Study Indicates Enterprise Shift To ‘Citizen Developers’ Is Nearing Tipping Point
Enterprise teams developing their own custom business apps — often with low-code tools — has been a growing trend that’s nearing the tipping point, with more than half of such apps now being created outside the IT department, a new report indicates. That study was conducted by 451 Research on behalf of FileMaker Inc., an Apple unit whose platform is designed to let business users create custom apps, defined as those designed and built by an organization to fulfill its own specific requirements.
Digital Transformation Leads To Better Profits For The Companies That Pursue It
A commitment to digital pays off: Some 80 percent of companies that have undergone digital transformation efforts reported increased profitability, compared to 53 percent of other companies, according to a new report from SAP, released at SuccessConnect in Las Vegas. The SAP Center for Business Insight and Oxford Economics surveyed 3,100 global business decision makers to determine the factors driving digital transformation projects. More than one-third of global companies said that talent management and development were key drivers of digital growth, the report found.
Deutsche Bank Drops Last BlackBerrys To Standardize On iOS
After many years of allowing its employees to replace their corporate-assigned BlackBerry phones with iPhones under a “Bring Your Own Device” policy, Germany’s Deutsche Bank is finally officially phasing out all of its BlackBerry devices for new Apple gear.
Apple And Accenture Partner For iOS Enterprise Mobile Opportunities
Apple has announced a new partnership alongside global consulting provider Accenture to help companies go further in mobile through iOS. As per the press materials, the companies are partnering to ‘help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through innovative business solutions for iOS.
iOS 11’s Most Underrated Security Feature? A Password Manager
Apple’s iOS 11 comes with a new feature that could finally make passwords less annoying. The iPhone and iPad software comes with a password manager, which lets users access their account details for apps and websites. Whenever a login box appears — including in apps — a small key-prompt will appear, allowing the user to open their bank of passwords. The password manager is protected by the user’s device passcode, or Touch ID if it’s enabled, to prevent others from snooping.
SAP Integrates Workforce Planning And Finance Tools
SAP is announcing a new integration between its SuccessFactors Workforce Planning tool and SAP RealSpend, its cloud finance application. The integration should help move companies away from using spreadsheets for personnel budgeting and enable them to fine-tune HR and finance decisions throughout the year.
New Egnyte Figures Emphasize Enterprise Dominance Of iOS
Another day, another set of figures, which emphasize the continued dominance of iOS in the enterprise. This time, figures from Egnyte, scraping data from more than four billion ‘activities’, found 82 percent of enterprise tasks were performed on Apple’s OS compared with 18 percent on Android. For desktop, three quarters (75 percent) of tasks were performed on Windows compared with 25 percent on macOS, while for browsers Google Chrome, with 61 percent, was by far the most popular, ahead of Internet Explorer (18 percent) and Firefox (12 percent).
Salesforce And IBM Unveil More Data Integration Tools
Salesforce and IBM has unveiled a new set of joint products that brings more data integration to customers. The alliance between the two companies began back in March with the announcement of an AI partnership between Salesforce Einstein and IBM Watson. This new wave of joint products will bring IBM Weather Insights, as well as an IBM Cloud Integration, to Salesforce customers. The IBM Cloud Integration for Salesforce gives joint customers the ability to Sync Salesforce business data in the cloud and data center systems.
Microsoft And Amazon Agree To Enable Cortana, Alexa Communication
Microsoft and Amazon are partnering to enable their respective personal digital assistants to work together. In a deal announced on Aug. 30, the pair committed to getting Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa assistants to communicate with each other later this year. Users will be able to say to their Echo devices, “Alexa, open Cortana,” or to their Windows 10 devices, “Cortana, open Alexa.” According to Microsoft’s blog post, users will be able to access Alexa via Cortana on Windows 10 PCs, followed by Android and iOS “in the future.”
Flagship Launches From Samsung, Apple Will Propel Smartphone Sales: IDC
New flagship launches from Apple and Samsung are expected to propel smartphone sales to a gain, according to the latest data from research firm IDC. The smartphone market has been at somewhat of a standstill for the last two years due to weak replacement cycles and low consumer demand. In 2016, the market experienced its first-ever single-digit growth year, with shipments up just 2.5 percent from the previous year. Looking ahead, IDC expects shipments to grow from 1.47 billion in 2016 to just over 1.7 billion in 2021, representing growth of about 3.3 percent.
Big Data And Digital Transformation: How One Enables The Other
You may have heard the phrase, “data is the new oil.” It’s actually a pretty good metaphor because oil doesn’t have any value on its own, it has to be refined into something like gasoline or plastic. Similarly, we’re all inundated with a ton of data, but that data has to be refined into business insights in order to have real value. As a result, ZDNet looked at how big data drives digital transformation.
Led By Xiaomi And Apple, Wearable Device Market Grows 10.3 Percent
The wearable device market, led largely by smartwatches, grew 10.3 percent year over year in the second quarter, according to research firm IDC. And perhaps more importantly, the firm hinted that the category is now poised to grow into a “mass market” product.
Hays: Artificial Intelligence Set To Revolutionize Recruitment
Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to change the way the recruitment industry and organizations search for and acquire talent, according to recruiting experts Hays. Automated technology can analyze the mountains of data that exist within an organization and the wider job market, translating it into easily digestible formats. According to Alistair Cox, CEO of Hays, this will help humans make better recruitment decisions.
Oracle Steps Up IoT Game, Adds AI, Digital Twin, And Enterprise Data Integration
Oracle said it has added digital twins, workflow threads between enterprise systems between the Internet of Things (IoT) to corporate data and embedded artificial intelligence to its IoT Cloud applications. The company has been stepping up its IoT efforts, with an aim to easing deployments and delivering more business value. Like Salesforce and SAP, Oracle is arguing that melding corporate and customer data with the Internet of Things and analytics drives business value.
Dell Unveils New Rugged Tablet With British Army Seal Of Approval
Dell has announced the launch of a new rugged tablet which aims to help field services workers thrive whatever the conditions. The rugged device, called the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet, offers up to 16 GB of memory – double that of previous iterations – a multi-touch glove capable display, as well as a variety of handles and straps aimed at ease of use and comfort for mobile environments.
Samsung DeX Update Enhances Enterprise Experiences
People often use their smartphones as their primary computing device and with the updated DeX dock this is even easier to justify. Along with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung released the DeX dock to extend the smartphone experience to the big screen. With the upcoming Note 8 release, DeX updates are coming to significantly improve the experience for the enterprise.
Six Traits All Successful Digital Enterprises Have In Common
We’re making some progress toward achieving highly digitized enterprises, but it’s going to take time. The problem is technology solutions are being dropped on top of — or are being used to pave over — outdated, calcified processes. This challenge was explored by Phil Wainewright, co-founder of Diginomica, speaking with Diginomica colleague Jon Reed at the recent Financial Force confab.
Apple’s iPhone 8 Intro Expected To Compete With Debut Of MWC Americas
Apple appears positioned to steal some of the thunder from the wireless industry’s biggest show in the United States. Again. The company is slated to trot out three new iPhones including a high-profile flagship device as well as an LTE-enabled Apple Watch on September 12, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.