Is poor presentation prep damaging your business acquisition opportunities?

Winning business is big business in itself. You only have to look at what companies spend on sales and marketing to see that, with targeted advertising, websites and CRM systems typically commanding big chunks of company budgets.

Often, though, those investments will only get you into a room with a potential client - a successful pitch is still required before POs can start changing hands. So, you’d think that companies would invest accordingly in their pitching too. After all, why would you pay to...

By Lyndon Nicholson, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees.

Cisco doubles down on Internet of Things strategy, introduces IoT Threat Defense

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"This is an amazing year," Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco, proclaimed before the audience at the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum in London this morning. "This is the year where we're talking about how to put this into action. We really did move from great vision slides and talking about what's possible, and we saw more and more examples of how this is happening."

No prizes for guessing the topic of conversation. According to Cisco's own research, only 26% of enterprise IoT...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

CIOs in Hong Kong stepping up fight against lax BYOD practices, new data reveals

One in three CIOs polled by Robert Half say a ‘lack of employee knowledge and skills around data security’ will be the biggest security risk their organisation faces in the coming five years.

The study, which surveyed 100 CIOs and CTOs in Hong Kong, found that almost three quarters (74%) of respondents allow their employees to access corporate data on their personal devices.

Only one respondent said their company was doing nothing to protect the company’s data on BYOD, while deployment of...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Gartner argues medicine, law and IT may be affected by the rise of the robots by 2022

Gartner has given a tentative guideline of 2022 as when smart machines and robots may replace highly trained professionals in medicine, law and IT, according to the firm’s latest missive.

The analyst house argues there is a fear of skilled practices becoming ‘utilities’ through the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). One example Gartner uses is through law; if an enterprise uses a smart machine which substitutes for a lawyer, after the first long and expensive period of training, the...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Why user behaviour continues to put enterprises at risk

No matter how rigorous an approach you take to security in the enterprise, your biggest threat to security will always be your users.

Though the so-called “user threat” has been well-known by IT professionals since the dawn of the computer, a new study commissioned by RiskIQ finds that the problem is extremely pervasive, and still poses a serious threat for consumer and enterprise app usage.

RiskIQ surveyed 1,000...

By App47, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

No matter who you are – automating access governance solves a plethora of business problems

You think your organisation’s systems are secure. Your employees have the solutions they need to maintain security, and for them to do their jobs effectively. Your user accounts are being provisioned automatically and you provide self-service, so anyone who is locked out, for example, can immediately get back into their workstations and perform at the highest level. Your newly hired employees can quickly get started from moment one without delay, right, with proper access to the organisation’s...

By Dean Wiech, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Identity.

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.

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.

We’re not worried about AI…it will allow us to work more flexibly, say employees

Two pieces of research have hit this publication’s inbox which give a further indication to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) among businesses and employees. A study from Adecco found that almost half of employees (48%) surveyed believed AI would enable them to work more flexibly, while research from Rocket Fuel argued the majority of millennials say it can help brands in terms of informing better buying decisions.

The Adecco research, which polled 1,000 board level executives and 1,000 workers...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, IoT, Productivity.

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.

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.

‘Untapped potential’ for AI in the enterprise clear in new report

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming ever more pervasive in the enterprise - and a new study from InsideSales.com argues that while more than half of respondents say they don’t use AI at work, the ‘untapped potential’ is certainly evident.

The findings, which appear in a new report on the state of artificial intelligence in the UK in 2017, found 56% of the more than 250 consumers polled believe they do not use AI in the workplace. Other findings show mixed feelings among survey...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

CIO digital strategies across Asia analysed with Gartner survey

A series of missives from analyst firm Gartner has shed light on the CIO’s digital strategy across Asia – with some interesting results.

The company has chosen three geographic areas – China, India, and south-east Asia (SEA) – and found that China is ‘preparing for a digital ecosystem surge’, India is on the road to digitalisation but with serious skills gaps, and south-east Asia CIOs are expected to get better than expected results from only moderate increases in IT...

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

Enterprises using ‘portal’ apps on rise with Android becoming more dominant, study finds

A new study from enterprise app platform provider Fliplet confirms Android became more dominant in the enterprise in 2016, with consumer-facing apps similarly gaining in popularity.

The findings were released in the company’s 2017 enterprise mobile app report, and found of its more than 35,000 users of apps built on its platform, Android secured 42% of activations in 2016, up from 23.4% the year before.

The number of apps created by businesses on average went up to more than 10 (10.6) in 2016, again a...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Design, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The good, the bad and the ugly: The technology conflict which threatens field services

Clint Eastwood’s classic spaghetti western was released in 1966; its movie theme is rated as one of the most memorable, but it is its name: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” that seems to be an ideal description of the dilemma facing both, asset owners and service providers in today’s field service market.

To explain, if your company is a utility or a commercial asset owner ( e.g cable company) and you have replaced your own field techs with an outsourced model of a...

By Mary Brittain-White, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why mature DevOps shops are utilising automated security ‘early, everywhere and at scale’

More than two thirds of respondents to a survey conducted by Sonatype say their DevOps practices are either ‘very mature’ or of ‘improving maturity’, with mature organisations weaving automated security into their DevOps practices.

The study, which polled almost 2,300 IT professionals, found only a quarter (28%) of mature DevOps teams believe they were being slowed by security requirements, while 38% of developers in those teams say security is a primary concern.

The link between...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Employees.