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.

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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.

It’s the data, stupid: Why mobility is not really about mobility but connectivity

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Editor's note: The author feels that given the political climate, it was reasonable to adopt James Carville's campaign management policies in reminiscence.

Mobility is not about mobility really – it’s about connectivity and data. Or in other words, why ‘app refactoring’ (which we define as remote desktop or screen scraping, or any other ‘agent in the cloud pretending to be the user clicking on things in a...

By Boaz Hecht, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise mobility market in Australia to hit $5.5bn by 2020 with “mobile first” ethos

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Australian businesses are “embracing” enterprise mobility with the market for management software, devices and services hitting almost $5.5 billion by the 2020, according to new data from analyst firm Telsyte.

The company has put together a report based on its findings, the Telsyte Australian Enterprise Mobility Market Study 2017, which argues that the end of this year will see the market at $3.3bn. By 2020, integration and support services (41%) will be the most...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

How enterprises can make gains by adopting a more service-centric approach

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Does your enterprise have a truly 21st century outlook? According to service management technology provider Fruition Partners, companies need to up their game and provide more ‘service-based’ approaches, similar to an Uber or Airbnb model, to increase their productivity.

There was certainly furore last month when it was reported that Liam Fox, the...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Productivity.

The three remaining obstacles to ubiquitous workforce mobility

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There is no longer any argument about the need for enterprise mobility: the traditional office has changed forever. According to Citrix, “61% of workers report working outside the office at least part of the time.” In the United States, IDC estimates that the mobile worker population will surpass 105...

By Kia Behnia, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Life on Mars...or what needs to be done to get AI right

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The past week has been one of particular announcements. Elon Musk unveiled his hotly anticipated plan to send humans to live – and die – on Mars, outlining plans for up to a million colonists living in a self-sustaining society, while Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced plans to add intelligence to core products like Office 365, Skype, and Dynamic. Unfortunately, both announcements left more questions than answers.

Life on Mars

Musk kept us in the dark about how his...

By Alex Gorbansky, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Data & Analytics.

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.

Gartner argues organisations need to excel at mainstream mobility and ‘post-app’ era

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According to analyst house Gartner, IT leaders and CIOs must excel in two dimensions of mobility, with the convergence of organisations, people, things and devices, adding that these industry leaders must master mainstream mobility and get ready for the post-app world.

David Willis, VP and analyst at Gartner, said that the future of the mobile space will involve ubiquitous services by any person or thing anywhere to any person or thing. Users are constantly on the lookout for compelling...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

The three keys for CIOs on the digital transformation journey

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The most striking changes in the cloud market affecting project management right now are happening in three key areas: technology, people and processes. Let’s take a closer look.

Technology

Being portable, scalable and secure, cloud technology empowers businesses to respond quickly to changes in their marketplaces. Mobile devices are key here, as they are most adaptive to the frequency that cloud technology changes.

Many organisations are suffering with a hidden...

By Simon Reindl, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Development.

Why cybersecurity must be a C-suite priority

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Digital technology has fundamentally changed business practice over the past decade. Cloud based applications dominate, workers routinely access corporate information remotely via smart phones and access to the corporate network increasingly includes supply chain members, contractors and part time workers.  Yet cybersecurity has failed to keep up – and some of the responsibility has to lie with the C-suite.

Why are cyber security experts not involved from day one in every...

By Adam Boone, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.