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

Cloud backup needed in a BYOD world

Posted by Manny Veiga on Nov 29, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Mobile devices are gaining a more prominent role in the corporate office, whether IT managers are happy about it or not. As a result, organizations have to develop measures to protect many new devices, and invest cloud backup to protect all this new data from the worst.

However, as recent reports have shown, it may not be outsiders that organizations need to be wary of. Instead, it's their own employees who present danger, offering IT managed services providers an opportunity to be an even greater partner in the mission to secure data and keep it safe - no matter what happens. 

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Commentary: Mobile virtualization, cloud backup and keeping data safe

Posted by Manny Veiga on Apr 3, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Think about the typical tasks expected of corporate IT departments in today’s business environment. IT professionals are still expected to issue hardware – laptops, PCs, telephones – acquire business applications, monitor security and oversee data backup with regularity.

However, the exploding popularity of mobile devices has taken many traditional IT tasks out of the hands of in-house professionals. The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend means more work is being done on personal devices introduced into the workplace by everyday employees, with IT managing fewer devices overall. 

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

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