MobileIron launches Internet of Things division, brings in ‘VP IoT’ to head up

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider MobileIron has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) division in its company to help customers make more sense of their implementations across the entire technology lifecycle.

The announcement, made at the firm’s analyst outing earlier today, puts more emphasis on MobileIron’s IoT play. The company cited a Bain & Company report which argues IoT vendor revenue could exceed $470 billion by 2020, while adding that its standard-based and...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Capriza and Sapho releases beef up micro app approach

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A couple of new releases in the ‘micro app’ space have come to Enterprise AppsTech’s attention; Capriza has launched a new set of universal micro apps for field services, while Sapho is connecting its micro app platform to IBM Domino, the Armonk giant’s service for hosting social business applications.

This publication has taken a more detailed look at both Capriza and Sapho’s most recent offerings in the past, with

By James Bourne, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Majority of mobile collaboration firms will support chatbots by end of 2017

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More than half of mobile collaboration providers will support chatbots in their offerings by the end of 2017, according to new analysis from Aragon Research.

The company evaluated 16 major mobile collaboration providers as part of its Tech Spectrum report on the topic, and found that while ‘several’ companies analysed already have chatbot capabilities more will follow before the year’s end.

“Messaging, the core of mobile collaboration, is becoming a top priority in...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Many local authorities lagging behind on BYOD, research warns

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Almost half of local authorities in England do not have a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to new research from Annodata.

The managed service provider submitted a freedom of information request to 79 council districts from all regions in England, and found 42% do not have BYOD implementation.

“The public sector in particular needs to approach BYOD with due diligence and special emphasis needs to be placed on security when employees are using their own devices...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How the CIO role has been ‘completely transformed’ in recent years through IT shift

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One in three CIOs say their job role has been ‘completely transformed’ in recent years while another third say their job has become more important in their company’s hierarchy, according to a new piece of research from Bitdefender.

The study, titled ‘Virtualisation makes CIOs’ roles key’, surveyed more than 150 UK-based IT decision makers in companies with more than 1,000 PCs, and found some worrying security findings. Only 55% of incoming cyberattacks...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Mind the gap: Revenues will suffer if IT remains stretched, companies warned

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An ‘IT delivery’ gap is threatening to undermine business productivity unless organisations shape up, according to a new research report from app network platform provider MuleSoft.

We’ve heard plenty about supposed skills gaps, yet according to the MuleSoft research only half of the more than 950 IT decision makers polled said they were able to deliver all projects asked of them last year, while 59% said business revenues will suffer within six months if the status...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

WebEx most popular enterprise app says MobileIron – yet organisational bad practices remain

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WebEx is the most popular enterprise app installed by MobileIron customers, with Dropbox, Facebook and WhatsApp among the most frequently blacklisted, according to a new report.

The study, the enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider’s third Mobile Security and Risk Review report, also found that almost 80% of firms are using more than 10 apps for business, with almost one in five (18%) using Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) – a number which goes up in...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Mobility skills and experience becoming ever more important, argues Randstad

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Mobility skills are going to be in ever-increasing demand while the line between cybersecurity and IT will start to blur, according to predictions from Randstad Technologies.

The analysis also examines a generational change in the workplace – although perhaps not the trend you are expecting – as well as new company roles.

Randstad argues that in 2017, companies will place greater emphasis on hires of all ages, although adding in a separate prediction that ‘generation...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Skycure integrates with Microsoft EMS in enhanced mobile security play

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Mobile threat defence provider Skycure has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft on integrating its platform with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

The collaboration ‘allows organisations to more confidently address the needs of today’s mobile workforce, ensuring that devices are risk-free and secure before accessing corporate resources’, according to the press materials.

Customers should expect ‘seamless integration’ with EMS,

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

CISO research advocates ’30 day sprint’ to get privileged credentials up to date

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If you had a panel of Global 1000 chief information security officers (CISO) at your disposal, what would you ask them? A new report issued by CyberArk argues organisations can improve their security fitness and protect privileged credentials in a ’30 day sprint’.

The report outlines a ‘proven framework’ to implement a set of key controls around privileged credentials, noting that organisations can make gains ‘with a sufficient sense of urgency’. In...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Employees, Security.

US hospital pays $3.2m fine after lost device and HIPAA non-compliance

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The Children’s Medical Center of Dallas has paid $3.2 million (£2.58m) to the US government after a lost device in 2009 was found to have breached HIPAA protocol.

The investigation came about after Children’s Health filed a breach report with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in January 2010 which indicated the loss of an unencrypted, non-password protected BlackBerry device at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport two months earlier. In July 2013, the hospital...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility.

United Airlines and IBM work together on enterprise iOS apps for frontline staff

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The IBM and Apple mobility play gains another blue chip customer in the form of United Airlines, who has announced a partnership to deliver iOS apps to more than 50,000 devices for the airline’s ‘frontline employees’.

The apps which will be rolled out to United staff will be ‘powered by analytics and customised to further drive the airline’s digital transformation, enhancing how United serves its customers’, in the words of the press materials. In...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise apps “functional but unfriendly”, new report affirms

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According to a study from digital design and development studio ArcTouch, only 12% of respondents use enterprise mobile apps in the workplace – and of that number, many are ‘underwhelmed’ by the experience.

The report, “Functional But Unfriendly: A Study of Enterprise Mobile App User Experience”, polled 4000 office workers and found that enterprise mobile apps “underperform in the core aspects that make employees look forward to using the apps, and...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Why enterprises who keep their IT models static will face trouble ahead

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IT staff are spending more than 30% of their time on new service requests and resolving issues and only 15% of their time allocated to innovation, according to a new piece of research by Dimension Data.

The move represents a year on year decline by 25%, which represents a warning sign, the company argues; enterprises who don’t evolve their IT models and innovate within them, with the demand for improving customer engagement and the need to crunch ever greater amounts of data rising,...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

Bitglass unveils new agentless mobile security patent, takes aim at MDM

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Enterprise data security provider Bitglass has secured a new patent around agentless mobile security, the company has announced.

The patent, US #9,553,867, available to view here (registration required), enables Bitglass to synchronise a lost, stolen or deprovisioned device with a null mail or calendar account. In other words, it represents an operation where no agent – a service, daemon or process – needs to run in the background of a...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Security.

Enterprise ‘cloudification’ and EMM security highlights of Strategy Analytics predictions

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Research firm Strategy Analytics has sifted through all the tea leaves and looked through the crystal ball to come up with mobility predictions for the coming year, with ‘cloudification’ of the enterprise and integration between enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile security tools the standout picks.

The company, in its

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Healthcare becoming more mobile but one in four firms concerned over MDM

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More than a quarter of healthcare organisations are less than confident in their chosen mobile device management (MDM) in batting away security attacks, according to a new report from Jamf.

The study, which was conducted by analyst firm Vanson Bourne, found a refreshingly high number of healthcare firms going in with mobility at the outset; 83% say they currently provide mobile devices to caregiving staff. Yet the same number cited security as the highest priority concern with...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Security.

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.