How to keep software licence management under control: Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and more

It is hard to run and set up IT systems without solutions from large players. Their offerings are now industry standards and make financial sense, with system compatibility and employee skills the main reasons for their success. While there are many advantages for using solutions from Microsoft, IBM and the like, they come with many strings attached. Hundreds of pages of clauses and terms make their licences hard to manage. Most notably in large organisations, managing licenses requires...

Why cybersecurity remains a key problem across the business

Bottom line: Absolute’s 2020 Endpoint Resilience Report illustrates why the purpose of any cybersecurity program needs to be attaining a balance between protecting an organisation and the need to keep the business running, starting with secured endpoints. Enterprises who have taken a blank cheque approach in the past to spending on cybersecurity are facing the stark reality that all that spending may have made them more vulnerable to attacks. While cybersecurity spending grew at a Compound...

It’s time for the CIO to take their opportunity – with IT to secure business continuity

The last few months have brought in some drastic changes to the way we work and live. One thing that it has highlighted is the extreme value that IT brings to all organisations.

It’s clear to people at all levels of organisations that we’re not just about providing laptops and printers and keeping them running – suddenly we’ve become part of the business continuity team. We’re delivering consistency of service despite what’s happening around the world, and we’re...

Gartner issues six-point plan for CIOs to cure Covid-19 cost-cutting

Budgets naturally need to be redrawn and tightened amid the global Covid-19 pandemic - and according to the latest report from Gartner, CIOs need to focus on a multi-faceted plan incorporating business impact and organisational risk to succeed.

The analyst firm has released a six-step cost optimisation framework which CIOs need to explore. Financial benefit is only one of the steps available - albeit an important one - emphasising the need to focus holistically, and reminding that...

We’re at a turning point for legacy tech: Here are four ways to approach it

Usually, the word “legacy” evokes feelings of tradition, pride, and achievement. But when it comes to today’s business world, it’s not so simple. Legacy technology — computer systems and software from a previous era that are still in use — presents significant challenges to companies.

As technologies and marketplaces evolve, CIOs find it increasingly difficult to integrate new and old tech, yet legacy technology persists for various reasons. Many businesses subscribe...

MobileIron report warns of C-suite risk to mobile security

It is already commonly regarded that humans are the weakest link in the chain when it comes to cybersecurity - but a new MobileIron study has found that the fish rots from the head.

According to the enterprise security provider, based on interviews of 300 enterprise IT decision makers and 50 C-level executives, the C-suite is the most likely group within an organisation to ask for more relaxed mobile security protocols, in spite of being the most likely targets for...

Seven tactical IT initiatives to kickstart your corporate objectives during Covid-19

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are clearly seeing a shift in priorities by CIOs to address the new normal, with more focus on cost control, improving IT operations and redesigning business process. How is that going to impact you? Let’s explore 7 steps IT can take to satisfy these shifting priorities and enable their corporate business strategy.

Migrate applications to the cloud

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That’s the normal response we hear when there’s...

A new dawn amid Covid-19: The rise of the employee

I’ve recently had the pleasure of speaking with communications experts from our customers ranging from ADM and Dow, through to OSF Healthcare and PVH, about how their businesses have adapted in light of COVID-19 and the steps they’re now taking to prepare their employees for a new way of working in some shape or form. As we talked, I experienced this incredible sensation of hope and the realisation that despite everything we are going through we’re on the cusp of something...

Why shifting societal sands create the perfect storm for successful stakeholder capitalism

Companies stuck in the same gear of doing things in the old way – merely oiling the moving parts of the aging corporate machine, making money, and delighting shareholders – are slowly slipping into obscurity. Instead, we are now seeing the increasing rise of the business that puts all stakeholders at the centre of all things. It is a new form of stakeholder capitalism that shifts the business compass from what it perceives to be doing good – to actually doing...

A moment of reflection: A CIO’s perspective on the remote working transition

The coronavirus crisis has forced many companies to push ahead with digital transformation at high speed, causing many challenges for IT and security teams. Challenges include the need for extensive hardware purchases and new processes for home office work, but also connecting to the company's own IT infrastructure and accessing files and apps that employees need.

At LogMeIn, it already seems like a lifetime ago that we transitioned our nearly 4,000 employees to a full, global...