Mobile printing is more than cloud printing although the two are often mixed up when bloggers and journalists talk about the category. Mobile printing is the act of printing a file (a document, photo, web page, email or something else) from a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet on a printer that is probably connected wirelessly to the mobile device.Read More
Everyone in IT knows about BYOD – bring your own (mobile) device. But does your company have a policy and procedure in place to deal with BYOA? Employee use of third-party cloud application services and consumer applications in the workplace is one of the biggest challenges facing IT right now.
According to a recent report from Gartner, this is trend represents such a challenge because more than 75% of mobile apps fail basic security tests. Employees download from app stores and use mobile apps that can access enterprise assets or perform business functions, and many of these apps have little or no security assurances. Well-meaning employees can easily expose themselves to cyberattacks and violations of enterprise security policies.Read More
A Screw’s Loose is one of the more interesting technical blogs out there. Katz, a Director of Mobility Engineering at Sanofi and a widely recognized thought leader in enterprise mobility, wrote a great post recently on the a continuing gap between what users want and what IT delivers – and noted that the cause of that gap is the way IT views the users.
In the post, Katz writes that IT shouldn’t view employees as IT users, but as IT customers. Changing the definition makes a big difference in how products and services are developed, rolled out, and supported. “Whenever people talk about creating apps the conversation turns to delighting the customer. Companies build apps that will delight people. They will have a great user interface (UI) and an even better user experience (UX). They will enable people to do what they want/need to do. We learn from day one when you walk into a company it’s all about pleasing the customer. That’s why we build consumer apps the way that we do,” Katz wrote.Read More
Writing in CITE, the magazine dedicated to the consumerization of IT, technology journalist Ryan Faas summed up the frustration of many IT executives by saying, “With the rise of different mobile platforms and content ecosystems, the technology world is becoming increasingly fragmented.”
It’s true of course. How many operating systems connect to your corporate network every day? Windows (in pre- and post-Windows 8 versions), OS X, Linux, Chrome OS, all the various versions of Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Amazon’s Kindle and Fire products, and BlackBerry are among the possibilities that more and more companies have to accommodate – and secure.Read More
As schools around the country kick off the 2014-2015 school year, the headlines seem tell a story of one school district after another abandoning highly touted programs to put laptop or tablets into the hands of every student. Here are just a few recent articles that seem to mark these programs as failures:Read More
IDC says that 1.2 billion workers were using mobile devices at the end of 2013. If there was a battle about whether or not mobile devices were welcome in the workplace, the war is over and users won. In fact, IDC says that the adoption of mobile technology is moving at unprecedented speeds, putting the needs and experience of end users at the forefront of any company's mobile enterprise strategy.Read More
Ever since mobile devices made their way into the workplace, there’s been something of a battle between mobile and paper. Large and small businesses alike have been struggling with the question of how to integrate cloud, mobile and digital workflows into their day-to-day operations.
So Canon USA hired the Harris Poll to examine trends in document management workflow, and their impact on the day-to-day operations of businesses around the U.S. Not surprisingly, there were gaps in how different people within companies view the issue.Read More
Most of the coverage of the deal between Apple and IBM to bring mobility into the enterprise as part of an overall enterprise solution instead of often unplanned BYOD growth has focused on the idea that the deal marks the official end of the PC era. In the short time since it was announced, hundreds of thousands of words have been devoted to the implications for enterprise IT. So what’s left to say?
How about the fact that with more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions written as native apps, and a new kind of enterprise-level support options that will very quickly simplify the adoption of iOS devices in the enterprise. As Paul Mah of Fierce CIO wrote, the new support format is one of the biggest benefits for enterprise IT. “Certainly, it would be more palatable getting on-site support from IBM as opposed to having highly-paid IT staffers standing in the queue to get problems fixed.”Read More
Four years ago, in June 2010, Forrester Analyst Michele Pelino wrote a blog post that summarized the top questions that Forrester clients asked about mobile devices and mobile applications. Pelino wrote that in the previous 12 months, 700 of the 22,000 inquiries that Forrester analysts fielded from clients were related to enterprise mobility issues, a jump from 360 in 2007.Read More
Talk to any IT manager, and they’ll say that they have a good handle on what their employees are printing, as well as the costs involved with managing their printer fleets.But a report from Print Manager Insider contains some surprises.
For instance, at banks and financial services companies, Internet printing – that is printing web pages – accounts for almost 60% of the total volume, most of it from Internet Explorer.Web printing, the report says, exceeds Excel printing by 400%.Read More