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Mobile Devices Present Challenges for Employers

By WillD|August 10th,2013|IT,Mobile|No comments

Your phone is having an identity crisis.

Not unlike us humans, our smartphones (and for that matter, all of our mobile devices) are swamped juggling both our work and personal lives. This is presenting some interesting challenges for employers and employees alike.

Multiple research reports show that almost 70 percent of employees use their personal smartphones and tablets to access corporate data and applications. Despite resistance from IT departments, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is clearly what employees want, allowing them to manage work, home and fun on their personally owned mobile devices.

From the employer side, BYOD has both pros and cons. On the upside, employers can save tons of money on mobile hardware and services while enhancing productivity by giving employees the convenience to work more from anywhere at any time. However, this productivity boost and savings comes at the expense of security and control. Allowing personally owned devices on multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) to access corporate networks and data can be a security, operational and, in some cases, compliance nightmare.

So what is a CIO or any business owner to do?

One popular way to manage company mobile devices is to implement Mobile Device Management software (MDM). MDM allows a company to manage all aspects of an employee’s mobile device remotely. While this is a great option for company-owned devices, it can be a bit awkward and downright intrusive on employee-owned devices.

Fortunately, there is a new breed of tools coming out that support a hybrid approach, keeping both employees and employers happy with respect to the BYOD movement. This new approach focuses on managing and securing just the applications and data on your phone rather than the phone itself. So instead of your IT department managing your entire device, it is able to manage only the applications and data that the company really cares about.

There is little need for a company to manage your Words with Friends app in order to allow you to use corporate email or SharePoint or work on a spreadsheet on the company’s network. Look for these new Mobile Application Management solutions (MAMs) to make the BYOD approach increasingly popular over the next couple of years.

While there is no current market leader or industry standard in the BYOD market, major players like Symantec, AirWatch, Citrix and many other smaller companies are all vying to establish a foothold around BYOD. This competition will eventually create a win-win for employees and employers by solving the unique challenges of your phone’s identity crisis in the workplace.

Give us a call today to discuss MDM solutions for your business: 615-353-1921 ext 200

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Nashville SharePoint Developers Group

By WillD|June 24th,2013|IT,SharePoint|No comments

Atiba Network Services,  a Nashville-based computer consulting firm, has started the Nashville SharePoint developers group. The group will meet once a month Atiba’s office in Cummins Station in midtown Nashville.   The purpose of the SharePoint developers group is to allow programmers who work with Microsoft SharePoint to share ideas and programming techniques related to SharePoint and Office365. Our next meeting will cover integrating business intelligence with SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server Reporting Services. We will also discuss using SharePoint 2013 as a reporting platform. For more information about the Nashville SharePoint developers group, please contact Atiba at info@Atiba.com or call 615-353-1921.

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Disaster Happens – Is Your Business Ready? (Disaster Recovery)

By WillD|April 20th,2013|Disaster Recovery,IT,Security|No comments

Preparing for an emergency is a key factor to business continuity after a disaster. Wherever the threat comes from – whether it’s physical, virtual, network failure or cybercrime-related – it’s important your business is equipped to deal with the problem.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates over 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster. And when we consider these potential consequences, it’s important you have a disaster preparedness plan ready. In creating such a plan we recommend you consider the following:

Communication strategy – Make a plan about how you will communicate any disaster and its affects to your internal and external audiences – 40 % of businesses will never reopen following a disaster.

Financial management – Ensure you can still access your company accounts, pay bills on time and make the payroll.

Data backup – Keep your company information safe by backing up assets and storing a copy offsite on a regular basis, this will facilitate seamless disaster recovery.

Cloud-based software – Move software to cloud-based versions of the programs you use today. This acts as a great alternative to data backup and lets employees have access to email, important documents, contacts and calendars – anytime from virtually anywhere.

Technology updates – Maintain vigilance when it comes to keeping your technology updated with security patches to safeguard your network against the latest threats.

Give us a call/email today for a free disaster preparedness assessment.

615.353.1921  |  info@atiba.com

Thanks and be prepared!

Your Atiba Network Services Team

 

 

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