Monday, October 27, 2014

Research report: The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration 2014

New products of the week 10.27.2014 | Fire your mobile app programmer and build it yourself

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Research report: The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration 2014
Last week, released research results showing “The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration 2014: From Personal Productivity Toward the Connected Enterprise on the Go.” The report found that mobile enterprise collaboration is disproportionately focused on personal productivity and task efficiency, with plenty of room to improve how businesses turn mobile enterprise collaboration into a competitive advantage.Among the report’s key findings: Upwards of 90% of IT respondents give employees mobile email access, 88% provide company calendar access, and 82% enable contact directories on employees’ mobile devices. However, only about a third of today’s business professionals say internal and external collaboration tools are available for them on mobile devices. Less than half of business respondents are aware of a mobile device policy in their company, but 83% of IT respondents claim to have one in place. When asked to describe their own IT organizations in terms of collaboration maturity, 21% of IT professionals describe themselves as “Innovators” while 7% of respondents on the business side considered their company’s mobile collaboration innovative. Among the companies surveyed, Microsoft SharePoint/Office 365 is the current enterprise collaboration leader: 44% of all respondents reporting having access to this platform. Half of IT respondents believe that 2015 will be the “Year of Mobile Enterprise Productivity.” About 90% of IT respondents reported that spending on collaborative technologies for 2015 will either match or exceed 2014 levels. Kevin Benedict, Senior Analyst for digital Transformation and Mobility at Cognizant, commented in a statement on the results. “This report clearly defines that many of the greatest challenges enterprises are facing in 2014 are derived from a lack of understanding of the competitive importance of mobile and collaboration platforms, and how strategic these technologies are to their future success. Both IT and Business must become experts in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and collaboration platforms to strategically transform their companies.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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University Surpasses Students' Digital Expectations
The explosion of mobile device use is testing the limits of legacy networks everywhere. In this webcast you will learn how Abilene Christian University meets the mobile access demands of 4500 University students, and 250,000 connections per day. Learn More

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New products of the week 10.27.2014
Products of the weekOur roundup of intriguing new products. Read how to submit an entry to Network World's products of the week slideshow.NetVanta 5660Key features: The industry’s first converged Layer 2/3 Gigabit access router with eSBC and Carrier Ethernet gateway functionality, enabling providers to support bandwidth-hungry cloud, VoIP and streaming business applications from one device. More info.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

WHITE PAPER: Dell Software

Future-proof your mobility strategy with Dell EMM
Looking for ongoing ways to securely connect your mobile team to the resources they need today and in the future? Read this new white paper to learn how Dell Enterprise Mobility Management can help your IT team adapt as devices, operating systems and work habits constantly evolve. Learn more

Fire your mobile app programmer and build it yourself
This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter’s approach. Everyone used to hire mobile app developers to build custom programs, but that often resulted in shoddy, insecure programs that sometimes didn’t even work. And even when the software suited the need, chances are it was a colossal waste of money. Today you can program without programming. Even business people can define and build apps that suit their needs – in just hours or days, depending on the complexity. Or have them built for you for as a low as $500 from a provider harnessing the same automated software creation tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

WEBCAST: Enterprise Management Associates

Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence in the Cloud
Time to value and speed of implementation are key drivers in the move from on-premises business intelligence installations to cloud-based implementations. Based on end-user research, this webinar delivers a global view of the cloud-based implementation market for advanced analytics, business intelligence, and data management. Learn More

Employee-owned PCs are scaring enterprise IT
Largely ignored in the enterprise mobility craze of the last few years, which saw the acceptance of bring-your-own device (BYOD) policies, were the risks incurred when employees use their personal computers to access business data. Now, with PCs designed to operate more seamlessly with smartphones and tablets, enterprise IT could soon face new consumerization challenges.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) Read More

Your next fridge could charge all your mobile devices
Your next refrigerator or television may also double as a wireless charger for your mobile devices and wearables.Home appliance maker Haier announced today that it has signed a joint development agreement with Energous, creator of the WattUp wireless router that sends power in a 15-ft. radius using radio frequency transmissions.China-based Haier, a $180 billion company, dominates the market in shipped white goods, which include major appliances such as freezers, refrigerators and washing machines, according to research firm Euromonitor. Haier also produces thousands of other products, from televisions and computers to cellphones and robots, all of which could potentially house wireless charging technology.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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