Last month’s industry news included many mobile threats and device management reminders, as well as the debut of new products. Below, we’ve highlighted popular headlines concerning MDM, network infrastructure, industry news, and company news.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) Tips & Lessons Learned
A survey conducted by CDW earlier this year provided insight into existing MDM structures for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Although employees at these companies use personal devices for business, many do not know where to begin when it comes to MDM.
Last month, Computerworld reports that approximately 67% of IT managers stated unfamiliarity with MDM software, which would make implementation of MDM processes difficult. Of those that understand MDM software, only 22% reported having plans in place to put necessary processes in motion. (Click here for additional details from the full article.)
For SMBs that want guidance or lessons learned, CSO’s MDM guide is full of takeaways. It’s main advice: have a firm policy in place to ensure appropriate security, protocols and configurations for mobile employees, devices and apps.
In our find me, follow me culture, dynamic apps that sync and technology that travels create new opportunities to transform how we work. As employees move from desk phone to cell phone, office to outside world, mobility is a driving force.
Network Infrastructure Check
More of the workforce accessing corporate networks remotely can have impact on overall network capacity. Take the challenge head-on, and provide IT professionals with all they need to handle network traffic patterns for manageable bandwidth. Action items such as software checks for up-to-date products and guest network capabilities can lessen the burden on your network.
Unexpected disasters from the outside can impact your business in extreme ways. For example, when Hurricane Irene hit last year, it could have meant a direct hit on TMC’s headquarters and a stall in its ability to operate. Many of its employees lost power, but because TMC had developed a plan before the storm hit, it was able to remain fully operational with staffed editors and account managers available for direct contact. For more, check out the full continuity planning 101 guide.
Software Update: Industry News
Industry quick hits, this month’s announcements, and product rollouts include the following:
- Microsoft announced plans to roll out a mobile version of Office for Android and iOS. No release date has been announced, but many expect the launch to occur sometime in 2013.
- Blackberry’s hold on the federal government sector may be coming to a close, as members of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office selected iPhone as their mobile device of choice.
- Microsoft introduced tablet/PC hybrid options with its Windows 8 and Surface launch.
- Samsung Galaxy S III’s reign in web traffic volume numbers came to an end 18 days after the release of Apple’s iPhone 5.
News at Nexogy
Last month, the Nexogy team formally announced its newest member: Robert (Bob) Jans. As our new vice president of sales and business development, Bob leads strategy and oversees initiatives for the Nexogy sales team. He also manages relationships with our existing and future channel partners. Bob comes to Nexogy with 25 years of experience with companies such as IBM, GE and Chase.
Last month I was also fortunate enough to spend some time with industry peers and professionals at Broadsoft Connections 2012, an event focused on mobile devices and cloud telephony.
Did we miss one of the stories or developments you’ve been following? Be sure to share in the comments section below.
Topics: mobile device management