Enterprise IT RFPs ‘not fit for purpose’, new research warns

With digital transformation, it is all about agility and innovation; getting the balance right between delivering a secure experience and enabling a more efficient working environment. So does the traditional enterprise IT request for proposal (RFP) still have a place in the process?

The short answer: not as it stands. According to new research from KCOM, which examined RFPs it received over the past year and a half, only 14% of RFPs showed any evidence of collaboration between IT and the wider organisation...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration.

The CIO outlook for 2017: Fulfilment high while digital adoption continues to go up

CIOs who say they are ‘very fulfilled’ in their roles is at a three year high, while more than half of organisations are investing in more nimble technology platforms.

These are among the key highlights of the annual CIO Survey from KPMG and Harvey Nash. The study, which analysed responses from almost 4,500 CIOs across 86 countries, found that in a large amount of cases, the CIO’s role remains important.

For more than seven in 10 respondents, the CIO role is becoming more strategic –...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

The three traits which digitally leading companies share: Disrupt or risk being disrupted

If only digital transformation in large organisations were as easy as flicking a switch; one day you are laggards, the next you are ahead of the chasing pack.

Alas, getting top-down buy in and replacing legacy technologies – as well as sourcing which technologies are right for your company – takes time. But a new piece of research from Alfresco Software and Forbes Insights shares key trends which differentiate the fastest growing players in the digital economy.

“Today’s corporate...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Collaboration app uptake increasing in organisations – but not everybody is using them

More than half of organisations polled by enterprise software provider Smartsheet say their use of collaboration apps has increased over the past 12 months.

The report, titled ‘2017 State of Enterprise Collaboration’, and put together alongside Market Cube, polled 1000 US enterprise IT decision makers. More than two thirds (71%) of respondents said they already have a defined collaboration strategy in place, while almost all (95%) say collaboration tools are a ‘high’ or...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

BlackBerry updates Enterprise Mobility Suite to include Office 365, DocuSign and wearables

BlackBerry has announced updates to its Enterprise Mobility Suite, including managing wearable devices, integration with DocuSign, and app analytics capabilities.

Other new features in the suite include managing and securing Office 365 mobile applications from BlackBerry’s unified endpoint management (UEM) suite, accessing business data on unmanaged laptops, and providing in-line comments and @mentions on Workspaces, the company’s enterprise file sync and share product.

“The explosion of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity, Security.

Singapore Airlines working with IBM on enterprise apps

IBM appears to be drip-feeding new customer wins for its MobileFirst for iOS partnership; first City Furniture, and now Singapore Airlines (SIA) is using various apps to increase productivity and customer experience.

The two apps used by Singapore Airlines are Fly Now, which provides a single, real-time location for flight-related information and actions, such as flight plans and pilot check-ins, while Roster gives a 60 day view of flights assigned to a pilot, as well as providing alerts if pilots have visa,...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Zimperium announces integration with Microsoft EMS and Intune

Enterprise mobile security provider Zimperium has announced an integration with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) product to offer real-time threat protection and comprehensive mobile risk management.

The integration, which is currently in private preview with a select group of customers, aims to give users real-time enterprise mobile threat defence (MTD) protection and then providing intelligence directly to Microsoft Intune, the Redmond company’s mobile device and app management...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Gartner’s 2017 EMM Magic Quadrant: And then there were four?

Analyst firm Gartner has released its latest Magic Quadrant for enterprise mobility management (EMM), with VMware AirWatch, MobileIron, BlackBerry, and IBM at the top of the tree.

The quadrant this year features only 13 vendors with no new names, unless you count Ivanti, which is the new company name of LANDESK, a regular in the list, when they combined with HEAT Software in January this year. SAP was the unfortunate name to fall out of the list, no longer qualifying, while Citrix fell from the leaders...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Taking a new innovative approach to BI – through natural language and notifications

In Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, the best-selling book from Daniel Kahneman, the author argues that if the brain is confronted by something not immediately understood, it triggers a fight or flight response.

This isn’t meant to mean of course that in business, anyone asked a question or presented with a concept foreign to them will literally run out of the room at the first opportunity. But what it does mean is that they won’t have time – or want to spend the time – finding out about...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Gamification.

Appthority warns of ‘HospitalGown’ vulnerability for enterprise backends

More than 1,000 apps have a backend vulnerability which has the potential to expose hundreds of millions of records, according to a new report from enterprise mobile threat protection provider Appthority.

The threat, dubbed HospitalGown – exposes your backend, you see – ‘highlights the connection between mobile apps and insecure backend databases containing enterprise data’, as the company puts it. Appthority documented more than 1,000 apps with the vulnerability, researching 39...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

ABI Research says enterprise wearable revenue will hit $55bn by 2020

Revenue from enterprise wearable devices will hit $55 billion (£42.7bn) by 2022, according to the latest study from ABI Research.

The figure is a significant increase from the predicted $10.5bn by the end of 2017, with a CAGR of 39%, the company added.

This may come as something of a surprise given the current state of the industry. Writing for sister publication IoT News at the start of this year, Laurent Le Pen, CEO and founder of wearable tech startup Omate, admitted 2016 had been

By James Bourne, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security, Wearables.

Enterprise mobile app uptake ‘not accelerating’, says Gartner

The latest missive from analyst firm Gartner is a pessimistic one, with the company warning that more than a quarter of enterprises globally have not built, customised, or virtualised any mobile apps in the last 12 months.

Despite this gloomy outlook, the number has gone down from the previous year, which stood at 39% of respondents. Enterprises who have undertaken mobile app development have deployed eight mobile apps on average to date – a ‘relatively flat’ number when compared with 2016....

By James Bourne, 01 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

MobileIron announces partnership with Dropbox for secure document collaboration

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron has announced a new partnership with Dropbox for greater and more secure collaboration.

MobileIron’s Access product, which aims to give organisations the ability to secure cloud services on mobile devices, will align with Dropbox Business, the cloud storage provider’s enterprise offering, to ‘ensure that only trusted users, on trusted devices, using trusted apps can access enterprise data in cloud services’, as the company puts...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility.

Research warns of C-suite exposure to mobile security threats

The C-suite, including the CEO, are most at risk from being hacked when working outside of the office, according to a new report from mobile connectivity provider iPass.

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest annual Mobile Security Report, show that of the 500 CIOs and senior IT decision makers surveyed, almost half (47%) were said to be ‘very concerned’ about mobile security threats, up from 36% in 2016. In total, 93% of organisations polled said they were either...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Australia missing out on mobility maturity as Asia powers ahead, IDC argues

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Australia is moving behind several of its Asia Pacific counterparts when it comes to enterprise mobility maturity, according to IDC.

IDC puts businesses into five buckets with regards their mobility initiatives; ‘ad hoc’, or mobile experimentation, ‘opportunistic’, or basic mobility services, ‘repeatable’, defined mobile integration, ‘managed’, as in providing business innovation, and ‘optimised’, providing mobile...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Capriza announces one million member milestone, pinpoints micro apps for success

Enterprise mobility solutions provider Capriza has announced it has surpassed one million users in over 100 countries.

The company added that an uptake occurred after it launched its Micro Apps product last year – with usage figures at 200,000 just 18 months ago.

Among the statistics in the release was an interesting one: Capriza added its users have an average app interaction time per app of approximately 60 seconds. “It’s these kinds of seamless, instant, intuitive experiences that users...

By James Bourne, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Smartsheet raises $52.1 million in series F round to bolster enterprise collaboration

Smartsheet, a software as a service (SaaS) collaboration platform based in Washington, has raised $52.1 million (£40.2m) in series F funding.

The company said the capital will be used to accelerate product, sales, marketing and infrastructure to support its platform ‘building upon an already solid financial position with low cash burn’.

Smartsheet’s product enables enterprise-wide collaboration through file sharing, alerts and reminders to enable ‘all notes, comments, files, and...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, M&A, Productivity.

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.

Wandera secures $27.5 million, cites machine learning as key to future success

Enterprise mobile security provider Wandera has announced it has raised $27.5 million in a series C funding round, with promises of more products to come.

The funding, which more than doubles Wandera’s stake to date, takes the company’s total to $53.5m, with the latest round being led by Sapphire Ventures.

“With the financing under our belt, we relish the ability this has given us to deploy the funds and build out our technologies, our infrastructure and our team,” Eldar Tuvey, co-founder and CEO at...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security.