It seems like every day half the twitter feeds around cloud are about the great advancements we have seen such as in OpenStack and Big Data, and the new technologies we are seeing to help drive adoption of cloud computing.
Unfortunately, the other half talks to encryption issues, data leaks, vendor uncertainty…doom and gloom. Most notably, the increased chatter around data privacy (both from an international government perspective, and the traditional risks associated with improper data loss protection controls) continues to impact one of the biggest trends trying to move forward: mobile device management. Continue reading
When I left the IT security space and moved into the mobility space, I got a lot of strange looks. Many people wondered why I was moving away from cloud and security and abandoning it for nice, shiny gadgets like tablets and smartphones. I still get the odd looks from people trying to figure out the correllation, and it’s only after sitting down with them that they realize that cloud has a LOT to do with mobility. In fact, if it wasn’t for mobility, some of the greatest innovations that are coming from cloud methodology wouldn’t exist. It’s thanks to mobility that the next wave of employee enablement is going to exist. Here’s why. Continue reading
When it comes to mobile device support in organizations, there is usually two strong views on the topic. From a security perspective, dealing with mobile devices on the network is a pain because it creates lots of security holes that are tricky to fix because locating the source device is not always the easiest. On the other hand, many organizations realize that mobile devices are part of the workplace culture and if supported properly, with the right policies in place, can help employees be more productive. For SMBs in particular, there are lots of great advantages for having a mobile-supported environment. Continue reading
In keeping up with cloud and all things related, I read a great article yesterday about how BYOD is driving unified communications (UC). As someone who uses a voip phone, and a cloud-hosted phone (on top of the smart phone), the ability to consolidate all my various phone numbers into a single source that can follow me around is a huge benefit. And companies are seeing this too, making it a critical element of business transformation. Continue reading