Why healthcare is a vulnerable sector for cyber attack – and what can be done about it

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2017 is set to feature greater attacks on internet security; the broad adoption of IoT seen to be easily compromised coupled with data often held on legacy systems is likely to capture attention.

Healthcare represents one of the sectors vulnerable to IoT attacks. As more and more people adopt smart wearables and mobile apps tracking fitness the bank of hackable data for cyber criminals is growing and the value of the information is increasing which makes attacking more rewarding....

By Duncan Hughes, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

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 This is inefficient and outdated, which is one reason why we have seen adoption of self-service tools decline 20% since 2014.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

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.

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.

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.

How zero code app development can accelerate your mobile transformation

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When it comes to the rising tide of rapid application delivery platforms, it seems no two research analysts agree on precisely what defines low-code vs. RAD vs. BPM or other visual development tools. One thing is clear; there is a growing adoption of low-code strategies by businesses and IT departments that have found a way to deliver apps faster while spending less.

While some architects and developers were initially reluctant to adopt, these tools have proven to accelerate delivery...

By David Basil, 12 October 2016, 3 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

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.

NIST report encourages “wider view” of mobile security ecosystem

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new resource which aims to help organisations protect their systems from mobile threats.

The paper, which is currently at a draft stage and is requesting feedback, lists potential threats in a variety of areas, from authentication to supply chains, physical access to payments, as well as network protocols and infrastructure.

“Mobile devices pose a unique set of threats, yet typical enterprise protections...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Four in 10 firms admit suffering crucial data loss from a mobile device

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Four in 10 companies have suffered a loss of key corporate data from a mobile device, according to new research from industrial IT services provider NetEnrich.

The study, which polled 150 North America-based IT professionals, argues corporate IT is “hounded” by concerns over mobile security. More than half (54%) of respondents say getting employees to review the company’s policy on mobile devices is the most difficult part of managing employee use, while a similar...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

IDC: Two in three enterprises expect to boost mobility spend - despite issues

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Two thirds of enterprises plan to increase their mobility spending in the coming year, according to the latest research from analyst house IDC.

The research firm’s latest survey, the 2016 Mobile Enterprise Devices, Security, Services and Solutions Survey which quizzed more than 700 US IT decision makers in companies with over 100 employees, also found that three quarters (74%) of organisations either have or plan to implement a CYOD (choose your own device) policy, citing the...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

If you're not tracking performance, don't bother with enterprise apps

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Are you tracking and testing the performance of mobile apps in your enterprise? If you aren’t, you shouldn’t even bother with apps.

Okay—so maybe that’s a little dramatic. But the main premise of the statement holds true: if you aren’t tracking the performance of your suite of mobile apps, you’ll never realise their full potential.

Time and time again, we’ve talked about

By App47, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

Will you be part of the dawn of the intelligent 21st century enterprise?

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Digital technologies are fuelling a seismic shift in the modern business landscape, driven by changing customer expectations and mounting competition from new and nimble ‘born digital’ companies. This has given rise to a new breed of organisation; the 21st century enterprise, which is being forced to rethink traditional market approaches and become more service-centric in order to remain relevant.

To make this transition successfully, businesses must have the ability...

By Kalyan Kumar, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Employee Education, Employees, IoT.

The UCaaS market analysed: RingCentral, Fuze, West top Magic Quadrant

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The good folks at Gartner have got the crystal ball out again, this time with regard to the unified comms as a service (UCaaS) marketplace – and found 8x8, BT, Fuze, RingCentral, and West Unified Communications in the leaders’ zone.

The report arrives at a fascinating time in the space. Enterprise collaboration and productivity as a whole has been bolstered in the past month by an array of deals from the major vendors.

By James Bourne, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Productivity, Research.

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.

How to get the most out of your BI analytics investment

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Companies looking to select the right business intelligence (BI) tool need to identify the degree of data analysis they need, how much technical expertise they have in-house, and work out whether they want to integrate existing platforms.

That’s the conclusion from a study conducted by B2B research firm Clutch.co analysing how organisations are attacking their BI strategies.

70% of the almost 300 employees polled – who use BI data analytics tools in their work – said...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

Should vendors be forced to give encrypted data to the government?

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More than one in three IT pros believe cloud providers should be forced to give government access to encrypted data, according to the latest research study from the Cloud Security Alliance and data protection providers Bitglass.

The research, which appears in a report entitled Mitigating Cloud Risks, surveyed 176 information security professionals and found US-based respondents were more likely to be opposed to government information (64%) than their EMEA counterparts (42%). 10% of...

By James Bourne, 11 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Privacy, Security.

What enterprise IT can learn from the Delta Air Lines debacle

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Opinion Revenue and business operations are highly dependent on digital technologies, so it is a no-brainer for any organisation to invest in resilient IT systems. Still, often times organisations take shortcuts or do not take adequate measures to ensure durability, business continuity and disaster recovery. Time-after-time, IT leaders fail to put disaster recovery processes and systems in place, which results in massive cost to the business.

This week offered a headline-making example of...

By Shalabh Goyal, 10 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Security.

New research sheds light on potential data management issues with IoT

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It’s almost a given that the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a positive impact on businesses long term. But for the time being, more than three quarters of businesses polled by channel data management firm Zyme say they expect IoT to have a significant impact on their ability to gather customer insights throughout the supply chain.

The research, which polled 101 UK respondents with responsibility for digital marketing and channel data management respectively, argued several...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

Assessing ERP software of the future: Speed, cost, and creativity key

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One of the main trends we are bound to observe in the evolution of ERP (enterprise resource planning) solutions is the decoupling of cumbersome, large-scale, inflexible all-in-one systems. These systems are giving way to looser and even more highly adaptable options such as cloud applications, SaaS models, alternative integrations, and hybrid IT architecture. This allows for a veritable breeding ground of best in class integrations and combinations to shine.

The natural evolution of ERP...

By Aaron Continelli, 04 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Data & Analytics.