To continue to serve the growing mobility needs of businesses and organizations throughout the¬†Midwest, TechOrchard is pleased to announce the hire of Virginia Franzese as vice president¬†of sales and marketing.
Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) December 19, 2012 ‚ÄĒ Mobility has enabled businesses and their employees to¬†increase productivity. As mobile devices become the workplace norm, an increasing number of employees‚Äô¬†personal devices are receiving company data right next to the pictures of their kids and emails in their Gmail accounts.¬†It is this growing ‚Äúbring your own device‚ÄĚ (BYOD) trend in companies that has businesses concerned about the¬†security of their data, the administration and support of devices across many mobile operating systems, and¬†management of the massive influx of mobile devices into the workplace.
TechOrchard helps companies develop their mobile strategy including mobile device procurement, training,¬†management and security. TechOrchard has experienced significant growth in 2012, bringing more than 6,000¬†devices in the Kansas City area under management while providing more than 300 hours of mobile device and workflow¬†productivity training to local businesses and schools. TechOrchard expects this trend to rapidly increase in¬†2013.
To continue to serve the growing mobility needs of businesses and organizations throughout the Midwest,¬†TechOrchard is pleased to announce the hire of Virginia Franzese as vice president of sales and marketing.¬†Franzese has been a part of Kansas City’s business community for more than 10 years, providing growth¬†strategies, process planning and business infrastructure design to multiple industry segments. She serves as the¬†president of KC Roundtable and is co-founder of The coderCAPITAL Project. She and her family live in Prairie Village, and she is proud to call Kansas City home!
To accommodate its growing team, TechOrchard has recently completed a transition to new offices in the¬†Southcreek Business Park and is located at 12980 Metcalf Avenue, Suite 320, Overland Park, KS 66213.
TechOrchard is a global mobility management company with Midwestern roots. Whether mobile device¬†management, hardware procurement, private mobile application development, mobile device fleet provisioning¬†or managing enterprise security in an increasingly consumerized environment, TechOrchard is your trusted
Symantec updated its mobile security offerings this weekend with a push to its mobile security services.¬†It requires a Norton Account and additional permissions within your service account and offers services that are nearly identical to Lookout Mobile’s backup and locate services. There is not that much here to differentiate this product from the myriad other players on the scene right now (aside from the “Norton” name), and there isn’t a lot to attract large corporate customers looking to secure their data on mobile endpoints.
One could argue that Norton is not necessarily competing on the commercial scale here but is instead targeting the small-end consumer. Tests at TechOrchard on multiple devices did not reveal anything that would be useful at the corporate level.
When I’m talking to organizations about how easy it is to tag an iPhone or any mobile device, I’m more often than not met with a bit of incredulity. I mean, “No one actually hears about anyone getting their devices pulled directly out of their hands, right?” Surely people don’t walk around looking for smartphones to just grab out of someone’s hands?
It might not be as inventive or entertaining as¬†these guys¬†(the chopstick phone thieves), but it’s just as potentially damaging and happens every day in every city where there are large quantities of people with smartphones simply going about their daily lives. This happens to both the average Everyday Joe and the CEO/CIO/Director alike.¬†Trust me, I’ve heard the stories and seen the damage that results from something like this happening, particularly when there was no password on the phone and it just happened to have emails containing personal data, files containing financial data and an app that was improperly backed up and storing patient data locally, too.
You wouldn’t do this with your laptop would you? So why are you letting the same data on your laptops and desktops run around on your phone unprotected when theft can happen so easily?
In the story that’s associated with the video above, the guy was eventually caught and the phone returned … with no password.
It’s great to read solid research like¬†this¬†about your industry when you’ve been banging your head against the walls of corporations for over a year attempting to convince them to remove their collective heads from the sand and get serious about their mobile devices. Many CIOs, CEOs and assorted IT (in both government and private business) folk are either unaware or don’t impart a great deal of importance to the danger mobile devices pose as data-rich endpoints ripe for malicious harvesting of data.
This research seems to suggest what we’ve been sensing thus far at TechOrchard as we’re out in the field researching, interviewing and selling. It’s getting progressively easier to break through that initial veil and get right down to helping companies build strategy and systems to integrate their mobile devices into their existing IT infrastructure.
From the article:
“Specifically in the next five years 65% of corporations will adopt MDM to address¬†security¬†concerns from¬†smartphones¬†and tablets.”
I actually think it will be a bit lower than the Gartner survey suggests ‚ÄĒ the adoption rate will likely be held down by non-security related factors (read: internal¬†bureaucracy¬†and CEOs who haven’t yet had to get in front of a legal inquisition or pay through the nose for PR and liabilities).
Also from the report:
“The driving reasons behind that trend are obvious: Gartner predicts that through 2017, 90% of enterprises will have two or more mobile operating systems to support. In the past year, many companies have moved to Apple as their main mobile device platform, with others to follow over the next 12 to 18 months. As other operating systems like¬†Windows¬†8 mobile platforms grow, MDM will need to be adopted” Gartner said.
That’s kind of like saying, “Next year, we will have men and women working here,” but it’s certainly true from what I see in the marketplace every day, and it is a broader and more difficult to control issue already than the report seems to suggest. Most IT folk and CIOs are clueless when it comes to the vulnerabilities that exist to their IP and data as a result of crap security protocol on employee (BYOD or otherwise) devices.
We’re busy enough as it is these days, but 2013 is sure to be a bumper year from mobile device management MSPs for those who are familiar with the marketplace and how to navigate it.
CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility report has just been released and it is chock full of interesting information regarding small businesses and the effect mobile devices have had on them in the last year. It is incredibly interesting to note the shift in attitude of employees towards mobile devices. Where in the recent past, mobile devices were simply convenience tools for employees that may or may not have been provided to them by employers ‚ÄĒ today they are an imperative. This imperative is not necessarily driven by the business, rather the employees are the ones driving this shift in the social framework around personal mobile devices and business data (and access to it).
Of the employees surveyed, 95% said that their mobile devices had made them more productive; and just in case you might think this is a case of the kids telling the doctor that the candy makes them smarter, 85% of the IT professionals at the same organizations said that the mobile devices had made their employees more productive.¬†Of those users in these businesses, 55% use apps that they’ve purchased for business just for business, which is a really interesting indicator of how putting control of mobile devices into the hands of users can drive your business.
Currently, among laptops, smartphones and tablets, the smartphone is still the most utilized and most praised tool.¬†Its collaborative capability mixed with the increased power of apps and flexibility of usage makes it the tool that is the most “business-ey” today. Survey participants (IT managers and Users alike) both agreed that there was a tablet rush in the wings, with both groups predicting an average 117% increase in tablet usage in their businesses just in the next year!
If you are a small business owner on the fence about whether or not you need to
prepare for¬†catch up to your employees when it comes to managing their mobile devices and managing their access to your data all while unlocking their productive potential …read the rest of this report. It’s in handy-dandy infographic/slide form.¬†Get it now!
2012 is turning out to be a fantastic year for Fiberlink’s MaaS360 mobile device management platform, with the platform being recognized with award after award nearly every month of this year. The ease of setup, flexibility of options and strength of protection continues to be recognized by numerous technology and security bodies from all over the world.
Most recently, Fiberlink was awarded the “Best Mobile Product of the Year” by Techworld at its 2012 Awards symposium for IT, Networking and Security products. MaaS360 was given this award based on its technical excellence, rate of innovation, user experience and overall cost to value to businesses. More information about this award series can be found here.
Just a few of Fiberlink’s other recent awards include:
- GSMA’s Global Mobile World Congress Best Enterprise Mobile Service¬†– one of the only MDM platforms recognized officially by the Mobile World Congress
- Network World’s Clear Choice Winner¬†
- GTRA’s Best Mobile Solution for Government Officials
- CODIE Awards Finalist in Best Cloud Platform¬†and Best Operations Management
That’s just a short list of Fiberlink’s complete list of awards for their Mobile Device Management platform, Maas360.
We are excited to be bringing this fine mobile device management product to the companies in our locale.¬†Fiberlink (so far!) continues to outperform other MDM platforms in the space.¬†You can try it out and see for yourself by starting a 30-day FREE TRIAL!