Top 3 Reasons Your Wireless Sucks

Top 3 Reasons Your Wireless Sucks

“Our wireless sucks. I’m truly embarrassed, when my client asks for internet access in our boardroom. I’m constantly having to reconnect to the wireless. IT must not realize this is important to me.”

Your users are likely thinking these things – if not yelling them at you and most IT organizations don’t have a great remedy to the situation. So, why does your wireless suck?

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Surviving BYOA: Our Top 3 Apps for Work

While BYOD (bring-your-own-device) seems to be a major concern of IT administrators today, BYOA – or bring-your-own-application – is becoming increasingly as significant. Using third-party applications and cloud services in the workplace brings about a host of control, security and productivity considerations. And just like BYOD, BYOA is real. According to a recent Fortinet study of over 3,800 active employees in their twenties, 69 percent indicated that they were interested in creating and using their own applications, while 30 percent admitted they would likely contravene any restrictive company policies.

In this next BYOD Behind the Scenes expedition, I took a look at industry trends and conducted a poll of Softchoice employees to compile our top 3 applications to bring to work! Share this list to with your users and ensure they’re getting the most out of their chosen devices and can make the safest, most productive decisions for your company.

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BYOD Behind the Scenes: How Softchoice implemented a bring-your-own-device policy

Just Google BYOD (as of July 16, that 6,340,000 results and counting) and BAM! it’s clear the bring-your-own-device revolution is far more than just a trend. If you’re CIO hasn’t started quivering yet – whether it be from excitement or fear – take a look at some more staggering numbers:

  • 95% of organizations allow employee-owned devices in some way in the workplace
  • 76% of IT leaders consider consumerization to be “somewhat” or “extremely” positive for their companies
  • 66% of employee want IT to let them use any device they choose, while 55% of generation Y employees see it as a ‘right’ versus a ‘privilege’
  • But, less than 10% of organizations are ‘fully aware’ of the devices accessing their network

The facts are clear: BYOD is here to stay, but organizations still aren’t clear about how to manage it. They need a successful workplace mobile use policy. But where to start?

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The Journey Continues: Why does Softchoice BYOD?

From rumors of cost savings, to greater employee satisfaction, to more productivity – the reasons for initiating a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy span far and wide.

In the second addition to Softchoice’s BYOD Behind the Scenes Blog Series (read the first here), I wanted to explore exactly what triggered our decision to adopt a bring-your-own-device policy. Just as each organization is unique, each company designs its own BYOD policy based on its own individual reasons.

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Services Spotlight: Healthcare Industry Podcast

This is an exciting time in the world of communication technologies. It holds the promise of great opportunity as well as some daunting challenges around implementing, managing and maintaining new and evolving technologies.

At Softchoice, we’ve spent many years working closely with a variety of  industries, helping them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from the Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on what technology trends are most likely to deliver competitive advantage, improved customer service and operational efficiencies now and in the future.

Healthcare Services Industry Spotlight: Podcast with Robert High

Robert High, Director, Professional Services has recently completed several healthcare projects helping hospitals solve their technology challenges. In this podcast, he describes how rapid changes in technology are affecting healthcare organizations today.

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Wireless Networks: 6 Tips To A Successful Deployment

With the rapid increase in everyone’s needs for mobility, wireless technologies are becoming more and more important all the time.

A well implemented wireless network improves productivity by providing employees with the tools to access their network wherever they are—whether at work, at home, or on the road.

A wireless infrastructure must take into account more than the ability to connect users to the network. Users have high expectations for service and quality and a variety of needs that must be met through wireless access. We’ve found a few best practices that can really help prepare organizations to build the wireless infrastructure that successfully supports their users’ needs as well as company objectives. There are lots of others, but the following is a good place to start. [Read more…]