How to Decide if Your Organization is Apple-Ready

Macs are invading the enterprise … whether you’re ready or not.

While many organizations traditionally discourage the use of Apple products due to perceptions of higher costs and incompatibilities with the Windows architecture, many feel the tide has turned. In fact, according to Forrester, almost 50% of North American and Western European businesses now issue Macs to their employees.

One of the key drivers of this trend is the consumerization of IT, something Apple’s largely been credited with starting. One doesn’t need to go further than your own office to see this trend in action. Walk down a hallway or visit the lunchroom, and you’ll see people using their own iPhones and iPads to do work. The question you need to ask is – how ready is your business for this consumerization trend? [Read more…]

How Steve Jobs touched all of our lives

I first found out the news about Steve Jobs passing when I awoke my iPad at around 8pm on Wednesday. I had heard the tell-tale sound of a push notification earlier during dinner, but as the screen lit up, there it was. The message from the CNN app that Steve Jobs, the greatest technology innovator of our times, was no longer with us.

My first instinct was to dial into social networks like Twitter to take in the reaction from friends, online acquaintances and business associates. Streams of condolences, many from people that would not be able to name the CEO of Apple 10 years ago, let alone mourn his death, flooded the internet. All from computers and devices that would be vastly different if not for Steve Jobs. Heck, would a platform like Twitter even exist? Who knows…

My journey with Apple started over 10 years ago, fresh out of art school my obsession was with music and sound, using technology as a medium and art form onto itself. Years before I had resisted even using a computer to make music, but that changed and I was primed for my first job at a shop that specialized in digital recording sales, mainly on the Mac platform. I went in as a PC guy, having used Macs only briefly in college, but within a few months I was hooked on Macs. Not long after bringing my first Powerbook G4 home (still works today) my wife was hooked as well and bought her own – and she was more heavily entrenched in the Windows world than I was. [Read more…]

Mobile device management is easier with Symantec

Symantec Mobile Device Management

Gone are the days when everyone was armed with a company-issued Blackberry that could easily be managed through the Blackberry Enterprise Server. These days, consumerization of IT is a trend that’s saddling many companies with a variety of manageability issues. After all, IT just can’t have the breadth of knowledge required to manage it all – iPhones, Androids, PlayBooks and webOS devices.

It also carries the burden of supporting and enforcing user productivity. Mobile applications need to connect to the enterprise back-end and vice-versa. Mobile devices are becoming more and more sophisticated, providing greater corporate access and storing even more data. Add to that, many organizations are under PCI or HIPPA regulations, which may be extended to mobile devices, and it’s clear that a framework needs to be developed to address all these issues and safely allow communication between networks and devices.

Symantec’s Mobile Management does just that – addressing these concerns and enabling organizations to embrace mobile computing while enforcing governance, securing corporate data and gaining visibility and control over all mobile platforms. Administrators finally have the ability to centrally define and distribute security policies to devices over-the-air using the device’s native security technology instead of adding security technology to the device itself.

“Symantec’s mission is to secure people and information through identity, protection and context, and our broad approach to mobile security and management is a key extension of protection for all of our customers,” says Symantec’s Group President, Enterprise Products, Francis deSouza. “By providing mobile security and management for smart devices, we’re making it easier for enterprises to allow their employees to use their device of choice without putting corporate data at risk.”

There are four key areas where Symantec really shines:

  1. Device management allows application updates and patches to be performed without needing the device physically present. Management can also be integrated with help desk for user support as well as remote wipes.
  2. Device security prevents unauthorized usage of the device and features enforcement policies around password protection. It’s peace of mind so the device doesn’t fall prey to data loss.
  3. Content security uses application control to guard against malware and protect data from unauthorized usage.
  4. Identity and access provides access to the right resources from the right devices with the right postures through authentication and authorization for access to enterprise applications and resources.

Does your organization need a mobile device management solution?

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