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.

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.

Capriza secures payment standard and Yorkshire Building Society customer win

A couple of notes from enterprise mobility software provider Capriza this week: the company has announced it has achieved level one compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standard, while also securing a customer win in the form of Yorkshire Building Society (YBS).

The PCI DSS, a global standard for providing security and privacy for accepting, storing, processing and transmitting payment card information, and goes alongside the Palo Alto company’s existing ISO 27001 certification....

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

IBM looks to ‘building blocks’ for quick app creation in Bluemix

IBM has announced the launch of new capabilities for developers on its Bluemix cloud platform, including offering ‘new code patterns and building blocks which help to quickly create cloud apps across web and backend systems, along with mobile’, according to the press materials.

Patterns available include the Mobile App pattern, which can enable developers to interact with mobile services, data services such as IBM Cloud Object Storage, as well as security capabilities, alongside Backend for...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Sapho secures $14m in series B funding to continue micro app mission

Sapho, a San Bruno-based enterprise mobility provider, has secured $14 million (£10.9m) in an oversubscribed series B funding round, with the aim to build out a global sales team.

The $14m adds to the company’s $9.5m series A secured in June last year, taking its total to $27.85m across five rounds. The latest round was led by Caffeinated Capital, with other parties including new investor Felicis Ventures, as well as Alsop Louie Partners, SoftTech VC, Morado Ventures, AME Cloud, and Bloomberg...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

Facebook beefs up Workplace offering with bots, security, video API and more

Facebook opened up its enterprise-grade collaboration suite Workplace to everyone back in October – and now the social giant claims more than 14,000 businesses are using its tool, covering every continent on the planet.

At F8, the company’s developer conference, Facebook also announced a variety of integration partners for Workplace, including Dropbox, Box, and Salesforce, as well as new custom bots.

The integrations with cloud service providers and other collaboration firms relate to a long-running trend;...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

AppConfig Community one year on: The stats on an ‘outstanding’ 12 months of growth

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The AppConfig Community, an initiative to promote best practices for enterprise application development across native OS frameworks, has described its first 12 months of membership as ‘dramatic’ and ‘outstanding’, alongside confirming 40 more independent software vendors (ISVs) are to formally join “in the very near future.”

Since

By James Bourne, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Red Hat launches tool to help firms assess cost and complexity of app development

Red Hat has announced the launch of a tool which aims to break down the costs of developing enterprise mobile apps.

The tool – which is aimed as more of a guideline than gospel – offers a cost and complexity analysis based on 10 questions relating to various topics, from device OS, to user requirements and backend integration. On completing the questions users can download a PDF which outlines recommendations, estimated developer resource requirements, as well as additional content.

The move squarely targets...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Cisco beats Microsoft to punch for collaboration crown – but cloud coming up on the rails

The enterprise collaboration market continues to be well and truly joined; and according to the latest figures from Synergy Research, Cisco ended 2016 as the market leader with Microsoft just behind.

Total revenues – including enterprise voice, unified comms applications, email software, enterprise content management (ECM), enterprise social and cloud comms – hit $9 billion.

As in previous analyses, Cisco dominated premise-based collaboration while Microsoft was on top for hosted and cloud-based....

By James Bourne, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration.

Biometrics, the CIO’s challenge and how AI could finally improve mobile security

This publication once asked the question: is 2013 going to be the year of biometric security? While clearly something of an optimistic prediction, the past few years have been spent periodically lamenting the death throes of the traditional password, with seemingly minimal change.

But could we – finally – get the change the industry so desperately needs? Kevin Gilroy, executive vice president and head of Samsung Business, writes that...

By James Bourne, 31 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

Kony launches AppVantage enabling orgs to create apps from packaged components

Enterprise mobility provider Kony has announced the launch of AppVantage, a product which allows companies to develop customisable mobile apps from packaged components and promising a ‘new approach’ to help organisations’ growing demand.

The new product includes hosting analytics, security, and OS upgrades, alongside management and support, and promises what would normally be expected from such announcements, including enterprise grade security and an ‘exceptional’ design and...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Low-code mobile development platforms bubble up nicely in Forrester analysis

“While developers might choose to sweat every pixel in a prominent B2C app, that level of control might not be important for the half-dozen employee apps in the backlog for finance, sales, field service and operations.”

This sentence, in the latest Forrester Wave report on mobile low-code development platforms, neatly sums up the landscape and the business benefit faced by enterprises. Never mind the aesthetics; just get the right data in the right people’s hands at the pace of modern...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

‘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.

Organisations are moving towards Slack – but what about the enterprise apps alongside it?

Slack is rapidly becoming one of the most popular enterprise apps – but which is the most popular enterprise app within Slack?

Meet Drum. The UK-based company, which offers a cloud-based web meeting platform, is one of the most frequently used in the ‘plug into the grid’ section of Slack’s app directory. In other words, among the apps which the Vancouver-founded company cite as the best fit for its

By James Bourne, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.

Majority of IT managers say they work on mobile security without EMM or MMS help

More than half of respondents in a survey conducted by mobility and telecom expense management (TEM) provider Tangoe say their job to manage mobile devices ploughs a lonely furrow.

In other words, of the 100 IT managers polled, across a variety of enterprises, very few are using enterprise mobility management (EMM) or managed mobility (MMS) offerings – although many plan to over the next two years.

Given this publication has

By James Bourne, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Research, Security.