Wearable Tech Market Predicted To Be Worth £104.7 Million To UK Retailers This Christmas

UK wearables revenues set to be up 182% on Christmas 2013 making this festive season the new high point in the growing wearables category:

  • 1,028,800 million wearable devices predicted to be sold in the UK this Christmas across core wearable technology areas
  • People in the UK are forecast to spend £104.7 million on wearable technology this Christmas, more than Germany, Spain and The Netherlands who were also polled
  • The wearables market as a whole is forecast be worth £313.6 million in 2014 for UK retailers, the second highest in Europe after Germany

London UK – 30 October, 2014 – According to research released today by Samsung Electronics, 2014 is set to be the year that the wearables sector begins making a significant economic impact with its predicted value across the UK, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands expected to hit £924.2 million by the end of the year. The value of the market in the UK is predicted to total £313.6 million by the end of 2014 with Christmas set to be the time that retailers can expect the wearables sector to have the most impact on sales.  

The report, commissioned by Samsung Electronics and prepared by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR), looks at the wearables category across the UK, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands.

A Wearable Christmas

Total Christmas sales of wearable technologies in the UK are expected to rise by 182% (£67.64 million) this year to £104.7 million totalling 1,028,800 million units. In terms of spending behaviour, unit sales are broken down as follows with fitness and activity trackers expected to be the most popular this Christmas across Europe.

Unit Sales of Wearables

Equally in the UK, fitness and activity trackers are predicted to be the most popular wearable device accounting for almost £29 million of the total £104.7 million predicted spend on wearables this Christmas. This is followed by smart watches and healthcare wearable devices which will account for £25.04 million and £22.01 million respectively.

The evolution of the wearables sector - the 2014 success story?

According to the research, 2014 is set to be the year of the wearables, with the sector breaking into the mainstream consciousness. Based on retail figures from 2013 and 2014, the market is predicted to grow by 181% in terms of revenue in the UK by the end of this year, an increase of £202.05 million for the UK retail sector in 2014 alone. Fitness and activity trackers are expected to drive the most revenue for the retail sector at £80 million by the end of 2014, up from £39.1 million in 2013.

However, the biggest growth area in the UK in terms of unit sales is predicted to be in the smart watch category with an increase of 667% in 2014.  The UK is also the country with the highest growth in unit sales of wearables across Europe, at 120.8%, followed closely by Germany (118.2%) and Spain (117.2%).

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung UK & Ireland, comments: “The wearables market has exploded over the past 12 to 18 months with some incredibly exciting and innovative products entering the market. As the benefits wearable technology can offer become better understood, it is natural that the sales within this sector will grow and we are delighted to see predictions of 121% growth and sales reaching €395 million in the UK alone by the end of this year. At Samsung, we are passionate about bringing to market products that enhance peoples' lives and hope that as we continue to innovate in the exciting wearables space that our products will continue to excite and engage people.”

William Kim, AllSaints-CEO, comments: “Wearables have a key part to play in the future of fashion retail and this research today from Samsung underlines their potential to totally reinvent the sector.  

The last decade has seen an evolution in verbal and written communication - today I have five ways I can instantly speak with anyone in the business whether in our atelier, our distribution centres or our global stores.  The next decade will see an evolution of non-verbal communication - wearables and the internet of things will communicate information at a rate never before seen allowing businesses to be more efficient and enabling greater emphasis on the customer experience.  For AllSaints this is the truly exciting part.”

 

For further information visit: www.samsung.com/uk/



Posted on October 30, 2014 .

Are you ready for the Samsung Developer Conference 2014?

With building better digital lives at its heart, more than 200 tech leaders from Samsung and its partners will take part in the company’s Developer Conference 2014. In its second year, the three-day Samsung Developer Conference will take place November 11-13, 2014 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California.

“We have attracted an impressive array of speakers and industry experts to inspire developers focused on creating new services in leading edge technology areas such as smart health, smart home, wearables and virtual reality,” said Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Media Solutions Center. “We look forward to partnering and closely collaborating with developers in order to grow the ecosystem in these new markets.”

The event will feature future-oriented topics and in-depth technical and business sessions across a wide range of topics. Samsung will unveil the tools and innovations for developers and partners in the areas of smart health, smart home, wearable technology, virtual reality and more.

To highlight the event, Samsung Electronics announced the keynote speakers. They include:

  • Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Media Solutions Center, together with strategic partners- Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente, will share his vision of the “Connected Lifestyle” and the opportunity for developers.
  • Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, will address the current landscape for digital health technologies, overcoming roadblocks to implementation and opportunities for developers
  • Eric Anderson, Vice President, Content and Product Solutions/GM Smart Home, Samsung Electronics America, will talk about smart home trends and how smart homes will look in the near future for consumers.
  • Nicholas DiCarlo, Vice President, Immersive Products & Virtual Reality, Samsung Telecommunications America, will share Samsung’s vision for delivering a compelling, and mainstream Virtual Reality experience powered by the Smartphone
  • Pranav Mistry, Vice President, Head of Think Tank Team, Samsung Research America – will update developers on new tools to build compelling applications.
  • Alex Hawkinson, Founder & CEO, SmartThings, Inc., which was recently acquired by Samsung, will discuss SmartThings’ continued vision for openness and opportunities for innovation in the smart home and consumer Internet of Things.

The 2014 Samsung Developer Conference will also feature several technical workshops, including a “SmartThings Workshop”, an “Introduction to Enterprise HTML5 App Development” and a “Making Your Wearable Work for You” with a focus on Tizen for wearable technology.

For additional details about the conference, sponsors, and sessions, or to find ways to attend please visit http://samsungdevcon.com.

Posted on October 30, 2014 .

The World’s First Printer Powered By Android v2

We have advanced the printing experience and are offering a range of office printers that provide you freedom and ease of use unrivalled anywhere else.  Given an International Design Excellence Award for its innovation, it is a game-changing device that ushers in a new future for the now not so humble office printer.

The Smart MultiXpress range consists of 10 models of multi-function printers  (MFP) so you can scan, copy and print from your mobile devices, your computer and from the machine itself.

Imagine using your printer to search the web, find a map, text or image and be able to select and print, all from the printer. That’s precisely the functionality offered by the Smart Multi-Xpress series of MFPs.

Each model features a 10.1” full touchscreen panel that enables users to search and print without the need to connect to a PC or server. The touchscreen also offers the ability to preview and annotate documents.

Businesses are continuing to adapt to the realities of the BYOD workplace and the Smart MultiXpress deals with the expectations and challenges of people using a range of mobile devices. It is a printing solution that combines intuitive Android-based user interfaces, superior performance and above all else, increased efficiency and productivity.

Another problem is that employees don’t get the most from a printer because they simply do not have the time to read up on what these least loved machines can do. The Smart MultiXpress changes that by using a familiar interface – the same touch screen user interface featured on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It is as intuitive and familiar as users’ smartphones and with each user able to customize their profile to reflect their printing needs.

The Smart MultiXpress series boast a dual screen with an ultra fast Dual Core processor and 1200 dpi resolution that can scan two sides of a document simultaneously and deliver professional print shop results. With NFC Pro users can connect to these printers with mobile devices beyond Samsung’s portfolio to provide mobile printing solutions including user authentication, wireless setup, and secure printing. One tap can release documents held in the printer’s memory.

In addition, the Smart MultiXpress series offers longer lasting toner and drum technologies that extend the lifespan of the device resulting in superior reliability and lower running costs.

Available from October 2014, the Samsung MultiXpress represents a new era for printing that puts the multi-function printer at the heart of the mobile office eco-system.

Posted on September 8, 2014 .

The Galaxy Tab Active: Built for Business

From building sites to office blocks, when people are on the move, the technology they reply upon should be a help, not a hindrance.

We understand that a device that’s fit for work should be designed for work. And that’s why our new Samsung Galaxy Tab Active has been designed specifically with business in mind. 

Reflecting our continuous commitment to meet and anticipate customer needs, we engaged in a series of advisory group workshops with Fortune 500 companies to find out what they wanted from a tablet device. Top companies from a number of key industry verticals, including retail, logistics and transport participated, providing invaluable feedback that helped to shape the development of the Galaxy Tab Active.

The result is a ruggedised tablet that is built to meet and exceed the expectations of business users around the world. 

Galaxy Tab Active

Galaxy Tab Active

No Limitations, Increased Productivity 

The Galaxy Tab Active delivers complete business functionality based on performance, durability and protection, allowing professionals to work without limitations while in and out of the office. The Galaxy Tab Active delivers the full connectivity and meets the “always on” needs of today’s mobile business environment. It is ready to take on the harshest of work settings, and its slim, light, premium, robust design, coupled with replaceable battery, allows users to work efficiently wherever and whenever needed. 

The following examples provide an understanding of how the Galaxy Tab Active is the right tool for users who require performance and durability: 

  • Its anti-shock covering can withstand a 1.2-meter drop, with the protective cover on, and it is water and dust resistant with IP67 certification. For example, a retail auto sales rep can meet with potential customers in the field and not have to worry about dropping their Galaxy Tab Active or getting it wet. Field agents of all descriptions will now be able to take their mobile device into sometimes harsh, rugged conditions without having to worry about exposure to heat, cold, dust or water. 
  • The 3.1MP Auto Focus Camera can easily scan barcodes and the Galaxy Tab Active’s NFC technology saves time on communications and work process management. These essential features can greatly boost productivity for transportation and logistics managers for example, who can leverage the Galaxy Tab Active to seamlessly connect with a building’s foreman on shipping and deliveries. 
  • Samsung’s robust “C-Pen” is installed at the top of the protective Galaxy Tab Active cover to provide professionals who may have to wear gloves, on a construction site with an alternative input option to their finger. 
  • For those professionals constantly in the field, such as utility workers, near continuous usage is supported by the 8-10 hour, long-lasting battery life. Moreover, the detachable battery provides a quick and easy exchange for a fresh battery when necessary for uninterrupted working. Also, the built-in POGO pin charging prevents micro-USB connector damage while allowing for multi-device charging when returning to the office. 

The Galaxy Tab Active is supported by Samsung KNOX for a defense-grade, comprehensive mobile security solution. This reinforced security desired by businesses keeps applications and data safe in a professional’s own secure space without the need for a third-party platform and extra cost. 

We will also provide Mobile Care Service with the Galaxy Tab Active that delivers an extended basic warranty period lasting up to three years, covering damage caused by accidents. Furthermore, reflecting the importance of timing to a business, the remote Smart Tutor Service gives each Galaxy Tab Active user a safe, easy and quick means to access technical support anywhere, anytime. 

The Galaxy Tab Active has been designed to meet the demands of the ever-digitising world of work. 

Posted on September 5, 2014 .

Walk free and stay connected with Samsung Gear S

Despite the perception that most workers spend their days staring at the same four walls, we know that the modern workplace is not all about the office. Many of us at some point will find ourselves away from our desks, for training, site visits or meetings, both at home and abroad.

Gear S offers brings the freedom of the smartphone to your wrist and with a GPS mapping capability you can be away from your office and away from your phone but still connected.

In developing the Gear S, we have partnered with HERE, an industry leader in navigation and mapping experiences to provide turn-by-turn walk navigation and public transit routing.

Samsung Gear S


With 3G connectivity the Samsung Gear S has independent functionality so you don’t have to carry anything else. You are wearing all you need to stay connected.

The app provides a complete stand-alone experience, including the ability to store map data locally on the device and use it offline for navigation, directions and search, so you can feel secure that you will have access to your stored info even if you stray into a mobile black spot.

To get the most out of Navigator on your Samsung Gear S, you can also pair it with a new app called HERE (beta) developed for the Samsung Galaxy family of devices. With the app you can conveniently plan and calculate routes for walking and public transit on your phone and then send them to your smartwatch. The app will be made available for download from the Samsung GALAXY App Store when the Samsung Gear S hits stores.

Available at no cost to Samsung Galaxy users, HERE (beta) offers among other features:

  • Offline Navigation: turn-by-turn drive or walk guidance without an internet connection for almost 100 countries;
  • Detailed maps for download to use offline with your Samsung Galaxy;
  • Public transport maps and directions for over 750 cities in more than 40 countries available without an internet connection and live traffic information for more than 40 countries.

We are committed to providing people with the best possible mobile experiences and we always look for partners to further enhance our wearable experience. The partnership with HERE brings bring innovative, personalized mapping pedestrian navigation services to the Samsung Gear S.

When your business and your employees need to get places, Samsung Gear S ill help allow them to travel light and still stay connected every step of the way.

Posted on September 4, 2014 .

Work Better and Faster with Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung unpacked the latest evolution of the Galaxy Note yesterday at an event in Berlin, Germany.

The Galaxy Note 4 features a bigger screen with multi-screen functionality that offers real benefits to users that want a mobile device that can power them through their working day.

Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4

With the original Galaxy Note, we created the large screen form factor that has now become an industry standard and with the new Note 4, we’re re-defining this category once again. 

More flexible and with more intuitive tools, the Note 4 is designed to make working on-the-go easier than ever before. Often, we wait to respond to emails received on-the-go until we have access to a bigger screen, be that a tablet or laptop. With the Note 4, we believe that the habit of moving between different devices for different tasks can be broken with a single phablet that is small enough to move with you but powerful enough to cope with your daily work expectations and needs.

With the Note 4, we’ve re-imagined the humble pen and paper for the digital age. The larger screen offers the opportunity to multi-task using two open windows at once, while the S Pen allows the user to select, cut, paste and edit with much greater efficiency and ease.

 

The Note 4 also uses fast charging technology that can recharge around 50% of battery in just half an hour. Even with a faster processor and Quad HD screen, the battery life on the Galaxy Note 4 has actually improved on its predecessor.

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Faster, smarter and sharper than ever, the Note 4 is the ultimate tool for your day-to-day work demands. 

Posted on September 4, 2014 .

Europeans Are Always On So It’s Time To Embrace BYOD In The Enterprise

According to our newly released Techonomic Index Europe is one of the most connected continents, with the population embracing mobile technology to the full. 

The Techonomic Index is our comprehensive picture – from a social, familial and personal perspective – of how people buy and use technology, and how it enhances their lives.

It’s one of the broadest and deepest studies yet, and lifts the lid on: technology use and ownership; device and content habits; family connectivity; and purchasing intentions. 

The Techonomic Index paints a picture of an ever-more connected Europe. It’s a continent in which social media helps people better understand one another, in which mobiles enable more interactions with family members, and in which different generations are able to stay in touch in a wealth of different ways. Some of the other highlights from the data: 

·         Always-on families in Europe spend almost eight hours a day using technological or domestic devices outside work

·         European households have an average 18 technology devices per home

·         Half of homes across Europe have tablet devices

·         Europeans have spent an average of €367 on technology devices in the last three months alone

·         Almost two-thirds of respondents believe that technology has ‘brought them closer’ to their families

The research was commissioned by our Lifestyle Research Lab in London, one of the world’s most vibrant and established creative and knowledge economy centres. The aim was to uncover emerging trends and use consumer insight to improve our range of products and services for consumers and businesses across Europe.

This is the first Techonomics Index, so look out not only for future research highlights, but updates on some of the detail of the wealth of data collated by the Lifestyle Research Lab.

With consumers embracing tablets and mobile technology so heavily in their personal life it makes sense to operate a BYOD policy in your business. Our KNOX™-enabled devices mean that consumers can safely use the same technology they love at home for work. IT departments can easily manage devices and company data while giving staff the autonomy and privacy they need for personal use.

To find out more about Samsung KNOX please click here 

Posted on July 16, 2014 .

Stay in power with the Samsung Galaxy S5

Despite the incredible capability that mobile technology brings for remote working, business travel has never been more commonplace. With millions of flights criss-crossing the globe,business meetings in far flung destinations are part and parcel of the modern enterprise landscape.

And with new air travel measures set to make battery power more important than everour Galaxy S5, with its Ultra Power Saving Mode, is the perfect tech travel companion for business users.

Ultra Power Saving Mode saves and extends battery life by changing the device’s screen to black and white and shutting down all unnecessary features to minimize battery consumption. In Ultra Power Saving Mode, you can benefit from over 24 hours’ standby time with just 10 per cent battery life, ensuring that you never miss a beat:

Because the Galaxy S5 is KNOX-enabled it means that you can create a secure container for all your work apps and data while still enjoying safe access to all the great consumer apps and games that can help while away those long flights and delays in the airport (if you’re not going to be working for the duration, that is).

Here are some of the great features that make the Galaxy S5 the BYOD solution for the enterprise.  

·         Galaxy Gifts: maximize your travel time with access to free, long-term subscriptions and premium services, including business apps such as Bitcasa, DropBox and Evernote and news apps such as Bloomberg Business Week+, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times  

·         Download Booster: Need a file urgently before take-off? Download Booster technology lets you turn on the LTE and Wi-Fi together and enjoy approximately 80-90% of the added network speed of LTE and Wi-Fi

·         Dust and water-resistant: Travel takes its toll on technology, no doubt about it. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is resistant against sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so your phone is safe from damage no matter where you take it. You can feel confident that your phone will be able to function throughout your trip, never letting you down for an instant.

·         Deezer Premium+: The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a six month subscription to Deezer Premium+, offering enhanced audio quality and personalised music recommendations. With no ads or limits, take full advantage of uninterrupted access to all the music you love; perfect for compiling a soundtrack to ease you through the tedium of long-haul flights.

For a mobile device that brings you the productivity and security you need in a business capacity, look no further than the Galaxy S5.

For more information on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Visit

http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxys5/index.html

 

Posted on July 9, 2014 .

Banking trends and the Work Life Blend

Last week, we launched our People-Inspired Security report, a pan-European study revealing the evolving mobile usage habits of office workers during both their work and personal lives – and the increasing inter-connectedness of the two. Our study showed the emergence of a new ‘work life blend’, with over 75% of all respondents conducting personal tasks during work time and work tasks during personal time – and the critical role that mobile technology is playing in enabling the intertwining of these two lives to the mutual benefit of both employees and employers.
 
“In recent weeks, the British Banking Association has revealed similar findings about how technology is changing the dynamics of banks’ traditional business model. As branch visits decline, regular online and mobile banking is rising, with 77% of customers using online or mobile banking at least once per month. Leading banks are predicting the continuation of this trend, with the proportion of transactions taking place projected to drop further in the coming years. Indeed, our own research revealed that over 85% of British workers use mobile for either bill-paying or banking at least once per day.
 
“These shifting behaviours revealed in our study suggest greater worker flexibility and productivity, which can deliver tangible gains back to businesses, but also raise potential security concerns. As mobile becomes ever-more ubiquitous in every aspect of our lives, ensuring that the right balance between flexibility and security is struck will only continue to be of paramount importance.

For more on how these usage habits are changing the dynamics of working life and other trends across European countries, download our full report here. 

Posted on July 8, 2014 .

Q&A with Jae Shin, Vice President, KNOX Business Group, Samsung Electronics

How safe would you feel putting your business into Android’s hands? 

Historically, the answer to that question from many CIOs would be sadly predictable. But as any business knows old certainties can quickly become obstacles to future successes if they remain unchallenged. As the mobility revolution overhauls the way we work, Samsung is changing the way Android works.

Enter Samsung KNOX™, the flexible and secure android solution for enterprise. We posed some questions to Jae Shin, Vice President  Samsung KNOX Business Group at the Samsung Business Discovery Day in London to hear about the platform’s evolution.

Why should businesses adopt Android as their mobile platform?

As you know Google puts out Android for device manufacturers to use and it is a very flexible, adaptable operating system. We took android, hardened it with defence grade security so that consumers can have a secure device. 

What do you think have been the major obstacles for not using Android in the past?
 
Businesses have different requirements and what we do is listen to the voice of  the customers and address those requirements through modification of our operating system. We’ve continually evolved the Samsung KNOX platform so it fits with customers needs and it has evolved with the constantly changing mobility landscape to meet the demands of the customer.

What have been the major influences on Samsung KNOX and its evolution?

Customers. Definitely Customers. They have been the major influence in the evolution of Samsung KNOX. They tell us what their needs are and we look at how we can make our devices more useful and how we can make them more secure to fit with their needs and the way they are using our devices. 

What do you think that Samsung KNOX offers that other security devices do not?

The heart and soul of Samsung KNOX is intrusion detection so when a hacker gets a device the first thing they do is root the device and try and get access to all the data files in there. When you root a Samsung KNOX enabled device it actually invokes an action to secure the enterprise data in there. We also separate business data from personal data so you can enjoy your device in your personal life as well as your work life.

What will you be taking away from the Samsung Business Discovery Day?

The Business Discovery Day has been great , we’ve met so many different customers. We are building relationships and making sure that the customers are letting us know what they need and we are creating and making devices they need. The CIO panel today was inspirational. I thought I had a lot of experience but I learned a lot from them and the vast experience they shared. 

Days like this help get the word out that Samsung is not a consumer only device company but we’re also within the enterprise, B2B area. We’re building that relationship directly with the customers and finding that the solution partners are out there. 

Posted on July 1, 2014 .

Discover the Mobility Revolution

Discovery is the act of uncovering something new.  In the ever changing landscape of mobility management discovering how to meet the challenges of the mobile workforce demands discovering new solutions, which is what we do. 

At our recent Samsung Business Discovery Day a selection of experts including Jae Shin, Vice President of the KNOX Business Group, and futurologist Mike Walsh explored new approaches to the complex modern work paradigm: how to manage your mobile workforce securely while respecting privacy and the high demands of the 21st century end user. 

As Jae revealed at the recent Business Discovery Day research indicates that the Android share of the enterprise market is set to reach 66% by 2017 and although the day of the desktop isn’t quite done its importance in the enterprise is becoming less and less. We recognise this and that’s why we’re at the forefront of the movement to establish secure mobility options.  This means working in partnership with companies like MobileIron who specialise in developing mobility solutions for enterprise.

Speaking at the London Samsung Business Discovery Day Nigel Hawthorn, Director of EMEA Marketing at MobileIron  says that IT managers need to prioritise mobility solutions.

“Companies should really embrace what we call mobile first.  That is giving access to every system that they’ve got on mobile devices. Why? Because the first device you look at in the morning is your mobile device, usually the last device you look at in the evening is also your mobile device. Users are demanding access to content using mobile devices and in an innovative company that’s what IT and senior management have to deliver.”
 
We’ve been providing the technology and APIs for MobileIron to use as a platform for their management systems.  Innovating together to provide the devices the users want and the security the enterprise demands.

“Samsung has been leading the way with all sorts of innovations for mobile devices and technologies such as Samsung KNOX,” says Nigel. “This is allowing customers to give their employees the technologies they need in a secure manner. Our systems allow the IT managers to see what’s going on, to set policies, to deliver enforcement when needed and provide reporting back to management.” 

He says that user choice and simplicity is absolutely essential. The priority for IT managers is to make sure that the users have got the equipment and access to the applications and data that they need.

“The users really want the ability to choose the technology that suits them, be that phone or tablet. IT needs to realise this change, they need to work in partnership with users to ensure that the users have got access to data, the applications and technology they need while still keeping it safe and secure. 

What we, and partners like MobileIron, are discovering is that security and freedom can be reconciled and that by working together we can develop solutions that work for business and meet the demands of the mobile first workforce. 

To find out more about how we’re helping businesses adapt to the new work paradigm please click here

Posted on July 1, 2014 .

Is Open Source The Future Of Enterprise IT?

Not so long ago open source software was seen as the preserve of small communities of IT-savvy people who wanted to achieve a specific and specialised goal. If you wanted to implement software within a corporate setting you had to go down the software vendor route and buy proprietary systems that addressed your needs.

But you only have to look at the rapid adoption of Mozilla’s Firefox browser and the dominance of Android in the smartphone market to realise that, certainly among consumers, open source software is now not only widely acceptable it’s often more attractive than proprietary platforms. 

But will open source software ever become integrated into the enterprise?

The Benefits Of Open Source

Open source software used to be viewed with some suspicion by the enterprise community. Proprietary software has been accepted as more secure, and because of their track records and wide use, they have been more attractive because you get a platform that a huge user base is familiar with. But open source software is definitely becoming more appealing to enterprise customers.

Some of the benefits of open source include:

  • Quicker To Test. With open source software it’s much easier to pilot software before rolling out full scale development. This means that problems can be identified and dealt with in a less time consuming manner.
     
  • Faster Updates And Changes. Because of the nature of open source software it’s much easier to make changes to it and be innovative. Whereas with proprietary software you have a version cycle, where requested and suggested improvements get added in to future versions, but with no guaranteed timeframe, open source lets you make changes on the fly. If employees need a new feature then your team can implement it much more swiftly. 
     
  • Wider Understanding. Open source software is, as its name implies, open to everyone. This means that people can access the code, look at it, play with it and understand it. This allows people to innovate more freely and come up with exciting solutions. Which means the software is more adaptable to new challenges. 

So is open source the future of Enterprise IT? It’s certainly going to be a major player, and if you need any more proof look at the approvals we’ve received for Samsung KNOX™. By addressing the security concerns around the open source Android platform we’ve seen Samsung KNOX-enabled Android devices accepted by British and American government agencies and increasingly adopted by the enterprise community. And now Google is integrating parts of Samsung KNOX into their next version of Android and extending that security to everyone. 

It’s certain that proprietary software will have its part to play in the future, but open source is becoming an enticing alternative. 

To find out more about Samsung KNOX and how it helps make Android secure for enterprise use please click here

Posted on July 1, 2014 .

The CIO Of The Future

Not many people will have entered the IT sector with their sights set on being the Chief Information Officer (CIO). And that’s nothing to do with the role, or perceptions of it, but more a reflection of the way the role has evolved and adapted over time. 

There was once a time when the folks in the IT department were a separate entity to the rest of the organisation, a bunch of people who were the few within the company who truly understood the technology in the enterprise. If something needed setting up or fixing that’s what the IT department was there for. 

But now technology is so crucial to practically every business model that the CIO has achieved a position of executive power where they are vital to creating and implementing key strategic goals. 

Although the CIO has become one of the most prominent of the C-suite, reflecting the primacy of technology in the enterprise, there are new challenges that mean CIOs as we know them must change and adapt if businesses are to be successful.

The Challenges

At their heart every CIO is driven by security and control. If a corporate IT security breach happens it’s the CIO’s neck on the line. But to confuse the issue CIOs are under increasing pressure to allow flexibility within corporate IT to meet the challenges of business in the 21st century and the expectations of a new kind of worker: the digital native.

This new worker is IT literate almost from the cradle. They have an intrinsic love and understanding of technology and they don’t like being told how to use technology and restricted on what hardware and software they use to get the job done. And they have the knowledge, and easy access to the tools, which will allow them to rig workarounds to corporate IT policies. 

So one major challenge for CIOs is how best to manage these changes and allow flexibility while also maintaining security and control.

An additional challenge is thrown up by the rise of IT itself, the very thing which has given more influence to the CIO and IT workers. Technology, once the private fiefdom of the CIO and his team, now underpins almost every area of a business.. Accounting systems, customer service software, e-Commerce sites, few aspects of a business aren’t built around some form of technology.

This means that the CIO can no longer be all about tech. Instead there is an increasing need to understand and operate on a commercial as well as technical level. 

And of course the pace of change itself is a hurdle to overcome. The problem here lies less with the CIO keeping on top of things, but in convincing other C-level executives to move with the changes. 

The Future CIO

So what will the CIO of the future need to be? It’s a complex issue but key skills will include being:

  • End User Focused. The priority for the CIO of the future will be to spend more time talking to end users, whether that’s employees, clients or customers and understanding their needs and how they implement technology. That way they can build solutions that users will engage with and not work around. This helps maintain security and control while offering the flexibility the users demand. 

  • Adaptable. The successful CIO of the future will accept that changes will happen. It’s inevitable and the only way to cope with the changes is to move with them and find the best ways to adapt to them in order to tackle the challenges the changes bring. Because these changes will be continuous and incremental the CIO of the future will have to drive change and lead the way and not be reactive. 

  • Holistic And Integrated. CIOs are already taking more interest in other areas of the business, but in the future they will have to take an overarching, holistic view of their company. They will also have greater commercial awareness and be critical to the success of the company. The days of the IT silo are practically over. Technology permeates every part of the enterprise and employees and customers are incredibly sophisticated in their use and understanding of technology. The CIO of the future needs to be integrated as much with the business as the technology they are in charge of. CIOs will have to be the constant in the business, involved in all decision making and facilitating every change and shift in the company.

Understanding the needs of CIOs, both now and in the future, plays a large part in our continuing development of Samsung KNOX™. Samsung KNOX offers the security, control and flexibility that the new breed of CIOs, the enterprise and employees require.  

To find out more about Samsung KNOX click here

Posted on July 1, 2014 .

How Samsung KNOX™ Can Help You Tackle The Three Conflicts In Enterprise Mobility Management

We all know that enterprise mobility management is constantly changing, with more demands piled on IT managers every day. And the problem with multiple demands is that they often lead to a conflict.

The driver behind many of these demands is the end user. No longer a passive ‘user’ today’s employee wants to use the device and software they like to carry out their work. And if they aren’t allowed to then they’ll just use their own device to create a workaround. 

The problem is that when this happens the decision making process isn’t made with much forethought. A lot of assumptions are made by the end user and security isn’t at the top of their list of concerns. They just want to get their work done, now. 


The following conflicts are becoming more evident in enterprise mobility management, and they’re what we keep in mind when we are evolving Samsung KNOX to meet the needs of the enterprise community.

  • Security vs Privacy. With employees increasingly using work devices for personal use, or personal devices for work use, there is a conflict between the issues of security and privacy. From an enterprise perspective there is a need for security surrounding sensitive and confidential data, but from the employee’s point of view the data generated through their personal use needs to be respected. This is becoming a more prevalent concern now with certain states in the US passing legislation that makes it illegal for firms to remote wipe a device because it can lead to private data being erased. 
  • Usability vs Manageability. This is a major issue which IT managers are familiar with. Your IT eco-system needs to be easy to use from the employee perspective. If the system is difficult to use with multiple barriers that slow down and inhibit employees getting tasks done then they will simply not use it. 
  • Workaround. There exists a challenge to manage an influx of rogue devices which are being used without proper security. 
    But on the flipside, if the perfect BYOD system is implemented and anyone can use whatever devices they see fit, how do you manage security across a huge range of disparate devices? 
  • Choice vs Cost. With the proliferation of BYOD across the enterprise environment people are beginning to have, and expect, more choice than ever regarding what devices and platforms they use to get their work done. But this raises the previously mentioned problem of how data is secured across this multitude of devices. Rubbing against choice is the cost implications of securing so many different devices. It’s about striking a balance between giving freedom to choose a device but also knowing that this won’t result in dozens of different security solutions.

We know that these conflicting challenges are becoming more and more important to business owners and IT managers on a daily basis, especially as employees have become more tech savvy and are able to bypass and workaround imposed restrictions. Their skill at creating their own workable solution lets them get on with their work, but because risks aren’t considered it opens up serious problems around network and security integrity. 
That’s why we constantly seek to evolve Samsung KNOX in line with the real world pressures and threats faced in enterprise mobility management. So let’s look at how Samsung KNOX can help you.

  • Separating Company and Employee Data. Samsung KNOX creates a secure container for work applications which ensures that company data and employee data aren’t mixed. This neatly addresses the issues surrounding security and privacy.
  • Seamless Security. Once activated, employees can move between the Samsung KNOX container and their personal apps seamlessly. There is a huge range of apps available in the Samsung KNOX marketplace so employees can use the software they want. Samsung KNOX also gives IT managers maximum control over the device so they can easily manage it remotely if required.
  • A Single Solution For Multiple Devices. As it stands there are over 63 million Samsung KNOX-enabled devices on the marketplace, and 24 models available in over 230 countries. This means that no matter where you operate you can provide end users with a range of devices that will operate the same for them as you. We have a huge range of choice and you can manage whatever you choose through one integrated platform, so you don’t have to pay for multiple security solutions. 

Enterprise mobility management isn’t an easy job, but with Samsung KNOX we are supplying you with the tools needed to ensure that your data is secure while the end user is kept satisfied and able to work the way they want.

For more information on Samsung KNOX please click here

Posted on June 30, 2014 .

The New Paradigm: Technology in Business

The phrase ‘paradigm shift’ is often used and abused; thrown out there to make some small, incremental change appear much more profound than it really is. It’s a phrase that marketers and PR people love, that causes the savvy to arch an eyebrow, and that most people just gloss over. But nobody can deny there is a new paradigm becoming apparent in the world of business - and in the truest sense of the word. Business as usual is going to be totally different.

How we will ‘do’ business in the future is already shifting and some forward-looking companies have taken the bull by the horns. And who exactly is the bull charging ahead in this metaphor?

The User.

To truly understand the future of technology in business and the new paradigm we’re moving toward we have to look to the end user, whether in the guise of consumer, customer or employee. They are the ones driving this change and we ignore this at our peril.

Digital Natives.

The Millennial generation, particularly those born in the last twenty years, are behind this change. They are ‘digital natives’, whose lifestyles and behaviours, particularly in relation to technology are leading to a new paradigm in the workplace and beyond.

These are people who have grown up with digital technology, the internet, and mobile technology as a vital part of their daily existence. They tend not to pay attention to the boundaries of the past. While many people still bandy the word ‘smartphone’ around, for a digital native it’s a phone plain and simple.

Your ‘omni-channel eCommerce microsite initiative’? That’s a shop. The distinction between online and real world means little to the new generation. And here’s the thing - they’re right. It is.

The way that digital natives interact with your business is inherently different to previous groups. They aren’t passive recipients of your goods and services, they want to engage with your company. They want deep relationships, and if you’re not there to reciprocate they will make them with someone else. We have to go beyond automated ‘thank you’ emails after a purchase, to develop a relationship that is exciting, engaging, entertaining and empowering for the consumer. At its core this is the new paradigm: consumer rather than business led.

Responding to Change.

So we know that the new world order is being led by increasingly tech savvy individuals who want to engage with businesses, and the world, on their own terms where and when they want.

So, how to meet this new challenge?

There are several trends that businesses should be aware of. By understanding them they can embrace this change as opposed to being left behind.

  • Millennials in the Workplace. This generation doesn’t feel bound by traditional and conventional rules in the workplace. Millennials don’t want to be told when to work or what to work on at any given time - they expect an autonomy that previous generations didn’t demand. They don’t want to use different technology at home and work and they won’t put up with typical enterprise software experiences. And if they don’t have their expectations met they’ll take their talent to an organisation they feel values and understands them.
  • Work-Life Blend. Work-life blend is taking over work-life balance. Our recent People Inspired Security report found that the vast majority of workers (75%) are completing personal tasks in ‘work time’ and 77% were completing work tasks on personal time. What’s driving this is the increasing power and prevalence of the mobile device, allowing people to carry out any task wherever they are.

This also throws up issues around enterprise security, not only because of the increase in the number of devices accessing networks, but also because the tech-savvy workers use their personal tech to circumvent company network security.

  • The Rise of the CIOs. IT teams have always been vital to businesses and their specialist knowledge has always meant that they are near the top of the knowledge hierarchy within a company. However they’ve tended to be sidelined when it comes to the organisational hierarchy. No longer. Increasingly CIOs are found in the boardroom, initiating and leading crucial strategy decisions. Naturally this began in the technology sector but it is now flowing across all business sectors. CIOs have a better understanding of the new breed of end user and can best inform crucial business decisions regarding the adoption of new technology.
  •  Convergence. A central part of this change is the demolition of barriers between products, business sectors, and even thinking – and CIOs have to be aware of that to meet the needs of the new consumer. This is facilitated by new technology and especially the increasingly blurred lines between consumer technology and enterprise technology.

The Solution?

Before rushing out to buy a solution ask yourself, “Am I building my technology strategy around the digital native?” If you’re not then that’s where you have to start.

  • Embrace Consumer Software. Android is the dominant operating system for phones and tablets and, among Millennials, Android’s lead is particularly large. By 2017, 66% of all business smartphones will be Android. So embrace it, and use Samsung KNOXTM to make Android secure for your business.
  •  Focus on the User. User-centric rules should not apply solely to the consumer space. Make every aspect of your technology address the needs and working practices of the end user first. Don’t try to force them to adopt what you think is the best practice.
  • Mobile First. According to our report 74% of people used the mobile internet in the last month. This is not for casual surfing but to complete a task, be it sharing data, finding information, or purchasing something. And this is rapidly rising. So make sure that the technology solutions you implement are mobile first.
Image: Samsung Business Discovery Day London 2014

Image: Samsung Business Discovery Day London 2014

At Samsung we think our products are for everyone. Clearly we are, and always have been, a consumer brand - we understand the customer space. That is why we also believe we understand workers, the people CIOs manage every day. Customer knowledge and insight is the big story for business - get that right and you will enjoy sustained competitive advantage.

The workplace of tomorrow is something the business community has been talking about for a long time - but now it’s on hand.  A new world is being driven by the consumer which is a new paradigm for technology in the enterprise. It’s here, and it’s here to stay.

Will you be a part of it?

Don't forget to download our People Inspired Security study here.

 

Posted on June 30, 2014 .

People-Inspired Security

Unsere aktuelle "People-Inspired Security" Studie, bei der 4.500 europäische Büroangestellte befragt wurden, deckte bemerkenswerte Tatsachen über die Verschmelzung von Privat- und Berufsleben auf, die wichtige Auswirkungen auf Unternehmen haben.

Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse an unserer Studie über "People-Inspired Security". Um diese herunterzuladen und so den gesamten Bericht zu lesen, füllen Sie bitte das Formular aus.


Posted on June 30, 2014 and filed under DE.

Samsung Business Discovery Day Frankfurt: Entdecken Sie die ganze Leistung von Customer Discovery

Mit welchen Herausforderungen wird Ihr Unternehmen durch die Entwicklungen der mobilen Technologie konfrontiert werden? Wie kann Ihr Unternehmen idealerweise mit neuen Sicherheitsbedrohungen umgehen, welche die Integration von mobilen Plattformen mit sich zieht? Und wie können Sie die Consumer Technology für Ihr Team und Ihre Kunden nutzen, um Ihre Geschäftsergebnisse zu verbessern?

Schön, wenn man mit diesen Fragen nicht allein ist und Antworten finden kann! Denn jetzt lädt Samsung Sie zum Business Discovery Day am 30.06.2014 ein. Das Event findet in der Messe Frankfurt statt, dem pulsierenden Zentrum der deutschen Wirtschaft und damit der passendsten Location für ein Event, das sich richtungsweisender Technologie und der Zukunft Ihres Unternehmens verschrieben hat. 

Jeder, der sich in der heutigen Geschäftswelt bewegt, ist sich eines umfassenden Paradigmenwechsels bewusst, der sich durch die hohe Innovationsdichte der mobilen Technologien vollzieht. Dieses Umdenken verändert nicht nur unsere tägliche Produktivität, sondern auch die Art und Weise wie Lösungen, Services und Produkte unsere Konsumenten, Kunden und Angestellte erreichen. 

Auf dem Samsung Business Discovery Day haben Sie die Gelegenheit zum Austausch mit einer ausgewählten Gruppe von Branchenexperten. In Vorträgen und Diskussionen erfahren Sie, wie Technologie im Geschäftsumfeld sinnvoll eingesetzt werden kann, um aktuelle und zukünftige Anforderungen zu erfüllen. 

Gewinnen Sie außerdem Einblicke in den Erfahrungsschatz von Unternehmen, die erfolgreich gelernt haben, modernste Technologie für sich zu nutzen und Stolpersteine zu vermeiden, die in diesem neuen Umfeld – Stichwort „mobile Sicherheit“ – warten.

Das ist Ihr Programm

Nach Ihrer Ankunft und einem kleinen Begrüßungssnack, haben Sie die Gelegenheit, sich mit anderen Branchenkennern auszutauschen und zu vernetzen. 

Im Folgenden erfahren Sie mehr zum gesamten Ablauf des Events: 

Das neue Paradigma - fokussieren Sie sich wieder auf Ihren Kunden

Dank der schnellen Verbreitung von Verbrauchertechnologien können sich Mitarbeiter – die wertvollste Ressourcen eines jeden Unternehmens – intensiver der gezielten Betreuung ihrer Kunden widmen. Erfahren Sie, wie Sie diesen technologischen Effekt verstärken können, um Teamzufriedenheit, Produktivität und Geschäftsleistung zu erhöhen.

Sicherheit zählt - Die Evolution von Samsung KNOX

Die Neuausrichtung der Unternehmens-IT auf einen wiederentdeckten Kundenfokus erfordert eine sichere technologische Basis. In seinem Vortrag wird Jae Shin, VP der KNOX Business Group, die neuen Möglichkeiten für alle Unternehmen vorstellen, die Android™ jetzt für ihr Business nutzen wollen. Denn dank Samsung KNOX können Unternehmen Android™ nun sicher und geschützt einsetzen.

Implementieren von Customer Discovery

Jeder Bereich der Geschäftsgemeinschaft entdeckt gerade, dass Services und Support durch die Nutzung mobiler Lösungen angepasst und Konsumenten auf neue und innovative Wege erreicht werden können. Dies alles hat schon heute einen spürbaren Einfluss auf Verkaufszahlen und andere Geschäftsergebnisse. Im Kreise der Experten können Sie diskutieren, wie Sie Consumer Technology einsetzen können, um einen positiven Wandel innerhalb Ihres Betriebes zu vollziehen.

Unser Gastredner –  Mike Walsh

Nur wenige verstehen den nachhaltigen Wandel in der Geschäftswelt, den die neuen Technologien mit sich bringen, so gut wie Mike Walsh, Futurist und CEO von Tomorrow. Durch die Gründung von Jupiter Research in Australien, innerhalb leitender strategischer Position bei News Corporation sowie in seiner Tätigkeit als Berater für Fortune 500 Unternehmen hat Mike Walsh einen unerschöpflichen Erfahrungsschatz gesammelt, der es ihm ermöglicht, echte technologische Innovationen zu identifizieren und diese auch erfolgreich und nachhaltig einzusetzen. Als unser Keynote Redner wird er Ihren Nachmittag beschließen. 

Erweitern Sie auf unserem Empfang Ihr persönliches Netzwerk

Der Samsung Business Discovery Day wird Ihnen eine Fülle an Informationen und Inhalten vermitteln. Im Anschluss an das Event geben wir Ihnen deshalb auch die Möglichkeit, Ideen und Eindrücke mit anderen zu diskutieren und dabei Ihr persönliches Netzwerk zu erweitern.

Der Samsung Business Discovery Day bietet Ihnen die beste Gelegenheit zu erfahren, wie Sie aktuelle, entstehende und zukünftige technologische Trends für sich nutzen können und Sie dabei unterstützen, Ihre Ergebnisse zu verbessern. 

Folgen Sie uns live – Samsung #BizDiscovery

Posted on June 30, 2014 and filed under DE.

Samsung And Google Bring Enterprise Enhancements To Android

We’re pleased to announce that elements of Samsung KNOX™ will be integrated into the next version of Google’s Android operating system.

With Samsung KNOX’s status as the only Android provider of defence-grade and government-certified mobile security which meets multiple standards it represents the premier mobile security platform. Meeting these rigorous standards means that Samsung KNOX devices can be deployed in both government and other highly regulated environments. Samsung KNOX received STIG approval from the US Defense Information Systems Agency for use in Department of Defense networks, while the UK government recently published End User Device (EUD) Security Guidance for Samsung KNOX on using select Samsung Android devices. Additionally, MDFPP Common Criteria was certified for KNOX embedded devices such as Galaxy S5 and Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) in May 2014 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note PRO in Feb 2014 each to help business users and IT administrators adapt to new enterprise mobility trends with minimal implementation effort the latest version of Android will include Samsung KNOX features such as the ability to create a separate container to manage and secure business data and applications.

“I am very pleased and welcome this ground breaking partnership with Google. As a driving force of Android powered mobile devices, Samsung is in a unique position to meet the rapidly evolving mobile security and privacy needs of Android users,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group at Samsung Electronics. “We are delighted with the opportunity to work with Google to help build Android’s enterprise eco-system and establish Android device as the leading choice for businesses. This represents an amazing transformation in workforce mobility.”

The aim of this ground breaking collaboration is to ensure that the need for a robust and secure mobile platform for the enterprise community is met. It also ensures that end user privacy and experience aren’t compromised and allows users to enjoy the same Android experience for both their personal and work lives.

"Samsung has been pioneering to bring Android to the enterprise. We are grateful for their contribution to the Android open source project,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering, Android. “Jointly we are bringing enterprise-grade security and management capabilities to all manufacturers participating in the Android ecosystem."

While KNOX’s container components will be integrated into the next generation of Android, Samsung will continue to develop specialised proprietary services such as KNOX EMM and KNOX Marketplace.

For more information on Samsung KNOX visit us here

Posted on June 26, 2014 .