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A Smarter Approach to Mobile Device Management

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Blog, Mobile, Productivity

Source: intomobile.com More people today are adopting personal mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, for business purposes. Such devices, coupled with greater Wi-Fi accessibility and cloud services, have empowered us with the ability to access data and do business from practically anywhere at anytime. With how “mobile” these personal devices are able to make their employees, many small-to-medium sized business owners have embraced the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) revolution. As far as the benefits, BYOD boasts increased employee productivity, enhanced services to customers/clients and better overall customer and employee satisfaction. But what about the potential consequences associated with this mobility revolution? Are small business owners doing enough preemptive planning to address potential risks that could arise with the use of BYOD devices? Mobile Device Management – Questions Every SMB Should Ask First, it is important that small business owners honestly assess whether their systems, networks, data and overall infrastructure are ready for the use of an array of mobile devices. Once it is firmly established that both internal IT and components in the cloud are prepared for BYOD, solutions should then be put into practice that are concurrent with terms of use policies or any guidelines pertaining to remote/telecommute workers or the sharing of sensitive data. The following questions should be...

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Mobility and BYOD

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Blog, Mobile

Source: exfish.deviantart.com There are a lot of advantages to mobility in today’s workforce, but the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement has also brought its share of headaches as well. We live in a society where everyone must have the newest technology. We are inundated with ads reminding us that the smartphone or tablet we just bought a year ago is laughably outdated and inferior to the upgrade that just hit the market. People who have just bought the latest technology don’t want to have to set it aside to use a separate company-issued device. As a result, businesses are beginning to grant these employee-owned devices access to their file and email servers, databases and applications. While this brings certain competitive advantages to employers, it naturally carries many risks too. Let’s begin with the pros of BYOD… The Advantages of BYOD Greater Flexibility and Productivity – Personal devices allow workers more flexibility, which in turn can increase productivity. Today’s employee isn’t restricted to their office workstation or cubicle. They can carry out job responsibilities from home, a coffee shop, their child’s dance recital or while traveling. Reduced Costs – Purchasing even the most basic Blackberry for an employee can cost a company $900+ per worker. Costs like that can be completely eliminated...

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How to Setup an Effective Telecommuting Program

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog, Cloud Services, Mobile, Office 365

In an earlier article, “Should I Let My Employees Work From Home“, we discussed some important points to consider before allowing your employees to work from home. As previously explained, for remote working to be successful, your employees need to have all the tools (as well as know how to use them) so that they can be productive outside of the office. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your employees, both in house and remote, can continue to communicate and collaborate, regardless of their geographical location. By creating and maintaining a flexible IT infrastructure, you can ensure that the needs of both in house and remote employees are met simultaneously, all while encouraging communication and collaboration. In this article, we will discuss Office 365 and the steps to take when implementing  mobile office tools so that you can ensure your company and your employees (both remote and in house) are set up for success. Office 365 – Cloud powered connection, collaboration and control The biggest benefit of Office 365 is that it is powered by the cloud, meaning that you can access all your applications and files from virtually anywhere and they’re always up to date. It is the same Office you are already familiar...

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How ‘Mobile’ Is Your SMB?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Blog, Business Image, Mobile

Did you know that by 2015 there will be more mobile web surfers than stationary ones? That means more prospects are accessing your business website more through their smart phones, tablets or other mobile devices than with a laptop or PC. If you thought you had time to make the switch closer to 2015, you may want to reconsider in light of new research. A recent study revealed that around 40% of prospects move on to a competitor if they have a poor mobile experience. How prepared is your business for this change? Well, if you are just starting out, the following checklist will help… Make sure your mobile site is different from your regular website – While you must stick to your branding standards, your mobile website should be simpler than your web version. The reason being is that complicated designs that load well and look good on computers are often distorted when accessed through a mobile device. Plus, mobile surfers don’t really have the time to sift through a lot of content. Bottom line: your website’s mobile friendly version should be short, simple and sweet…offering your viewers the most important and basic sections of your website. Option to access the actual website – That said, do provide...

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