Seven steps to successful software asset management

A recent article published in Search IT Operations provided an excellent overview of software asset management (SAM) and its benefits for helping organisations to avoid overspending on underused software, or incurring large fines from vendors if they are found to be contravening end user licensing agreements.

However, a Vanson Bourne survey of enterprise employees with responsibility...

By Phil Heap, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Employees.

MobileIron announces partnership with Dropbox for secure document collaboration

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron has announced a new partnership with Dropbox for greater and more secure collaboration.

MobileIron’s Access product, which aims to give organisations the ability to secure cloud services on mobile devices, will align with Dropbox Business, the cloud storage provider’s enterprise offering, to ‘ensure that only trusted users, on trusted devices, using trusted apps can access enterprise data in cloud services’, as the company puts...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

More than nine in 10 IT pros see automation as necessary across the enterprise

94% of respondents polled by IT solutions provider BMC Software say they expect automation to move from IT across the whole business by 2020.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers across 12 countries, also found that for three quarters (73%) of respondents, businesses who do not embrace IT automation as an overall strategy within five years will go bust within 10 years.

Looking at enterprise architects in particular, there are plenty of hurdles obstructing their path, with lack of necessary budget...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Signal Sciences raises $15m in series B round and launches ‘new category’ of web app security

Signal Sciences, a California-based security engineering provider, has raised $15 million (£11.6m) in series B funding as well as launching what it describes as a ‘new category’ of web application security solutions.

The Web Protection Platform (WPP), designed by former Etsy engineers and security leaders, aims to provide comprehensive threat protection for web applications, microservices, and APIs on any platform. Though building web apps is an essential and core part of every business, the...

By Enterprise CIO, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , M&A, Security.

ANZ CIOs doing well on digital – but with a caveat, says Gartner

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CIOs in Australia and New Zealand are top of the class when it comes to customer focus and digitalisation initiatives, according to a new missive from analyst firm Gartner.

The figures, which come from the 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda survey, found that of the almost 2,600 respondents in 93 countries, 49% of ANZ CIOs are participating in digital ecosystems ‘as platforms to exchange information and interact electronically with competitors, customers, regulators, stakeholders and other...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud .

Three strategies to reduce your database total cost of ownership

If your company is like most companies, you have an Oracle database problem. You might be using more databases and versions of databases than your company is aware of. And there is a good chance you’re running databases under the false belief they’re all fully supported. Either way, many companies face big risks with neglected database systems. Let’s take a closer look.

In a recent enterprise Oracle database survey conducted by Rimini, we discovered that most...

By Hari Candadai, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Google Cloud shows it means business with latest announcements

Last week I attended Google's premier enterprise event, Google Cloud Next '17. A dizzying total of 100 announcements were made at the event, highlighting key market trends and the speed of progress being made by the Google Cloud unit under new boss Diane Greene.

Here I'll summarise the main announcements and our assessment. For a more comprehensive analysis please see Google Cloud Next '17 Event Shows Significant Enterprise Progress.

Google's...

By Nicholas McQuire, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

MobileIron secures deal with Lenovo as VMware goes down managed service route

MWC Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron has announced a partnership with equipment manufacturing giant Lenovo to help secure and manage PCs and other devices – with one eye on Windows 10.

The deal, announced at Mobile World Congress, means Lenovo customers can purchase MobileIron’s security and management platform alongside their own PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The theory around securing Windows 10 makes sense; given extended support for Windows 7 is set to run out in January 2020, according to Microsoft’s

By James Bourne, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The importance of user adoption when implementing ERP

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Like any of new type of system or process, change management is essential when implementing ERP software. Most managerial staff are aware of this, however, there is one important aspect often overlooked or underestimated that can cause your shiny new system to fall into unraveling disarray. This aspect is human, specifically referred to in this case as ‘user adoption’.

Do not assume you know how employees work

Assuming you know the intricacies of every...

By Lauri Klaus, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Productivity.

Bitglass unveils new agentless mobile security patent, takes aim at MDM

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Enterprise data security provider Bitglass has secured a new patent around agentless mobile security, the company has announced.

The patent, US #9,553,867, available to view here (registration required), enables Bitglass to synchronise a lost, stolen or deprovisioned device with a null mail or calendar account. In other words, it represents an operation where no agent – a service, daemon or process – needs to run in the background of a...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Security.

Enterprise ‘cloudification’ and EMM security highlights of Strategy Analytics predictions

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Research firm Strategy Analytics has sifted through all the tea leaves and looked through the crystal ball to come up with mobility predictions for the coming year, with ‘cloudification’ of the enterprise and integration between enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile security tools the standout picks.

The company, in its

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Bitglass expands to EMEA to meet ‘rising demand’ for cloud and mobile protection

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Enterprise data protection provider Bitglass has announced its expansion into the EMEA region, with the appointment of Eduard Meelhuysen, previously at Netskope, aimed to grow the sales arm and partner network.

The company, which was founded in 2013, offers a cloud access security broker (CASB) product, which aims to sit and protect between an organisation’s on premise infrastructure and cloud infrastructure. Gartner defines it as “on-premises, or cloud-based security...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why the software-defined enterprise isn’t the future, but now

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VMworld this year, as ever, was very impressive and a total success. It was a whirlwind few days of executive meetings extremely concise and well-formed session content from the VMware team and potentially our best customer event at the conference yet, with nearly 200 people at the Computacenter event.

This VMworld may prove to be a watershed event. VMware reinforced the perspective that a software defined future is no longer optional but instead the “new normal”. The...

By Colin Williams, 31 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Productivity.

Why the CIO landscape remains a challenge with digital disruption

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The environment for CIOs remains a challenging one in the face of digital disruption. A new report from Logicalis argues that CIOs have less control over IT spending than ever before, and are increasingly looking at partner-led services as a result.

The study, the IT solutions provider’s 2016 global CIO survey which polled more than 700 CIOs worldwide, found that, for two in five respondents, they make less than half of the decisions on IT spending.

73% of firms surveyed are now...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Security.

The email revolution? Why email is still king in the enterprise

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It seems to be the story of our lives that just as you learn how to use one form of technology, it changes. In the last 10 years, I’ve texted, used Instant Messenger, Skype, FaceTime, Slack and countless other forms of electronic communication. But the one consistent tool that I’ve always relied on has been email. Many herald these new tools as marking the end of email or at least relegating it to “legacy” technology. But in our opinion that’s simply not...

By Jonathan Levine, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

CIOs suffering from ‘availability gap’ in battle for digital transformation

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: research released by software provider Veeam argues that CIOs face an uphill battle in order to achieve their digital transformation goals.

The study, which polled 100 UK CIOs, found that 82% say they suffer from an ‘availability gap’ – a gap between user needs and how effectively the business can ensure application and data availability. This is significantly up from the European average of 60%, Veeam argues.

Even though...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Development.

Future gazing, digital transformation and open source key at Red Hat forum

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At the Red Hat Forum in London, a couple of key tenets shone through – getting the all-important digital transformation right and the power of open source.

For the event, which was opened up to the press for the first time, digital transformation took the bulk of the talk. “Software is becoming the differentiating factor for your company,” explained Werner Knoblich, Red Hat senior vice president and general manager EMEA.

There were three issues companies needed to...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Analysing integration strategies for a postmodern ERP world

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Gartner defines postmodern ERP as “a fundamental shift away from a single vendor megasuite toward a more loosely coupled and federated ERP environment.” While huge ERP systems can do virtually anything, many companies find that they are too complex or require too much customisation to meet their specific needs.

Therefore they go in search of specialised packages for their industry or for their region. And companies which acquire others often find that each business has its...

By Stephan Romeder, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Collaboration.

Why the future of identity is up in the clouds

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In the last year, the volume of CIO mandates to be “cloud first” or only adopt cloud applications going forward, has increased significantly in large enterprises. Research from IDC forecasts that by 2019 enterprises will be spending more than £100 billion annually on cloud services.

When approached in the right manner, the cloud can deliver considerable benefits to organisations. But, there are several new challenges...

By Kevin Cunningham, 13 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Identity.

VMware research: Enterprises eyeing up hybrid mobility and cloud future

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Research undertaken from VMware has revealed that enterprise mobility management (EMM) is the “most considered” end user computing (EUC) cloud technology, although enterprises can do more to get there.

The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 global members of the VMware User Group, found that organisations’ future infrastructure plans include both cloud and on-premise, creating a hybrid infrastructure for end user computing (EUC). The majority of respondents are using...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.