The hottest item on the planet at the moment has to be Google Glass, presented at Google I/O in April 2013. However, despite great publicity and media hype, actual use cases and success has come in dribs and drabs. In saying that though, it’s only a matter of time and developers before the possibilities, of which there are many, become actual applications.
The history of Wearable Technology dates as far back as to the 16th century Europe where watches fell off the wall and mantle pieces and landed in clothes pockets. The Pocket watch, later called a Fob Watch because it was attached using a short leather strap or ‘fob’, became a fashionable piece of technology. So popular in fact that to this day a Fob Watch can still be purchased in the majority of 1st world shopping centres.
“Innovation happens at the edge” states Ted Shadler in his book Empowered and the ‘edge’ has blurred due to mobile technologies entering the enterprise. As innovation occurs at the enterprise periphery (the interface of enterprise and market/s or ‘the edge’) it must be operationalised into meaningful, repeatable, productive outcomes that improve operational excellence or drive quality customer engagement.
The speed of change in the technical sphere is one element but the human factor encompassing user experience and productive utilisation of the technology is an extremely important factor too. An organisation may invest and setup a great tech but scaling support to meet the demands of an always connected group of mobile end users is one large challenge in itself.
For many organisations still struggling to define their mobile strategy and control the popularity BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), WYOD (Wear Your Own Device) will add yet another layer of complexity. Even with a Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform in place, wearable devices will not be automatically covered by the security an MDM provides.
At MSC we are working with many corporate and government customers who are in the first stages of buying, building and deploying mobile applications to their internal users. This is the point where mobile moves from simple enablement to business transformation, dramatically improving the way people work when in the field.
Most organisations have at some level, experienced an increase in productive outcomes brought about by mobile access to email, calendar and contacts. Largely, all that the current smart devices we available today have done is replicate the BlackBerry experience (circa 2006 people) on non-BlackBerry devices. In real terms, productivity has not increased significantly however that is changing rapidly.
A number of studies show that most organisations are struggling with mobility. However two recent studies offer insights into how companies that are “mobile leaders” are behaving differently from other companies in the way they engage with and manage the disruption brought about by mobility. These mobile leaders are those companies that are successfully gaining business benefits from mobility projects and realising a return on investment (ROI).
It entertains us, it reminds us, it tracks our health, it socialises us, it recommends us to others and it allows us to purchase or find great deals. It is already emerging as your remote control to the world of things around you and with the emergence of biometrics it is your personal authentication key.
With iOS 8 announced at WWDC 2014 overnight, many are asking what will this update bring to the table for Enterprise customers? According to Apple, iOS 8 is 'the biggest iOS release ever' and offers more advanced ways to deploy devices and deliver a great user experience.
Let's have a look at what's on offer.
BYOD can certainly add value in specific use cases however when an enterprise moves to mobilising business processes a number of significant inhibitors arise, one of the largest being how data is managed and handled. As users introduce smart devices it is natural for users to want to use them form more than just email, this is equally true for corporately provided devices.
The Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance (GEMA), the world’s leading independent joint venture providing enterprise mobility managed services (MMS) to multinational organisations, today announced it has signed a new agreement with the leading Nordics IT service provider EVRY ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange: EVRY) as the joint venture’s exclusive member for the Nordic region. The partnership significantly boosts the alliance’s managed enterprise mobility service capabilities and presence in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
MSC Mobility is proud to announce its attainment of Iron Partner status with MobileIron. Tim Youm, Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific for MobileIron says “attaining Iron Partner status requires significant commitment to achieve, necessitating high certification levels for both sales and technical teams.
Guilty as charged your honour. When I first heard about Windows RT I to got sucked into the ‘this thing is crap’. It’s not a desktop, it’s not a phone, it’s not a good tablet, and it’s just this thing in Microsoft in no man’s land.
Fast forward a year and Windows RT 8.1 may now very well be ready for the enterprise and consumer to boot. In fact I think Windows RT is the PC your mother should have
The ground swell of consumerisation in IT has moved on from Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Bring Your Own App with more and more employees downloading and using personally acquired apps in a business context. Telsyte’s Australian Enterprise Mobility Market Study 2014 reveals that 27% of business surveyed, 460 in total, allow employees to use personal apps at work. Clearly there are productivity gains to be achieved, however, there are also potential risks to company business processes when employees reshape how they work using self-provisioned personal apps in an unstructured, organic, evolutionary manner.
Outlook Web Access (OWA) over ActiveSync poses significant risks to government agencies as a result of easy access by non-approved devices, particularly personal devices. The threat vector for unauthorised access through social circumstances is high and can lead to data loss without appropriate logging. This article considers the implications for IS18 compliance and potential resolutions.
The last few years have seen many Office competitors born, acquired and some go on to become very successful. Documents To Go by Dataviz was the name that started it all in mobile office editors and was so popular on BlackBerry that RIM acquired Dataviz in 2010. At that stage Docs To Go was also one of the leading iPad Office editing offerings on the market which made this acquisition an interesting one as RIM was searching for an answer to consumerisation.