Apple releases a new iPhone every year. What does this mean for your business? Should your company join the consumer bandwagon buying new smartphones for your employees once a new mobile phone is available? I think not! New does not necessarily mean better. The hardware differences between models in any phone series are minute. Software upgrades are another story but for the most part the significance of these upgrades is usually minor as well and will not affect your employee’s productivity or your ROI.
From the vehicle itself, to the cargo inside, and the driver who delivers it, there are limitless applications for IoT in transportation. Some are already realized, but most have yet to be dreamed up as products of the fleet management transformation we're witnessing today.
First off, what is a Smart Building? It is a network-enabled building management system leveraging a number of sensors connected to internal equipment, that helps automate building operations. People spend most of their time inside buildings whether it’s their residences, offices, factories, academic campuses or hospitals. IoT connectivity is leveraged in smart buildings and integrated with automated access control, security, lighting, HVAC systems, advanced audio/visual systems and more.
The Mobile Device Management (MDM) space has seen a lot of change over the last 10 years. As I see it, we are now in our third evolution of MDM, so let's look at how it all started, and what it’s become today.
With Apple's recently released iPhones, the world is revving up for its first broad taste of eSIMs, or “virtual SIMs.” While an iPhone isn’t the first consumer device to utilize eSIM technology (Google already beat them to the punch with the Pixel 2), the sheer number of iPhone users that will be taking on an eSIM device legitimizes it as the next technology toward which the masses must scramble.
There are a million reasons and ways to join the fold and create an IoT solution or service. Maybe it’s just “what’s next” for your industry. Maybe it’s been in the works for years but hasn’t taken off for any number of reasons. Whatever it may be, if you’re planning an IoT deployment, you’d better be doing so with consideration of how to manage your newly created “thing.”
Today smartphones and tablets play an integral role in the work life of an employee. A survey by Samsung and GfK Public Communications and Social Science of mobile workers found if employees had to choose just one computing device, the largest number picked their smartphones. The survey included 1,205 workers from professionals to healthcare workers. 93% of those surveyed used a smartphone for work every day. Those surveyed spent 33% of their day using their mobile devices at work.
Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) has been on the rise for a few years, but it is just now finding a foothold as a legitimate must-have among organizations who have been in “watch and see” mode.
Alright, I better start this out by saying I’m not really a contrarian when it comes to automation and data synchronization across multiple platforms. Of course I’m not. But today in Philly at the ETMA Connected Revolution conference, I sat on a panel with a few esteemed colleagues, and that’s the position I took, because sometimes it’s important to step back and look at it from a more common sense approach.
When considering changes to the mobile environment, most enterprises only consider top-line financial costs in the decision making process; support costs are often misunderstood or overlooked. This post serves to highlight key trends in the mobile management industry while exploring cost considerations and implications of each.