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Author: Brandon Hill

Cutting to the Chase: Let’s Talk MDM

Everyday, I see updates and conversations on various sites and forums about MDM/BYOD/etc. Many are from LinkedIn forums, which usually contain some initially good discussions, before they turn into sales pitches for various providers. Nowadays, with all of the buzzwords surrounding the enterprise mobility space, it’s hard to weed through the murky stuff, and get to the bottom of what’s important about MDM: defining your mobile ecosystem.

Until your mobile ecosystem is defined, it’s hard to determine what the needs are, and ultimately, will delay your return on investment. As we’ve discussed in the past with many BYOD topics, it’s important to have a clear plan on what your unique needs are in the enterprise. What’s the landscape of devices like? Do you have all rugged devices, or do you also have smart devices you need to manage? What about network infrastructure? Do you need to manage the wireless access points in addition to the devices? Do you have one, or many locations you’ll need to have insight over?

The point is that every mobile ecosystem is different, and take caution when doing your research, as to not get caught up in the buzz and spin. The truth is that very few enterprises are alike, and being able to work with a trusted advisor to determine the best plan of action will lead to quicker implementation, faster ROI, and a more efficient enterprise.

As a side note, if you would like to join a LinkedIn group that avoids the jargon, we’re looking to get a solid group who are interested in discussing topics, not sales pitches, in our Mobile Ecosystem group. Check it out, and strike up a conversation!

Questions to Ask About BYOD – Part 2

Good afternoon! Last week, in Questions to Ask About BYOD – Part 1, we discussed whether or not BYOD will save your company money.

Today, we will look at the second aspect of BYOD that needs to be considered, and is closely related to the IT cost benefits: What security challenges and risks will face your IT folks in a BYOD world? The IT and security challenges are complex and many. What happens when someone’s device is lost? What happens when a CEO becomes a victim of corporate espionage (this is not just paranoia, it actually does happen) and her device is stolen by the competition? How much control can the company have over employees’ devices? There’s obviously a myriad of other security questions that need to be addressed for BYOD security but you get the picture, it’s daunting.

Most experts agree that the single most important element in a BYOD environment is having explicit policies surrounding employee devices. In fact, in a recent article by Muneyb Minhazuddin of Australian-based Dynamicbusiness.com it’s as important as having a phone number or a quality Web site.

That being said, policies are only effective if they are adhered to and enforced. Penalties for infractions need to be clear, concise and, most importantly, enforced. Sometimes employees make mistakes; sometimes they are outright stupid. When rules are broken there needs to be a clear solution available to fix any problems the infraction may have caused and people need to be reprimanded accordingly.

Even with strong BYOD policies in place keep in mind that the human element tends to really mess things up. Look long and extremely hard before you enter the BYOD arena.

 

Questions to Ask About BYOD

BYOD. Today it seems everyone involved in any way with enterprise mobility management is constantly being barraged with the term. It’s a buzzword that just isn’t going away, at least not anytime in the foreseeable future. It seems like everyone in the industry has a different take on whether BYOD is a positive or a negative. There are definitely many cases for and against it, but I think most people considering BYOD don’t even ask the most important question: What is the real reason they want to implement BYOD?

BYOD in the Mobile Ecosystem

It sounds basic but this is something that’s almost always overlooked. Is an organization doing it to save money? Is a company looking to BYOD to help increase employee productivity? What IT and security challenges will implementing BYOD raise for a business? In regards to making a decision on BYOD a company needs to weigh both pros AND cons. It’s important that they don’t just jump on board because it’s the hot trending topic. It may be right for your organization or it may be entirely wrong.

In what will be a two-part series, we’re going to focus on two of the questions listed in the paragraph above: the cost of BYOD for a business and IT, and security challenges of implementing BYOD.

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Wavelink in the News! Goya’s Streamlined Voice Picking

Loyal readers will already know this, but I wanted to share the press release that went out today, regarding Goya selecting Speakeasy as their voice-picking solution. You can view the full details here, and also check out the video below:

 

BYOD Security in the Mobile Ecosystem

I was speaking with Kelly Ungs yesterday and he pointed me towards an interesting article over at the EMF.org about BYOD. The article makes a point about some of the liabilities around BYOD policies, and I thought it was worth sharing.

The article specifically references the recent info about IBM’s struggles with BYOD policies, and something jumped out at me that continues to be an issue in the BYOD space – security. The issue, of course, being that employee’s usually don’t mean to introduce risks into the enterprise, but sometimes do simply out of pure, accidental error.

“We found a tremendous lack of awareness as to what constitutes a risk,” says {Jeanette} Horan. So now, she says, “we’re trying to make people aware.”

Security is a huge issue, and it’s important that companies take it into consideration, regardless of it being tied to a BYOD policy or not. Further, it’s also important that companies can secure the network(s) that these devices are connecting to. Remember, it’s not just the information on the device that’s at risk. It’s also the information the device can tap into. Remember that factor, and check out the articles above. Let us know what you think about security and BYOD in the comments below, or start a new discussion in our LinkedIn group.

Tennessee, Tablets, and the DMV

Here’s one for the “Oh, now THAT’s a great idea” file. Tennessee has recently implemented tablet-based kiosks to reduce wait times in 26 of their DMV locations. Despite the “cool” factor associated with tablets, it also ensures a much smoother experience for motorists. It’s a perfect example of form meeting  function!

The Gizmodo write-up is pretty funny, but all of that aside, it’s a perfect example of the reach of the mobile ecosystem. Where else do you see that tablet kiosks could be useful?

True End-to-End Enterprise Mobility Management – Wavelink and LANDesk

Good afternoon! We are excited to share the news that LANDesk Software, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Wavelink Corporation, the leading provider of mission-critical (ruggedized) mobile device management, wireless infrastructure management, terminal emulation, voice enabling, and mobile enterprise application platform. We wish to officially welcome you as a valued Wavelink customer into the LANDesk family.

Wavelink has spent two decades innovating the management and security of mission-critical devices, mobile applications and wireless infrastructure. We are committed to the Wavelink product strategy and its continued success. As a result, LANDesk will maintain the Wavelink brand and Wavelink will begin to operate as a LANDesk business line.

With Wavelink’s technology, LANDesk will be able to deliver the industry’s first true end-to-end enterprise management solution covering every facet of IT from desktop and laptop to smartphone and mobile device management. Our commitment to innovation and the increased R&D capacity will allow us to meet the rapid growth in demand for enterprise mobility management. We will continue to invest in existing product lines and begin to integrate the solutions moving forward. Together, we will be able to extend our platform reach beyond end user mobile/smart devices into line-of-business devices and mobile applications across vertical markets, providing customers with the ability to simplify and secure the delivery of mobile applications in their enterprise.

Commitment to Customer Care
Wavelink customers will continue to receive the same high quality support and services to which they are accustomed as the companies integrate their operations. You will continue to access Wavelink resources for technical support questions, documentation, and training. Customer Care subscribers will still have unlimited incident coverage and customized help available via the same toll-free phone numbers, e-mail and secure website. Our customer support team will evaluate your case in a timely and professional manner. For more information on how to contact customer support, please visit the Wavelink Customer Care portal.

Over the next several months, you will begin to see the results of our product integration. For more information and to request a product demonstration, please contact your Wavelink sales representative.

About LANDesk Software
LANDesk Software is the industry’s leading provider of IT end user management, including systems lifecycle management, endpoint security, enterprise mobility and IT service management solutions. LANDesk provides an adaptive IT delivery model to help IT organizations deliver business value, ultimately increasing end-user productivity. LANDesk is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices located in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and can be found at www.landesk.com and www.wavelink.com.

 

Wavelink Partner of the Year Profile – Zetes

This is the third profile of our recent Partner of the Year winners. Below is a profile on Zetes, who is the winner for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

Zetes, a company based in Brussels, Belgium, is a leading European system integrator and provider of supply chain, identification and mobility solutions and services. The company was founded in 1984 and has experienced steady growth over the last 28 years. The company’s goal is to provide its customers with traceability, security and productivity through all aspects of the supply chain.

The partnership with Zetes allows Wavelink to reach out to their large installed customer base in the EMEA region. Zetes possesses the most important network of subsidiaries in the mobility and automatic identification sector and is, at the same time, efficiently structured to provide multinationals with a consistent approach for their cross border projects. Acting as the single entry point, Zetes greatly facilitates Wavelink’s management effort for these big international companies.

Zetes has benefited from the partnership because Wavelink software provides enhanced service offerings to Zetes’ customer care portal, TotalCare.

“Our main goal is to provide our customers with the best service possible,” said Jan Vermeesch, vice president of business development and marketing. “Our alliance with Wavelink fits very well within Zetes’ strategy to offer more options to our customers. Integrating Wavelink’s Avalanche into our TotalCare portal, allows us to provide our customers with the service and information they need to run their business in the most efficient manner possible.”

For more information on Zetes and its product and service offerings visit www.zetes.com/en.

Strategies to Secure Your Enterprise in the New World of BYOD – Guest Blog Post!

Smartdevice Info via Web Console

The post below comes from Ashley Furness of Software Advice, discussing her recent research on “Strategies to Secure Your Enterprise in the New World of BYOD.” Hope you enjoy it!

“Hello everyone! My name is Ashley Furness and I am a marketing analyst for research firm Software Advice. I cover emerging trends in CRM, sales, marketing and help desk solutions, such as Wavelink’s Avalanche and Avalanche Remote Control. I’d like to share some research I recently completed on tips for your help desk to combat BYOD-created risks. While this list should not be considered all-encompassing, it should serve as a good starting point.

Smartdevice Info via Web Console

Smartdevice Info via Web Console

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies–or allowing employees to use personal laptops, tablets and smartphones for work-related tasks–benefits employers and users in compelling ways. Workers get to use the device they are most comfortable with, and employers reap increased productivity benefits.

But sensitive corporate data is very likely vulnerable to theft on employee-owned mobile devices.

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Wavelink Partner of the Year Profile – Skywire

This is the second profile of our recent Partner of the Year winners. Below is a profile on SkyWire, who is the winner for the Asia-Pacific region.

SkyWire, based in Sydney, Australia, is a leading systems integrator that deploys, manages and supports complex wireless mobility systems in harsh enterprise environments. The company was founded in 1998 and provides innovative customer solutions in mission critical applications in the following industries: Warehouse and Distribution, Transport and Logistics and Field Sales/Service.

The company is committed to open systems integration, ensuring its customers have the lowest cost of ownership solution to fit their needs. SkyWire customers include many large companies in Australia and Asia. These customers include Coca-Cola Amatil, DHL, Linfox Tyco, Ceva and Orica.

Wavelink benefits greatly from its partnership with SkyWire because of SkyWire’s reach and influence with key enterprise customers in the region. Also, Skywire’s knowledge of Wavelink’s Avalanche MDM solution is extensive, easing Wavelink’s need to assist SkyWire with management and support of the product.

SkyWire benefits from its alliance with Wavelink as Wavelink gives SkyWire a quality product to offer its customers in the above-mentioned industries.

“Our partnership with Wavelink adds top-notch enterprise mobility solutions to our burgeoning product arsenal,” said Graham O’Keeffe, CEO of SkyWire. “Wavelink products are mature yet they provide flexibility across all levels of enterprise mobility, giving our customers a quality product that allows them to maintain and manage a healthy mobile ecosystem.”

For more information on SkyWire’s products and offerings, please visit www.skywire.com.au.