2014 ­- An Any Device World?

By Paul Steiner, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Accellion

The workplace has always been at the forefront of technological developments. The office of today is almost unrecognisable to the workplace of 40 years ago. A recent report, conducted by researchers at the Centre for Economic and Business Research, showed that worker productivity is nearly five times higher than it was in the 1970s and could increase by another 22% by 2020. But what does the year ahead hold?

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BYOD And The Challenge Of Device Fragmentation

By Stephen Midgley, Vice President, Global Marketing at Absolute Software

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon has been around for a number of years. Even where the IT department hasn’t implemented a specific BYOD policy, many users are still choosing to work through their own personal devices. Often, employees are keen to overcome the limitations of the hardware that the IT department provides, which is often seen as slow, old and inefficient, and instead turn to their own quicker and more powerful consumer products. What this means is that in most corporate environments, you’ll find that the average user now has multiple devices, ranging from a smartphone and possibly a tablet, to a laptop and desktop computer.

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Bring Your Own… Network?

By Nick Bowman, F5

Did you think you were just getting used to BYOD and juggling the benefits it brings with the security risks it also entails? Well, get ready, because there is another Bring Your Own phenomenon on the way, and it will potentially bring more headaches to already stressed out IT departments.

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Generation Y’s Hardening Stance Against Corporate BYOD/Bring-Your-Own-Cloud Policies

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) – a global leader in high-performance network security – has published global research revealing the growing appetite of Generation Y employees to contravene corporate policies governing use of own devices, personal cloud storage accounts and new technologies such as smart watches, Google Glass and connected cars. Based on findings from an independent 20-country survey of 3,200 employees aged 21-32 conducted during October 2013, the research showed a 42% increase in the willingness to break usage rules compared to a similar Fortinet survey conducted last year[1]. The new research also describes the extent to which Generation Y have been victims of cybercrime on their own devices, their ‘threat literacy’ and their widespread practice for storing corporate assets on personal cloud accounts.

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A Workforce Possessed – How To Manage Our BYOD Addiction

By Andrew Hindle, director, Ping Identity

We are a workforce under the spell of constant connectivity – our professional and personal lives quickly and irreversibly merging into one. No place and time of day is exempt from the demands of the always-on generation. In fact, according to a recent study, nearly a third of UK citizens now access work from their bedrooms, with around a fifth even logging in from a club, cinema or famous landmark. It gets stranger – 20 percent have logged on from a medical establishment or a sporting event, while 17 percent felt the need to stay in touch with work during a date. If you thought nature offers a well-needed escape from the digital obsession, think again. Fourteen percent of UK employees disclosed that their garden shed was their place of choice to access work applications.

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Should You Move To VDI?

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

An increased demand to work from home or on the road is pulling businesses away from the traditional , company provided desktop work station as the sole location of work. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) allows users to access their computing environment from any device by using server-based computing.

Dell have created this great infographic to show the potential pitfalls of bring your own device (BYOD) and how VDI solves these problems.

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Is BYOD A Help Or A Hindrance For IT Managers?

By John Fenech, Solutions Architect Manager, ShoreTel

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become less of a trend and more of a ubiquitous buzz-term – can something still be considered a ‘trend’ if it has reached commonplace adoption?  As covered many, many times before, BYOD offers a vast array of benefits to employees and employers, such as improved mobility, the ability to manage a disparate workforce, and improved employee satisfaction as the use of one’s own device consistently proves a popular choice in an enterprise.

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How To Solve Or Eliminate BYOD Chaos

By Ennio Carboni, President, Network Management Division, Ipswitch, Inc.

Recently the help desk at a UK steel fabricating and engineering company was flooded with support tickets. Users complained of getting disconnected and losing data for no specific reason. The network administrator, was well aware that the number of wireless devices attached to the network through wireless routers might be dragging down network performance, introducing latency issues.

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Over half of UK businesses feel they are at the mercy of wireless networks

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

New research released today by enterprise ICT solutions and services provider Damovo UK & Ireland has revealed that more than half (55%) of IT directors feel that their businesses are ever more at the mercy of their wireless network.  As enterprise mobility has grown, many organisations have struggled to upgrade their wireless networks at the same pace as the proliferation of mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. In fact, three-quarters of IT directors said that they expect their wireless networks to come under even more strain as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becomes more commonplace.

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