Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Evolving Face Of BYOD

The Evolving Face Of BYOD
The emerging trend of BYOD has taken the corporate world by surprise and there are many business owners who are still not quite convinced with the BYOD (Bring your own device) model. Traditional businesses still believe in providing their employees with the desktops and workstations that can be both procured and managed by their in-house IT team. The very idea that smartphones and mobile devices (which once were for personal use only) can be used for official or business purpose sounds a little bizarre to many. But all this does not hide the fact that there are several companies that are successfully using the BYOD model where cloud telephony, thin clients and MDM are fast becoming a way of life.

The concept of BYOD is catching up fast, exciting employees with their new found freedom, and confusing employers with loss of control. IS BYOD that good? What are the issues being faced. Is BYOD inexpensive? Can you run your full office workload on a smart phone or a tablet? Well, the answers to all these questions lies in how you want to use technology with the prevailing business processes in your company.

The concept of BYOD does not sound as exciting as it used to when it entered into the IT lexicon. Companies who had immediately implemented the BYOD model have slowly found out that it has its own limitations and shortcomings, which at times provided more hindrances to business processes and hampered productivity. This does not mean that BYOD is going to fade away into the oblivion; companies will certainly try to accommodate the concept into their broader model of endpoint procurement.

BYOD is an extremely exciting concept wherein employees will be able to bring their own mobile telephony and computing devices to the office. They can easily connect these endpoint devices to the cloud telephony system at office. Cloud storage will replace the ubiquitous servers and desktops. Company executives will be able to work from anywhere by logging in to the central office network. They will be more comfortable by working on their own devices rather than coming to the office and switching on their desktop. Thus, there will be more freedom in the way the employee work which eventually will boost their productivity. A definite positive impact on the bottom line of the company should be the eventual outcome of the new BYOD induction policy.

Well, the reality is a little different from the above where there are instances of many companies that have actually found the BYOD move difficult. The most challenging part of allowing employees to bring their own device is the loss of control. Yes, the company owners do not have any control on the way their employees use their devices and they hardly have a say what is stored on not stored on these devices. Installing management apps on the tablets and smartphones owned by the employees is a big headache as majority of the employees are not comfortable with the idea of installing the apps. Thus, companies find it really difficult to manage the employees who are not ready to do away with the privacy of their devices.

The ownership of the devices also plays a very significant role in determining their use. If the companies are worried about the privately owned devices then they can try out a different model - COPE (Company owned and personally enabled). Under this, the companies can buy the mobile devices and the employees can use it for both their personal work as well official work. Thus, the employees will be equally comfortable working with the company procured devices without affecting negatively affecting the productivity levels or efficiency. BYOD can be given a completely new face by adapting the COPE model.

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Author Bio:
Michelle Patterson has been working with telecom companies for over 20 years, and is excited with the new IP/VoIP/Cloud Telephony and other systems flooding the market. She is learning as much as she can about IP Telephony, Cloud Telephony, VoIP, Unified Communications, etc.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Is Managed File Transfer (MFT) important in 2014?

Excuse Me!


Managed File Transfer
Managed File Transfer (MFT) ever heard of it? Well until just the other day neither had I, but apparently since the late 1990’s this little niche of an industry has been growing steadily to meet the demands of those of us who wish to exchange large amounts of data on a regular basis. And when you stop and think about it, it’s not surprising that this has happened. Nearly all of us exchange files of one kind or another every week, it’s just that some of us do it on a more industrial scale (think of those running databases and sharing info between one or more business units).

These folk are almost always going to need more than just a good FTP file storage and exchange site.

Professional Needs

What these professional guys require is a whole raft of additional features that go beyond just the ability to transfer a file form one person to another.

First and foremost they are going to want to know that the channel used to carry the transferred data is secure. For those that are really concerned about security that will mean the target file being encrypted not only whilst being transferred but also while it is at rest on whatever server it is stored.

Coming close on the heals of this requirement is the ability to have the transfer made not just person to person but also the possibility of transferring between person and process/application, or process/application to person and even process/application to process/application. This will allow the accommodation of automating the exchange, which in turn may require the integration of third party products such as content and anti-virus scanners.

Managing these exchanges is also extremely important to the corporate user, since keeping control of their data is paramount when considering the potential cost of a data loss or breach. The ability to refer to an audit trail of what was shared with whom is almost as important as preventing the unauthorised access to the data in the first place.

Should You be Interested in MFT

So now that you understand slightly better what MFT is all about should you be making use of it? Do you have a regular and on-going need to exchange data with business partners, sales teams and potential new clients? For most of us the answer is probably yes, but the good news is that there are emerging new products that can achieve this MFT without major cost or in major changes to our existing working practices.

The Future of MFT Today

A favourite of mine is a strong contender to be the next market leader in my humble opinion. It offers everything above and then some but unlike the norm it doesn’t ask you to take a leap of faith, a sort of step into the unknown. This product comes with several independent certifications and industry awards. Not necessarily the be all and end all, but offering a refreshing level of comfort in the fact that you are not the guinea-pig on this occasion.

Summary

And so it seems that although as I’ve stated earlier that this industry has matured, there appears to be always room for innovation and improvement. Oh and if you want to look at my choice go to egress.com.

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