Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch: What It All Means For Business
Apple’s launch of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will grab headlines, spur debates over specs, features and pricing, and probably extend the use of the Apple Watch, but there’s a lot more to digest. Here’s a look at everything business pros need to know about Apple’s iPhone event and what it all means.
VMware Announces Major Updates To Its Cloud Provider Programs
VMware has announced updates to its Cloud Provider Program including the new VMware Cloud Provider Platform, which offers rapid deployment and scale up an environment to build value-added differentiated services; advancements to its cloud management platform to help customers deploy, operate and manage IT infrastructure and application services across a multi-cloud landscape; and the newest release of vSphere Integrated Containers v1.2, delivering new capabilities including provisioning native Docker Container Hosts.
How Pioneering Companies Are Using AI
While a majority of organizations recognize the urgent need to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, relatively few are adopting AI beyond pilot programs, according to a recent report from the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group, “Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence: Closing the Gap Between Ambition and Action”.
CEOs Finally See Digital Transformation As Top Priority
Digital transformation efforts are finally heating up across the world as executives grasp the power of new technology. A new report from BT has revealed that multinational businesses are increasingly seeing the benefits of digital transformation, despite concerns about security and a lack of applicable skills.
Equifax Confirms Apache Struts Security Flaw It Failed To Patch Is To Blame For Hack
Equifax has confirmed that a web server vulnerability in Apache Struts that it failed to patch months ago was to blame for the data breach that affected 143 million consumers. In a brief statement, the credit rating giant said: “Equifax has been intensely investigating the scope of the intrusion with the assistance of a leading, independent cybersecurity firm to determine what information was accessed and who has been impacted.”
Nearly Half Of APAC Manufacturers Eye Smart Factories
The number of manufacturers supporting a fully connected factory would nearly triple by 2022, according to Zebra Technologies’ 2017 Asia Pacific Manufacturing Vision Study. This means 46 percent anticipate having the capability in five years’ time. Manufacturers will continue to adopt Industry 4.0 and the smart factory.
Citi Debuts Its First Facebook Messenger Banking Chatbot In Singapore
Citi has beta launched a banking chatbot on Facebook Messenger that is capable of providing customer account information to users. Dubbed Citi Bot, the chatbot will make its debut in the Singapore market and be progressively introduced to the wider Asia Pacific region in the coming months. The chatbot’s launch is a world-first for Citi in a social media network.
Microsoft Outlook App Add-Ins Come To Android
Microsoft Outlook’s functionality-enhancing add-ins are now available for the Android version of email application. Mobile Outlook add-ins first debuted for Apple iOS on Feb. 2. The initial batch included Dynamics 365, Evernote, GIPHY, Microsoft Translator, Nimble, Smartsheet and Trello. Now, owners of Android smartphones, like the soon-to-be released Samsung Galaxy Note8, can get in on the act.
Enterprise Appetites For Cloud-Based Financial Apps On The Rise
Enterprises are migrating their core financial applications to the cloud at a faster than expected pace in the pursuit of simpler upgrades and greater efficiency, Gartner research shows. In a poll of 439 senior financial executives from across the globe, 36 percent of respondents said cloud will be the deployment environment of choice for more than half of their financial applications and systems of record by 2020.
IoT Platform Market To Grow To $1.6 Billion By 2020
The Internet of Things (IOT) platform market is expected to grow 35 percent per year to $1.16 billion by 2020, according to Verizon’s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017 report. The report finds that the biggest growth will be in business-to-business applications, which can generate nearly 70 percent of potential value enabled by IoT.
Oracle Preps Autonomous Database At OpenWorld, Aims To Cut Labor, Admin Time
Oracle will unveil a fully autonomous version of its database, offer it in the cloud, and aim to take most of the labor out of administration. CTO Larry Ellison said on Oracle’s fiscal first quarter conference call that the company will deliver a next-gen database by the end of the year and it will be fully autonomous. Oracle will announce the database and more details Oct. 1 at its OpenWorld conference. Using machine learning, Oracle will automate management and tuning of the database.
How Businesses Can Meet Mobile Security Demands In A High Risk Era
The mobile workforce worldwide is expected to rise from the current 1.45 billion to 1.87 billion by 2022, according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, titled “Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update 2016-2022.” Despite the unlimited opportunities this will provide, there is also concern about new obstacles that organizations will face with mobile security as they attempt to support a larger number of employees handling a larger number of devices.
Digital Transformation: Business First, Technology Second
Digital transformation promises to disrupt every line of business from operations to sales, but for organizations to reap the biggest benefit from modernization – the undertaking needs to be properly thought through. This includes identifying the business objectives, and evaluating the company’s current limitations and obstacles. Without prior planning, any digital transformation project will be at best, over complicated, and at worst, wildly over budget.
Android Malware In Google Play Racked Up 4.2M Downloads: Are You A Victim?
Despite using machine learning to spot bad apps, Google let 50 of them into the Play Store, allowing the rogue programs to rack up 4.2 million downloads between them. Google has now removed the apps, which enable fraudsters to make money by secretly sending messages to premium-rate SMS services and subscribing users to paid online services without their knowledge.
MWC Americas Attendance Falls Far Short Of Expectations
More than 21,000 people from 110 countries and territories attended this week’s inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas show in San Francisco, the GSMA announced. But that’s far fewer than the group had hoped for. The event, which effectively replaced CTIA’s annual conference as the industry’s largest annual get-together in the United States, included more than 2,400 CEOs, according a statement by the GSMA, and 20 percent of attendees were female.
Digital Transformation In The World’s Fastest-Moving Industry
At the 2016 Formula One Europe Grand Prix in Baku, the world saw the fastest pit stop ever at 1.92 seconds, attesting that one split second can make a colossal difference in the world of motor pierreracing. For an industry where every millisecond counts, we need to tap on the power of digital in order to win; both on and off track. And for the Renault Sport Formula One Team, digital transformation is racing ahead at full throttle.
The Biggest New Thing Apple Is About To Release Isn’t Hardware At All
The biggest thing that Apple is about to release isn’t a hardware product at all. It’s ARKit, the company’s entrance into the augmented reality (AR) space. First announced at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, ARKit enables developers to build their own augmented reality apps for iPhones and iPads. With it, developers will be able to overlay digital animations and objects over a camera view of the real world, something that was first popularized a year ago by Pokemon Go.
Target Employees Migrate To Mobile Zebra Device
Target store employees have started using the Android-based ZebraTechnologies TC51 as part of the retailer’s MyDevice program for salesfloor activities, stocking and other purposes, replacing the Apple iPod Touch devices that store associates previously used for these functions, Target has confirmed to Retail Dive.
APIs Recurring Theme In Digital Transformation
APIs are the driving force behind successful digital transformations. They’re enabling growing numbers of digital strategies, offering companies “off-the-shelf” tools to build new technologies. Amid a culture of rapid change, APIs give firms leverage.