Byod News & Analysis
| Monday Apr 28, 2014
What was the first thing you reached for before getting out of bed this morning? Your smartphone, right? You had to look up your calendar, latest updates on your Facebook wall and maybe peek at emails sitting in your inbox.
The explosive growth of mobile and social technology is no surprise: It is a natural evolution of how we as humans interact. Mobile and social technology has provided us with the ability to organize, and connect faster and better than ever before. It’s not just a vehicle for connecting with old friends or keeping up with the latest celebrity news, but rather a powerful tool that helps people unite, mobilize and act on a global scale. It’s been the voice of revolutions, united people across the world to bring disaster relief to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, and has been responsible for placing worldwide attention to social, political and environmental issues.
| Monday Apr 21, 2014
The concept of the browser-based intranet as most people know it is a relic of the 20th century: You may as well dress it down in flannel and send it off to a Pearl Jam concert. A seldom elegant mashup of communication channels, application functionality, document collaboration and now enterprise social, the intranet at its heart is an idea from the days before mobile and BYOD that, much like the Cadillac Escalade and the British aristocracy, continues to hang on long past its expiration date. And yet it’s not going anywhere any time soon.
| Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
Knock me over with a feather: A new survey shows a lot of people waste time at the office doing all sorts of things they shouldn't … including playing games, browsing social networks and looking for new jobs.
Last month, TeamViewer, a provider of remote control and online meeting software, asked 300 IT administrators to list some common behaviors of office workers and explain how those behaviors have affected both IT administration and the company’s bottom line.
The only thing surprising about the resulting IT Admin Behavioral Study is that the company described the results as surprising — and the fact that only 92 percent of IT admins report troublesome habits among office workers using company computers. Are the other 8 percent of IT admins ignorant or just naïve?
| Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
When thinking of a mobile workforce people typically envision sales team “road warriors” or “Knowledge Workers” operating out of expensive cars or on planes, armed with flashy laptops, tablets and portable projectors. What we forget is that there are many remote, dispersed and mobile workers in far less glamorous or high wage roles. They remain outside the office environment for weeks or even months on end, performing what are often mission critical roles in the field, alone and with very little employer engagement.
| Monday Apr 14, 2014
You may think it's an oxymoron, but Gartner says it is possible to have a smart government. The temptation to be facetious is pretty strong here, but after initial skepticism, we found that what Gartner was talking about is 10 different technologies that can make government more efficient.
Smart governments, Gartner says, are governments that integrate information, communication and operational technologies across multiple domains, process areas and jurisdictions to generate “sustainable public value.”
By using these emerging technologies, which were identified at the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, the taxpayers should get some bigger bangs for their bucks.
| Friday Apr 4, 2014
Why fight BYOD? Employees are going to bring their spanking new mobile devices to work and use them. Instead of fighting it, smart companies are cautiously embracing BYOD for the sake of gains in productivity, flexibility and employee satisfaction. Implementing well thought out mobile device security and BYOD policies can keep up the pace of work while protecting information security. Here are a few tips that will help companies get the most out of their mobile device management (MDM) initiatives.
| Thursday Apr 3, 2014
Just a few years ago, there was a clear divide between employer-owned, work-related devices and user-owned personal devices. But as more and more employees bring their own notebooks, tablets and smartphones for work and for personal purposes, that divide is shrinking and in some cases, shattering.
| 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.