Smartphones, tablets, and notebooks--more recently ultrabooks--have enriched the mobility space and made it more complex. The influence of these mobile devices can be experienced everywhere: airports, shopping complexes, hospitals, museums, schools, colleges and also our workplaces. They've erased corporate boundaries but at the same time, they've raised many data security concerns.
Smartphone banking is today’s smart way of managing money on the go. We've all come to appreciate it for the simplicity and convenience it offers us. While the perks are great (quick access to funds, account balance summaries anytime, anywhere) safety and privacy have remained prime concerns.
Employees are bringing devices to work in ever-increasing numbers. Gone are the days of IT handing out devices with just the company-approved software. Now more and more users want to use the devices they own and like, and these devices do double-duty for work and home.
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has picked up a lot of steam in recent months and doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon. Technological advances, a growing number of mobile workers, and gadget affordability have all played a role in the takeoff process. In some ways this trend presents cause for concern; an increasing number of employees are sitting in their company's drivers seat and calling the shots in ways they shouldn't be. The device-types supported in a given corporate environment are no longer stemming from the will of the IT director. In many cases the line is being drawn by the employees who are bringing their personal-owned devices to the office.
So, which tablet did you receive over the holiday season? Was it the Kindle Fire, the Motorola Xoom, or the iPad?
Yep, it's that time of year again. As people begin removing lights and ornaments from their trees and taking off those goofy Near Years Eve sunglasses, tech pundits across the web are relaying their forecasts and views of what enterprise technology landscape will look like in 2012...
While the best of us remain pondering about a good new year's resolution, Small & Medium Business leadership seem to have theirs all figured out. Based on the NPD Group's latest report, businesses with 1,000 employees (or less) plan to invest in tablets in a big way over the next twelve months. And this isn't a trend among few; roughly three quarters (73%) of SMBs are on-board.
What are you using to get the job done today? Whatever it is, chances are you'd be reluctant to go back to a typewriter and briefcase packed with handwritten contents. Tablets, smartphones, desktops and laptops are here to stay. They've worked their way into our routine in so many ways that it makes it difficult to grasp the hard truth. That being, the more ways we use these devices the more risk they present us. An overwhelming number of organizations have overlooked this risk... but why? Perhaps the edge these devices provide us is the very thing that blinds us. The worst part is, the stakes have never been higher.