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Enterprise Mobility Bytes – Week of January 30 – February 5, 2017

How Are Enterprise Mobile Apps Benefiting Your Business Users? 

Mobile device proliferation and perpetual connectivity are creating tremendous opportunities for employees to work whenever and however they choose. With device options ranging from smartphones to tablets as well as desktop and portable notebook computers and even wearables, users have more choices than ever for how they work depending on the activity, task, location and personal preference.

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DDoS Attacks Grew at CAGR of 68 Percent Over Past Five Years

Here’s news we already suspected: DDoS attacks are getting larger and becoming more frequent and complex with it, according to a report released by Arbor Networks. The findings showed that 53 percent of service providers indicated they are seeing more than 21 attacks per month – up from 44 percent in 2016; 21 percent of data-centre respondents saw more than 50 attacks per month, versus only 8 percent 2016; and 45 percent of enterprise, government and education respondents experienced more than 10 attacks per month – a 17 percent year over year increase.

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Enterprise Apps Tech: The Three Enterprise ‘Smart’ App Trends That Are Transforming Business Processes

Millions of enterprise employees worldwide kicked off 2017 by continuing to embrace the constraints of desktop computers, old-school legacy business systems or worse, paper-based processes. As companies start to develop their digital transformation plan, there are three “smart” enterprise mobile app trends that they need to know to transform business processes.

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Enterprise IoT Research 2017: Benefits, Trends and Security Concerns

A recent Tech Pro Research survey asked what IoT data companies are collecting, and how it’s being used. This report contains those findings. Thirty-eight percent of respondents to a Tech Pro Research survey conducted in December 2016 said their companies are currently using IoT devices. More companies will be joining this group in the next year, as 30 percent of respondents said their companies are in the planning or considering stages.

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Why Enterprises Who Keep Their IT Models Static Will Face Trouble Ahead

IT staff are spending more than 30 percent of their time on new service requests and resolving issues and only 15 percent of their time allocated to innovation, according to a new piece of research by Dimension Data. The move represents a year on year decline by 25 percent, which represents a warning sign, the company argues; enterprises who don’t evolve their IT models and innovate within them, with the demand for improving customer engagement and the need to crunch ever greater amounts of data rising, will face stormy waters ahead.

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Internet of Things in the Enterprise: The State of Play 

According to Gartner’s Nick Jones, the IoT will be a ‘long tail’ domain, with ‘things’ ranging from automotive subsystems and security cameras to Bluetooth beacons, smart garments, agricultural crop sensors and many more. In the near term, ‘consumerization’ will play an important role, and all sorts of smart devices will find their way into businesses, causing headaches for IT managers.

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Enterprise Apps “Functional but Unfriendly” 

According to a study from digital design and development studio ArcTouch, only 12 percent of respondents use enterprise mobile apps in the workplace – and of that number, many are ‘underwhelmed’ by the experience.

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Samsung Pay Mini to Launch for Android

Samsung Electronics will launch Samsung Pay Mini, the company has announced, which will offer online payment services for all Android-powered smartphones. To be launched within the first quarter, the new app will also allow non-Samsung Android phones to use Samsung Pay services such as membership, lifestyle, and transportation.

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The Growing Demand of Enterprise Cloud Applications

Research has shown that analytics and data storage will lead cloud adoption applications in 2017. According to the RightScale State of the Cloud Survey (2016), 75 percent of enterprises with greater than 1,000 employees have at least one app or platform running in the cloud today, leading all categories of adoption measured in the survey. Furthermore, the study found that 90 percent of all organizations today either have apps running in the cloud or are planning to use cloud apps in 2017.

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The ‘New Reality’ of Smartphones: AR/VR Applications

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are becoming integral components of modern smartphones, and experts say mobile devices will help drive demand for these technologies. “Recent movements in VR and AR were originated by startups and gaming companies, not smartphone makers,” said Yue Fei, CTO and co-founder of uSens Inc., a company that creates human-computer interaction applications for AR and VR.

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Most Smartphone Users Spend Nothing on Apps

Over half of smartphone users spend no money on smartphone apps (paid-for downloads and in-app transactions), though end-user spending on in-app transactions continues to rise, according to a new survey by research firm Gartner. The poll of more than 3,000 consumers in the US, the UK, and China was conducted from August through October 2016 to examine their attitudes toward mobile apps.

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Starbucks Introduces Voice Ordering for Mobile App and Alexa

Starbucks recently introduced voice-ordering capabilities within its iOS mobile app and the Amazon Alexa platform. Select customers can now order coffee “on command” using My Starbucks Barista, which is powered by groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Starbucks Mobile App.

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Accenture Recommends Public Sector Agencies Adopt Technologies Like AI

Public sector agencies must adopt emerging technologies – including machine learning, artificial intelligence, and biometrics – to attract and retain more technically adept employees, a new report from Accenture recommends. It said this is critical to addressing a widening skills gap and strong competition from a better-financed private sector.

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Fujitsu Develops Mobile App Control Technology for Home Healthcare

Fujitsu announced the successful trial of mobile-application control technology that would improve on-site home healthcare work. Home healthcare requires that professionals to share healthcare information, such as patient vital sign data and messages between themselves, to conduct coordinated patient care. Fujitsu’s mobile-application control technology automatically changes settings, such as whether a patient’s medical information is displayed, the limits of sharing, and the applications that can be used.

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2017 Will Be Year When CIOs Return to Being Builders

Gartner predicts 2017 to be a rebound year for IT spending. In a podcast titled “Gartner Thinkcast” John-David Lovelock, research VP, noted that the growth forecast is tempered by global uncertainty in the political front (Brexit and the Donald Trump electoral win polarized the global market). Gartner pegs worldwide IT spending for 2017 at US$3.5 trillion in 2017, up 2.7 percent increase from 2016, and slightly lower than an earlier forecast of 3 percent.

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Digital Transformation is Disrupting Quality Assurance Too

Digital transformation is creating challenges in quality assurance and testing operations for many CIOs as they find a tension between methods used for legacy technology and methods used for more modern technology, according to the eighth annual World Quality Report from Capgemini.

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Google Boosts Enterprise App Security 

Google is introducing new security features for enterprise users of its G Suite productivity apps. Administrators using these solutions now have greater control over the data stored on Google’s platform. Reports said the updates include the ability for administrators to require their own users to use security keys to access data on the apps, while those managers can also control who gets those tokens, via the Security Key service. This, Google said, helps employees be protected from phishing attacks, one of the most common cybersecurity threats of a business.

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How Will New Technologies Transform Industry and Society? 

The World Economic Forum has embarked on the Digital Transformation Initiative research project to explore the impact of digitalization across 13 major industries. The research identifies several technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles that are expected to have the most impact in transforming business and society.

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Security is Biggest Digital Transformation Challenge

Security is the largest factor standing in the way of enterprise digital transformation efforts, according to a new report from technology solutions company SoftServe. More than half (55 percent) of companies said that security was the No. 1 challenge they face when implementing digital enablement technologies, the report found.

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Digital Transformation and Customer Understanding

In numerous surveys of CEOs in the past few years, predictably, you will find growth strategies as one of the top priorities going into any new year. Strikingly, in these same few years, you will also find developing customer understanding also on the list of CEO priorities. What is changing in the past two years, is that CEOs are focused on globalization and digital transformation. Per recent surveys by IBM, KPMG, and Gartner, you will find that more than half of CEOs surveyed believe their organizations will be significantly transformed by digital-centric globalization.

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