capabilities for developers on its Bluemix cloud platform, including offering ‘new code patterns and building blocks which help to quickly create cloud apps across web and backend systems, along with mobile’, according to the press materials.

Patterns available include the Mobile App pattern, which can enable developers to interact with mobile services, data services such as IBM Cloud Object Storage, as well as security capabilities, alongside Backend for...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Sapho secures $14m in series B funding to continue micro app mission

Sapho, a San Bruno-based enterprise mobility provider, has secured $14 million (£10.9m) in an oversubscribed series B funding round, with the aim to build out a global sales team.

The $14m adds to the company’s $9.5m series A secured in June last year, taking its total to $27.85m across five rounds. The latest round was led by Caffeinated Capital, with other parties including new investor Felicis Ventures, as well as Alsop Louie Partners, SoftTech VC, Morado Ventures, AME Cloud, and Bloomberg...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

Facebook beefs up Workplace offering with bots, security, video API and more

Facebook opened up its enterprise-grade collaboration suite Workplace to everyone back in October – and now the social giant claims more than 14,000 businesses are using its tool, covering every continent on the planet.

At F8, the company’s developer conference, Facebook also announced a variety of integration partners for Workplace, including Dropbox, Box, and Salesforce, as well as new custom bots.

The integrations with cloud service providers and other collaboration firms relate to a long-running trend;...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

AppConfig Community one year on: The stats on an ‘outstanding’ 12 months of growth

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The AppConfig Community, an initiative to promote best practices for enterprise application development across native OS frameworks, has described its first 12 months of membership as ‘dramatic’ and ‘outstanding’, alongside confirming 40 more independent software vendors (ISVs) are to formally join “in the very near future.”

Since

By James Bourne, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Quarterly PC shipments fall to lowest levels since 2007, Gartner says

Worldwide PC shipments fell below 63 million units in the first quarter of 2017 for the first time since 2007, according to the latest note from Gartner.

Gartner says consumers refrain from replacing their older PCs while some have completely abandoned the PC market altogether. Though there is a weak demand on one end, Gartner adds the business segment still sees the PC as an important device and it is the main work device for businesses.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: “The market...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 13 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

Red Hat launches tool to help firms assess cost and complexity of app development

Red Hat has announced the launch of a tool which aims to break down the costs of developing enterprise mobile apps.

The tool – which is aimed as more of a guideline than gospel – offers a cost and complexity analysis based on 10 questions relating to various topics, from device OS, to user requirements and backend integration. On completing the questions users can download a PDF which outlines recommendations, estimated developer resource requirements, as well as additional content.

The move squarely targets...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

US mobile app users facing increased security risks, new report argues

A nationwide survey of 1,000 US respondents commissioned by RiskIQ found that poor security awareness and an insatiable demand for mobile apps are placing US consumers’ identities and devices at risk.

More than one third (36%) of respondents do not consider an app’s details while nearly half (47%) never or only occasionally review the privacy policy and permissions requested by the app before downloading. This carefree attitude toward mobile apps is leaving such consumers vulnerable to cyber...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Striking the balance between push notifications and in-app notifications in enterprise apps

I won’t lie - the thrill of receiving one of Facebook’s coveted little red circle notifications brings me more excitement than it really should. When those Facebook notifications pile up, I cannot wait to dive in and see who commented on my weekend’s wine tasting activities or tagged me in an unfortunately-now-public photo. There is something to be said for the effectiveness at which Facebook notifications spur me into the action of spending time on the platform. However, many apps...

By Natalie Lambert, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

MBaaS or RMAD: Mapping the right route for your mobile app strategy

10 years after the launch of the iPhone, mobile apps have transformed the way that enterprises can engage with employees, partners and customers. Whether developing tactical apps as one-off projects, managing enterprise-wide mobile strategies, or delivering apps that integrate with multiple back-end systems, the list of technologies that exist today to support enterprise mobile development initiatives is broad. Organisations need to understand not only what technologies are available but also...

By Clare Grant, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Why bots will become one of the biggest drivers of workplace efficiency

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Chatbots are one of the hottest trends at the moment and they are quickly expanding into workplaces around the world. As of mid-2016, there were about 170 venture capital funded chatbot startups and this has continued into 2017. In enterprises we are already seeing their use for customer relationship management, with AT&T and American Express among some of the bigger names to have begun using them. While CRM is a clear use case, bots also have the potential for efficiency...

By David Lee, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Will low-code development platforms really take development jobs?

Backlogs, budgets, business demands, skills gaps, agility: these are the challenges you face in IT every day. Low-code development platforms can help companies overcome constraints such as long development lead times and high costs. How? By enabling the fast development of accessible and reliable applications.

Why low-code platforms? What are they?

Hand-coding apps for a business is stressful. When you add shorter timeframes into the mix, it can become almost unbearable. Today’s more complex apps are difficult to...

By Eduardo Cruz, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.