Survey: 2014 state of enterprise mobility

Gigaom Research’s latest survey of IT buyers shows how companies are using mobile technologies in the enterprise now and what direction they are likely to take over the next several years.


Tablet adoption in the enterprise

The financial services sector has a BYOD tablet adoption of nearly 50 percent, but every other sector lags behind. Roadblocks such as security and software innovation are the culprit.

Quarterly Wrap-up

What to watch in mobile in 2013

The fundamental business model at the heart of the U.S. mobile industry is largely the same as it has been: Consumers pay for monthly buckets of voice minutes and data usage, signing lengthy contracts in exchange for buying a high-tech phone for a pittance. But 2013 may bring real disruption to the industry for the first time since Apple introduced the iPhone and iTunes App Store. Upstart carriers are embracing noncellular technologies to provide cut-rate services, third-party developers are gaining traction with cheap (or free) alternatives to SMS, and a major U.S. operator is preparing to drop handset subsidies. Next year could be the most important, eventful year we’ve seen in mobile in a long time.

6 ways big data is helping reinvent enterprise security

What’s true in the rest of the world is true for security software, as well: more data means more intelligence. Thanks to the emergence of new techniques for storing, collecting and analyzing data, there’s a new wave of security companies looking smarter than ever.

Cloud, consumerization of IT makes life tough for CIOs

CIOs that try to thwart user demand for latest-and-greatest consumer technologies in the workplace could be an endangered species, according to speakers at Structure Europe. Better to accommodate and bring that new technology under IT’s big tent.

Do you really want your CMO in charge of IT?

It makes sense for the CMO to help pick which technology marketing uses — but marketing is just one of many departments of a company. In this age of BYOD, all that autonomy will lead to more “rogue” IT. That’s not always a good thing.

BYOD-friendly or BYOD-adverse? Critical criteria for picking a cloud vendor

In our increasingly BYOD world, employees expect to have open and mobile access to their work and apps. Meanwhile, IT still needs to keep sensitive business data secure. What’s a stressed out CIO to do? Find a BYOD-friendly cloud vendor, says Symantec’s Anthony Kennada.

Box scores a big $125M payday

Box will use the $125 million to expand its international presence beyond a new London office, says CFO Dylan Smith. The Series E cash influx led by General Atlantic Partners, brings total funding for the enterprise cloud storage player to a whopping $287 million.

Stealthy startup Bluebox gets $9.5M to secure a BYOD world

A startup called Bluebox has raised $9.5 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Andy Bechtolsheim, among others, although the world will have to wait a little longer to hear about the technology justifying all that money. What we do know if that Bluebox targets mobile security.

Does big data mean big risks for businesses?

Now that businesses have collected and stored all of this data, how are they going to protect it? And most importantly, how are they going to use if safely and legitimately? ISF’s Steve Durbin outlines the five key issues surrounding big data and information security.

BYOD wave sparks big security concerns

To deal with the BYOD wave, Gartner recommends that companies roll out mobile data protection, mobile device management and fund special mobility strategy teams within IT to handle the issue. IT folks would likely welcome that, but won’t hold their breath.

IT strikes back in BYOD battle

IT professionals besieged by demands to support all manner of non-corporate tablets and smartphones in the workplace really want users to know that there’s a reason for their reluctance: BYOD, they say, isn’t easy in an era of cut-rate IT budgets.

BYOD blowback drives more IT underground

Enterprises unnerved by the bring-your-own-device movement that many had promoted are now trying to lock down employees’ own devices for security purposes. The unintended consequence is that many of those employees, frustrated by these restrictions, just use unsanctioned devices instead.

Box adds more enterprise perks to cloud storage

Cloud storage provider Box adds a more advanced administrative console, enterprise-wide search, enterprise license agreements and support for multiple email domains to its service. Enterprise features like these are a battle ground for cloud service providers trying to convince IT to make the cloud move.

IBM stung by BYOD pitfalls

The bring-your-own-device trend may cause as many problems as it solves, according to IBM CIO Jeanette Horan. BYOD, in which companies let (even encourage) employees to use personal smartphones or tablets to access company applications, boosts productivity. It also causes big IT headaches.