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Top 5 enterprise mobility trends

For years we’ve been working with and talking to organizations of all sizes across industries about the value of meaningful mobility. Though some aspects of mobility are beginning to mature, the constant of technology innovation and its impact on the workforce make it important that we continue to examine current and future trends. This year, Samsung commissioned Oxford Economics to examine the state of enterprise mobility in 2018, and together they highlight five key enterprise mobility trends, some of which are no-brainers while others might surprise you. Read More

Digital workspace solutions: Leveraging the IT Swiss Army knife

The advancement of technology and the current pace of conducting business have changed the way we think about solving problems. Today’s premier IT leaders are constantly challenged with identifying and eliminating siloed solutions. Meanwhile, they are looking to find and/or develop programs, applications and other technologies that are robust and easy to integrate, and that handle everything from systematizing operations and streamlining functionality to accomplishing multiple tasks at once. In other words, they’re looking for the “digital” Swiss Army knife. Read More

Security concerns highlight a need for mobile device usage policies

Mobility is not a fad; it is a cultural steamroller. Organizations are being thrust into this environment of rapidly evolving technology, sometimes unwittingly, often with little or no preparation. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a recent study conducted by Dell Data Security1 indicates that while approximately three-quarters of executives now recognize mobility as a priority, many organizations are struggling to incorporate it successfully among their teams. Furthermore, only one in four C-level leaders is well-informed about data security issues. Read More

Mobility: An integral part of EVERY company (whether you realize it or not!)

When you think about the things that impact daily life, what comes to mind? Is mobility at or near the top of your list? Because it’s become such an “automatic” part of what we do both in our personal and professional lives, it’s easy to overlook. Yet the reality is that mobility touches every aspect of our lives — and, more importantly, is a key driver of every business these days.

Mobility has changed the way we communicate and collaborate, and has truly enhanced these aspects of business. Statistics show that 84% of employees use some kind of mobile device (smartphone, tablet or laptop) for work1, and in some companies, that number has risen to 100%. As part of our culture, business professionals expect to be able to access corporate email, files and data from anywhere any time. However, many employees are accessing this information without permission from IT, thus rendering corporate data on devices that have no security, encryption or organizational control.

As apps, iBeacons and machine-to-machine technology expand, companies must consider not only the opportunities that exist in using mobile devices but the risks that come with them. Cyber security, data breaches and data leakage are just a few of the primary security challenges. With more than 12,000 smartphones alone being lost, stolen or misplaced every day in the US2, it’s clear that protecting a company’s data is everyone’s job!

Simultaneously, companies who want to maintain their competitive advantage are recognizing that opportunities abound for increased productivity and cost reduction with mobility. Meanwhile, businesses lacking a comprehensive mobile strategy may find themselves succumbing to the fate of notable giants like Kodak, Blackberry and Blockbuster who failed to leverage technology to innovate.

Mobile devices are being purchased at more than a 6:1 ratio over desktop PCs3, which coincides with the notion that today’s workforce demands data access, device freedom and the ability to work differently. Though most companies have discussed mobility in some form, many place it low on their priority list. In reality, we must no longer rely on the processes and tools that made us successful in years past; businesses must consider the leading indicators of our culture and find smart, cost-effective ways to leverage the power of mobility.

Don’t put yourself in a position to find your business out of touch and out of time. Contact TechOrchard at 913.685.1475 for help crafting a tailored plan to implement Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) in your organization today.

1 VMware Model for Enterprise Mobility: The Keys to Greater Productivity Are Already in Your Employees’ Hands. 2013, VMware, Inc. Available online at: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/VMW-EB-MOBILITY-CLOUD_USLET.pdf.

2 State of the Net Survey. 2014, Consumer Reports National Research Center. Available online at http://pressroom.consumerreports.org/pressroom/2014/04/my-entry-1.html.

3 Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles, and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2011-2018, 2Q14 Update. June 2014, Gartner, Inc. Press release available online at http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2791017.

Why Microsoft’s engineering changes will be the real Windows 9 (Threshold) story

Microsoft is building, testing and updating Windows in a very different way, starting with Windows Threshold. In many ways, those changes matter more than the new bits themselves.

By Mary Jo Foley  |  September 29, 2014  |  ZDNet

Windows 9

September 30 will be the day Microsoft takes the official wraps off an early build of Windows Threshold.

While some can’t wait for the new name of the next version of Windows client to be revealed, and others are anxious to hear about the first of the new features aimed at business users in particular, I’m hoping to learn about what Microsoft has done on the back end to change the way Microsoft delivers operating systems, going forward.

The unified Operating Systems Group has been working on new mechanisms for user feedback, testing new features in a way to gauge user acceptance, tracking bugs and rolling out new functionality and fixes starting with Threshold.

Up until recently, Microsoft typically has taken three to six months to roll out new “milestone” test builds of Windows. But starting with Threshold, that window is going to become closer to one month between updates.

Those Threshold testers enrolled in the Windows Insider program that Neowin wrote about recently will have those features and fixes pushed automatically to them after they download the Enterprise Technical Preview, which is expected by early October. These users will be getting the code that Microsoft is releasing from the main Windows development codebase almost as soon as it’s ready. This means those willing to play along will be running code that is only weeks old.

To pull this off, Microsoft has had to reimagine Windows engineering so that it treats Windows as a service, as I blogged recently. And that’s a huge and much-needed change if Microsoft really is going cloud first/mobile first.

I’ve heard Microsoft built a new real-time telemetry system codenamed “Asimov” (yes, another Halo-influenced codename) that lets the OS team see in near real-time what’s happening on users’ machines. This is how Microsoft may be able to measure how successful the features it “flights” with different user groups are. One of my contacts said Asimov is a system that the Xbox team originally built and used during its development process.

I don’t know if Microsoft Operating Systems chief Terry Myerson is going to give those of us attending the Threshold event in San Francisco on September 30 any information about these back-end changes, but I think he should. Microsoft needs to try to convince business users that signing on for monthly updates is worth the time and trouble. And given the trouble the Softies have been having in recent months with some of the patches and updates the company has been rolling out, corporate customers are likely to be skeptical.

How and how often Microsoft plans to push updates and fixes to Threshold after it is deemed “done” is still up for debate. But given Microsoft’s intention, at least according to my sources, to make Threshold the “last” major Windows release, I’d think the regular monthly rollouts are here for the duration. I’d assume business customers will have a way to opt out if they aren’t ready or willing to get updates on a monthly basis. Again, I don’t know what that will mean in terms of how and how often they’ll get updates if they don’t want to be on the monthly train.

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