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Short for 'bring your own device'

A phrase that has become widely adopted to refer to mobile workers bringing their own mobile devices, such as smartphones, laptops and PDAs, into the workplace for use and connectivity. Today, many consumers expect to be able to use personal smartphones and mobile devices at work, which is an IT concern. Many corporations that allow employees to use their own mobile devices at work implement a "BYOD policy" to help IT better manage these devices and ensure network security. (Source: Webopedia)

WLAN Buyer’s Guide 2012-2013

Section: Research
The evaluation of a Wi-Fi network requires that enterprises carefully consider the changes happening in the user population. Factors in the Wi-Fi world today such as consumerization of IT and BYOD are driving the enterprise to deploy a wireless infrastructure. Additionally, three converging trends - cloud, mobility, and virtualization - allow business-critical work to be done just about anywhere on any device. This white paper looks at: K ...   read more

Key Issues in Deploying Video Collaboration

Section: Articles
With enterprise video moving into the mainstream of business communications, organisations are now faced with the challenge of deploying video collaboration in the workplace. An executive brief from IDC called "Mobile Video Collaboration: The New Business Reality” describes the issues on th ...   read more

Video Anywhere, Anytime: How Mobile Technology is Bringing Video into the Mainstream

Section: Articles
Videoconferencing is set to become a centerpiece of mainstream business communications, and advances in mobile technology are playing a crucial role in the take-up of enterprise video solutions and services. Tablets, smartphones and other mobile technologies are driving up user expectations and becoming increasingly vital collaborative tools. Why mobile matters   read more

1 in 4 Organisations affected by mobile malware in 2011

Section: News
Analysts Goode Intelligence published a new report yesterday that found the incidence of mobile malware has increased significantly within organisations, with a quarter of those asked reporting they had been affected. The survey asked 130 IT managers and CEOs in a cross section of industries around the world and found that malware has increased from 9% in 2009 to 24% in 2011. Goode also found that 71% of all organisations allow BYOD, but are not really paying attention to the se ...   read more

2013 Poor Year for Enterprise Spending

Section: News
2013 will see modest spending on enterprise technology, a report from CNN’s Fortune magazine has predicted. Whilst many in the sector are predicting stronger growth than last year, this is only because 2012 was such "a dismal year”, the report says. As the PC market declines, enterprises will be spending more on cloud services and mobile devices such as tablets and whilst th ...   read more

40% of Workers Never Heard of Virtualization, according to Cisco Study

Section: News
A new study by Cisco mConcierge partners has found that 40% of workers have never heard of the term virtualization, including IT personnel. 53% of those that don’t work in IT have never heard anything about the technology and just 34% think that the company they work for uses virtualization. Worse, 80% of top-level executives have no idea whether using virtualization solutions would benefit their company or not. Bearing this in mind, it’s no real surprise that   read more

4G Spectrum Bidding Begins

Section: News
Ofcom has confirmed that applications have been opened for mobile operators to put in bids for the 4G auction, the largest ever sell-off of the mobile spectrum in the UK. The bidding process only had a short window into which to submit their applications, between 10:00am and 16:00pm yesterday, potential bidders also had to provide an initial deposit of £100,000. Ed Richards, Ofcom read more

99% of Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

Section: News
A research team at Bluebox Security has found that all Android phones released in the past four years have an operating system vulnerability, which could allow complete control by hackers and malware to be easily planted on a device. The bug allows the APK code to be modified without breaking the cryptographic signature of any application. This means that there is the potential for any legitimate application to be turned into a malicious Trojan. "A hacker can exploit th ...   read more

Android Overtakes iOS in Tablet Wars

Section: News
Android tablet devices have surpassed those of iOS according to the latest figures from Gartner, seeing a 68% increase in shipments in 2013, compared to 2012. Apple’s iOS on the other hand saw a decline, giving them just a 36% share of the overall market last year. The growth in Android devices was driven by low-end, smaller screen devices and the entry of more "first-time buyers” into the market. This has given Android a total market share of 62%, according to Gartner analysts. ...   read more

Android Responsible for Unresolved Mobile Video Issues?

Section: News
Whilst new research from Cisco indicates that video accounted for more than half of mobile traffic last year, according to a report from TechCrunch, people are still missing out on "tremendous opportunities to make money”. This is because, at the moment, "the mobile landscape is too fragmented and frustrating and this, the reports says, is mainly due to Android. However, the problem goes deeper than mobile operating systems, as many of the "power players” are refusing to work to ...   read more

BBM Coming to iPhone and Android

Section: News
The popular Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app will be offered as a download to run on devices running iOS and Android in the summer. It’s thought that initially, the app will offer texts, MMS and group sharing, with further services such as voice and video calling to be rolled out at a later date. The app is expected to be free, both to download and use. "As we’ve chronicled on our Inside BlackBerry ...   read more

BYOD Security Incidents are Proving Costly to Business

Section: News
As BYOD becomes more widely accepted throughout corporations, information security has taken a huge hit. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. published its second mobile security report last week  read more

Cisco see Drop in Videoconferencing Revenue

Section: News
Whilst videoconferencing is set to be the next big thing as faster connections and more collaboration takes place, market leaders Cisco, who in Q2 last year held a 49.3% market share, have reported a loss in revenue, despite increasing interest from enterprises. This is due, it has been reported, to the "uncertain global economy and ...   read more

Cisco to acquire Meraki Inc.

Section: News
Cisco yesterday announced their intention to expand existing cloud to solutions by acquiring Meraki Inc., a San Francisco-based leading cloud provider. Meraki has offices in New York, London and Mexico and "offers midmarket customers easy-to-deploy on-premise networking solutions that can be centrally managed from the cloud”. According to a Cisco statement, the acquisition "complements and expands Cisco’s strategy to offer more software-centric solutions to simplify network ma ...   read more

Citrix Synergy Unveil Project Avalon Details

Section: News
The latest Citrix Synergy event kicked off in Barcelona today, with Citrix unveiling the next phase of Project Avalon, which aims to deliver Windows apps and desktops via the cloud to any enabled device. The project was first announced at the Citrix Synergy San Francisco event in May 2012, which was attended by 6000 IT professionals over the course of three days. The US event featured le ...   read more

Cloud and Mobility Top Game Changers in IT

Section: News
A recent survey from CommScope has found that the increase in the take up of mobile devices and cloud services are the top "game changers” in IT at the moment, with many IT managers struggling to keep pace with demand. According to the read more

Cloud Services and BYOD are transforming Videoconferencing

Section: News
New technologies announced by Polycom and Cisco could push the videoconferencing market out of its current stagnation, reports suggest. The former made an announcement in October which Polycom’s CEO Andy Miller called the "most important day in Polycom history". Cisco also announced improvements to its collaboration suite ...   read more

Could Cloud end BYOD in the Enterprise?

Section: News
A recent report from Cloud Pro has suggested that cloud computing is likely to end enterprises’ use of most computer hardware, except for smartphones, which will become issued by the company. Cloud Pro cite this as being the opinion of Huddle CEO Alistair Mitchell, who has said that many decision makers are moving away from BYOD and further into the cloud. This could prove a relief for those CIOs that worry about device management, especially since it’s been suggested that many ...   read more

Data Security Now a “Board Room Issue”

Section: News
A recent study carried out by dataIQ has indicated that data and its security is now a "board room issue”, with more than 60% of data professionals questioned confirming that data security is addressed at this level. The results indicate that data security and compliance are now being taken more seriously by many organisations. However, 25% of those surveyed said that the issue is only "taken seriously in ...   read more

Device shipments rise but PCs still declining, says Gartner

Section: News
The latest forecast from analysts at Gartner predicts that whilst overall global device shipments will grow by 5.9% in 2013, PCs will continue to decline by 10.6%. The research house say that combined devices, PCs, tablets and mobiles, will reach a total of 2.35bn units this year, with sales being driven by tablets, smartphones and to a lesser extent, ultramobiles. PCs, including laptops, are forecast to reach a total of around 305m units, representing a total decline of 10.6% from ...   read more

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