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 This is inefficient and outdated, which is one reason why we have seen adoption of self-service tools decline 20% since 2014.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.

Strategy Analytics: Enterprise mobile app market to break £100bn by 2022

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A new report from Strategy Analytics argues that the enterprise mobile app market will hit almost $74 billion (£59.4bn) in 2016, and grow to $128bn (£102.8bn) by 2022.

The analyst firm argues the primary driver for the growing market is the increasing mobile workforce, which Strategy notes will rise to 1.87 billion in 2022, up from 1.45bn this year. The ‘near ubiquity’ of Wi-Fi networks and the expansion of 4G will also contribute to the rise.

“The...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Skedulo secures $9.4m in series A funding to transform mobile workforce scheduling

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Meet Skedulo. The US and Australia-based company, which was founded in 2012, offers mobile workforce scheduling utilising the Salesforce platform – and it has snaffled $9.2 million (£7.45m) of series A funding in a round closed late last week.

The funding round was led by Costanoa Venture Capital, alongside contributions from existing investor Blackbird Ventures, taking overall funding up to $11m.

Skedulo’s...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

Turning your people into your most effective defence: A different approach

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Board meetings will never be the same again! Since the very public cyber-attack on TalkTalk in the UK in late October 2015 and following numerous other high profile CEO apologies, business leaders are now realising the real damage that a cyber-attack can have on their organisation. Hard-won reputations­­ – ­­­both corporate and personal – competitive advantage and market value are all at risk.

The gap between awareness and understanding

Chief executives and...

By Nick Wilding, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Zimperium: 60% of one company’s devices vulnerable to known cyber threats

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Don’t shirk from asking the tough questions, and realise mobile is your greatest cyber vulnerability. That’s the advice mobile security provider Zimperium is giving to organisations as it reveals insights from its Global Threat Intelligence lab.

The company adds that 60% of mobile devices in enterprise BYOD environments are vulnerable to known cyber threats, according to data from one customer with 7,000 mobile devices, and that companies have opened themselves up to an...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

GamEffective aims to change gamification by making people work smarter, not harder

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Gamification has long been seen as a method for improving enterprise productivity. Yet if anything has been learned over the past few years, it’s that it can’t just be tacked onto projects on its own.

GamEffective, an Israel-based software provider, aims to combine gamification and e-learning with its new release, gLearn. The product enables learning materials to be delivered to users in ‘micro-chunks’ based on how employees are performing, and allows...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification.

Why it’s time for time management to be transformed by mobility

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The use of Excel spreadsheets and good old fashioned pen and paper for timesheets is still prevalent in organisations, with the data not always reliable as a result, according to a new report.

Almost all workers polled by portfolio management provider Changepoint say they use their smartphones as part of their jobs, yet when it comes to time tracking, Excel and pen and paper still rule the roost.

The findings come from a new study, titled ‘Mobile Keeps Business Moving Forward’,...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

For mobile professionals Wi-Fi rules all – even above alcohol, chocolate, and sex

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We’ve all seen the picture of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs with ‘Wi-Fi’ crudely affixed to the bottom of the pyramid ahead of other physiological needs. Its tone is facetious – but a new study from connectivity provider iPass suggests this may be more real than we think.

According to the company’s 2016 Mobile Professional Report, 40% of the more than 1,700 survey respondents said Wi-Fi was their number one daily essential, foregoing alcohol,...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Self-service analytics more available than ever – but is usage declining?

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A new report from Logi Analytics argues that while access to self-service analytics and business intelligence (BI) tools is higher than ever, adoption has declined.

The survey, which polled IT professionals as well as end users of BI and analytics tools, argued that while vendors have spent millions on reducing friction, and users continue to need analytics for their jobs, certain end users continue to reject BI products.

Logi argues as a result that uptake of self-service...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.