Monthly Archives: June 2012

BYOD Tweet Chat Wrap up – Policy, Scale, and Why BYOD

On June 20th, 2012 I hosted a very lively tweet chat on BYOD sponsored by Dell and Microsoft. Many thanks to all the partipcants! Click for a recap of question 1 or here for a recap of question 2 or here for a recap of Question 3. The Tweet Chat ended with discusion of BYOD policy, scalability, and Why BYOD.
 

































Link in Tweet:BYOD Required for Retention? Bollocks!






Link in Tweet:Mobility and Employee-Owned Devices

 

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BYOD Tweet Chat Recap – Q3 – What are the security risks of BYOD?

On June 20th, 2012 I hosted a very lively tweet chat on BYOD sponsored by Dell and Microsoft. Many thanks to all the partipcants! If you weren’t able to participate don’t fret! Over the next week or so I’ll recap all the action play-by-play so you can feel like you were right there! Click for a recap of question 1 or here for a recap of question 2. Question 3 was a real hot button – BYOD and Secuirty!
 








Link in Tweet:Dell Mobile Security and Control







Link in Tweet:Firesheep


















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Link in Tweet:BYOD – Bringing your own demise to the workplace

 

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BYOD Tweet Chat Recap – Q2 – What are the financial advantages/challenges of BYOD

On June 20th, 2012 I hosted a very lively tweet chat on BYOD sponsored by Dell and Microsoft. Many thanks to all the partipcants! If you weren’t able to participate don’t fret! Over the next week or so I’ll recap all the action play-by-play so you can feel like you were right there! Click for a recap of question 1. The second question sparked much debate – BYOD – Cost Saver or Burden? What do you think? Post a comment and let us know!
 

Link in Tweet:You saved how much?

Link in Tweet:The Ugly Truth About BYOD

Link in Tweet:IBM Faces the Perils of “Bring Your Own Device”

Link in Tweet:BYOD – A Cost Saver or a Curse

 

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BYOD Tweet Chat Recap – Q1 – Is BYOD Effective or Necessary?

On June 20th, 2012 I hosted a very lively tweet chat on BYOD sponsored by Dell and Microsoft. Many thanks to all the partipcants! If you weren’t able to participate don’t fret! Over the next week or so I’ll recap all the action play-by-play so you can feel like you were right there! Today we’ll tackle the first question.

Link in Tweet:Bring Your Own Device – The New Mobile Productivity Standard for Your Business

 

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remotelyMOBILE live at Mobile Connect

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I’ll be coming to you live from Boston this week at Mobile Connect. Stay tuned for updates!

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Tweet Chat: 5 Steps to Managing BYOD in Business

Next week I’ll be hosting the ‘5 steps to managing BYOD in business’ Tweet Chat on twitter sponsored by Dell and Microsoft.  We’ll be discussing the most important factors for successfully managing a workplace where BYOD is becoming a permanent occurrence. This will include:

  • Managing employee expectations
  • Managing security risks and data loss
  • Managing and organizing network infrastructure to support consumer devices
  • Managing staff and providing a support structure
  • Managing and creating corporate platforms that highlight the best features of a consumer platform

Don’t miss what will be a fun and informative chat! Come prepared to join in the conversation and with your questions on BYOD and Consumerization of IT.

 

When?

June 20th, 2012 at 1PM Eastern (Noon Central,  10AM Pacific)

 

Where?

Twitter Hashtag: #DellBYOD

If you haven’t done a tweet chat before, check out TweetChat( http://tweetchat.com/). It is a great tool to keep you tuned-in to the conversation. Use the #DellBYOD hashtag to join in.

What can I Win? (say wha!?)

During this chat you can register to win a DELL™ LATITUDE™ E6230! http://del.ly/tweetchat620

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Ends 06/20/2012.  To enter and for Official Rules, visit http://del.ly/tweetchat620 #DellBYOD”

 

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The Skinny on Mobile ‘Lacklications’

There was some light-hearted discussion yesterday on twitter surrounding Brian Katz’s open solicitation for suggestions of mobile ‘crapplications’. For the un-initiated, crapplication is a term to describe the effect scope-creep has upon an application lifecycle. Right about the time when you can start applying the 80/20 rule to an application, it has become a crapplication. Katz wrote a great article on it last fall that you should check out if you haven’t already.

As Katz writes, “a crapplication is really just a term for a bloated desktop application…an application that is bloated with many useless features for the majority of users.” He continues to say, that a crapplication “makes it difficult to figure out how to manipulate your data,” by which he means a bad user interface and user experience.

To build upon Katz’s idea of a crapplication, as well as what’s dogging me at the moment in my mobile-only quest, isn’t so much bloat and bad UI (though there is some of that), it is the lack of functionality in many of the apps I use.  From my experience, the current state of mobility isn’t in a state of bloat, but one of anemic proportions. Many mobile apps need some good old-fashion functional protein to put a little meat on their bones. The skeleton is there, but some of the basic features are just missing. I’m not seeing a lot of crap, but rather a lot of lack. These functional weaklings could be considered ‘Lacklications’.

For example, office productivity apps lack word count, track changes, and a table of contents. Blogging apps are missing features such as scheduling, comments, and preview. I have to use the web front end to accomplish this. The native version of apps such as Lync and OneNote are missing painfully basic features. The native Android email client doesn’t let me access notes or tasks in exchange. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

Some of the cause for emaciation is due to market /platform/apps maturity. Some of it is due to the screen real-estate of the device itself – the small size limits and dictates some functionality. Some of it is due to the fact that certain functions are just not possible in a mobile context. Whatever the reason, it is painfully obvious that you can see the rib-cage of many mobile apps.

But here is the good news. Mobile is new! Mobile is exciting! Mobile is acting as one big, fat reset button not only for many enterprises, but app vendors as well. As I have written about recently, they are using mobility as the excuse to re-examine how ‘we’ve always done things’. They are looking at how we can perform functions and processes in a more efficient manner.   Hopefully this means there is opportunity for loads of excess functional fat to be left on the chopping block. This will also hopefully translate into clients working with app vendors to assure that the right pieces of functionality are being developed.

Who knows, perhaps one-day in the near future, I’ll be cursing my bloated mobile ‘crapplications’ with specialized functionality intended for just a select few and a bad UI to boot.  Hopefully, the mobile context will guide and spur just the right level of development. The question for the future of mobile apps is – are they going to exercise and eat a healthy diet to build functional muscle or are they going right back to the same fatty diet? Typical human behavior says bad habits are hard to break – but what do you think?

Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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