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Calling All Managers – which model is best for your company? BYOD vs COPE

Productivity. It’s a key focus for managers and an area which is becoming increasingly easy to improve, with smartphone and tablet devices allowing employees to work outside work. Wouldn’t you work faster on a device with which you’re completely comfortable, without having to switch from one to another just to answer a few emails on the go?

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been a cause for hot debate since the enterprise mobility strategy was first introduced into the corporate environment. Professionals argue over whether the significant social and monetary benefits outweigh the substantial risks involved regarding privacy, security and increased support.

Corporate-owned, Personally-Enabled (COPE) is an alternative for those companies who want to escape from the BYOD chaos and rely on a more user-friendly, IT-manageable approach. This particular business model allows the organisations themselves to provide their employees with devices, such as notebooks, tablets and smartphones, and consents for them to be used for personal use as well as work, but there are restrictions.

So which model is better for your company?

 

Benefits of BYOD

BYOD has been around for a few years now, first appearing as personal smartphones, tablets and notebooks became more popular tools for work. Personal devices were easier to use as employees already knew how their phones worked and could just log in to their accounts when they wanted – which for the majority was simpler than switching devices whenever they had to deal with emails or check accounts.

IT departments quickly caught on to the fact that fighting this rising trend was a losing battle and instead used their resources to assimilate these devices in the corporate environment and  implement relevant support and security measures.

From a social point of view, this flexible model worked. Users could choose the device which best suited their needs both personally and professionally, and allowed them the freedom to decide on the apps and services they preferred. There was no need to try understanding another device for the sole purpose of completing tasks their own phone or tablet could perform.

Productivity was increasing as work could be done wherever and whenever (even in the Cloud), instead of in a static place from 9 –5 and it’s this flexibility that led to happier employees, with improved morale and a healthier work/life balance.

Some companies saw apparent cost savings on hardware, with the advantage of having the employee pay for their own device and data plan up to a certain cost threshold.

 

Drawbacks of BYOD

However, there is another side to this coin! Savings may have been made on hardware, but they were rapidly negated as companies found themselves spending more on support as IT personnel either needed training on how to deal with the different types of devices out there, or had to employ those who already knew.

Costs of Voice and Data plans also need to be negotiated. With the user spending more time writing emails, downloading data, making calls and roaming on the internet, they may need help with the larger bill at the end of the month. There are options for cost-sharing, but these need to be agreed with the users beforehand and stuck to.

There is also the argument about who pays for repairs if the device is damaged, plus major security concerns if usage is violated or the device is lost. Features that allow companies to track the activity (such as location) and web searches of employees and delete personal data remotely if the device is lost or stolen, can result in users denying IT full Mobile Device Management (MDM) control which limits the beneficial effects of the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform.

Mobile Application Management (MAM) has a lighter-handed approach, giving IT control over corporate assets only. This may have more appeal for employees, but if MDM features such as those mentioned above are needed for more security regulated companies, BYOD may not be the answer. MAM also has the issue of privacy and legal problems as arguments arise regarding what is considered ‘personal’ and ‘business’.

Security however is the biggest concern. With certain measures, BYOD expects IT to manage and control an unlimited number of devices, applications, services and data plans. This creates pressure on those trying to ensure compliance and security measures,

What do you think ? stay tuned for more of the debate !

Thanks to Emma griffin for the post!

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Alexander Graham Bell’s Medal !

Alexander Graham Bell’s Centennial Telephone Transmitter

In 1876, the first official World’s Fair was held with the Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia to mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The exhibition ran from 10 May to 10 November and welcomed nearly 10 million visitors during that time. Over 200 buildings were constructed to house an amazing array of exhibits, with the main exhibition hall being the largest in the world at the time, covering an area of 21.5acres.

With focus on education and science, manufacturing, mining and metallurgy, the impressive event was the perfect platform to showcase pioneering designs and the latest innovations to a huge international audience. As a result, many well-known products were launched at the exhibition including Remington’s Typographic Machine, which would become the first commercially successful typewriter complete with a QWERTY key layout. As the Wallace-Farmer Electric Dynamo, Hires Root Beer and even Heinz Ketchup made their first public appearances, telecommunications history was also made in Philadelphia. It was here, on 25 June 1876, that Alexander Graham Bell unveiled his Centennial Telephone Transmitter and demonstrated its capabilities to an intrigued audience which included reporters and show judges.

It was the arrival of Brazilian Emperor, Dom Pedro II, to Bell’s unique demonstration that really caused a stir however. The pair had previously met whilst in Boston and as Bell presented his latest invention, Dom Pedro declared “My God! It Talks!” The ever increasing interest of the audience led to countless demonstrations of this new and exciting technology with many participating in communications with Bell. Described as “the greatest by far of all the marvels of the electric telegraph” by exhibition judge and renowned physicist Sir William Thomson, no one could have anticipated the global effect that Bell’s invention would have. Following recommendations by both Dom Pedro and Thomson to the Committee of Electrical Awards, Bell took the Gold Award for Electrical Equipment as well as a Second Gold for his Visible Speech exhibit used as a learning tool for the deaf. Following Bell’s success at the event he achieved international recognition and the Bell Telephone Company was founded within a year as demand for the new technology spread, with a request for a personal demonstration even received from Queen Victoria.

In 1976, to mark the centenary of Bell’s pioneering telephone invention, The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers introduced the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, their highest honour which is awarded annually for “exceptional contribution to the advancement of communications services and engineering”.

The award is not given every year , but this years winner is Dariush Divsalar ! Congrat’s

2014 Winner
DARIUSH DIVSALAR
Senior Research Scientist, Jet
Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Ca
“For fundamental contributions to the
theory and practice of channel codes that
transformed deep space and other forms of
wireless communications.
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The Revolutionary iPhone !

iPhoneThe Revolutionary iPhone

 

The iconic 1st generation iPhone was released on 29 June 2007, and at the time of its launch visionary Steve Jobs declared that “the iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone”. In the seven years that followed, Apple has sold over 500million iPhones with the rapid acceleration in sales growth, showing no sign of slowing down.

The month of June is significant in iPhone history, as in addition to the unveiling of many models and release of the 1st generation iPhone, iPhone 3GS was launched on 19 June 2009 and closely followed by the iPhone 4 on 24 June the following year.  With the latest models iPhone 5c and 5s released in September 2013, we explore the history of the iPhone and the unprecedented global success that it has achieved.

In January 2007 the iPhone made its first public appearance following the unveiling by Steve Jobs at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco.  For the first time, users had access to smartphones that unleashed the power and advanced functionality of a combined mobile phone, iPod and breakthrough internet device in a lightweight handheld pioneering instrument.

As well as quad-band GSM cellular connectivity, the iPhone’s sophisticated touch controls were a major interface development and allowed users to type directly on the 3.5inch screen and control the device with a single touch, offering unrivalled web browser functionality and an innovative rotating screen that switched from portrait to landscape.  The iPhone software included Visual Voicemail and threaded text messages with other features such as three way calling. From music and video delivery to its ability to sync with various applications, iPhone gave users unrivalled technology and flexibility, and Apple sold 270,000 in the first two days of sales.

The iPhone 3G was announced on 9 June 2008 and the second generation iPhone included hardware changes with Assisted GPS enabling increased speeds to pinpoint your location, 3G Data and enhanced 3G tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and greater data transfer speeds.  Push email and navigation tools were also added with 8GB and 16GB models available in black and white. Pre-loaded with iPhone OS 2.0, this allowed access to the newly launched App Store and Apple’s Mobile Me service, and following the launch of the OS 3.0 software update MMS was also made available. With the launch of the iPhone 3GS, Apple reduced the price of the 3G 8GB Black Model, selling it as a budget option at a cost of just $99.  The iPhone 3G’s successor provided improved performance and voice control functionality, as well as a higher resolution, colour rich screen with improved camera and video functionality.  With the ‘S’ standing for speed, the 3GS was twice as fast as the 3G model and became Apple’s flagship smartphone until the release of the iPhone 4.

Following a number of widely publicised leaks, Apple first presented the revamped iPhone 4 on the 7 June 2010, with availability of the thinnest smartphone ever from 24 June in the US and UK. Along with the Retina Display technology maximising the amount of detail that the human retina can perceive, Apple’s front-facing camera design was incorporated for the first time together with a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with tap-to-use technology.  Together with iOS 4’s improved multi-tasking functionality, Apple’s FaceTime Video chat application also became available for the first time.  The design included an antenna as part of the phone’s stainless steel frame and pre-orders of over 600,000 were received for this latest release in a 24 hour period.

The announcement of the iPhone 4GS was made on the 4 October 2011, the day prior to the sad passing of Steve Jobs. With over 1 million pre-orders made in the first 24 hours, four million units were sold globally during the next four days as the product was rolled out in the US, UK, Canada, Japan and parts of Europe.  The 4GS brought us iCloud and iMessage with further improvements made to both the iPhone’s camera and video recording capability.  Social integration of Twitter was also incorporated and the iOS 5 operating system introduced SIRI, the intelligent personal assistant which answered questions, performed actions and made recommendations via the natural language user interface.  Noted as “the most amazing iPhone yet”, the iPhone 4GS initially came with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options.

The iPhone 5 was both lighter and thinner, with a taller screen also part of the aluminium body design that now used the Lightning compact dock connector.  Selling at twice the rate of its predecessor in its first 24 hours of pre-order, and twenty times faster thereafter, demand exceeded supply for the iPhone 5 which now included LTE network capability. In addition to further SIRI enhancements, spoken commands allow the user to launch apps and dictate updates for social media, texts are composed using the voice assistant with images and sounds also incorporated into messages.  Apple Maps, including verbal turn-by-turn navigation, is included together with Apple’s Passbook app for the easy storage of tickets and coupons as well as boarding passes and store cards, with mobile payment also facilitated.

The iPhone 5c comes in a range of colours including blue, yellow, green, pink and white, and is offered as a mid-range model with a larger 4inch screen and the A6 chip that gives 10 hours browsing, talk time and video playback.  With the iPhone 5c comes increased speed and wider coverage with a greater number of networks supported.  Together with its new design and the display enhancements of iOS 7, the iPhone 5c also includes the iSight camera app and new FaceTime HD camera.

The striking iPhone 5s is a high-range phone that, together with the iPhone 5c, became available in September 2013. The 5s’ sleek design is offered in three colours – white with gold trim, silver trim and space grey – with a key feature being the fingerprint recognition technology in the form of Touch ID, that offers improved security and faster phone unlocking through the new identity sensor found on the home button. The ability to add the fingerprints of those you trust to access your phone is also available with the sophisticated technology capable of 360 degree readability. The enhanced performance of the iOS 7 update and its A7 dual core processor and M7 coprocessor means increased CPU and GPU speeds double that of the A6 chip, with the iPhone 5s recognised as the world’s first 64-bit smartphone. Apple’s sales records were broken once again as combined sales of the 5s and 5c accelerated to 9 million over a 48 hour period.

With glimpses of the iPhone 6 creating increased anticipation, there is growing speculation as to what Apple will bring us in their next release as revolutionary iPhone phenomena continues.

Thanks to Emma Griffin for the post !

 

 

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Lowering Telecom Spend !

MH900409708Lowering Telecom Spend; Human Cost vs System Efficiency

Did you know that, according to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is likely to reach $3.8 trillion in 2014, with over $1.6 billion being in Telecom Spend? A staggering amount, and one that is frequently not fully understood by a lot of companies as the sheer scale of managing telecom expenses across large enterprises is a daunting task.Imagine a company with multiple bases world-wide, then broken down by region, department, sub-department, and then individual roles, and each member of a team with their own phone line, or bringing their own device to the office. Add in the logistics of language barriers, time zones and country-specific providers, and it becomes clear that managing telecom spend alone is a matter for either a small army of people, or a very sophisticated telecom expense management (TEM) system that can handle multiple offices, currencies, languages and suppliers, as well as keeping data records up to date and producing reports for department heads to then manage and lower their telecom costs.

There’s no reason why a department of staff can’t take this responsibility, as long as they can all speak multiple languages, have an extraordinary eye for detail combined with a photographic memory and are happy to be in the office on shifts to cater for time zone differences. In practice, the sheer cost of employing enough personnel to undertake TEM properly would probably be enough to make your eyes pop (not to mention the costs of offices and the telecom cost of the department itself) – which is probably why more companies don’t do it. It’s this realisation that leads down the path of looking for a service that can not only manage telecom costs and produce accurate reporting (dependent on data input), but also a management service which will help lower telecoms spend across the organisation as a whole, by department and region, as well as managing related areas such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Mobile Device Management (MDM).

Having an efficient system in place to look at telecom cost reduction is the first step on the ladder of bringing spiralling costs under control, and introducing business telecom cost reduction across the company, followed on by streamlining other expenses and running a more efficient model across the whole enterprise.                                                                             Thanks to Stuart Haining for the Post!   We have a new Client ASIGNET US that has a patent for a robotics solution to intelligent routing and cost verification ! so lets keep lowering that Telecom spend!

What say you ??

 

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day !

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 17th marks World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, the focus of which is to raise awareness of the benefits that are offered to economies and societies through information and communications technologies, as well as encouraging stakeholder commitment in crucial development areas in order to bridge any gaps in the digital divide.

The date marks the anniversary of the first International Telegraph Conference held in Paris in 1865, which welcomed 20 different States to meet and discuss the rapidly changing world of telegraph communications, and challenges faced with cross border transmissions. As a result those present set to establish a framework enabling the standardisation of telegraphy equipment and operating procedures, as well as commit to agreed international tariffs and accounting rules, all of which allowed for improvements and increased efficiency in communications services provision. Through the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention the International Telegraph Union (ITU) was formed.

The ITU (now the International Telecommunication Union) is a United Nations specialist agency, with a mission of connecting all of the world’s people. With World Telecommunication Day celebrated from 1969, in 2006 it also incorporated World Information Society Day following a resolution by the UN General Assembly, a move prompted by the Information Society World Summit which took place in November 2005.

Each year a theme is set for this important joint event and these have previously included ICTs and Improving Road Safety, Women in ICT and ITU Gender Initiatives and Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs. For 2014 the theme is Broadband for Sustainable Development with events held around the world encouraging members to commit to initiatives which include the acceleration of accessible and affordable broadband solutions, which in turn will allow for the sharing of information and education on sustainable development. As such this year’s Call for Action encourages Member States and the parties involved in operational, regulatory and policy aspects to address the issues that will enable implementation of the technology in order for this goal to be achieved.

This year the ITU’s Programme of Ceremony was held on the 16th May at their Headquarters in Geneva. The day’s events included opening speeches by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Toure, which talked of the three pillars of sustainable development being economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance and the use of broadband technology to achieve these. The presentation of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Awards followed with winners honoured for their commitment and leadership in relation to ICT development.

This year’s Laureates were:

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, who was honoured for his leadership in education and advancement of ICT as a dynamic industry and the key role he has played in Africa’s socio-economic transformation.

President Park of the Republic of Korea was recognised for the work that has seen the Republic consistently top the ITU’s ICT Index for Measuring the Information Society, as well as the long term commitment to facilitate a vibrant national economy in a digital environment.

Carlos Slim, President of Carlos Slim Foundation and Chairman of Grupo Carso was honoured for his work in the promotion of technologies for social and cultural development including areas such as health, education, employment generation and community development.

2015 will see the 150th Anniversary of the ITU with the theme of “Telecommunications and ICT’s – Drivers of Innovation” set to be the focus of the anniversary celebrations.

Thanks to Stuart Haining for the post!

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BYOD “The Mystery of the Missing Mobile’s Kill Switch “

BYOD – The Mystery of the Missing Mobile’s Kill Switch

A new report written by Dr William Duckworth from Creighton University in the USA claims that consumers could save as much as $2.6 billion a year if a “kill switch” was introduced for all new smartphones sold in the USA. This oft-discussed feature, which has also often been considered by UK and European telcos, has been on the wish lists of lawmakers and consumers for some time. Theoretically, it would allow any device to be remotely disabled if it is lost or stolen.

Although a similar feature is already present on iOS devices and some Android phones, it’s not widespread. The university surveyed 1,200 smartphone owners to obtain their opinion on such a security measure. It seems consumers not only showed overwhelming support for such a feature, but they thought that their devices already had one.

The University also found that consumers in the USA spend $580 million per year replacing lost or stolen smartphones, as well as $4.8 billion per year on device insurance with their mobile providers. If the University’s claim were true that “at least half of smartphone owners would… reduce their insurance coverage if the kill switch reduced the prevalence of cell phone theft”, it makes it more understandable why carriers have, so far, been resistant to the idea. It would not only reduce revenue generated by replacement phone purchases, but also the funds provided by the insurance subscriptions themselves.

In a market worth $72.34Bn in 2013 and projected to grow to $284.7Bn in 2019 – according to the MarketsandMarkets report “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) & Enterprise Mobility Market, Market Forecast and Analysis 2014-2019″ – you’d think all corporates are happy with BYOD, especially as employees seem to be getting a poor deal on the insurance side. But not so.

A recent article in Forbes magazine quoted Yaacov Cohen (CEO of harmon.ie) as saying: “Today’s IT professionals recognise the need to work with users rather than impose procedures and systems on them. BYOD is an expression of our world, which is (on the surface anyway) becoming more democratic and more engaging.” Yaacov, who works for a collaboration and enterprise management mobility (EMM) company, went on to point out the coming developments in BYOD.

“The primary business driver is getting work done. Business users do not want to compromise. They want convenience. They want to be able to do the work without being tethered to their laptops. People deserve and demand a great user experience. There are other drivers too. There are growing worries about the high costs of data leakage and redundant licenses caused when business users ‘go rogue’. Employee use of unsanctioned IT resources that are outside the supervision of corporate IT is rampant. I worry a lot about the potential for US businesses facing billions in clean-up costs caused by unintentional data leakage and, to use a Bob Egan phrase, ‘the digital exhaust’. Let’s not forget the hundreds of millions more in redundant licenses that are likely to become more visible over time. It should be common sense that employees are going to use whatever they need to do to get work done. This will not change until IT and the business leaders sort out how to make enterprise collaboration services easily mobile accessible.”

So, as employees seem to be driving the agenda, his top tips to the enterprise are:

  1. Enterprise mobility is the right way to go and we need to provide mobility to end-users. The trend is about thinking beyond the device and much more about using mobiles to get real work done, to drive revenue for the company and improve customer satisfaction.
  2. IT needs to switch from being a gate-keeper to being a technology opener. It is not about Chief Information Officer. It is about Chief Innovation Officer.
  3. Do not confuse innovation and disruption. Provide innovation which can be easily absorbed by your mainstream business users.

Mr Cohen goes on to say that “business users do not care about IT – and that is something that IT folks tend to forget. The last thing they care about is a name. They do not care if it comes from Microsoft or Box or Java, or from IBM, or Google. They care that they want to get their jobs done so that they can get home to do other things. The Enterprise IT has yet to deliver.”

And the absence of a kill switch seems to suggest that what users assume is already present and guarding them is an idea which the IT geeks have left on the back-burner. And if they lose the device holding all their data and it’s not insured, they’ll just get out their credit card and charge the enterprise for a replacement. The hidden costs in what is now referred to as Shadow IT are piling up as the geeks and the staff line up outside the Apple Store for the next exciting instalment of BYOD 2.

thanks to MDSL for an interesting post !WIFI

What are your thoughts ?

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Anniversary of First Public Mobile Call Made Motorola

 

Most people believe that the month of April marks the anniversary of the first public call made on a mobile, with the historic event having taken place on 3 April 1973 when Martin Cooper – Motorola’s General Manager – took to the streets of New York and made several calls using a prototype DynaTAC device.

However, according to GoMo News, this piece of mobile history should be credited to a Saudi Arabian based caller, who made a call using Nordic Mobile Telephony (NMT) which was, crucially, the first commercial network open to the public in 1981. Whilst we recognise Motorola as a global leader in telecommunications, fewer of us may be as familiar with NMT and its important role in the telecommunications industry.

The NMT network was launched in 1981, with Sweden and Norway following closely behind Saudi Arabia in benefitting from the first system of its kind to offer users a fully automatic cellular phone option. NMT quickly became the largest mobile network in the world in these early years of mobile communications, with subscribers in excess of over 110,000 achieved by 1985 following the expansion of its network to include Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

NMT’s first generation technology, which featured open specifications, facilitated the production of hardware by numerous manufacturers including Ericsson and Nokia, offering the customer a wide choice of products, coupled with competitive pricing. NMT networks were popular in the Nordic and Baltic Countries and as far as Asia due to the range covered using NMT-450 and NMT-900 frequency bands, the latter of which offered an increased number of channels. Although security was a downside to the system as initially there was no traffic encryption, this was addressed later with the introduction of scrambling. The system also featured data transfer capability through its DMS (Data and Messaging Service).

The advances made in digital technology would see the suspension and shutting down of most of the NMT networks in more recent years, replaced by the likes of GSM. However, NMT’s place in mobile telecommunications history remains an important one, whether or not you choose to credit it or Motorola with the making of the first public mobile call

Thanks to Stuart Haining for providing the post !

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Sales Talk 101 ! Insert the Value in B2B telemarketing

The new B2B

The new B2B

Finding New Prospects and Clients has changed!

What do you need to Know?

 

1. Learn about your prospect’s challenges. Every qualified prospect has challenges you can solve, but you need to understand exactly what those challenges are.

Once you’ve learned what your prospect’s challenges are, you need to understand how important your solution is to your prospect. Remember all businesses have a lot of challenges, so they must prioritize them. If the challenges your outcome will solve aren’t at the top of your prospect’s list of priorities, then it’s time to move on.

2. Understand and clarify your prospect’s goals. After you have identified your prospect’s challenges, you need to help him become clear about his goals. What is the prospect really looking to accomplish over the next year or two? What challenges will absolutely have to be solved in order to achieve that? This is where you want to start talking dollars and cents, this is where you build your value and ROI !!

3. Create clear objectives: Now that you know what your prospect should be accomplishing, it’s time to create tangible objectives for your potential relationship. This means targeting particular metrics, like level of revenue increase, decrease in costs and new customer visits. By creating clear objectives, developing a budget for a solution with a prospect is painless and isn’t about the price.

4. One size does not fit all :  Every Client is different and you need to tailor a solution that combines old fashion B2B , social media and e-blasts as well as Network contacts to create a total solution !  and build a relationship that will grow over time !

Good Luck in growing your business in the New Year !

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Why do “BYOD’ projects fail ???

WIFIIs BYOD on the slippery slope to failure? Gartner Group VP takes a look at why over 20% of BYOD projects are failing

Gartner Group, one of the leading IT analyst houses, has been studying the Bring Your Own Device (BYPD) trend throughout 2013. Now, in the view of one of its senior analysts, Van Baker: “One in five BYOD projects will be classified as a failure by 2016”.

That’s a large failure rate by anyone’s standards. Even the UK NHS would be shamed by that figure (even though it has recently been forced to ‘fess up to one of the largest IT project failures – the National Programme for Information Technology (NpFIT). According to Gartner’s research, companies are keen to adopt BYOD to encourage mobile computing, reduce costs and enhance productivity, but many will set their security policies so tight that users abandon the programmes.

Van Baker, Research VP at Gartner, says enterprises will see users avoiding BYOD, refusing to accept strict conditions on their personal devices and opting out of programmes entirely. Van Baker is warning of something MDSL has been aware of for some time – that early BYOD projects were driven solely by the short-term need to make immediate cost-efficiencies and not to improve the long-term running of the business.

Baker noted: “Many organisations are attracted to what they believe will be cost savings as a result of a reduction in enterprise-purchased devices, but these savings are illusory because they are often offset by increased support costs for the enterprise. As such, most early BYOD programmes are cost-neutral, but valuable from an employee satisfaction perspective.”

He continued: “Failure of a BYOD initiative would likely be measured by decreased employee satisfaction and reduced employee productivity, as employees that are forced to use enterprise-issued devices are likely to leave them at home or in the office outside of work hours. There is also a potential for increased risk as employees try to use devices that are not secure for work-related activities.”

Let’s remember (or so we were told) that BYOD was driven by employees who were so keen to use their smartphones for work at all times of the day that they demanded their employers give them 24×7 access to the enterprise network. You would have thought that more effective mobile device management (MDM) by corporates would do the trick – but, according to Gartner: “Better MDM solutions are not the answer, though many organisations will initially attempt to apply a technological solution. In fact, the problem stems from overly aggressive MDM policies in the first place.”

Van Baker continues: “The problem arises when the policies imposed on use of the devices is too cumbersome or onerous to be accepted by the employees. If there are too many capabilities that are disabled, employees will choose not to accept the MDM controls implemented by IT and opt out of installing the MDM client on their personal device.”

Organisations should watch for high rates of MDM opt-out as a sign their BYOD policies may be heading for failure, Baker said, and move quickly to find a more palatable compromise.

“If anything greater than 20% of employees reject the installation of an MDM client on their personal device, there is potential for a problem with the BYOD effort. Certainly, if less than 50% ultimately support the deployment of MDM on personal mobile devices, then the entire MDM solution should likely be abandoned.”

So does this really mean a bump in the middle of the road / digital superhighway of corporate BYOD compliance? The world is moving rapidly towards a more mobile future: 79% of Facebook users now log in via a smartphone or other mobile device, while the proportion of web searches originating on a mobile device is confidently predicted to overtake desktop-based search in the very near future. This leaves corporates facing a dilemma: either, where staff resist MDM and refuse to accept it on their personal devices, they can watch as their security becomes increasingly compromised, or they can try to force staff to comply – and we all know where that ends.

It looks like controlling BYOD in the enterprise will of necessity entail a security trade-off. Now why are we not entirely surprised by that?

What say you ??

Thanks to Bill Boyle for the post !

 

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Alexander Graham Bell !

Here’s an interesting read courtesy of Stuart Haining :

A Look Back At Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh on 3rd March 1847, and recognised as a pioneer in the field of telecommunications through his many inventions, the most famous of which was the first practical telephone.

With a family background in elocution, Bell’s work prior to the telephone included the development of Visible Speech, a system which Bell and his father pioneered to teach deaf-mute children. Bell moved to Boston where he founded a school for the Deaf, and his work would also lead him to become Professor of Vocal Physiology and Elocution at Boston University.

Bell worked on an idea for a harmonic telegraph, which would allow for multiple messages to be sent via the use of a single wire, through the use of differing pitch. Bell’s work also focussed on a phonautograph, which he used to study the shape of soundwaves and the creation of electrical currents that would match these, Bell’s theory was that using metal reeds it may be possible to then convert the currents back to sound. Bell needed expertise with the mechanics of his idea, and it was Thomas A. Watson a skilled electrical designer who would become his assistant. Working together using acoustic telegraphy, they discovered that they were able to successfully transmit sounds using the overtones of a single reed.

Bell applied for a patent for his acoustic telegraph which was issued on 7 March 1876, and with the use of a liquid transmitter was able to transmit a message to Watson on 10 March 1876 whilst the pair were in adjoining rooms. Bell famously said “Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you”, which was the first sentence ever received over the telephone. Bell and Watson continued to develop their telephone and were able to show that messages could be sent over longer distances with a series of successful demonstrations to amazed onlookers. The news of Bell’s invention began to travel, and he received international acclaim for his invention.

The founding of The Bell Telephone Company in 1877 saw popularity of the telephone soar, and advancements to the model were made including the use of a carbon microphone, the design of Thomas Edison, which allowed for greater clarity. The company would merge with the New England Telephone Company in 1879 to form National Bell Telephone Company, which was later renamed The American Bell Company.

Amongst his many honours, in 1880 Bell received the prestigious Volta Prize for his invention, and would use the significant financial award to establish the Volta Laboratory, which was dedicated to the research and development of scientific discovery. It was here that Bell invented the Photophone, an optical telecommunication device which facilitated the transmission of wireless voice telephone messages. In addition he also later created the Volta Bureau, whose work conducted studies into deafness.

Remarkably, on January 1915 Bell and Watson made history yet again, by conducting the first transcontinental call between San Francisco and New York, with a new vacuum tube amplifier used in the call that covered a distance of 3600 miles.

Thanks to Stuart Haining for a great look back !!

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