AI enterprise apps ‘rapidly evolving’ with CRM and ERM spheres key, says IDC

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in enterprises is 'rapidly evolving' with particular focus on the customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource management (ERM) spheres, according to IDC.

As per the analyst firm's latest Worldwide Semiannual Artificial Intelligence Tracker analysis, IDC found global revenues for the overall AI market, including software, hardware and services, will top $156.5 billion in 2020.Of this, software will comprise...

BlackBerry protects ‘upwards of 96%’ of all cyberthreats, says Frost & Sullivan

A report from Frost & Sullivan has praised BlackBerry's security capabilities, saying the company can protect 'upwards of 96%' of all cyberthreats as well as all IoT endpoints.

The report assessed the cyberthreat landscape more generally and found that comprehensive endpoint-based security can protect up to 97% of attacks. This percentage is likely to increase due to the growing number and importance of IoT devices. Across industry, the next five years are likely to see at...

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...

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...

Verizon to acquire BlueJeans – with 5G integration on the horizon

Here’s an acquisition that makes sense to everyone in this current climate: Verizon has announced it is to acquire enterprise videoconferencing provider BlueJeans Network.

The move will see BlueJeans move into the Verizon Business portfolio around unified communications, with Verizon promising the platform will also be ‘deeply integrated’ into the operator’s 5G roadmap.

As a result, there is both a short-term and long-term goal at play. The Covid-19 pandemic, and...

Securing remote network access for business continuity in times of crisis: A guide

With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to gather pace, many businesses around the world are having to provide remote access for all their employees, sometimes for the first time. This is being done under pressure to tight time constraints. It’s difficult for anyone to do their best work with deadlines looming, and worries and concerns about the current situation playing on their mind. IT staff are no different.

Mistakes and misconfigurations are inevitable and that will...

Managing enterprise authentication with single sign-on: The seven key benefits

The advent of online shopping created an expectation of 24/7 corporate availability and interaction that the arrival of the smartphone only solidified. Anything is possible now, it seems, at any time of day and from any location. In this world of limitless options, organisations must be cloud-enabled and mobile-ready to remain competitive.

This is great for users but tricky for organisations to pull off....

Unqork secures $51 million in series B funding to further no-code enterprise mission

No-code application platform provider Unqork has announced the close of a $51 million (£39.6m) series B funding round to further its mission of providing high-quality software for large enterprises at low cost.

The round was put together by existing investor Goldman Sachs, as well as new investors Aquiline Technology Growth and World Innovation Lab, and is part of a wider $131m (£101.7m) round of funding led by Alphabet investment fund CapitalG.

The money will be...

CIO IT budgets are gradually increasing – with AI and ML a ‘spotlight’ technology

The good news is that the CIO’s IT budget is going up – but it remains slow progress.

That’s according to a new report released by IDG. The CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities 2020 report, which polled 200 heads of IT, found that three in five (59%) respondents expect their technology budgets to increase in the coming 12 months. Yet this is only just up from 57% the previous year.

Gaurang Torvekar, CEO, Indorse: On finding the right business model for a skills marketplace – with blockchain

For any budding entrepreneurs with an idea and a head full of dreams, here are two key lessons that Gaurang Torvekar, CEO of Singapore-based Indorse, has learned: the business model is more important than the idea, and don’t let your technology be the only selling point.

Torvekar (left) firmly describes himself as a founder in the blockchain space, having developed in Ethereum over the past four...