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We’ve all been doing it, to the dismay to some of our bosses: Employees have long been bringing their own devices to…
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A few weeks ago, a Gigaom Research client told me she was “sick of BYOD” and wanted out. She asked me if I…
The week in cloud: IBM-Twitter deal shows how the gulf between enterprise IT and consumer IT has narrowed.
Today’s CIOs can best serve their companies — and their own careers — by focusing on customer needs instead of turf wars, says Charlie Feld.
Gigaom Research’s latest survey of IT buyers shows how companies are using mobile technologies in the enterprise now and what direction they are likely to take over the next several years.
Blackberry has acquired Movirtu, a London-based company that specializes in virtual SIM technology, it announced on Thursday. Originally, Movirtu’s business centered around shared phone…
The Android Security Modules (ASM) framework, proposed by U.S. and German researchers, would make it easier to install security modules on Android devices without the need for rooting or firmware updates.
Wish you could make your own decision about which device you use at work? You may not have to wait much longer, as more and more companies are requiring employees to use their own devices.
Dropbox, in its quest for enterprise customers, has acquired MobileSpan, a company that lets people access corporate files on their own devices.
Google (s GOOG) announced Monday that it has bought Divide, a company that builds apps meant to make it easier for businesses…
A deep, thorough inspection of real-time network data can help provide the kind of IT security that the modern enterprise requires.
Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industries. In this essay, Bromium’s Simon Crosby takes on enterprise device security.
Bring your own device isn’t just about letting employees choose their own phones — it is about using those phones as a means to execute on business strategies. Here are some new ways to think about BYOD.
The financial services sector has a BYOD tablet adoption of nearly 50 percent, but every other sector lags behind. Roadblocks such as security and software innovation are the culprit.
If you think bring your own device is throwing CIOs for a loop inside big companies, wait until everyone, including the business assets are packing a connected sensor.
The people applying the internet of things at big companies are often marketers not the engineers. So some products might be amazing, while others could be simply annoying.
A new service — two years in the making — from VMware and Verizon claims to enable true “dual persona” smart phones for enterprise use.
An Atlanta-based startup called Ionic Security has raised a $9.4 million Series A-1 round to develop its technology that aims to let…
The screen-sharing operation just released Mikogo Cloud Desktop, which lets businesses access full-fat Windows desktops on tablets, smartphones and other desktops. And yes, that can mean Windows 8 on an iPad.
The fundamental business model at the heart of the U.S. mobile industry is largely the same as it has been: Consumers pay for monthly buckets of voice minutes and data usage, signing lengthy contracts in exchange for buying a high-tech phone for a pittance. But 2013 may bring real disruption to the industry for the first time since Apple introduced the iPhone and iTunes App Store. Upstart carriers are embracing noncellular technologies to provide cut-rate services, third-party developers are gaining traction with cheap (or free) alternatives to SMS, and a major U.S. operator is preparing to drop handset subsidies. Next year could be the most important, eventful year we’ve seen in mobile in a long time.
Employees are driving business apps selection in many small and medium businesses, according to new research. A good percentage of productivity, social and collaborative apps now sanctioned by IT in SMBs were brought in by workers without IT knowledge.
Given Dropbox’s huge popularity — it claims 100 million users — it’s not surprising that many workers use it at the office. But that trend is worrisome to IT departments concerned with security breaches.
What’s true in the rest of the world is true for security software, as well: more data means more intelligence. Thanks to the emergence of new techniques for storing, collecting and analyzing data, there’s a new wave of security companies looking smarter than ever.
CIOs that try to thwart user demand for latest-and-greatest consumer technologies in the workplace could be an endangered species, according to speakers at Structure Europe. Better to accommodate and bring that new technology under IT’s big tent.
It makes sense for the CMO to help pick which technology marketing uses — but marketing is just one of many departments of a company. In this age of BYOD, all that autonomy will lead to more “rogue” IT. That’s not always a good thing.
In our increasingly BYOD world, employees expect to have open and mobile access to their work and apps. Meanwhile, IT still needs to keep sensitive business data secure. What’s a stressed out CIO to do? Find a BYOD-friendly cloud vendor, says Symantec’s Anthony Kennada.
Box will use the $125 million to expand its international presence beyond a new London office, says CFO Dylan Smith. The Series E cash influx led by General Atlantic Partners, brings total funding for the enterprise cloud storage player to a whopping $287 million.
SpiderCloud Wireless just closed a big $35 million funding round, but it’s about to reveal a deal arguably of much bigger importance. On Thursday, SpiderCloud will announce a new contract with NEC to supply its enterprise small cell technology to carriers around the world.
A startup called Bluebox has raised $9.5 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Andy Bechtolsheim, among others, although the world will have to wait a little longer to hear about the technology justifying all that money. What we do know if that Bluebox targets mobile security.
Now that businesses have collected and stored all of this data, how are they going to protect it? And most importantly, how are they going to use if safely and legitimately? ISF’s Steve Durbin outlines the five key issues surrounding big data and information security.
To deal with the BYOD wave, Gartner recommends that companies roll out mobile data protection, mobile device management and fund special mobility strategy teams within IT to handle the issue. IT folks would likely welcome that, but won’t hold their breath.
A new survey by collaboration tools company harmon.ie reveals that working while you’re on the go is far from painless, finding that while mobile working is hugely common, remote collaboration tools are still slowing productivity, leading to errors and causing headaches.
IT professionals besieged by demands to support all manner of non-corporate tablets and smartphones in the workplace really want users to know that there’s a reason for their reluctance: BYOD, they say, isn’t easy in an era of cut-rate IT budgets.
Enterprises unnerved by the bring-your-own-device movement that many had promoted are now trying to lock down employees’ own devices for security purposes. The unintended consequence is that many of those employees, frustrated by these restrictions, just use unsanctioned devices instead.
Cloud storage provider Box adds a more advanced administrative console, enterprise-wide search, enterprise license agreements and support for multiple email domains to its service. Enterprise features like these are a battle ground for cloud service providers trying to convince IT to make the cloud move.
The bring-your-own-device trend may cause as many problems as it solves, according to IBM CIO Jeanette Horan. BYOD, in which companies let (even encourage) employees to use personal smartphones or tablets to access company applications, boosts productivity. It also causes big IT headaches.
Devices aren’t the only problem associated with the consumerization of IT. A report out from Deutsche Bank notes that the flip side of employees bringing in their own devices is IT managers and staff bringing in their own compute resources without consulting their higher ups.
A study undertaken by Good Technology, makers of enterprise mobile security software, found that neither heavily regulated industries nor size of the company is an impediment to making bring your own device policies work. Good says BYOD improves employee productivity and can save money.
IBM recently announced new social networking and collaboration mobile apps — specifically designed to support enterprise needs around consumer mobile devices. IBM aims to bring social networking, real-time collaboration, and online meeting capabilities from behind the company firewall and into the hands of tablet users.
Gone are the days when P2P was more or less synonymous with file sharing. Now you can offer up just about anything you can think of for sale, rent or trade directly to interested individuals. But P2P will also reshape how business operates inside and out.
Apperian, maker of a platform that helps companies build enterprise mobile apps, today announced it has closed $9.5 million in VC funding. The company is hoping to take advantage of an enterprise mobility boom, with an increasing number of firms equipping staff with mobile devices
The workplace, and especially the virtual workplace of the distributed office, will inevitably see more and more workers embracing the “bring-your-own-device” model of enterprise hardware management. But there’s also another new trend that companies who use distributed teams should prepare for: the era of bring-your-own-apps.
Although one in four smartphones in 2009 were bought for use in small, medium and enterprise businesses, the consumer remains the target audience driving the rapid growth of these next-generation, web-centric devices.