Managing the complexities of IT convergence: Exploring the future

Today, IT pros find themselves in a new reality, where IT roles have converged in response to the interconnected nature of modern environments. While a focus on cloud and hybrid IT architectures has been crucial in breaking down silos, it’s not without complexities. Ensuring uptime, availability, and performance of systems and applications, and greater collaboration with leadership to drive business success, is paramount. The global Covid-19 pandemic has amplified this, as organisations...

How to win friends and influence people: Using workplace technology to attract and retain staff

For years we have been promised that the gap between consumer and workplace technology is closing – from the introduction of policies such as bring your own device (BYOD) to some businesses directly consulting employees on which new technologies they’d like to use.

This sounds great in theory, but the reality of workplace technology is much less perfect for many of us. While the technology people use in their home lives seems to continue improving at an exponential rate,...

Move over BYOD: Meet BYOH – ‘bring your own home’

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced companies around the world to do something most of them were not ready to do – ask all their employees to work from home. A recent Gartner survey showed that 74% of chief financial officer respondents stated they planned to transition at least part of their workforces to permanent remote working. Much to their surprise, businesses are finding the transition to home more palatable that expected – in some cases, it has worked so well that measurable...

Assessing network resiliency during the pandemic: How the telcos have held up

Think about what has become a common scenario: you’re at home working throughout the day, probably connected to the internet for long stretches. Because you’re working remotely, you’re asking more of the broadband capacity than usual, running video conferencing sessions with different parts of the world, screen sharing and sending large files.

Maybe your partner is in the same boat, and it would be understandable were you both to be grabbing more network bits by listening to...

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...