Enterprise Apps Tech: The Three Enterprise ‘Smart’ App Trends That Are Transforming Business Processes
Millions of enterprise employees worldwide kicked off 2017 by continuing to embrace the constraints of desktop computers, old-school legacy business systems or worse, paper-based processes. As companies start to develop their digital transformation plan, there are three “smart” enterprise mobile app trends that they need to know to transform business processes.
The Software-Defined Workplace: What Will Work Look Like in 2017?
A recent Forrester Research report commissioned by Sapho showed that 30 percent of employees want personalized notifications of tasks that need to be completed and another 28 percent of employees believe a personalized feed of individual actions and updates would improve how they leverage, access, and take action on information.
User Experience Now Top of Mind, Even Before Software is Conceived
User experience — once an afterthought to technology implementations, and a lonely outpost of pursuit in the tech food chain — is suddenly red hot. More corporate attention, money and resources are flowing to upgrading and enhancing it. UX — and its fraternal twin, customer experience — are now top of mind for everyone, from product designers to marketers to senior executives.
Enterprise ‘Cloudification’ and Highlights of Strategy Analytics Predictions
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 latest report, gives six trends in total.
Data-Stealing Android Ransomware Removed from Google Play Store
A nasty form of mobile ransomware, which also steals data from its victims has been discovered on and now removed from the official Google Play store for Android. Dubbed Charger by cybersecurity researchers at Check Point, the zero-day mobile ransomware was found embedded in EnergyRescue, an app supposedly designed to enhance battery-life of phones and tablets. Charger was detected on the device of a customer employee who had downloaded the malicious app from Google Play.
Cisco Places $3.7 Billion Bet on AppDynamics: What It Means
Cisco is taking application performance management startup AppDynamics off the table for $3.7 billion on the eve of its long-awaited IPO. AppDynamics was most recently valued at $1.9 billion, making Cisco’s move seem like a bold one indeed. The deal is expected to close later this year. AppDynamics will become a new software business unit reporting to Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Internet of Things and Applications business.
Google’s Big Crackdown: 1.7 Billion Bad Ads Axed
Google has released its 2016 Bad Ads report, to show how serious it is about combating deviants who abuse its massive ad network, from fraudulent advertisers to phony news sites. The company says it axed 1.7 billion bad ads in 2016, just over double the 780 million it took down in 2015 for violating its various policies.
Data Privacy Day: How PowWow Mobile Keeps User Data Secure
On January 28th, technologists around the globe observed Data Privacy Day, a day to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. In honor of Data Privacy Day, we are exploring how rapid mobile app development (RMAD) platforms, such as PowWow Mobile’s SmartUX, are keeping data secure for organizations and their users.
Microsoft Gives iPhone, iPad Users Access to Office Insider Program
In another “mobile-first” move, Microsoft has extended its early access program for the Office productivity suite to iPhone and iPads users. “The Office Insider program is now available for iPhone and iPad, building on the program’s expansion over the last year and more,” wrote Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office, in a Jan. 24 blog post. “Leveraging Apple’s TestFlight program, Office Insider for iPhone and iPad offers early access to builds of Word, Excel and PowerPoint at the Insider Fast level.”
Google Opens Up Daydream App Development
Google’s virtual reality headset Daydream hit the market late last year, but there’s still a need for VR content. Major brands like Major League Baseball, Netflix, and CNN have already released Daydream apps, and Google last year offered limited developer access to the Daydream platform. Now, Google is opening up Daydream app development to anyone.
Modern B2B Platforms Require Comprehensive Data Transformation
Data transformation is an essential element of business-to-business (B2B) commerce platforms, and it has been for years. As soon as businesses began to connect electronically to process orders and communicate with partners and suppliers, it became clear that the mix of systems and data formats involved would not always blend seamlessly.
IT Service Management in Disruption, Moving Toward Automation
A wave of change is sweeping through the suppliers of ITSM, reflecting the enhanced ability to add analytics and automation to the field. IT is central to the future of companies transitioning into the digital economy, and in many cases will lead the way. For that reason, there’s both opportunity and pitfalls in store for the companies that supply service management tools to IT.
Kroll Report Finds Fraud, Cyber-Attacks Increased in 2016
Organizations had a difficult time defending against fraud in 2016, according the latest global fraud and risk report from IT security company Kroll. The report, which was released Jan. 17, provides insight into the state of fraud and risk incidents in 2016 based on research conducted by Forrester Consulting and responses from 545 senior executives around the world. Among the findings in the report: 82 percent of respondents experienced a fraud incident in 2016, up from 75 percent in 2015 and 61 percent in 2012.
Apple Joins Partnership for AI
Apple is joining the Partnership for AI, a group that aims to create best practices for artificial intelligence, keep an open dialogue with experts and ponder how society and business can benefit. That’s the quick headline, but what’s more interesting about Apple joining the Partnership on AI is the company it will keep. Founding members of the Partnership on AI include Amazon, DeepMind, Google, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and OpenAI as well as non-profit groups such as the ACLU of Massachusetts.
Google Wants to Add AI to Gadgets Made Using Raspberry Pi
Google wants to bring smarts to cool gadgets and devices made using Raspberry Pi 3 or Intel’s Edison. The company is chasing makers with open-source tools needed to add artificial intelligence to consumer, industrial, and retail devices made using board computers. The plan may include machine-learning tools, which are central to AI. AI helps Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana answer questions, and also helps self-driving cars cruise the streets safely.
CIO Wrapsheet: Driving Digital Transformation
According to Altimeter’s 2016 State of Digital Transformation report, customer experience is the top driver of digital transformation, but in only 19 percent of organizations is the CIO or CTO leading digital transformation efforts.
Shadow IT is Sabotaging Your Business – Here’s How to Stop It
Beneath your company’s network of enterprise systems and approved apps, there’s a seedy underbelly that’s putting your organization at risk. Known as “shadow IT,” it’s composed of all the unapproved apps and devices employees use behind your back at work. “As mobile app usage continues to grow, apps themselves are putting corporate data in jeopardy,” says Symantec. “Increasingly, the apps that employees use are not issued by the IT organization, which means IT personnel cannot ensure they come from trusted developers.”
iPhone Production Volume Slid 11.5 Percent in 2016
Production of Android and other smartphones for the global market continued to grow at a modest clip in 2016, but this wasn’t the case for Apple iOS phones. Researcher TrendForce reported Jan. 25 that global smartphone production volume for 2016 grew 4.7 percent annually to reach 1.36 billion units in total. Apple, on the other hand, saw its production fall by 11.5 percent.
Case Study: Increased Efficiency and Competitive Advantage with Enterprise Mobile Apps
The average employee saves 7.5 hours a week using enterprise mobile apps for their daily business tasks and processes. Our customer, Tracker Corporation, a leading solution provider for I-9, E-Verify, and immigration compliance turned to PowWow Mobile to transform their custom-built web application into a modern mobile app.
Healthcare Becoming More Mobile But Firms Still Concerned
More than a quarter of healthcare organizations 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 numbe3 of healthcare firms going in with mobility at the outset; 83 percent say they currently provide mobile devices to caregiving staff. Yet the same number cited security as the highest priority concern with mobilization, ahead of data privacy fears (77 percent) and inappropriate employee use (49 percent).