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Lenovo patent uses blockchain to authenticate physical documents

A new patent that has been filed by Lenovo suggests the company is exploring the use of blockchain as a way to validate documents. The patent describes tech that could be used to authenticate physical documents that are tagged with digital signatures.

R3: Blockchain tech could make its enterprise debut this year

2018 could be the year in which blockchain tech gains traction inside enterprises, according to the R3 distributed ledger consortium. It told CoinDesk that many of the initial troubles have now been resolved, so firms are set to increase deployments.

Digital transformation is all about enterprise agility

Digital transformation initiatives are rapidly developing as businesses pivot towards the cloud, AI and the Internet of Things. Key to any cohesive digital transformation strategy is an emphasis on agility.

Apple and Cisco partner to make cyber insurance less costly

Apple and Cisco have partnered with insurance companies to offer a discounted cyber insurance service. Businesses that source their hardware from Apple and Cisco will be able to claim a reduction on insurance policies sold by Allianz SE.

Microsoft Teams gets new app integrations in biggest ever update

Microsoft's announced a new update for its Slack rival Teams. The collaboration workspace now features greater compatibility with third-party apps, helping enterprises deeply integrate it into their workflows. Microsoft said it's the biggest update yet.

WhatsApp Business gives companies another way to communicate

WhatsApp has launched a dedicated Business app for small business owners. The standalone product is intended to save businesses time by making it simpler to contact customers. Businesses can also create an "official presence" on the app.

Digital skills gap now impacting 54 percent of businesses

A shortfall of technically skilled workers is threatening to upheave digital transformation. A new report from Capgemini and LinkedIn has found over 50 percent of businesses are now feeling the pressure from the digital skills gap.

Digital transformation market to be worth over $490bn by 2022

The digital transformation market is expected to more than double in size over the next five years. Investment will climb to $493.4bn as more businesses bring digital tech into the workplace and customer experiences. The market will pass $205bn in 2017.

Microsoft launches new collaborative Whiteboard app

Microsoft's launched a preview of its new Whiteboard app, a digital canvas aimed to facilitate creativity inside businesses. Aimed at team users, it's part of a growing collection of Microsoft tools that help collaborators create and collect their ideas.

Skillsoft tackles digital skills shortage with new online courses

E-learning provider Skillsoft has announced the first series of online courses to train people in digital transformation skills. It comes as the industry faces a serious shortage of experts familiar with technologies such as AI, IoT and big data.

Demand for automation to trigger workforce changes in 2018

Demand for automated services from consumers and business customers will increase adoption in 2018. New predictions on the reach of automation and AI suggest an initial backlash against job losses will "fail" as people start to see benefits in the tech.

Co-working provider WeWork to acquire Meetup social platform

WeWork has announced it will purchase online community platform Meetup in its latest major acquisition. WeWork is reportedly valued at $20bn and is a leader in the co-working space market. Meetup aims to "use the internet to get people off the internet."

Tenfold investment boom in digital transformation of energy firms

Investments in AI and big data within the energy sector are up tenfold over last year, according to a new report assessing technology's impact on the industry. Despite being constrained by their scale, energy companies are starting to digitally transform.

'Widening gap' between digital transformation winners and losers

Global digital transformation investments will increase to $1.7tn by the end of 2019, up 42% from 2017. Enterprises are spending big on new tech as the race to transform heats up. However, there are concerns over the divide between leaders and laggards.

Apple and GE partnership puts industrial IoT on the iPhone

Apple and GE have announced a partnership that will see GE's Predix industrial IoT platform land on iOS. Developers will be able to build industrial IoT services that can run on the iPhone and iPad, offering a way to access analytics from iOS devices.

Nadella implies Microsoft still working on enterprise smartphones

Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 Mobile is no longer in active development. This isn't stopping the company from pursuing refocused mobile ambitions though. In a new interview, CEO Satya Nadella suggested an enterprise device could still be coming.

Google Calendar gets a redesign and new enterprise features

Google has announced an overdue and long-anticipated refresh of Calendar's web interface. The new look is based on the company's Material Design language, giving it a bolder, brighter and more modern look. There's also new features for business users.

Firms allocate bigger IT budgets as interest in AI and IoT mounts

IT department budgets are set to increase in 2018 as firms dedicate resources to experimenting with AI and the Internet of Things. The drive towards the digital economy, automation and cloud-based analytics is leading businesses to prioritise IT spending.

Public cloud revenue to reach $260bn this year due to SaaS demand

The public cloud services market is expected to grow by 18.5% during 2017 to a total of $260bn. Market analysts Gartner said the increase is being led by "faster than expected" growth in SaaS and IaaS products, supplemented by growing confidence in PaaS.

Digital transformation spending to soar in 2018

85 percent of business executives will allocate up to a quarter of their total budget to digital transformation in 2018. Firms are spending record amounts on digital despite seeing variable results. Almost half of firms are still struggling to get ahead.

Gartner to CIOs: The days for digital 'experimentation' are over

Artificial intelligence and new cybersecurity threats are evolving the role of the CIO, research firm Gartner says. Chief information officers are having to respond to new challenges as they scale their businesses, making it hard to stay up-to-date.

Microsoft makes it easier for businesses to use Macs at work

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Apple device management provider Jamf. The collaboration will make it easier for businesses to use Macs in conjunction with Microsoft services. It's part of Microsoft's aim to enable enterprise interoperability.

Slack uses AI to combat messaging overload by analysing language

Slack's building technology that will tell you how your language changes depending on the time and who you're talking to. CEO Stewart Butterfield said the reports will let you gauge your workplace temperament but the tech might "be a long time" away.

Microsoft: 80% of people risk data by using unsafe apps at work

80 percent of company employees use unapproved apps at work, potentially putting business data at risk. The figure, reported by Microsoft, reveals individuals should not be trusted to manage their own data. Instead, a more proactive approach is required.

Microsoft announces Office 2019 as alternative to cloud software

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Office desktop productivity suite that will arrive late next year. Office 2019 is likely to be the last perpetual Office edition as Microsoft pushes users to move to its cloud-based Office 365 workspace.

Microsoft Teams to completely replace Skype for Business

Microsoft has announced it's going all in on its new Teams enterprise chat app. The company will phase out Skype for Business as it steps up its promotion of Teams. The two apps have long overlapped each other and the gap will soon narrow further.

Bing for Business helps companies make sense of their data

Microsoft has announced Bing for Business, a new intelligent search service aimed at enterprise users. It expands the company's consumer-facing Bing search engine with Microsoft Graph integration, letting it deliver organisational results.

Ford uses Microsoft HoloLens to accelerate its car design

Ford has started using Microsoft's HoloLens headset to streamline its car development process. The company is using the mixed reality device to more rapidly iterate over design prototypes, allowing it to test the look of different parts in near real-time.

Aging infrastructure still impeding digital transformation

Digital transformation strategies are being "held back" by a reliance on legacy tech, according to a new report. As companies try to modernise their IT, they remain restricted by aging infrastructure that can't be migrated to the cloud.
 

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