The four quests of mobility: A strategy guide for leveling up your business

Making the leap to a mobile environment can be quite the journey. Some may even call it a quest. Along the way you will encounter obstacles, but they can be overcome with the proper tools, and if all goes to plan, you can level up to an efficient, fully integrated mobile environment.

Much like a video game, you’ll need to achieve goals, defeat bosses, and reap rewards. But it’s dangerous to go alone. You need the proper tools—or power ups—to complete your adventure into the Kingdom of Mobility.

We’ve developed the following strategy guide to get you from where you are now to a mobile environment. (more…)

Here’s how to take advantage of the Apple-Cisco partnership

wifiWe’ve been anxiously awaiting the fruits of the Apple-Cisco partnership and now we finally have the details.

Apple and Cisco have integrated their mobile and networking technologies to give users optimized Wi-Fi connectivity and streamlined VoIP capabilities, all while prioritizing business traffic. That means more reliable and faster speeds for employees connected to Cisco wireless networks.

Cisco and Apple have laid the groundwork for these enhancements, but system administrators will need to check a few boxes to make sure their users are up and running.

Let’s run through what network admins must know about these capabilities and how to enable them. (more…)

How modern Windows device management solves IT’s imaging problems

mdmIT might long for the days when employees worked on one desktop computer. Too bad the ‘90s are over. Today, employees use multiple devices that should seamlessly integrate with each other and the rest of the environment.

That’s easier said than done, especially for IT managers who are still imaging and deploying devices like they were five years ago. The process can be lengthy and complex, and presents challenges for organizations of all sizes.

But new tools simplify the process, and one that’s getting more and more attention is Windows 10’s modern device management. Here’s how it works and how it can make your life easier. (more…)

How one retailer rolled out thousands of tablets to 600 stores across the nation

tablets-in-retailA small project for a large organization is often nothing of the sort. One recent example is a large national retailer’s plan to deploy 8,500 tablets to 600 stores.

As part of a mobility push, the retailer sought to equip thousands of store managers and other personnel with tablets. After working through a proof of concept with a number of options, the retailer chose a family of Microsoft Surface tablets (primarily Surface 3 devices) for their size, light weight, touch-screen capabilities, and ease of use in the store environment. The tablets allow managers to track inventory and monitor sales from anywhere – in the office, on the floor, or behind the register. (more…)

7 lessons organizations can learn from “Pokemon Go”

pokemon go“Pokemon Go” is a cultural phenomenon, a way to get people outside to explore, and a textbook teaching moment for businesses. Though that last one seems far-fetched, it’s true that the game provides some valuable lessons for IT and the C-suite.

If you’ve somehow avoided it until now, “Pokemon Go” is the location-based augmented reality mobile game that blew up in popularity when it was released in July. The app and its rollout show how organizations big and small can better connect with their employees and customers, and capitalize on all the advantages mobile has to offer. So take heed of these seven lessons from “Pokemon Go.” (more…)

Next-gen mobile computing: Thinking beyond BYOD

HP on thinking beyond BYODThink about how new technologies have changed the way we consume music over the past 50 years. From vinyl to cassette tapes, from CDs to MP3s, and now to digital services like Spotify and Pandora, technological advancements can disrupt entire industries and significantly improve user experiences.

Similarly, the way we do business evolves in less than a generation. Not too long ago, IT managers were faced with the concept of BYOD and the increased complexity it carried due to the proliferation of mobile devices entering the business environment.

Today, commercial mobility involves much more. Employees expect a different style of computing to get work done and make their jobs easier. Every organization needs a mobile strategy that’s versatile enough to address the massive shift in where and how we work. To be truly productive, an organization’s strategy must rely on quality and durable devices, broad security controls, and policies that allow IT to easily manage devices.

There are four components of a smart mobile strategy that moves past BYOD. As you evaluate next-gen mobility solutions, keep these four insights in mind: (more…)

This is why video communication is the new normal for businesses

BlueJeans video conferencingWhere do you dial into conference calls and meetings from? The conference room, a hotel room, a car, your living room? In the age of smartphones, cheap conference bridges, and “always on” capabilities, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

What does matter is that while we’re supposed to be listening intently on these calls, many of us are working on other tasks, reading and sending emails, maybe even cooking. But the technology that enables meetings from anywhere is now powering a better way to keep employees engaged during those meetings: video conferencing.

Studies show that participants’ average attention span rises to 35 minutes for a video call from 23 minutes for an audio call. And as the workforce shifts to non-traditional office environments (including working from home), video communications give employees a way to interact with clients and colleagues from anywhere using the mobile devices they already own as conferencing access points; of businesses that utilize video communication, 94 percent say it increases productivity.

The video conferencing technologies of 2016 are more refined than yesteryear’s bulky and expensive hardware systems that were relegated to dusty boardrooms. The enterprise video market, which includes video conferencing solutions, will reach $35.6 billion in 2018, up from $11.2 billion in 2015, according to MarketsandMarkets.

That’s thanks to a happy confluence of events that has rendered this cloud-enabled technology easy, cheap, and of exceptionally high quality. Here’s why you should be looking at video conferencing if you’re not already. (more…)

How to keep your company data safe on public Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi securityCoffee shop Wi-Fi is evil. So is every other public Wi-Fi.

That’s because open Wi-Fi has no security. Full stop, period.

We’ve all heard that we should be careful about what we do on public Wi-Fi because there could be someone reading our emails or eyeing up our bank accounts in our neighborhood coffee shop or on an airplane. Some privacy advocates warn against signing into New York City’s public Wi-Fi, too.

Protecting yourself is easy: Don’t use public Wi-Fi. But in the age of mobility and the “always online” mentality, that can seem unrealistic for some. What can your employees do to protect your organization’s data (and their own private data as well) when they’re traveling or out of the office?

Here are five reminders and best practices for working on public Wi-Fi. (more…)