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Enterprise Mobility Bytes | Week of – March 19 – 25, 2018

 

Apple’s March 27 Event: What To Expect And How To Watch

Apple recently sent out invites to a special event, where the company is expected to announce new products and services – including new iPads. (Sorry, no iPhones.) The Apple event is taking place in an entirely new city — and at a somewhat unusual venue. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s latest event.

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BlackBerry Teams With Microsoft To Secure Office Apps On Mobile Devices

BlackBerry has announced that it’s partnering with Microsoft to offer joint customers secure access to Microsoft Office apps like Excel, PowerPoint and Word on Apple and Android devices. The integration is via a product called BlackBerry Enterprise Bridge and it allows shared customers — including banks, healthcare providers, law firms and governments organizations — to use Microsoft mobile apps within the BlackBerry Dynamics container software.

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How To Prepare Your Workforce For A Digital Transformation

When discussions arise around a digital transformation journey, the focus is generally put on the technology. After all, in theory, it is technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation and additive manufacturing that drive the efficiencies and speed companies long for. But digital transformation is not all about the technology. Digital transformation shifts the mindset of how organizations create value for their end-customers, and none of that would be possible without educated and agile employees.

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Five Key Reasons To Integrate Enterprise Apps

Since their introduction years ago, enterprise apps have been fueling all types of corporate processes and greatly enhancing employee productivity. Workers and businesses of have benefited across the board, thanks to the enterprise application’s ability to enhance mobility via the inclusion of smart devices. Without integration though, even the most intelligent enterprise apps begin to feel cumbersome, leading to lost productivity and decreased profits.

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What Is Security’s Role In Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation (DX) is about digitizing processes and services so businesses can be more agile and operate more efficiently, from delivering customer service to improving processes with supply chain partners. It is the marketing team that wants to transform how it promotes product, the HR division that wishes to improve recruitment, and the IT team that wants to iterate online services in an instant. However, many believe that information security is too often left out of the loop.

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Why So Many High-Profile Digital Transformations Fail

In 2011, GE embarked upon an ambitious attempt to digitally transform its product and service offerings. The company created impressive digital capabilities, labeling itself a “digital industrial” company, embedding sensors into many products, building a huge new software platform for the Internet of Things, and transforming business models for its industrial offerings. GE also went to work on transforming internal processes like sales and supplier relationships. Some performance indicators, including service margins, began to improve. The company received much acclaim for its transformation in the press (including some from us). However, investors didn’t seem to acknowledge its transformation.

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Apple, IBM Boost Enterprise App Partnership With AI

Apple and IBM added artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to their longstanding partnership for the development of iOS mobile apps for the enterprise. The companies have for years collaborated to expand Apple’s iOS platform — already the leading consumer platform for mobile — into the business realm, a partnership that took on new momentum with IBM’s embrace of Apple’s Swift programming language for enterprise use.

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Cutting Through The Noise And Defining The Value Of The Digital Twin

There’s a lot of talk about the digital twin in the business world these days, but the definition remains murky. Think of the digital twin as a virtual mirror — if you move one way, so does your reflection. Your reflection is also unique to you. If someone else stepped in front of the mirror, even a sibling, what appeared in the mirror would be different. The same applies to the digital twin — it’s a virtual representation of a single machine as it operates in the real world.

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Are Enterprises Really Ready For AI?

Despite the hype, most organizations are not doing much with AI. For AI to work properly, businesses have to understand both the outcomes and the inputs. Unfortunately, businesses currently focus on the outcomes, and they’ve not invested in the right data sets to use AI engines or predictive models in the right way.

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Digital Transformation Remains A Confused ‘Buzzword’ To CXOs: Study

While most companies are preparing to make digital transformation a priority, they have a long way to go before achieving any kind of mastery over the multiple disciplines required to effectively innovate. In such a scenario, ‘digital transformation’ remains a confused ‘buzzword’ to most business leaders, reveals the latest study titled: ‘The Digital Transformation Race Has Begun’, commissioned by Virtusa and conducted by Forrester Consulting, that reflects the digital maturity of firms worldwide.

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Microsoft Power Apps Update Includes New Common Data Service

Microsoft announced the spring update to its Power BI and Power Apps platform today with a significant enhancement; a new common data service that enables companies to build data based applications from a variety of data sources. This is part of a wider strategy that is designed to remove some of the complexity associated with gathering, processing and incorporating data into applications.

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Real Digital Transformation Is Contingent On IoT Integration With The Enterprise

We have seen decades of enterprise software development and evolution, from basic materials requirements planning (MRP) to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and from on-premise to the cloud. In 2018, we are now seeing the next step — enterprise software integrated with data flows from the internet of things (IoT).

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Google Is Experimenting With Blockchain Technology For Use In The Cloud

Google is working on blockchain-related technologies to bolster the firm’s cloud business, reports suggest. According to Bloomberg, people familiar with the matter say that the tech giant is quietly working on blockchain technology to “head off competition from emerging startups” that are already beginning to specialize in the technology to offer a range of new services.

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Ninety-Three Percent Of Cloud Applications Aren’t Enterprise-Ready

Think your company’s cloud usage is secure? Think again. Data shows the average businesses has 1,181 cloud services, and nearly all of them — 92.7 percent — are not enterprise-ready. This data comes from Netskope, which discovered trends around cloud service adoption and usage by analyzing anonymized data from its Netskope Active Platform. The number of cloud services ranges from a few hundred in smaller organizations to more than 3,000 in large enterprises.

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VMware Makes Big Move Into The Office With BI-Driven Workspace

VMware, whose software resides in virtually every data center in the world but who also wants to become a player inside enterprise office PCs, released some new features for its Workspace ONE platform March 21. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization software maker claims that this is the first and only “intelligence-driven digital workspace” designed to improve user experience and enable predictive security across an IT environment.

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Five Ways CMOs Can Navigate Digital Transformation

Chief Marketing Officers face a particularly unique and challenging time as industries and technology continue to change and adapt to an increasingly digitized and connected world. Just as no business will be able to thrive without adapting and transforming technologically, no marketing executive in any industry will be able to succeed without properly embracing the digital age. Here are 5 ways CMOs can navigate the digital transformation.

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Microsoft Pushes Their “Unmatched Platform For Digital Transformation”

Microsoft has announced the spring 2018 release for Microsoft Business Applications, and also detailed the new tools coming to the small and mid-sized businesses who use Microsoft Dynamics 365. The company says the release should unleash “a wave of innovation across the entire product line” with hopes of helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation.

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Four Best Practices For Automating Mobile App Testing

In mid-2016, IDC forecasted that installs of mobile apps on devices would represent as much as $57 billion in direct revenue to mobile app developers by 2020. Enterprises as well have focused on internal development of mobile apps, although not as robustly some would have thought. The reason is not a shortfall of internal demand for mobile apps—but IT’s ability to meet the pace of demand users want. In short, if you are a manager of mobile app development, you’ve got to explore new ways to speed these apps to market at the same time that you produce quality apps that don’t fail users.

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Slack Still Seen As Leader In Team Communication Apps Market

Despite the growing competition from platforms like Microsoft Teams and Cisco Spark, Slack is in a strong position to continue winning customers over the next several years because of its mature product, loyal customer base and reputation as a leader in the team communication apps market.

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