After each deployment, network administrators are quick to relish in the payoffs of the fusion between mobile device management (MDM) and network access control (NAC). As standalone offerings, NAC and MDM give contemporary IT the tools to solidify their network security and device management initiatives. Integrating NAC features into a MDM solution leaves IT with one of the most flexible approaches to securely support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs in the enterprise.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs have created more security and management concerns than enterprise IT bargained for. Or so it seemed. According to a recent Cisco study, businesses that have chosen to implement BYOD have been quick to learn the benefits. As it turns out, the successful implementation of mobile device management (MDM) platform is neither impossible nor impractical.
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If you've taken flight since the start of the digital age, you know its a FAA regulation to have your personal electronic device (PED) powered off during takeoff and landing. This fact can be verified by Alec Baldwin. The rule remains in effect for good reason; according to the FAA, "at a lower altitude, any potential interference could be more of a safety hazard as the cockpit crew focuses on critical arrival and departure duties."
Since its unveiling in 2007, the Google Android mobile operating system has become the best selling in the world. Four OS updates later, much of the mobile world remains in the dark with regard to what makes the platform so great. At yesterday's webinar, I made an attempt to string together the lesser-known facts about Android in hopes to give our viewers a chance to better understand of its security, management, and productivity benefits.
No more than two months ago, Google reported an astounding figure of 700,000 daily Android device activations, an announcement which awed enough to step back and acknowledge the platform's presence as a top-contender in the mobile industry (tailing Apple by just 15 million activations total). This morning, it would seem they've upped the bar on themselves, and don't be surprised as it continues to go up. Reporting from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Andy Rubin, (SVP Mobile at Google) tweeted a significant jump from the December figure to 850,000 activations a day. Pretty incredible!
If your company has yet to implement a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, it is likely a plan in the works. And why not? For most organizations, the initial draw is reduced spending. With more employees bringing their iPhones, iPads, and Android devices to work there is no rush to acquire new hardware. And then there's the benevolent element; putting a smile on everyone's face. Employees who are bringing their devices are loving work more than ever now that they've severed ties with their desk.
Tablets and smartphones have become very popular among health practitioners and have redefined the doctor-patient relationship. While universities and hospitals are allocating budgets for developing medical applications for the iPads and iPhones, doctors and nurses are using them to keep track of patient records, discuss medical cases in online forums, view clinical data and issue prescriptions. The mobile technology has influenced the medical industry remarkably.
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