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Transitioning to the digital workspace in 4 simple steps

Legacy management is everywhere. IT departments are scrambling to keep up with the rapid evolution of technology. Cloud-based services, changing employee preferences and increased cyber security threats make it impossible to succeed in the silos of the past. Companies who are surviving and thriving are doing so by transitioning to the digital workspace and adopting a modern management approach that can keep pace with current and anticipated changes.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledges lack of transparency around iPhone throttling

For years Apple has developed a reputation for customer-centric design and has built an incredible brand following in doing so. Therefore, the news of the company admitting to purposely slowing older iPhone models came as a bit of a shock to many. But what does it really mean to the future of Apple? Will the iPhone throttling scandal have a long-term affect on its customer loyalty … or has the fallout already come and gone? Our own Phil Poje weighs in on CRN. Read More

Mobile Brew attendance doubles in year two

As secure enterprise mobility becomes an increasingly relevant business objective, IT executives and professionals are looking for ideas, insights and best practices on finding a better balance between employee preferences and company priorities. Therefore, it’s no surprise that we experienced such an uptick in attendance at Tech Orchard’s second annual Mobile Brew. More than 110 attendees from top Kansas City companies joined us at Boulevard Brewery for networking and a valuable panel discussion on mobility essentials.

The event kicked off as Mike McRoberts, Business Development Expert & Former Sprint Executive, shared a thought-provoking story about how IT teams can leverage the benefits of expanding their use of cloud services, especially for mobile initiatives. Then, Tech Orchard CEO Phil Poje addressed a panel of speakers about the challenges and opportunities around enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile threat prevention (MTP) in the workplace. Panelists included Keith Shaw, manager of security engineering and operations for H&R Block Inc.; Cora Belfiore, director of IT operations at Winston & Strawn LLP; James Robertson, owner of Core BT Solutions; and Randy Crenshaw, vice president of mobile technology at Tech Orchard.

KC Business Journal’s tech beat writer Leslie Collins captured some of the most valuable panel commentary in her article “Tech Orchard panel: How employers can address mobile security issues.” Attendees in the audience were able to ask questions and generate additional conversation about how they can better incorporate a comprehensive mobile strategy moving forward. Immediately following the conclusion of the panel, employees from our sponsor companies took the stage to share a little about their businesses. Sponsors included VMware, Check Point, Trabon, UPS, BalancePoint, Centriq Training, Netrality Properties, Network Technology Partners (NTP), Quark Studios and Source Inc. Wireless Solutions. Door prizes were given away to six lucky winners while everyone in attendance enjoyed tasty appetizers and local craft brews while networking with colleagues and peers.

With no sign of mobility adoption slowing across the enterprise, we’re already looking ahead to expanding our panel and attendance at our third annual Mobile Brew in the fall of 2017. If you had the opportunity to attend and have any outstanding questions that weren’t answered either by our panel or during your networking, please don’t hesitate to call or email Phil, Randy or Mila. If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to read our KC Business Journal coverage and reach out for assistance with any enterprise mobility needs you may have or expect to arise within your organization in the days ahead.

Mobile Brew 2016 Recap

For complete photo coverage, check out our Facebook album with pictures of the event, attendees, prize winners, panelists and more!

FREE: 5-drawer locking file cabinets

Today, in our office complex, someone is giving away several 5-drawer file cabinets.  I wonder where all the files/data went? …hard drives, cloud services, data center?  Your data is in a different location today than it was 10 year ago, how are you protecting it?

Corporate data is increasingly on mobile devices; are you protecting it?  What could happen if one of the key executives lost their smartphone or tablet.  Contact us, we can help.

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How to keep your phone secure

Verizon host Melissa Scalia offers quick and easy tips for enjoying a more secure smartphone.


When you’re out and about, it can be easy to lose track of your phone. Luckily, there are easy ways to take precautionary measures. Join our host Melissa on the floor of CES 2014 as she shows us how to set up a strong passcode on aSamsung Galaxy S® 4 and how to leave important contact info on your lock screen in case you misplace your device.

For more tech tips and overall CES coverage, visit our CES 2014 page throughout the week.

TechOrchard hosts MobileBLEND, a BYOD and mobile strategy event for business Executives

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Kansas City-based MobileIT company TechOrchard hosted the first of this year’s series of mobileBLEND events on Thursday, February 28 at Boulevard Brewery. This event focused on bringing together business leaders and subject experts on the most popular tools businesses are using for enterprise mobile deployments and management platforms.

Attendees to the invite-only MobileBLEND event had the opportunity to directly engage with representatives of the market-leading platforms and services currently being used to make mobility in business safe and secure in an increasingly BYOD World. “The mobileBLEND event was a great opportunity for local businesses to learn from industry-leading pioneers about mobility, BYOD strategy, policies, and the tools available to ensure successful deployment and management of mobile devices,” said Dustin Burns of McCownGordon Construction.

Business leaders and IT executives alike were able to gain a solid understanding of the tools available to them through a facilitated panel discussion and open Q & A.

In addition to vendors and representatives on the panel, there were several representatives from local businesses who shared their real-world applications of the tools used by their organizations to embrace mobile-first and BYOD mobility strategies. Jonathan Wooley of BRR Architects and a panelist for the event said, “I greatly enjoyed being a part of the mobility discussion at TechOrchard’s mobileBLEND event. The mobility landscape in the workplace is evolving rapidly. Different hardware manufacturers, operating systems, user-owned devices versus company-owned devices, and management and control of company data add complexity. TechOrchard did a great job facilitating discussion around the hot topics in mobility.”

The event was organized and hosted by TechOrchard and sponsored by MobileIron, Box and CrashPlan Pro.

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