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Business Benefits Crucial to Wearables

by Spencer Gisser | 02/26/2018

Wearable solution providers are discovering the importance of focusing on the business benefits that they can provide. It is not enough to offer a flexible platform upon which customers can build – wearable companies must work with partners and prospective customers to learn what metrics their solutions can improve and map a specific path to those goals. Many wearables companies have not approached the market with a business benefit framework, and these organizations have become mired in “pilot purgatory.” Appealing to forward-thinking research and development units, many wearable companies expect prospective organizations to view their products as enabling new workflows and driving business benefits. Learn more

Omni-Channel Report Announcement

by Nick Elia | 01/12/2018

VDC’s Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices practice is announcing the release of our report on omni-channel retailing, the challenges retailers have experienced implementing omni-channel operations and the impact they have had on retail organizations operations when done right. VDC defines omni-channel as an evolutionary step above multi-channel, and involves organizations taking a channel-agnostic approach to customer service and retail by attempting to seamlessly integrate shopping across both physical and digital channels. Learn more

McAfee Bolsters Cloud Capabilities with Skyhigh Networks Acquisition

by Spencer Gisser | 11/28/2017

Yesterday, McAfee announced a definitive agreement to acquire Skyhigh Networks. Although the terms of this deal are still unannounced, Skyhigh Networks CEO Rajiv Gupta will join McAfee CEO Chris Young’s leadership team to run McAfee’s cloud business unit. This deal allows McAfee to build a more comprehensive security portfolio with a full suite of cloud management and security tools. Given recent consolidation in the security market, and especially of large security companies acquiring cloud management companies, Skyhigh Networks’ security analytics capabilities are especially valuable to McAfee. Learn more

BlackBerry Talks the Talk – Still Has Work to Do

by Eric Klein | 11/17/2017

BlackBerry continues to move beyond its hardware roots―and speaks that way too. I had the opportunity to attend BlackBerry’s annual security summit in NYC earlier this week, and left with a different view of the storied vendor. While BlackBerry’s progress may not be visible, it has assembled a comprehensive security platform and has demonstrated it has fully transitioned from being “that phone company”. Learn more

ServiceNow Makes its 4th Acquisition this Year: Nabs SkyGiraffe

by Eric Klein | 11/02/2017

Since joining the ranks of the ~100 US-based companies with $1B+ in revenues in early 2016, ServiceNow has made several notable tuck-in acquisitions. When viewed in aggregate, the business problems and the technologies the acquirees had focused on (the IoT, machine learning, chatbots, and mobile development) show that ServiceNow wants to become a more strategic partner to its customers. Learn more

Latest BlackBerry Partnership Signals a Significant Market Opportunity for End-to-End Asset Tracking Solutions

by Nick Elia, with Eric Klein | 09/29/2017

In today’s world, transport and logistics are crucial to global trade, organizations have become reliant on sophisticated technologies and services to keep the flow of raw materials and finished goods constant. In this highly competitive environment, organizations have been taking advantage of a combination of cloud, mobile and satellite technologies as a way to manage demand, track assets, and address key challenges such as aging infrastructure, spiraling fuel costs, weather disruption, regulatory pressures, and complex intermodal networks. Learn more

ServiceMax Conference Off to Strong Start

by Spencer Gisser | 09/21/2017

ServiceMax's eighth annual field service conference has kicked into full gear. Hosted in the Encore at Wynn, Las Vegas, 'Maximize' features three days of industry-specific sessions, a CSO summit, and session tracks encompassing service leadership, service transformation, product technology, service industry trends, and service technology. With today's opening keynote and field service vision keynote, Maximize transitions to a series of breakout sessions that will last for the rest of the conference. Learn more

Why organizations should reevaluate their cybersecurity initiatives following the Equifax security breach

by Nick Elia, with Chris Kondracki | 09/20/2017

Equifax, a major credit reporting agency, announced in the beginning of September that hackers had gained access to company data that included Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, addresses, and other sensitive data for approximately 143 million people in the U.S, and about 44 million people in Canada and the U.K. This was recorded as one of the largest cyberattacks against one of the big 3 credit agencies and is the third cybersecurity threat Equifax has encountered since 2015. An astonishing 50% of people within the US were most likely affected by this breach, and practically anyone who has a credit report or has ran one in the past year most likely falls under this category. Learn more

The ARKit in Apple’s iOS 11 will completely change the user experience on iPads and iPhones

by Nick Elia | 09/08/2017

This Fall Apple will be releasing iOS 11 and have been updating their public beta versions over the past month. Given that their annual iPhone event is taking place on September 12th, expect the update to be available sometime following this date. iOS has been around for about 10 years but this version is of particular interest to many people due to the unique added capabilities that are going to be available, one of which is the new AR framework that they have implemented into iOS 11. Learn more

Surprise, Google has Enterprise Aspirations for Chrome—VMware Gets in First

by Eric Klein | 08/24/2017

VMware announced it was expanding its partnership with Google this past May to accelerate the adoption of Chromebooks (the announcement was timed for Dell EMC World). The company has now revealed the partnership has expanded since, and that its AirWatch EMM platform has achieved full integration with Google’s Chrome Device Management. Learn more

Mobile Worker Report Announcement

by Nick Elia | 08/11/2017

VDC’S Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices practice is announcing the release of our report on the mobile worker population. According to our research the mobile worker population has exceeded 1.76 billion as of 2016, and accounts for approximately 59.4% of the total global employment. VDC classifies mobile workers as someone who spends the majority of their day performing tasks and responsibilities in some type of mobile capacity. These include specialized line of business workers such as sales reps, field workers / technicians, delivery drivers, registered nurses, and even telecommuters as well. Learn more

Recent VDC Research Evidences a Significant Policing Technology Gap

by Colie Lueders, with David Krebs 08/07/2017

The capabilities of technologies used by today’s police force are not keeping up with advances of policing operations according to recent research conducted by VDC. Today’s public safety officers are already juggling various technologies as part of their daily workflow, including two-way radios, vehicle-mounted computers, radar guns, recording devices, mobile phones etc. Learn more

Symantec Acquires Skycure

by Spencer Gisser | 07/17/2017

Cybersecurity firm Symantec has announced its plans to acquire mobile threat defense vendor Skycure. The deal was for an undisclosed sum, and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. This is the second acquisition of an Israeli cybersecurity startup that Symantec had announced in a week. Earlier, Symantec had announced its intention to buy Fireglass, best known for its anti-ransomware browser isolation capabilities. This deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. Learn more

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