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  • Windows 10 is already having a dramatic effect on how developers are monetizing their software on Microsoft's app store.

  • Cisco predicts that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. That's 10 times the current installed base of PCs. And McKinsey estimates that Internet of things (IoT) applications may have an economic impact as high as $11.1 trillion per year by 2025. This new level of connectivity will lead to a dramatic transformation in every industry. Cloud connectivity platform Jitterbit thinks 2016 will be the year digital connectivity takes flight in the enterprise. Powered by digital connections, the "now economy" will allow every company to become a digital business that can respond in real time and provide seamless customer experiences across cloud, mobile, social and the IoT. In today's now economy, employees, partners and customers expect information to be available at their fingertips at a moment's notice—on any device, anywhere, any time. Instant access is no longer nice to have. "Now" is the new standard for business, and digital connectivity is key. Fifty-two percent of Fortune 500 companies have disappeared since 2000 after failing to go digital. Based on input from Jitterbit, eWEEK examines six industries that the digital revolution will dramatically impact in 2016.

  • HSP 400 is a single unit that supports big data processing, embedded business analytics and intuitive data management.

  • The new analytics package is all about automation; once policies are in place, it automatically detects patterns and anomalies in the data.

  • Parallels Remote Application Server v15 brings Windows applications and desktops to employees on any device, anywhere in the world.

  • The cloud-based analytics and business intelligence software gains a "publish to Web" feature.

  • It's no secret that open source is becoming more popular in the enterprise. Organizations from service companies to manufacturers to banks are tapping open source to take advantage of factors such as lower development costs, faster time to market and simplified application deployment through containers. Mission-critical performance is no longer a major hurdle. But there's another issue with open source that is sticking in enterprises' craw—and will continue to stick throughout 2016 and beyond. That issue is security. More than 6,000 new open-source vulnerabilities have been reported since 2014. Given the fact that, according to various surveys, 98 percent of companies are using open-source software they don't even know about, it stands to reason that enterprises don't have a good handle on how to defend against this growing threat. Most organizations lack automated processes for selection and approval of new open source as it enters a code stream, as well as inventorying and tracking the use of open-source software within their code base and Linux containers. Identification of or monitoring for known open-source vulnerabilities (like Heartbleed and ShellShock) is another issue many organizations now face as their use of open source grows. Based on interviews with eWEEK, Black Duck, a provider of software that identifies open-source components and maps known open-source security vulnerabilities, offers some advice about issues enterprises should consider to prevent open source-related mishaps in 2016.

  • With the inclusion of FieldView Solutions, Nlyte is extending its capabilities to include real-time event management for data centers.

  • Yammer on. Soon, all businesses with an Office 365 subscription can access the company's enterprise social networking platform.

  • Targeting small and midsize businesses, Microsoft lowers the bar for its Office 365 enterprise onboarding and custom support services offering to 50 employees.

  • IBM builds on social business momentum with new clients including, Lufthansa Group, TruTrade and others using IBM Verse and Connections.

  • Microsoft's Windows 10 beats Windows 8.1 after being on the market just over six months, but catching up to Windows 7 may take some time.

  • PTC has its roots in the product lifecycle management (PLM) and application lifecycle management (ALM) fields. However, under CEO Jim Heppelmann, the 30-year-old software maker over the past couple of years has spent hundreds of millions of dollars buying companies—such as ThingWorx, ColdLight and, most recently, Vuforia—to build out its capabilities in the Internet of things (IoT), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). AR—which brings together the physical and virtual worlds by superimposing computer-generated elements to augment what a person sees—has gotten play in the consumer world in such areas as video games and marketing. However, it will have a huge impact in the enterprise, and PTC will be a leader in making that happen, Heppelmann said at a recent event in Boston that was broadcast to more than 14,000 people worldwide. Heppelmann, other PTC executives, partners and customers—including motorcycle maker KTM; Schneider Electric, which makes data center power management equipment; and Sysmex, which makes clinical testing systems for health care facilities—showed off the strides the company has made in AR, offering demonstrations of new technologies the company is rolling out. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the highlights of the event.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The day is coming when some people have so many virtual assistants they will need a virtual manager to direct their "virtual staff." But how many virtual assistants are too many?

     

  • At a Boston event, the software vendor demonstrates that while augmented reality already is in the consumer space, its real potential is in business.

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