Getting a better handle on the mobile computing opportunity

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 18, 2014 7:09:20 AM

There’s no doubt that mobile computing is one of the hottest trends in all of IT. In fact, a new survey from Oracle finds that spending on mobile support in the enterprise will increase 54 percent in the next two years. The survey pegs average IT department spending—per device, per employee—at $157 today, which is expected to grow to $242 over the next two years.

While IT organizations will clearly need some outside help in terms of managing mobile applications, it’s less clear who will build them. The Oracle survey finds that internal IT organizations are torn between building applications themselves and purchasing them. But new research from Apigee, a provider of an API management platform, finds that IT organizations that rely on external IT service providers to build mobile applications enjoy considerably greater success.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Shadow IT: BYOD still invisible to many IT managers

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jul 31, 2014 1:13:00 PM

The BYOD trend continues to prove that employees will take any and all steps to be productive, whether their IT managers realize it or not.

Recent research from Ovum suggests that IT administrators are totally unaware of around 30 to 35 percent of all employee-owned devices being brought into the workplace. That means company data is potentially being exposed to and shared on devices that many IT admins don't even know exist. 

On top of that, 22 percent of full-time employees use their own file sync and share app to store work data. As a result, SMB data is potentially being stored in locations that are completely invisible to the IT manager.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Coping with the rise of bring your own workflow

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 23, 2014 9:27:00 AM

First came a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon that is making the daily life of the average IT service provider more challenging than ever. Then things went from bad to worse with the rise of Bring Your Own Applications (BYOA).

But what many IT services providers still don’t seem to fully appreciate is that going forward, both BYOD and BYOA are really just means of achieving a new Bring Your Own Workflow (BYOW) reality that many of them are going to have accept as the new reality of IT.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

How BYOD is complicating data protection

Posted by Manny Veiga on May 22, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Mobile devices are in more workplaces everywhere – and that makes life even more difficult for IT administrators who must manage these devices.

That’s especially true when it comes to data protection, and as described in a recent TechTarget blog, the influx of mobile devices and BYOD makes data backup a bigger challenge for the channel.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Preparing for the age of Bring Your Own Everything

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 10, 2014 2:57:00 PM

There once was a time when Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) was a radical notion inside organizations. Perhaps an executive with enough power brought in an unapproved smartphone or an iPad, but the general workforce? They wouldn't dare.

But today we aren't just faced with BYOD, we're facing BYO-E, where "e" stands everything. Yes, everything.

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, speaking at the AIIM conference last week in New Orleans, said IT is really struggling with this too, as the landscape shifts even further around them. Pelz-Sharpe pointed out that folks were used to the world working a certain way and this shift away from their control is disorienting for them. 

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Why Windows Phone may make BYOD harder for MSPs

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 18, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Everywhere you look, another IT publication is writing about BYOD. Last week, Peter Waterhouse of CA Technologies wrote a commentary piece for InformationWeek that compared BYOD to botox, saying that while both are "toxic," they have benefits when used correctly.

That's certainly an eye-catching analogy, but is BYOD really that big of a threat to SMB workplaces? It's certainly a risk if the flood of mobile devices entering the workplace aren't managed correctly - either by the company IT manager or a managed service provider. 

Citing data from IDC, a report from Computerworld sheds light on how BYOD and changes to the mobile market further complicate matters for the average IT manager

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Why shadow IT is a looming threat for MSPs

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 10, 2014 1:05:00 PM

Have any of your clients had to deal with shadow IT? That term describes when employees use non-approved mobile or desktop tools without asking their IT administrator. As a recent study demonstrated, many organizations are having a hard time keeping shadow IT under control, and it's not only an inconvenience to IT managers – it's a major security risk.

Shadow IT rising
The survey, conducted by Frost & Sullivan and sponsored by McAfee, included insight from 600 IT and line of business employees from firms in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

BYOD: The data management challenge MSPs must solve

Posted by Manny Veiga on Dec 31, 2013 11:10:00 AM

As we wrote last week, BYOD is only becoming more popular, but as many experts have explained, the technology trend presents serious risks to security. What are the best tools available to IT managed services providers to offer enterprise mobility?

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Managed services trend for 2014: BYOD isn't going anywhere

Posted by Manny Veiga on Dec 23, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Corporate bring your own device strategies created new business opportunities - and challenges - for IT managed services providers in 2013. A new report says the trend will only gather more steam in the new year.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

BYOD: Are MSPs ready with the right solutions and strategy?

Posted by Intronis Staff on Dec 6, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Despite challenges and security risks, a number of reports suggest companies are warming to the trend are launching BYOD strategies for their offices. IT managed services providers are being asked to make it all work, which means a growing need for solutions like cloud backup to protect all these new data endpoints.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management