Does BYOD Have Real Value For Business?

By Ian Callens from IT service, support and solutions provider Icomm Technologies

 

It’s great that so many businesses are embracing new technology and looking for new ways to engage their workforce.  Indeed industry research shows 81% of companies now accommodate personal devices in the office, whilst 54% have formalised ‘bring you own device’ (BYOD) policies.

BYOD is clearly here to stay and this is being driven by perceived business rewards of a more flexible, mobile and agile workforce driven by the workforce.  However, BYOD is a subject trying to force a wedge between finance and IT, where finance sees cost benefits and IT views the enormous security, support and implementation issues.  Continue reading

Creating IT Heroes

By Nathan Pearce, F5’s Senior Technical Marketing Manager

As an IT professional, technology evolution can be a blessing and a curse.

The constant conveyor belt of new products mean you have potentially a huge arsenal of tools at your disposal. But the demands of the business and the difficulties of where to place your technology bets means you’re constantly facing difficult decisions.

At the moment, we’re experiencing the most accelerated pace of IT change we’ve ever known. Cloud computing, big data / analytics, mobile and social are transforming the way we work and the way our businesses operate.

Yet, there remains a sentiment in some quarters that the IT department has lost influence in the business in recent years, is unreliable or is a barrier to progress, lacking the necessary knowledge to tackle and implement new solutions and infrastructures efficiently. Continue reading

Flash: Enabling the “Mission-Critical Business”

By Brian Feller, VP & GM EMEA, Whiptail

Imagine how your business might benefit if you processed 1,000 more transactions per second. If you concluded an analysis 20 minutes sooner. If a batch processing job was reduced from eight hours to two – or even less.

Those are some of the benefits offered by flash storage for business applications and data, as opposed to traditional mechanical, hard disk-drive storage devices.  It’s a fundamental business transition from selecting some applications to push towards peak performance into an enterprise where every application accelerates to its maximum potential. Flash enables a high performance “mission critical business,” which efficiently manages data center resources while leveraging personnel more effectively. Continue reading

Spamhaus – a sign of things to come?

By Joakim Sundberg, F5 Security Solution Architect

Last week news broke that the internet around the world had been slowed down in what some described as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history. It’s also something which I predicted around a month ago.

The Spamhaus attack is a demonstration of the kind of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack I have been expecting for some time: DNS Reflection. The major driver for this kind of attack is the decreasing number of bots available for rent, with the authorities more effectively cracking down on major botnets. With a lower number of bots now available, hacktivists and other cyber criminals are finding new ways in which to amplify their attacks. Continue reading

How Much Does Your Print Infrastructure Cost?

By John Taylor, CEO of M2

The reality is that many companies would find it difficult to accurately quantify costs on print across their entire organisation, yet much money is wasted on unnecessary printing, multiple service level agreements and calls to the IT department for printer-related issues.

Described as ‘the last bastion of uncontrolled spending’ analyst research states that an unmanaged print fleet can cost an organisation between one and three per cent of annual revenue, a cost which can be reduced by up to 40%. With print output increasing by an average of 20% a year, despite the advent of the so called ‘paperless office’, how does an organisation control and reduce its print expenditure, as well as alleviate the IT department of 10-20% of its workload? Continue reading

10 simple email marketing techniques to maximise ROI that cost nothing

By Philip Storey, Senior Strategy Consultant, EMEA, Lyris Inc

 

It can be difficult at times, to breath a bit of life into your email marketing programme so they bring in a little more ROI. It’s probably no real surprise to you that in my career, working with over 150 different brands on email strategy, one of the most common barriers to developing an email strategy, is budget.

Here are 10 tips for anyone that can relate to the pressure of having to increase revenue from email, but have no extra budget at their disposal: Continue reading

Hospitality technology must stop living in the dark ages

By Jerry Brand, Managing Director at F&B technology firm, Caternet 

Tough economic challenges normally means increased consumer demand for higher quality but lower priced goods and services. For the hospitality business, this means that whilst the opportunities are high, making good profit margins is getting harder by the day.

Additionally, when it comes to supportive technology, the hospitality sector has historically been far behind other industries. Why? This is due to a mixture of development cost, available technologies to create more sophisticated solutions, and a fear of adoption by management. Where technology has moved forward, it has been financially-driven, predominantly in epos-based (electronic point of sale) technologies. To date, software related to food & beverage (F&B) management and the supply chain have been very poorly invested in. Continue reading

How do you make staff more productive?

By Phil Jones, UK Country head, Brother UK

 

How about asking them not to come in to the office on a Friday? What about offering flexible working hours?

It may seem counter intuitive to ask employees to spend fewer hours in the office; however a flexible working culture can actually increase productivity as well as reduce costs.

Business is increasingly taking place wherever and whenever, and so the norm of 9-5 office hours is fast becoming an outdated concept. The global mobile workforce, which is set to hit 1.3bn in 2015,* is growing rapidly as both employees and employers recognise the benefits. Continue reading

When two worlds collide

By James Passingham, Technical Services Director at Foehn

In a perfect world, Graham Alexander Bell, Almon Brown Strowger and Dr Martin Cooper would have lived at the same time and talked about their plans to develop modern day communications, including the phone, switch and cellular phone.

Unfortunately this wasn’t to be and telecommunications has developed in silos, with fixed telephony and mobile telephony two separate infrastructures.

Only now are we seeing a true melding of the two through Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC). Continue reading

Working from home: out of sight, out of control?

By Andrew Millard, senior director EMEA marketing, Citrix

 
According to analyst IDC, by 2015 more than one third of the world’s workforce will be mobile and working away from the office to some degree. In the UK in particular, the pressures for this are coming from a number of directions, both internally from staff and externally from customers, competitors and regulators.

Yet old habits die hard. As research studies continue to show, one of the most consistent barriers to change in adopting more flexible working practices centres on age-old management concerns around the inability to manage remote employees as effectively as when they are in the same location.

Put simply, can employers be confident that productivity will not suffer when staff are working from home and out of sight of their line manager? Or will there be a loss of focus as workers are side-tracked by domestic distractions? Continue reading