Solve BYOD Pains by Getting to the Business

BYOD Innovation Center

BYOD embodies many requirements that stretch outside the traditional realm of IT including change management, policy development and program delivery. We recognize there’s a disconnect between business and IT as it relates to BYOD – and this is what we’re doing to help our clients navigate with the launch of the Softchoice Innovation Office.

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Mastering the BYOD Balancing Act: The Softchoice Journey

Balancing Act

It’s funny how things evolve so quickly. Just a few years ago, the thought of employees using their own phones or laptops for work at work was unthinkable.

But as the consumerization of IT trend grows from a trickle to a flood, many organizations have no choice but consider how to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. And the experience at Softchoice was no different.

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The Ups and Downs of BYOD

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Like it or not, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) isn’t going away. While everyone agrees it’s a good idea to plan for the inevitable, few know what to expect.

To give you an idea, we put together a list, compiled in part from first-hand experience of doing it ourselves, of the impacts you can expect when implementing a BYOD strategy.

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7 Technologies That Make BYOD a Reality

seven technologies to enable a BYOD strategy

Let’s start with the obvious.

There is no silver bullet, one-size-fits-all checklist for creating the perfect Bring Your Own Device strategy. Every organization is completely different.

But it’s not as bad as it sounds. Many of the technologies necessary to support a strategy are probably already in your ecosystem. It’s just a matter of knowing what’s missing, and how to leverage what you’ve already got.

To give you a hand, we’ve assembled seven tools and technologies that make planning and executing your BYOD strategy a reality.

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Enabling BYOD Through Mobile Apps

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You’ve decided to open up your organization to BYOD — so what’s next? Along with mobile devices comes the need for mobile apps.

One question that constantly arises: Which of our business applications should be made available on a mobile platform? While common apps that employees use every day (like CRM) are solid contenders, not every app will – or should – be available as an app. Think about the practicality of filling out a timesheet spreadsheet on a smartphone. [Read more…]

The Zeitgeist of Internet-Connected Things

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The Consumer Electronics Show was in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, and product announcements were steadily trickling out. It comes as no surprise that an entire slew of new smartphones, tablets, and laptops has been announced, but a growing trend is all the other intelligent, Wi-Fi connected devices being announced, such as Parrott’s Flower Power potted plant sensor or Canon’s PowerShot point-and-shoot camera.

Without a doubt, 2013 is the year of the network connected device, prompting Cisco to coin the term “Internet of Everything.” [Read more…]