Many local authorities lagging behind on BYOD, research warns

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Almost half of local authorities in England do not have a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to new research from Annodata.

The managed service provider submitted a freedom of information request to 79 council districts from all regions in England, and found 42% do not have BYOD implementation.

“The public sector in particular needs to approach BYOD with due diligence and special emphasis needs to be placed on security when employees are using their own devices...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Mind the gap: Revenues will suffer if IT remains stretched, companies warned

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An ‘IT delivery’ gap is threatening to undermine business productivity unless organisations shape up, according to a new research report from app network platform provider MuleSoft.

We’ve heard plenty about supposed skills gaps, yet according to the MuleSoft research only half of the more than 950 IT decision makers polled said they were able to deliver all projects asked of them last year, while 59% said business revenues will suffer within six months if the status...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Mobility skills and experience becoming ever more important, argues Randstad

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Mobility skills are going to be in ever-increasing demand while the line between cybersecurity and IT will start to blur, according to predictions from Randstad Technologies.

The analysis also examines a generational change in the workplace – although perhaps not the trend you are expecting – as well as new company roles.

Randstad argues that in 2017, companies will place greater emphasis on hires of all ages, although adding in a separate prediction that ‘generation...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

CISO research advocates ’30 day sprint’ to get privileged credentials up to date

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If you had a panel of Global 1000 chief information security officers (CISO) at your disposal, what would you ask them? A new report issued by CyberArk argues organisations can improve their security fitness and protect privileged credentials in a ’30 day sprint’.

The report outlines a ‘proven framework’ to implement a set of key controls around privileged credentials, noting that organisations can make gains ‘with a sufficient sense of urgency’. In...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employees, Security.

It’s time to re-energise IT – and make the IT department more than a M*A*S*H unit

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There’s no holding back the obvious truths in the land of IT. Helpdesks are inundated and overwhelmed; we are overworked and our teams are scrambling for some lucidity. The problem is simple, and most of us know: mundane, repeated and wearisome tasks that can, or probably should, be automated.

Much stress and time could be saved for our IT team’s employees by taking away some of these entanglements, but many organisations overlook doing so in the name of convenience...

By Dean Wiech, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Identity, Security.

United Airlines and IBM work together on enterprise iOS apps for frontline staff

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The IBM and Apple mobility play gains another blue chip customer in the form of United Airlines, who has announced a partnership to deliver iOS apps to more than 50,000 devices for the airline’s ‘frontline employees’.

The apps which will be rolled out to United staff will be ‘powered by analytics and customised to further drive the airline’s digital transformation, enhancing how United serves its customers’, in the words of the press materials. In...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why enterprises who keep their IT models static will face trouble ahead

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IT staff are spending more than 30% of their time on new service requests and resolving issues and only 15% of their time allocated to innovation, according to a new piece of research by Dimension Data.

The move represents a year on year decline by 25%, which represents a warning sign, the company argues; enterprises who don’t evolve their IT models and innovate within them, with the demand for improving customer engagement and the need to crunch ever greater amounts of data rising,...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

Why a new vision is required for European enterprise mobility

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Employees are demanding a different experience and require new ways of working. At the centre of this shift is the mobile and IoT device; but European businesses are failing to place this at the heart of their technology strategies.

The compelling evidence speaks for itself: Gartner predicts a $2.5m spend per minute on IoT and one million new IoT devices sold every hour by...

By Nassar Hussein, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

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.

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.

UK employers need to face up to encryption issues, survey argues

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UK workplaces suffer from poor encryption leading to corporate data risks, as well as the use of unprotected and unauthorised devices, according to a new survey from WinMagic.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found that 42% use devices which are not provided by their employer to cope with corporate emails and files – in other words, BYOD – and more than half (52%) use personal online accounts to store or access work files, with the biggest offenders being...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Digital transformation high enterprise priority but communication problems afoot

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If you’re going to digitally transform your business, rule one is that everyone needs to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Yet this first hurdle seems to be beyond many organisations, according to a report from SADA Systems.

The study, which polled more than 350 IT professionals, found that while digital transformation was an “extremely high” priority for 49% of respondents, the biggest challenge for organisations was helping employees use more modern tools (58%)....

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Future workforce sees desktop PCs and desk phones as increasingly irrelevant

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It’s always interesting to note how the employees of the future see the workplace; and the latest note from unified comms provider Fuze argues that almost half (45%) of teenagers see desktop PCs as not needed for modern work.

The survey, which polled 2,500 people between 15 and 17 years old as well as 5,000 workers, also found that three in five (61%) see smartphones as a business essential, while 58% of teenagers see the desk phone as unnecessary. On the workers’ side, three...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Gartner survey reaffirms enterprise mobile device adoption not yet mature

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The latest note from analyst firm Gartner argues that, in the grand scheme of things, corporate-issued mobile device adoption remains immature.

The landscape remains less than mature when compared to desktops and laptops, Gartner argues. According to findings from the company’s latest Personal Technologies study, based on responses from more than 9,500 respondents in the US, UK, and Australia, less than a quarter (23%) of employees surveyed are given smartphones, compared with 36% for...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Five ways to enhance connectivity among a scattered workforce

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The rise of the digital workforce has resulted in a double-edged sword of enhanced flexibility and productivity, offset by increased complexity in staying connected and efficiently collaborating. Yes, today’s workers have an unprecedented range of tools and applications that increase the places, platforms and processes by which they can do their jobs. At the same time, a dispersed workforce introduces new challenges from a communications and collaboration standpoint, not to...

By Andy Nolan, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

New study highlights importance of isolated browsing to keep enterprises safe

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It’s not the device or some of the apps you need to worry about; a new report issued by Ericom Software argues the importance of isolated web browsing as an added layer of enterprise security.

The report has a nod towards a recent Gartner study, which argues, rather bluntly, that it’s ‘time to isolate your services from the internet cesspool.’ 96% of respondents in the Ericom survey...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.