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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

A note to CEOs: Shadow IT is not someone else’s problem

Trends like bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own app (BYOA) – or shadow IT as some industry observers call it - are fast spreading throughout the workplace.

On the whole, they are welcomed by the enterprise for the additional flexibility and productivity benefits they bring.  After all, letting employees use their own phones and apps for work tasks saves time and investment on new IT, right?

But there’s a catch.

Alongside the benefits, shadow IT is also allowing fresh...

By Omri Sigelman, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Pinpointing productivity and the continued rise of Slack in the enterprise

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MWC At an entertaining session at Mobile World Congress earlier today, the key question arose: is technological innovation and a changing work-life balance actually making us more productive, or are the current breed of enterprise apps just another platform on which to waste time?

The answer came back overwhelmingly for the former; 65% of the audience members polled said that they were more productive now than five years ago. When it came to the most popular apps, Office came out on top...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How CIOs need to adapt or die in the world of digital transformation

There is a tectonic shift happening in IT. Or to be more specific, there is an irreversible change occurring in who drives and controls IT spend. According to Gartner, today around 83% of all IT spend is controlled by the CIO or his/her reports. Within three years, the picture will be very different, at least half of all IT spend will happen at individual business unit level. 

To put it another way, by 2020 the CIO will at best control just 50% of the total IT spend across the organisation.

This is being...

By Matt Fisher, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

How the CIO role has been ‘completely transformed’ in recent years through IT shift

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One in three CIOs say their job role has been ‘completely transformed’ in recent years while another third say their job has become more important in their company’s hierarchy, according to a new piece of research from Bitdefender.

The study, titled ‘Virtualisation makes CIOs’ roles key’, surveyed more than 150 UK-based IT decision makers in companies with more than 1,000 PCs, and found some worrying security findings. Only 55% of incoming cyberattacks...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How CSOs can avoid the shadow of a cybersecurity Groundhog Day

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Every year, in Pennsylvania, people gather in droves to watch a groundhog predict how much longer winter will last. For Americans, it’s a pretty big deal to see this glorified gerbil pop up and look terrified as throngs of onlookers wait in hushed silence to see whether the mighty Phil from Punxsutawney will see his shadow. 

Historically, the varmint is only 39% accurate, but in truth that’s probably better than most human non-groundhog meteorologists.

Like groundhogs,...

By Duncan Hughes, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Security.

2017’s anticipated attacks for CIOs: DDoS, IoT, and more

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Along with well wishes, this New Year we have been inundated with warnings from experts and journalists that 2017 will entail an upsurge of DDoS, IoT and Ransomware attacks that will exceed by far 2016’s record. So with warnings must come action – which is where we propose that prevention is the best form of defence.

2016 saw some of the most well-established and public facing companies as the target of cyber criminals attacks, the most notable being the Yahoo hack which...

By Mike Hemes, 25 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Five areas CIOs who work with Microsoft technologies need to invest in

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Do your staff have the skills they need to support your IT strategy?

As a Microsoft Partner working with CIOs, heads of IT, developers, architects, administrators and more, we at Rencore wanted to find out if the digital age is providing more challenges, rather than opportunities when it comes to learning new skills. Our research – which also looks at what environments those companies are using, the challenges they have around security and governance and their plans for the future - is the...

By Matthias Einig, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Half of EMEA CIOs participating in ‘digital ecosystem’, Gartner argues

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It may be de rigeur to look at a half empty glass when assessing the future prospects of the CIO – but the latest research note from Gartner attempts to put a more positive spin on things.

According to Gartner, half of CIOs surveyed in EMEA are participating in what the analyst firm calls a ‘digital ecosystem’ – in other words, investing in digital technologies, such as big data and analytics, learning machines and the Internet of Things- while two thirds (65%)...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

The four common enterprise mobility mistakes to avoid

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Implementing an enterprise mobility program in your business can be a great way to boost employee productivity, improve employee and customer retention, and make a positive impact on your bottom line. But it isn’t all roses. A poorly executed mobility program can hinder more than it helps, which is why it’s so important to carefully plan before making the leap.

A new article in CIOReview

By App47, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

IDC’s CIO predictions for 2017: Not all will survive the digital transformation move

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Analyst firm IDC has put together its predictions for the changing role of the CIO through 2017, and found that 40% of CIOs will not attain leadership roles in enterprise digital transformation (DX) through a lack of vision, credibility, or ability.

The study, titled ‘IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions’, goes a little further than the coming year as well as having a slightly broader focus on enterprise IT strategy. The analyst firm argues that by...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

IT execs note how cyber attacks could have been prevented in latest research

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More than 40% of companies polled by IT and cloud management provider NetEnrich admit they have been victim to a cyber attack, with stolen or weak passwords the primary cause.

Yet the research, released today which polled 174 respondents over a 24 hour period, also found that for 43% of those polled, attacks could have been prevented with a better policy in place.

More than a quarter (26%) of respondents said that stolen or weak passwords were the most common reason an attack took...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Security.

Data security most important metric for healthcare CIOs, research notes

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A survey of more than 100 IT leaders from secure texting service provider Spok has revealed that for CIOs, increased data security is more important than improving patient and physician satisfaction.

The findings come from the company’s latest report, titled ‘The Healthcare CIO Perspective On Supporting Clinical Workflows’, which examines the need for healthcare professionals to roll out mobility strategies in their organisations, as well as the context behind mobility...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

CIO budgets see minimal increase but digitisation on the up

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CIOs are spending almost a fifth of their budget on digitisation, with that number expected to rise to 28% by 2018, according to the latest figures from analyst firm Gartner.

The findings appear in the 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey, which gathered data from more than 2,500 CIOs accounting for almost $9.5 trillion in revenue and public sector budgets.

Despite only a small increase in global enterprise IT budgets (2.2%), spend on digitisation is on the rise, according to the...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics.