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  • As the digital age unfolds, there's a growing need to focus security efforts on application vulnerabilities. Identifying and understanding the risks—as well as the potential repercussions—of different software vulnerabilities is critical. The recently released annual "Secunia Vulnerability Review 2015" offers a glimpse into emerging issues and trends, including the prevalence of vulnerabilities, the availability of patches, how organizations map security threats to IT infrastructures, and existing vulnerabilities in the 50 most popular applications on PCs. The security firm analyzed anonymous data from scans of millions of private computers using its Personal Software Inspector (PSI). In 2014, the firm found that application vulnerabilities increased by about 18 percent. "IT teams need to have complete visibility of the applications that are in use," advises Kasper Lindgaard, director of research and security at Secunia. "And they need firm policies and procedures in place in order to deal with vulnerabilities as they are disclosed."

  • The Buffalo Bills use a mobile app and advanced digital publishing methods to provide an interactive experience for fans, boosting their engagement levels.

  • Inspired by the "Bring Your Own Applications" (BYOA) movement, many of today's workers are bypassing the IT organization to get the technology tools they need, according to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll for K2. The majority of respondents said they're using free and available online tools outside of those licensed by IT in order to get their jobs done. They believe that enterprise users should have the power to build solutions and applications as business demands require. Timeliness plays a significant factor here, as many of these users said IT is too swamped to respond to their requests quickly enough to meet their needs. Today's workforce "is constantly pushing the boundaries to find new and better ways to work smarter and get business done faster," says Adriaan van Wyk, K2's CEO. "As a result, there is an unprecedented and almost overwhelming demand on IT departments around the world to develop hundreds, if not thousands, of customized solutions for their organizations. … It's no longer about deploying uniform business solutions across departments, but rather letting go of the reins and allowing employees to discover and use independent solutions on their own." A total of 733 U.S. workers took part in the research.

  • A Product Development Success Index highlights six factors—mostly soft skills—that are essential to a company's ability to innovate and develop new software.

  • MaineHealth undergoes an Active Directory modernization in order to boost communication, productivity and performance, while reducing errors and delays.

  • As digital business moves into the mainstream, a growing number of executives recognize the fact that software applications play a prominent role in attracting, servicing and retaining customers. What's more, as the environment heats up, these apps are critical to achieving a competitive advantage and boosting customer loyalty. A recently released study conducted by Zogby Analytics on behalf of CA Technologies, "Software: The New Battleground for Brand Loyalty," points out that consumer-facing software is now a make-or-break proposition that's critical to business growth and success. "Software is no longer just the economy's oil, but its oxygen," the report states. In fact, the study found that businesses delivering a sub-par application experience risk losing 25 percent of their customers. In addition, more than two-thirds of consumers expected a load time of six seconds or less, and slightly more than half of these respondents demanded a load time of less than three seconds. Overall, the report found that consumers are focused on three key areas: quick-loading sites and apps, simple functionality, and the assurance of security. Here's a look at some of the key findings from the report.

  • The overwhelming presence of business and personal mobile applications in our lives has reached a state of "appdiction," according to a recent survey from the Apigee Institute and Stanford University's Mobile Innovation Group (MIG). Findings reveal that a significant number of smartphone users plan to spend even more time on their mobile devices than they already do, while also increasing the number of apps they download. The vast majority said these tech tools have changed the way they do their job, manage their health and connect to their friends. In fact, some even confessed that they would be incapable of maintaining a relationship with a significant other without a smartphone. If that wasn't bad enough, the survey singles out a group it describes as "top app users," who take their addiction to new heights by incessantly checking their phones—even while they're at dinner with family and friends. On the positive side, however, most of these users said their obsession makes them more productive. An estimated 1,000 respondents took part in the research.