5 Reasons Why IT Should Consider Workspace Management Technology
Curlis Phillip is a Senior Marketing Manager at AT&T. You can find more blog content from Curlis and other experts on mobility on the AT&T Networking Exchange Blog, where this post originally appeared. AT&T has sponsored the following blog post.
I recently ran into some car trouble on my way to the office and had to be towed to the service center. I did not miss a beat. During the two hours that it took to get my car serviced, I was able to attend my weekly product launch planning meeting via Web conference, access and review creative for an upcoming ad campaign, and check and respond to emails – all from the service lounge.
Traditional work environments with desktop computers and landline telephones no longer rule the roost due to increased mobilization (of employees, resources, and services). Today’s workers expect flexibility in how and where they work. Many are selecting their own tools to get their job done more quickly and efficiently because company issued technology no longer meets their expectation. Innovative and powerful consumer devices, applications and web services are empowering the workforce and redefining the workplace environment.
What does this mean for IT? IT organizations will need to evolve their mobile strategy to address current employee demands, attract top new talent, and compete in the marketplace. Below are five reasons IT department should consider workspace management technology (also known as containerization) to harness the power of the evolving workplace environment.
1. Data and Network Security
A plethora of personal mobile devices and OSs (including Android and iOs) are being used to access corporate data, creating a headache for IT. According to an Ovum 2013 Global BYOD Survey, 56% of full-time employees access corporate data from a personal smartphone or tablet. Most of us are guilty of forwarding business emails to personal email accountssharing work files using apps like Droplr, or storing corporate content using free storage apps like MediaFire. Mobile threats are on the rise and this behavior can expose a company to major risks. Mobile Workspace Management (MWM) solutions provide a secure environment to run business applications and content. Some even come with secure browsing, encryption of data in the container, as well as a secure email application.
2. Employee Privacy Most people use their personal devices for work activities because the features and capabilities are often more robust than company-issued devices; however, they prefer if “big brother” wasn’t monitoring their personal activities. Device-level control, which is what you get with traditional MDM solutions, raises legal concerns around privacy. Workspace management technology helps alleviate this concern by allowing IT to manage the secure workspace – not the device. IT cannot access personal content and most importantly, if an employee leaves the company, the workspace can be wiped and their personal content and settings remain intact.
The holiday season is almost here! But what you may not realize is that with Thanksgiving falling so late in November this year, the holiday shopping season has already started, and that’s why you don’t want to wait to take advantage of Black Friday deals that can be helpful for small business.
Generally retailers use the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to really push deals hard. In the past years we’ve seen more and more focus on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But this year retailers have about one week less between Thanksgiving and Christmas to make their sales, so they’re starting early. There’s a reason it seems like Halloween just happened but Christmas decorations are already up in stores – I’m calling it Thanksmas!
Take Amazon for example. They’ve created a new “deals” promotion they’re calling “Countdown to Black Friday.” Fab.com, one of my favorite online retailers, just held a “Color Week” sale (it’s the opposite of Black Friday, get it?). Many other retailers aren’t calling attention to the Black Friday part, but have already started offering special pricing deals. So if you’ve been waiting till after Thanksgiving to start shopping for tech deals for your small business, don’t wait — start looking now to see if there are deals on tech you’ve been meaning to invest in.
But remember: don’t buy tech just because you see a good price. Make sure it’s something you really need and more importantly have budgeted for! And if you’re not sure whether you need to upgrade now, ask yourself how long you think your current device will last, and whether the holiday “deal” price is worth pulling the trigger a little early: you may find that having the cash now is worth putting up with your device a little longer.
Have questions about buying tech during the holiday season? RSVP for my Holiday Help Desk – I’ll be answering your questions LIVE on December 4th. You can also submit your questions now in case you can’t make the live event: afterwards it will be available to watch whenever you have time!
Having the right tools to give great presentations is one huge key to success in the small biz and entrepreneurship world. Getting the right slide deck and presenting it effectively in front of key players in your industry can make a huge difference for your brand AND your business. But not everyone is a natural at giving presentations, and that’s okay — I’ve got some great tips to make it easy!
By applying all three tips below, hopefully you can make the whole process seamless.
1. Practice public speaking.
If you’re having trouble with the actual part where you stand up and give the presentation, that’s okay—a lot of people are uncomfortable with public speaking, even when it’s just in small groups or one-on-one with strangers. But there are tried-and-true methods to get better at it, some of which I’ve covered in a previous article.
The best way to get better is trial-by-fire, and I love a non-profit called Toastmaster International; it has local chapters all over the world that hold classes and seminars to teach you how to speak in public. By getting involved with Toastmasters, you can start in a small, supportive environment and grow your skills from there.
If you’re still struggling, it’s probably because you lack the specific experience of giving presentations. Learning basic public speaking tips and tricks is one thing, making sure you’ve perfected moving through your slides while talking is another. So make sure you find audiences to practice with—friends and family are great, but try to find audiences of strangers to practice on as well. Do you have business contacts or social media followers who might be interested in giving you feedback?
Everyone knows that they need to improve the security of their computers, passwords, and data store in the cloud. In this video I show you three great ways to improve your online security by taking advantage of a great app, Master Lock Vault.
You probably already know that making sure your business is discovered by potential consumers is not as simple as being listed in the Yellow Pages and Google anymore. In fact, there are a number of sites and apps that want to be the go-to guide for consumers looking for local businesses. It’s important to make sure you’ve got the right information in the right places to be discovered, and here’s how:
1. Do a Google search
The first thing you need to find out is what happens when you search for your business. So do a search on Google and make sure you can find yourself, because if you can’t do that, there’s no way your potential customers will be able to either. What you’re looking for specifically is the details of how your small business is listed.
Check everything—is absolutely all the info correct? Not only should your business appear at the top of the search listings, but you should also get a special box displaying all of your business details. At a minimum, your business address, hours, website, and phone number should appear. Ideally, a Google Map with your location — as well as some pictures that represent your business — should appear.
If anything looks off or isn’t appearing the way you want it to, go to Google’s Places for Business page immediately to claim and fix your listing.
We all know that texting and driving is dangerous: according to the National Safety Council, over 100,000 accidents each year involve drivers who are texting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,000 people were killed in 2011 in distracted-driving related accidents, and texting while driving is the most dangerous distraction of all. That’s why the “It Can Wait” campaign was launched to remind people that no matter how important a text might seem, it’s not more important than safety!
As an extension of the “It Can Wait” campaign, AT&T has created a way for small businesses to show that they stand against texting and driving while helping their communities. They’ve created a “My Business Cares” sweepstakes so that small business owners and employees can take the pledge not to text while driving. When they take the pledge a local middle or high school (of the business or employee’s choice) will be entered to win $1,000, plus an in-school assembly educating students on the dangers of texting while driving. Given that 75% of teenagers say that texting while driving is common among their friends, that’s an important lesson for students to hear.
Many small businesses rely on the benefits afforded by mobile devices. But when those devices are used while driving, employees can put themselves and others at risk. “My Business Cares” is a great opportunity for small businesses to send a powerful message to employees about the dangers of texting and driving, and gives individuals an opportunity to show they care while encouraging others to do the same.
Small business owners and employees can enter the sweepstakes via the “My Business Cares” tab on AT&T’s Facebook page. Simply take the pledge, enter your contact info, and select the local school you’d like to help.
Apple today annonced a range of new iPads. The top-of-the-line iPad 4 has been replaced by the newer iPad Air at the same price point, starting at $499.
The now 3 year old iPad 2 is sticking around at $399.
Also at $399, you can get the new iPad mini with Retina display.
And at the low end, getting a $30 price drop, is last year’s iPad mini at just $299.
Apple is widely expected to launch the new iPad 5 today, as well as the latest version of their desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks. A refresh of the Macbook Pro line as well as the Mac minis seems likely, and observers are hoping to see a new iPad mini with Retina display as well. But what else will Apple announce? A television? A watch? Something totally unexpected? The best way to find out is to stay tuned to this liveblog for all of the updates!
We’ll be bringing you everything you need to know about Apple’s latest devices live starting at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern today. Read more »
Apple couldn’t possibly leave us with just new iPhones! If last year is any indication, tomorrow we’ll be seeing updates to the entire iPad family, including the iPad Mini.
We’ll be running a liveblog tomorrow October 22nd, breaking Apple’s news as it happens. If you sign up for my newsletter today, I’ll drop you an email just as Apple kicks off the event so you can tune in and find out what’s going on!
Plus I’ll be on the TODAY Show tomorrow morning around 7:45 AM Eastern to talk about the new iPad, the new Microsoft Surface 2 that’s also available tomorrow, and what I’m calling the Tablet Wars! Tune into the TODAY Show tomorrow, or check back here on the site to watch my take on this fall’s tablets!
What’s Apple announcing tomorrow? Some speculation…
Now this is just speculation, so don’t hold it against me if it’s not 100% true, but here are a couple thing I expect to hear about tomorrow:
Yes, there will still be retina display, possibly with improved pixel count. Almost certainly the design is going to change somewhat (lighter and thinner does seem to be Apple’s mantra, after all)! It’s very possible we’ll see updated colors to match the 5s: black, space grey and hopefully gold, which has proven to be the most popular of Apple’s updated color scheme. We’ll probably also see the introduction of the same fingerprint-sensing technology, but don’t quote me on that.
Expect an updated version of the iPad mini that will almost certainly include Retina display this time around. Expect color and design updates here too. But don’t expect a significant price cut.
Apple previewed the new OS back in September. Tomorrow we should get a release date and pricing!
New MacBook Pros:
The Air got its update last month, so it only makes sense for Apple to release a revamped version of their premium laptop too. Right now the Pro is available with and without Retina display: it’s very possible that new MacBook Pros will be Retina-display only, especially is Apple can bring the price down on less powerful models.
New Mac Pro:
This is the one I’m really excited for! It feels like forever since Apple updated their desktop line, and the last announcement showed a complete redesign and overhaul for this one. It’s not designed for a casual user, but serious video and graphics editors have been waiting for this for awhile. It won’t be cheap, either. I’m expecting prices to start at over $2,000.
It’s hard to say whether we’ll see this or not. So hard that I don’t even want to call it…we’ll just have to wait and see!
What are you most excited about? Is there anything you REALLY want to see as part of tomorrow’s announcement? Got questions? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to get them answered during tomorrow’s liveblog!
How PCI Compliance Helps Protect Your Business from Breaches
Sam Farraj is AVP-Content Delivery & Security Platform, AT&T Global Business Services. You can find more blog content from Sam and other experts on the AT&T Networking Exchange Blog, where this article originally appeared. AT&T has sponsored the following blog post.
Next time you are enjoying the ease of shopping online, remember this: Studies estimate that online retailers lost $3.5 billion to fraud in 2012. On top of that, add the cost of inconvenience to legitimate consumers who either had to notify their credit card companies, or who may not have even spotted the fraudulent charges when they paid their bills. Blogs and social media are cluttered with stories of people whose credit cards were used to make fraudulent purchases, leaving the victims to clean up their accounts.
How do online retailers work to prevent this fraud? Well, one way is to rely on technical partners who achieve compliance with the Payment Card Industry Standard – Data Security Standard, or PCI DSS.
PCI compliance ensures that credit card information is not stored on servers and storage devices that might be breached. It requires regular audits of data center practices, operations, customer service processes, and data retention rules. And PCI is the by-product of a consortium consisting of the five major credit card companies, American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, and VISA, so retailers can be comfortable that the standard meets the requirements of their most important credit partners.