Businesses could save 15% by equipping their mobile workforce with rugged devices

Pay now to save later says latest research from analyst IDC and Panasonic Business

Bracknell, UK. 12 JULY 2017 - Businesses could make total cost of ownership savings of 15% over five years by equipping their mobile workforces with rugged notebooks, tablets and handheld devices, according to calculations by Panasonic Business. It’s TCO Calculator, launched today, shows that these savings could be achieved through reduced failure rates and extended use if Panasonic Toughbook and Toughpad devices were deployed.

Earl Breon: The Power of a Fresh Perspective

Ladies and gentlemen, let me paint a picture for you. The year is 1983 and you are a super fit, well geared, and highly trained ultra-marathon runner. You are getting ready for a 544 mile race from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia. You are mulling about with your peers, rubbing elbows with everybody who you know is at least as prepared as you are. You see an array of high end athletic brands on display. It is a stereotypical marathon.

Website Builder: The 2017 Marketing Mobile Infographic

It's not a secret. While digital marketing on the desktop remains an important channel, it is in the mobile arena where customers are increasingly present. Over the past few months, Megan Arevalo (Community Director for websitebuilder.org) has been persistent in her requests we take a look at an infographic her team built. She claims the graphic is "chalk full of relevant and new information about mobile marketing and it highlights what a powerful impact mobile marketing has on consumers and businesses alike". After taking a look at the graphic for myself, I have to agree with Megan.

Survey: 90% of IBM i Shops Recognize the Need to Introduce New Customer Engagement Channels

PETERBOROUGH, NH – June 27, 2017 – 91 per cent of IBM i users questioned in a new poll said offering a greater choice of ways in which customers could interact with their companies – such as web and mobile self-service – would help improve customer engagement, and over half (54 per cent) said they are planning to introduce new customer engagement channels within the next three years.

New Research Shows Cybersecurity Battleground Shifting to Linux and Web Servers

27 June 2017 – WatchGuard®’s  latest quarterly Internet Security Report reveals that despite an overall drop in malware detection, Linux malware made up more than 36 percent of the top threats identified in Q1 2017. The increased presence of Linux/Exploit, Linux/Downloader and Linux/Flooder attacks highlights the need to protect Linux-based IoT devices and Linux servers from the internet with layered defences.

Other key findings from the Q1 2017 report include:

Powered by Battery: The Ryobi Electric Riding Lawnmower

A few weeks ago during my visit to the local Home Depot, I came across the Ryobi RM480E, an all-battery powered electric riding lawn mower. Ryobi claims that you'll get up to 2 hours of run time or cut up to 2 acres on a single charge. This quiet, smooth battery powered riding mower houses three high-torque brushless motors to support the mower's blades and drivetrain.  The RM480E's uses four 12V lead acid batteries instead of lithium-ion which given the choice  and given the size of the mower  so they're not lithium).

Millennial Jack Parsons Crowned Young Digital Leader 2017

Jack Parsons, the 23 year old CEO of yourfeed, has been awarded Young Digital Leader of the Year award at a prestigious ceremony in London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel by Digital Leaders 100.

The judging panel was made up of esteemed digital veterans including Maggie Philbin from TeenTech, Accenture’s Emma McMuigan, Chris Yui from Uber and Jacqueline de Rojas from techUK. The winners are selected from a 50% public vote and 50% judges vote. Jack was the stand out winner.

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IT RFPs undermine CIO innovation

London, 21 June 2017: Communications and IT services provider, KCOM, has warned that the enterprise IT Request for Proposal (RFP) process requires urgent review if it is to enable organizations to use technology to meet business challenges effectively. Its analysis shows today’s RFPs are overly IT-focused, neglect wider business goals, stifle partner innovation and fail to guard against the future. 

WannaCry Exposed Gaping Risk Window between Identifying Vulnerability Risk and Fixing It

Maidenhead, U.K. – June 20, 2017 – When WannaCry hit, the world learned that for two months a patch had been available that would have prevented the problem. But its victims were those that hadn’t yet deployed this patch. As many companies discovered the hard way, there is an unacceptable ‘risk window’ that persists between the discovery of a software vulnerability and when the patch is successfully installed. In 2016 17,147 vulnerabilities were recorded in 2,136 products from 246 vendors.