Byod News & Analysis
| Monday Feb 24, 2014
It's no secret that bringing your own device to work – colloquially known as BYOD – is on the rise, with employees increasingly preferring to work on their own familiar devices than those provided by their loving employers. A Forrester study commissioned by Cisco and released last September found that employees access a variety of work-related mobile applications on their personal smartphones and tablets, including email, calendar, web browsers and company portals.
This trend has its benefits, to be sure, but there’s also a slightly sinister side to it that has companies scrambling for solutions.
| Thursday Feb 20, 2014
With the amazing technological advances of the past two decades, pervasive connectivity has become commonplace for the majority of employees. Thinking back even just 20 years ago, who could have imagined the access to information we carry around every day in our pockets and purses?
| Friday Feb 14, 2014
Security, infrastructure intelligence and data analytics will be among the hottest business technology trends of 2014, according to a research paper commissioned by UK IT services firm Advanced 365.
The paper, written by technology analyst David Smith, chief executive, Global Futures and Foresight with Advanced 365, identifies the most "transformative technologies" and recommends steps businesses need to take to stay ahead of the curve — like embracing data analytics, gaining a better understanding of infrastructure intelligence and learning to manage cloud services growth.
| Monday Jan 27, 2014
Ahead of today's Apple earnings announcement — whatever the sales for last year's models — all the gossip is about company's "plans" for larger iPhone and iPad devices, as its enterprise and worker battle with Android and Windows Phones heats up. Are competitors poised to take a bite from Apple?
Or will Apple's expected larger-screens satisfy an insatiable mobile marker — and even help improve productivity? What more can Apple do to drive its presence in the enterprise as Intel's Android Device Protection Technology drive starts up, with CIOs becoming increasingly concerned about mobile security? And, with Microsoft's wide-ranging enterprise play, can the revamping of iWorks help it become an enterprise winner?
| Tuesday Jan 21, 2014
What do global warming, international terrorism and rogue IT have in common? More than you might think. All three have the potential to cause serious damage, and all three are ticking time bombs that will go off if we ignore them. But despite concerted efforts to deal with the first two, nothing is being done to deal with the third.
| Tuesday Jan 14, 2014
Every year brings plenty of hype around the promise of what new technical advancements and capabilities can bring to organizations trying to transform their businesses. There are also plenty of things that never quite live up to the promised hype. Let’s take a look at what to expect in 2014.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
The good news about the bring your own device (BYOD) trend is that it enables employees to do company work anytime, anywhere. The bad news: we’ve only started to understand the impact and size of this wave which, as it turns out, is not just about mobile devices.
A new survey from Citrix points out that the percentage of BYOD laptops and desktops will increase to 25 percent next year from its current level of 18 percent.
| Thursday Dec 19, 2013
Whether it’s concerns over privacy on Facebook and Google, Adobe’s leak of data for nearly 150 million customers, or most notably, the NSA/Edward Snowden scandal, privacy concerns have been nightly news this year. These stories and many others have sent both individuals and enterprise organizations scrambling to evaluate the security of their own data, a trend likely to continue in 2014.
| Monday Dec 9, 2013
2013 was a banner year for enterprise mobility. In case you weren't keeping track or had an actual day job that kept you away from the day-to-day changes in mobility, here's a look at what you missed.
| Sunday Nov 17, 2013
Consumers talk to companies through many channels — and they expect the company to know the details of their experiences with customer service, regardless of the channels involved. This expectation of “contextual customer service” is one of the findings in a new survey on customer service expectations for smartphone owners.
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
Your email is blowing up. Your phone is buzzing. You are not even done with your commute and you've already lined up two conference calls, a chat session and a cooperative exchange of Google Docs. You know you are forgetting something so you flip to your to-do list app, then your calendar, then back to your to-do list. And finally you remember that it’s in your reminder app. You want to throw your phone out of your car but you are also terrified of that thought because your phone is your office when you’re away from your desk.
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
IBM is aggressively expanding its mobile management capabilities with the announcement last night that it is buying Fiberlink Communications. The acquisition will enable it offer clients the ability to develop secure Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies through IBM’s MobileFirst applications.
| Thursday Nov 7, 2013
BYOD has taken over the enterprise, whether the enterprise likes it or not. But it’s not just BYOD. Employees are turning to consumer versions of file sharing cloud solutions like DropBox, Google Drive, SkyDrive (not to be confused with SkyDrive Pro) and others to access their documents no matter where they are. IT needs to resolve this problem, and it won’t be done by banning the use of these devices and apps. There’s a smarter way.
| Monday Nov 4, 2013
Trading in BlackBerry shares was temporarily halted this morning, as the company put out a major announcement. Because of the failure to close a deal with Fairfax Financial Holdings — and perhaps emboldened by the success of the BBM launch for iOS and Android — the company has abandoned plans to find a strategic partner. Instead, it is setting out details for new funding.
Is this the start of a much-predicted move to a software and services company? Certainly a shake-up of the board is just the start, with incumbent CEO Thorsten Heins to be replaced by John Chen, and other executives on their way out.
Although Fairfax failed with its original bid, it will take part in the $1 billion investment that should help the company refocus and restructure under the new management.
| Tuesday Oct 15, 2013
If one of the biggest obstacles to the development of bring your own device (BYOD) strategies is information security, then AvePoint’s Perimeter release today should go a long way to reassuring SharePoint-centric enterprises that BYOD is a safe bet.