Each year since 2010, the annual InfoTrends survey of knowledge workers in Europe and the U.S. has reported that workers spend up to half their working hours away from hard-wired network access. This means that they’re relying on wireless access via WiFi, VLAN, or cellular connections to access, share, and print the information they need.Read More
With more than 1.2 billion workers using tablets or smartphones in the course of their everyday jobs – about 75.5% of all employees, according to IDC – and the compound annual growth rate of enterprise spending on tablets expected to be 48% over the next five years according to Veritec, it’s no surprise that companies are scrambling to secure these vital business tools. And they’re doing a good job of minimizing the risks posed by mobile devices, analysts agree, with one glaring exception: printing infrastructures in most American businesses have not kept up with mobile technology.Read More
According to a February 2013 report from Zogby Analytics, nearly 80 percent of American investors say they aren’t likely to invest in companies that have suffered multiple cyber attacks. It’s no wonder, since analysts at the Ponemon Institute estimate that data breaches cost large enterprises an average of $5.4 million per breach and can erode brand value by hundreds of millions of dollars.Read More
When it comes to data security, the most obvious solution is to lock down the choices that employees have. That’s what most companies did a decade or more ago, when Cloud-based solutions were still on the drawing board and it was common for employees to be issued a laptop and BlackBerry for work usage.
Prat Agarwal, director of business development at secure mobile printing leader Breezy, says that in today’s world, the key to a secure environment is locking down data – not vendor choice. There are many reasons that locking down device and software choices no longer work, he says.Read More
Secure mobile printing leader Breezy today announced that it has joined OpeanPeak’s SECTOR Network. The addition of the leading Android & iOS secure mobile print app allows global service provider EMM solutions to print without sacrificing security.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
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
Is your EMM solution complete? It’s not a question most IT managers really think much about. After all, enterprise mobility management (EMM) is defined as an all-encompassing approach to securing and enabling business workers' use of smartphones and tablets.
A strong EMM strategy will also help mobile end users work more productively by providing them new tools to do their jobs on smartphones and tablets. Enterprise app stores or other application delivery and deployment technologies are common components of EMM, as are identity management systems to control user access to these new tools.Read More