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Security and speed hinder connected workforce

Data security and download speeds are the top two barriers to a connected workforce according to a survey by Nexsan.

The study revealed that 98% of users need to work remotely or collaboratively, with nearly two thirds (61%) responding that they need to access company data on their own devices (BYOD).

40% of workers use personal mobiles for work

Large numbers of employees are circumventing IT, with 40% of workers currently using their personal smartphones for work and 69% claiming their personal tech is better than the options available at work. That's according to the new App Generation report launched by business communications provider Fuze.

EMC faces many challenges, says analyst

In a new TBR research report, the analyst argues that EMC faces many challenges as it moves to becoming a part of Dell.

Not least is the change to its channels, EMC's partner ecosystem will need monitoring to make the change accretive, partners will have natural reactions to the large merger. 

Smartphone market to reach 4.48 billion by 2019

The total number of smartphones worldwide is forecast to rise from 2.74 billion at the end of 2015 (equivalent to 37.4% penetration of total mobile connections) to 4.48 billion by the end of 2018, according to the latest research by mobilesquared.

Data centre hardware revenues dip

Data centre hardware market revenues fell 1% from the year-ago quarter as customer demand shifted from hardware to software.

According to US-based TBR's 4Q15 Data Centre Benchmark, vendors' average revenue and gross profit slipped year-to-year as demand for legacy hardware implementations declined.

Digital technology lacks human touch

The pace of digital uptake isn't reaching its potential, resulting in widening gaps between service delivery and customer expectations, according to new research by Dimension Data.

In the 19th edition of its annual Global Contact Centre Benchmarking Report, organisations are unclear about who owns, oversees, and manages the digital channels in their contact centres.

Traditional storage market dips

European storage is a tough market and, with even more competition in the flash side of the business, is seeing a continued fall in traditional storage using hard drives.

Enterprise Wi-Fi market grows 5.9%

The enterprise Wi-Fi market grew 5.9% yr/yr in Q4, and 3.7% over the whole of 2015, according to figures from IDC.

The consumer market, where firms like Netgear and D-Link compete, declined 3.9% in Q4 and 4.8% in 2015.

Cisco is still the enterprise market's dominant vendor.

Detachable tablets sales boost in Western Europe

IDC says that in the last quarter of 2015 over 14 million tablets were shipped to Western Europe as the market volume declined 10.1% YoY.

In value terms, however, the decline was only 1.8% YoY, thanks to growing penetration of detachable tablets boosted by an increasing supply of devices with wide-ranging specs catering for the diverse needs of consumers and professionals.

70% of global population to go mobile by 2020 says Cisco

Since 2000 when the first camera phone was introduced the number of mobile users has quintupled.

By 2020, there will be 5.5 billion mobile users, representing 70% of the global population, according to the release of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2015 to 2020).

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