IBM inks deal with Bell to soup up iOS enterprise apps in Canada

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Bell, the largest telecoms provider in Canada, is working with IBM to help offer IBM MobileFirst, the Armonk giant’s enterprise mobility play with Apple, to Canadian businesses.

The telco will ‘combine its expertise in mobility services with IBM’s robust suite of apps tailored to meet the specific needs of professionals across multiple industries, including energy and utilities, government, manufacturing, retail and more’, according to a press...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Office 365 most popular enterprise app with Zoom fastest growing, says Okta

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Office 365 increased its lead as the most popular application in the Okta network last year, ahead of Salesforce and Box, according to the company’s latest Businesses@Work study released today.

The latest report, which is the third edition of the company’s study into workplace trends, pulled data from thousands of Okta customers, from small businesses to enterprise, representing millions of authentications. The primary trend, alongside the apps data, was that 16% of...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC GM, on why 2017 will be a year of “platform acceleration”

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Sumit Dhawan, the new general manager of end user computing at VMware, believes that 2017 will be the year of “platform acceleration”, both at his company and in the wider enterprise mobile industry.

Dhawan, who previously headed up the desktop products division, takes over from Sanjay Poonen, who has moved up to become VMware’s chief operating officer. It’s certainly a hard act to follow, but Dhawan says he couldn’t be happier with the position the...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

Why companies investing in AI today should expect a revenue spike by 2020

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Organisations investing in artificial intelligence (AI) anticipate a 39% revenue rise by 2020, while faster growing firms are more likely to be further ahead in their AI initiatives, according to a new study from IT consulting firm Infosys.

The survey, which polled 1,600 senior business decision makers at large organisations globally, found that alongside the revenue rise, businesses which forge ahead with AI will expect a 37% reduction in costs by 2020. More than three quarters...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Marketing, Productivity.

Mobility investments moving more towards the business – but is this the full story?

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How are organisations investing in mobile technology, and what will 2017 bring? These are among the questions that Nick McQuire, VP enterprise at CCS Insight and contributor to this publication, has been exploring in his recent work.

The latest edition of CCS Insight’s enterprise IT buyers survey landed at the very back end of 2016, with lots of continuity but some interesting and challenging findings. The study, which quizzed 400 mobile technology decision makers in Europe and...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Arxan acquires MAM provider Apperian to enhance mobile and IoT operations

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Application security provider Arxan Technologies has announced the acquisition of mobile app management (MAM) provider Apperian to help its mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) push.

Discussions between the two companies had been going on for almost a year with a plethora of options on the table, from strategic partnerships to investment, before settling on acquisition because both companies’ management “felt that there were so many synergies that the companies could maximise impact and...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MAM, Security.

Atlassian acquires productivity app Trello for $425m

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Productivity app provider Trello is to be acquired by enterprise software firm Atlassian for $425 million, the two companies have announced.

Trello, which was featured in an Enterprise AppsTech article from 2014 outlining top apps for business executives, was launched five years ago, making it truly a company of the smartphone generation. The company boasts almost 20 million users, including customers such as Google, National...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Productivity.

Bitglass secures $45m in new funding to bolster EMEA expansion

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Enterprise data security provider Bitglass has announced it has raised $45 million in series C funding, five weeks after announcing it was expanding to the EMEA region.

The round, which featured new investor Future Fund alongside existing investors Norwest, NEA and SingTel Innov8, brings the company’s total funding to $80m, with the company saying it will use it to expand in EMEA,...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security.

Sapho’s micro app approach aims to keep it simple and social in enterprise app fight

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Sapho, an enterprise mobility and micro app platform provider based in San Bruno, California, has an interesting story to tell.

Regular readers of this publication will already be aware of what they do, as well as being aware of the company’s recent membership of the AppConfig Community initiative. Yet if you dig a little deeper, Sapho’s model arguably makes them stand out in what is...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification, Social.

451 Research: Seven in 10 enterprise IT buyers collecting IoT data

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More than seven in 10 enterprises polled by analyst firm 451 Research say they are gathering IoT data – but security and a perceived lack of return on investment remain major stumbling blocks.

The company’s latest figures, which come from the most recent Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things Organisational Dynamics survey, polled almost 1,000 enterprise IT buyers and found the number of firms looking at IoT data went up to its highest number, up three percentage...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Enterprise mobility in 2016: The year in review

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As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, the first week of the year provides an appropriate time to look back at the previous 12 months, and the key stories which influenced the enterprise mobility sector during that time.

Rather than detailing the most important stories of the year chronologically as in previous years, this time Enterprise AppsTech is looking at the biggest hitters from 2016 in five key emerging areas:

App standardisation

One of the biggest stories of 2016 was undoubtedly the...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Sapho becomes latest company to sign up for AppConfig Community

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Sapho, a San Bruno-based provider of enterprise micro apps, has announced it is the latest company to join the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards organisation with several leading EMM vendors among its personnel.

The company is also delivering AppConfig support in the latest release of its Sapho Micro App Platform.

“By joining the AppConfig Community, we are making our solution even easier for IT to deploy, which allows their employees to complete their work while...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Appthority warns only 3% of enterprise apps comply with upcoming Apple security mandate

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Apple is making a series of security changes for the new year – yet according to new research from Appthority, only 3% of enterprise apps are fully compliant with the new security mandate.

The research, which examined the top 200 iOS apps installed on enterprise devices worldwide, showed a relatively meagre proportion of apps which fully meet App Transport Security (ATS) data encryption requirements.

More than half (55%) of apps allow use of HTTP, instead of requiring HTTPS...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Report argues inflection point with SharePoint development imminent

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SharePoint developers are aware they need to learn new skills but do not have sufficient training while upgrading SharePoint is not in the short-term plans of many businesses.

Those were among the key findings from a new report released by Rencore on SharePoint and Office 365 development best practices.

The study elicited more than 1,200 responses, of which almost two thirds were either architects or developers, and found something of an inflection point when it comes to enterprise...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Microsoft.

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.

Google makes move into low code app space with App Maker

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Google has announced the launch of App Maker, marking its entry in the low-code app development platform market.

The product, which runs on the same infrastructure as G Suite – Google’s selection of apps including Gmail, Drive, and Calendar – offers a drag and drop UI editor, as well as support for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript standards among others.

“Whether you’re looking for better ways to onboard new team members, staff projects, or approve employee travel...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Digital transformation high enterprise priority but communication problems afoot

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If you’re going to digitally transform your business, rule one is that everyone needs to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Yet this first hurdle seems to be beyond many organisations, according to a report from SADA Systems.

The study, which polled more than 350 IT professionals, found that while digital transformation was an “extremely high” priority for 49% of respondents, the biggest challenge for organisations was helping employees use more modern tools (58%)....

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Bitglass expands to EMEA to meet ‘rising demand’ for cloud and mobile protection

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Enterprise data protection provider Bitglass has announced its expansion into the EMEA region, with the appointment of Eduard Meelhuysen, previously at Netskope, aimed to grow the sales arm and partner network.

The company, which was founded in 2013, offers a cloud access security broker (CASB) product, which aims to sit and protect between an organisation’s on premise infrastructure and cloud infrastructure. Gartner defines it as “on-premises, or cloud-based security...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Future workforce sees desktop PCs and desk phones as increasingly irrelevant

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It’s always interesting to note how the employees of the future see the workplace; and the latest note from unified comms provider Fuze argues that almost half (45%) of teenagers see desktop PCs as not needed for modern work.

The survey, which polled 2,500 people between 15 and 17 years old as well as 5,000 workers, also found that three in five (61%) see smartphones as a business essential, while 58% of teenagers see the desk phone as unnecessary. On the workers’ side, three...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.