BYOD Behind the Scenes: 3 Things to consider before embarking on your own journey

In my previous Behind the Scenes post, I explored how we developed and rolled out our own Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.

With such heavy activity in the media coupled by relentless pressure from users, by now you’re probably seriously thinking about following our lead and taking the plunge into mobile consumerization-station.

Hold it right there! We’ve been where you have, and we confidently say there are three often overlooked considerations to be aware of before embarking on your own mobile BYOD journey.

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Behind the Scenes: BYOC Employee Survey

Do our users want BYOC?

So all of us on the team were excited about the possibilities of BYOC, but what we hadn’t checked yet was what percentage of Softchoice laptop users would actually be interested in a program like this? At the end of the day, no matter what great technologies and policies we put in place, if we didn’t have participants, then the program REALLY wouldn’t work!

Designing surveys can be tricky, so I looked online to see if there were any standard surveys for this type of program that we could base ours on. Sadly, I couldn’t find anything so I started putting our survey together from scratch. I knew the main things that I wanted to understand were: [Read more…]

Behind the Scenes of Softchoice’s BYOC Journey: First Meeting & Project Charter

This is the first in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences.

Like many other organizations, Softchoice is in the process of working our way through all the complexities of the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) revolution. We’re down the path now, and so we wanted to share our experiences with the hopes they might help you on your journey to BYOC.

Our First BYOC Team Meeting

I have to admit that staying on subject during our first BYOC team meeting was tough. BYOC is an exciting new strategy where so many elements of its success depends on factors outside just the technology itself.

We talked about what other companies have done in the past, with Citrix’s recent rollout providing a lot of great guidance. The video of Citrix’s CIO Paul Martine explaining how they implemented BYOC gave us a good starting point for all the things we should consider.

He recommends 5 phases to the project: [Read more…]

The Revolution of Client Computing

This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here.

The future of client computing has a very different look and feel.  There are a couple of driving forces and they are driving hard and fast.

Always on connectivity is actually finally pervading.  Smartphones with 8MB/s data connections have been here for approximately a year. Tablets with similar connectivity are here.  And now ultabook laptops will include this capability too.  We will have access to our data wherever and whenever we want.

The force behind this persistent connectivity is ubiquitous data. We want our information, the same information, on our phone, on our tablet, on our PC. There are many examples of this becoming common in life and work today.

I frequently write the bulk of a grocery list in Evernote on my PC.  Then get home to realize a few more things are missing, so open Evernote again on my tablet and update the list.  Finally when I get around to going to the grocery store I consume the information from my phone and get things done.  I do use Evernote for other things but this is definitely my favorite as benign as it may be. [Read more…]