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...

BlackBerry threat analysis report sounds pessimistic warning for retail and automotive brands

If you are in the automotive or retail space, expect more cyber threats in the coming year – according to a new report from BlackBerry.

The company’s 2020 Threat Report, put together using insights from Cylance, the anti-malware provider acquired by BlackBerry one year ago, analysed various attack vectors of interest to bad actors, from coin-mining to ever-sophisticated ransomware...

How the CIO needs to see the evolution of no-code platforms: Security, ML, and democratising data

The low-code and no-code enterprise application platform space, one may have considered, was a part of enterprise digital transformation which has matured, served its purpose, and now been siphoned off by the bigger players in the space.

As far back as 2016, this publication was exploring the right direction for the technology as some of the contending horses fell; Reddo Mobility and StarMobile to name...

Accenture to buy Symantec’s managed cyber services arm – two months after Broadcom close

Updated Jan 9 Accenture is to acquire Symantec’s managed cybersecurity services (MSSP) arm – two months after Broadcom closed a $10.7 billion deal to buy the security provider outright.

The move will look to beef up Accenture Security and aim to make it a leading provider of managed security services. Accenture will secure Symantec’s six operations centres, in the US, the UK, India,...