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Enterprise Mobility Bytes | Week of – April 2 – 8, 2018

The Mobile App Stack: Defining Life Cycle, Management & ROI

From rapid mobile application development (RMAD) to conventional application development platforms now infusing artificial intelligence into newer technologies, the enterprise must be aware of the importance of mobilizing legacy systems to further digital transformation.

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Why Application Overload Is Dragging Down Employee Productivity

In recent years, the number of productivity apps competing for corporate customers has grown considerably. Companies have deployed new applications seeking to boost employee productivity and efficiency. But a new RingCentral survey of 200 IT business leaders suggests the pendulum has swung and companies are now overloaded with apps.

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How The Acceleration Of AI Will Drive Digital Transformation

As the digital world continues to shape and consume the physical world, the scope of digital transformation within businesses keeps expanding. We are in an era of unprecedented opportunity, and much of the growth we experience over the next decade will be driven by artificial intelligence. In fact, PwC predicts that AI will add $15.7 trillion to global GDP annually by the year 2030.

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New Appthority Report Finds Apps Are Collecting Excessive Data

Appthority, the global leader in enterprise mobile threat protection, has released a new report that analyzed iOS apps in corporate environments and found that more than 24,000 ad-supported apps are hiding their excessive data collection in plain sight, putting mobile users and enterprises at risk.

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CFOs Increase Spending On Digital Transformation, Seek Competitive Edge

Digital transformation is on the rise, with more than two-thirds (69 percent) of CFOs and senior financial executives planning to increase their investment in technologies that speed business change – according to a recent survey conducted by Grant Thornton LLP in partnership with CFO Research. Further, four in ten of these financial leaders plan an increase of more than 10 percent in the next 12 months.

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Business Leaders Unprepared For Digital Transformation

Business leaders are not ready for robotics and machine learning playing an increasing role in the workforce, an expert says. “More than 80 percent of today’s jobs, including legal services, human resources, transport and others will significantly be affected by the auto­mation technologies,” said Mohammed Amin, senior vice president at data storage company Dell EMC.

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Apple Business Chat Has The Enterprise Talking About iMessage Apps

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs announced the App Store. While its first titles were mostly games and novelties, soon major businesses began to recognize the power of mobile apps, shifting major investment from desktop PCs and web apps into iOS. This year, Apple is inciting new enterprise investment in iMessage Apps with Apple Business Chat–billed as an interactive, personal way to connect with customers while respecting their privacy.

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Banking On Experiences: Getting To The Business End Of Digital Transformation

With the rise of smartphones, smart watches and voice assistants, consumers have the opportunity to interact with companies through more channels than ever before. These technologies have also totally transformed consumer expectations, with customer satisfaction now measured not only in terms of the overall quality of their experience, but increasingly by the speed and efficiency of their interaction.

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The API-Composable Enterprise Also Needs To Be API-Integratable

Are we getting any closer to the vision of the “composable enterprise,” in which APIs can be called — or designed — to quickly and easily respond and integrate with existing systems as businesses require? If the results of a recent survey of 400 developers tell us anything, we’re getting there, but it’s still a work in progress.

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Enterprises Learning To Love Cloud Lock-In Too: Is It Different This Time?

Will cloud computing and the buying cycle go the same way as enterprise software did? In other words, are technology buyers going to learn to love lock-in for discounts early and suffer from a lack of leverage later? These burning questions are starting to bubble up in the land of cloud computing procurement. Whether it’s software as a service, infrastructure as a service or everything as a service, the lock-in question hovers.

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In Digital Transformation Top Banks Are Leading

While digital transformation is the rallying cry in banking, some banks are doing it better than others, said Alan McIntyre senior managing director at Accenture and head of its banking practice. “Some of the largest banks, the top five, see a lot of investment in digital and into the future. Some of the regional banks are more challenged, and part of the reason is the huge reliance on technology vendors, so their ability to move quicker is somewhat limited. Market share is clearly moving toward the large players, the top three or top five, partly because they have invested in digital.”

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Twitter’s Delays API Change That Would Have Killed Off Third Party Apps Soon

Twitter is making changes to its APIs this year, potentially blocking twitter apps from streaming tweets i.e showing new tweets as they arrive, or delivering push notifications. This pre-announced change lead to an outcry from third-party developers of famous twitter apps Twitterific and Falcon, among others.

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Microsoft Confronts Ransomware, Cyber-Crime In New Office 365 Updates

Despite warnings from cyber-security experts, ransomware keeps racking up victims. With new security capabilities for Office 365, Microsoft is offering users ways to fight back. Ransomware is a prime example of how cyber-criminals are not only weaponizing software exploits, but also monetizing them. Once it gains a foothold on a victim’s system—typically a Windows PC—ransomware encrypts a user’s data, holding it hostage until a ransom is paid in return for the decryption key.

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The State Of Cloud Business Intelligence, 2018

Cloud BI adoption is soaring in 2018, nearly doubling 2016 adoption levels. Over 90 percent of Sales & Marketing teams say that Cloud BI is essential for getting their work done in 2018, leading all categories in the survey. These and other many other fascinating insights are from Dresner Advisory Services 2018 Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study (client access reqd.) of the Wisdom of Crowds® series of research.

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Cryptojacking Is New Favorite Attack Vector

Ransomware is too competitive and overpriced so cyber criminals are turning cryptojacking into a lucrative new business venture. This is one of the key findings of Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 23

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Monetizing Your Digital Transformation

The “Digital Revolution” is turning 70 yet the complexities of digital transformations still overwhelm decision makers. To ease executives when it comes to monetizing this process, we boil the entire digitalization universe down to just two top-line topics: Product & Channel.

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Fintech Transforming B2B Money Transfers

Juniper Research said that the cross-border B2B money transfer market is ripe for disruption, as new technologies and legislative changes redefine traditional banking practices across the globe. Cross-border B2B transactions will exceed US$218 trillion by 2022, up from US$150 trillion in 2018. In comparison, global GDP was placed at just US$77 trillion last year, rising by 3 percent in 2018.

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The ‘Test-And-Learn’ Approach To Digital Transformation At Lands End

Lands End CEO Jerome Griffith sees the ‘test-and-learn’ approach to digital transformation as driving a healthy omni-channel mix. It’s just over a year now since incoming CEO Jerome Griffith took on the top job with a declaration that this “heritage brand” would be opening more bricks-and-mortar stores, while simultaneously pushing to become more digital.

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IBM Reports Fewer Records Breached In 2017 As Ransomware Escalates

IBM Security announced its 2018 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index on April 4, revealing that the number of breached records in 2017 was actually less than what was reported for 2016. According to IBM’s analysis, 2.9 billion records were breached in 2017, down 25 percent from the 4 billion stolen customer data records in 2016.

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Google Introduces Network Logging, Monitoring Tool For Cloud Customers

Enterprise customers of Google’s cloud platform now have a new option for logging and monitoring network traffic for security and performance issues. The company this week introduced VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) Flow Logs, a function that gives administrators a way to track network flows down to individual interfaces in a near real-time manner.

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WhatsApp Business App Is In The Works For Windows 10 Mobile

WhatsApp could be working on a new Windows 10 Mobile business app. Earlier in the year, WhatsApp introduced the new WhatsApp Business app for Android, allowing both small and large companies to take advantage of the app’s huge user base, while also simplifying the process of communicating with customers. Since the launch, however, the messaging service has failed to introduce the app on any other platforms, but according to a new screenshot, this could be about to change.

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Banks Are Behind Consumer Demand For Mobile Account Opening

Just as consumers have shifted much of their daily banking activity from the branch and online banking to the mobile channel, new account applicants are increasingly turning first to their smartphones. The Javelin Strategy & Research report, Overhauling the Mobile Account Opening Experience, revealed that 32 percent of checking account applications are started on a mobile device—more than those initiated online (21 percent) and nearly equal to the number started at a branch (34 percent).

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A Prefabricated Data Center Upgrade Enables SMB Digital Transformation

The concept of digital transformation is rather simple, but the process to actually transform the organization is quite complex and far-reaching. Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are not exempt from this transformation and must meet many of the same challenges that far larger enterprises face. The reality is that SMBs need the same level of IT capabilities and services as their large competitors.

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PowWow Mobile disrupts the speed, complexity and economics commonly associated with delivering productivity-enhancing apps to an increasingly mobile-first workforce. The PowWow SmartUX™ Platform, a rapid mobile app solution, simplifies and extends business apps to mobile, delivering modern omni-channel experiences that transform how work is done in the digital era. With SmartUX, users can easily connect to any application or data source and rapidly design and deploy personalized, intelligent and secure apps that run anywhere, on any device and any OS.
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