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Enterprise Mobility Bytes | Week of – March 12 – 18, 2018

 

Your Competitors Are Tapping Into Digital Transformation

For the past couple of years, digital transformation has dominated the conference circuit. You couldn’t toss a smartphone without hitting somebody espousing the transformative virtues possible for your business. But here’s the thing: Digital transformation is beginning to happen, and it’s delivering on its promises. Even for small businesses, pervasive IT has begun to drive measurable return on investment. What all of this really means is that you need to pursue technologies that will let your company tap into data across the business and agilely apply it to your desired outcomes.

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Alexa For Business Zeros In On Business Enterprise Apps

Amazon is progressing on its Alexa for Business strategy, developing new applications and forging third-party integration partnerships to equip its virtual assistant to help companies “voice-enable their spaces, corporate applications, people and customers,” Amazon CTO Werner Vogels wrote in a blog post.

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What Do CIOs Really Think Are The Most Exciting Tech Trends?

Gartner says worldwide IT spending will reach $3.7tr in 2018, a 4.5 percent increase on 2017. The analyst says projects related to digitisation, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) will be some of the key drivers for growth. But which areas of IT innovation are really the most exciting for technology leaders? Five CIOs give their opinions.

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Nine Reasons To Be Cautious With Blockchain

Is blockchain — the network of global online ledgers — really secure? Its proponents say yes, as it assigns transactions or smart contracts to an immutable ledger, verifiable by multiple parties. However, a recently published paper calls out some vulnerabilities that may subject blockchain entries to inefficiencies, hacking and other criminal activity.

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Google Rebrands Android Wear To Wear OS

After months of relative silence surrounding Android Wear, Google’s wearable operating system, the company on Thursday announced a name change. Going forward, Wear OS will take the place of Android Wear. The change is already reflected on the Android Wear website, which now redirects to the Wear OS website. An update to Android Wear app has started rolling out to reflect the name change and new app icon.

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Why Artificial Intelligence Is Important For Cyber-Security

There is a lot of hype around artificial Intelligence, and while the technology can be useful, it does have limitations, according to RSA CTO Zulfikar Ramzan. Speaking at the Dell Technologies Experience at the South by South West (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas, on March 12, Ramzan detailed his views on AI in a session titled “AI: Boon or a Boondoggle?”

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Digital Transformation Is Nothing Without A Strong Culture

It’s the leaders at the top who are responsible for driving the cultural change needed to implement digital transformation, according to a new report. The report, Digital Transformation: Aligning Internal Structures For the Future, in association with MMT Digital, brought together industry luminaries at a roundtable to discuss how they are preparing their organizations for digital transformation. It found that while keeping up to date with new technologies is essential; organizational structure and culture form a huge part of the transformation process.

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iPad App Allows Single Sign-On For Enterprise Apps

Want to provide single sign-on (SSO) to business applications hosted in the cloud, via an iPad? There’s an app for that now. Cloud-based identity and access management vendor OneLogin Wednesday released what it calls the “first-ever iPad app for enterprise single sign-on.” Available via Apple’s App Store, OneLogin for iPad is designed to work with OneLogin’s cloud-based identity management service, which provides SSO for Web applications.

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How ‘Mobile-Only’ Audiences Stack Up To ‘Multi-Platform’ Audiences

While consumers are still using multiple platforms — such as desktop and mobile — “mobile-only” users are on the rise. In fact, “mobile-only” users surpassed 30 percent of users in almost half of the markets studied by comScore in 2017 for its “Global Digital Future in Focus” report.

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Google Ups Security Protection For Chrome Enterprise

Google is adding new features to its Chrome Enterprise browser as it looks to ramp up security even further. A total of four new partnerships with EMM providers have been announced, allowing IT managers to implement and control security policies from a single place.

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Microsoft Teams Gets Cortana Integration, IBM’s Plans To Revamp Notes

Microsoft Teams marked its first anniversary this week and to celebrate, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft added a number of new features, the most interesting being a Cortana integration and inline message translation. The update will also bring support for voice-interaction through Team-enabled devices like smartphones and conference devices.

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Slack Integrates With SAP Concur For Travel, Expense Bots

Workplace collaboration platform Slack has announced that it’s integrating with SAP’s Concur for travel and expense bots on Slack. The integration, which Slack says was one of the most requested features from its enterprise customers, will enable users to handle a bevy of travel and expense related tasks via conversational bots on the Slack interface.

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Apple Testing Its Own MicroLED Device Screens

Apple is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, according to a report from Bloomberg. For testing purposes, Apple is making a small number of screens starting with the Apple Watch at a manufacturing facility near its California headquarters.

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A Taste Of The Future: Voice-Assisted Ordering And Payment Experience At Pizza Hut

Science fiction has long imagined humans interacting with machines using the same language that we use to interact with each other. Today, Mastercard and SoftBank Robotics Corp. are making that a reality with the launch of a voice-based commerce application for a humanoid robot at Pizza Hut Singapore’s SAFRA Punggol outlet.

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Oculus Go VR Headset To Launch At Facebook’s F8 In May

Facebook is planning to launch its Oculus Go standalone virtual reality headset at the company’s F8 developer conference on May 1, according to sources speaking to Variety. Facebook-owned Oculus first unveiled the $199 headset in October, promising an early 2018 debut.

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You Can’t Fault Williams-Sonoma’s Digital Ambition

US home furnishing specialists Williams-Sonoma has been one of the more successful exemplars of retail digital transformation that diginomica has been tracking – and also one of the more ambitious in terms of bleeding-edge tech, such as augmented reality.

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Firefox Quantum For Enterprise Brings Control To Browser Deployments

Mozilla is aiming to increase its browser market share with a new effort that will better enable managed deployments of the Firefox browser in enterprise environments. The new Firefox Quantum for Enterprise technology is part of the Firefox 60 release which reached the beta milestone on March 14 and is set to become generally available on May 9.

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Digital Transformation Is A Behavioral Science

Blockchain, IoT, AI, machine learning, deep learning. Major investments are being made into these technologies; or, at least, whichever solutions are branded as such. Most people do not even know what the terms mean, or how the tech behind them works. In the US, recently, the Long Island Iced Tea company tripled its stock price in a single day by simply tacking on the word “Blockchain” to its name.

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IoT Innovation Still Low In Insurance Industry Priority List

Interest around what IoT can do for the insurance industry may be high but this is not reflective in actual deployments of the technology. Novarica says this shouldn’t stop insurers from experimenting on the technology.

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