Archive | March, 2014

Late To the Party: Why BYOD Policies Matter

If your organization doesn’t have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy than congratulations for being incredibly late the party. The implications of BYOD on enterprise technology, whether audiovisual, network bandwidth, security measures or repair and support are vast and often not appropriately considered within the overall enterprise technology plan.

Affordable, user friendly, technology is widely available. Users often feel more comfortable conducting business from their own devices, whether it’s their iPhone they send corporate email from, or a tablet they use to take notes, or work on files with sensitive information, users are putting corporate security at risk for organizations who haven’t fully thought through the BOYD revolution.

Additionally, for technology managers like myself who focus on the audiovisual aspects of an organizations technology plan, considering the weight of BYOD in presentation system design is incredibly important. Unfortunately, with the wide variety of technology available to consumers, there isn’t a standard for display connections, standard resolutions, digital signal paths; so on and so forth.

Yes, BYOD allows employees to be more agile; to perform work away from their traditional desktops. But failure to create and maintain strict adherence to a BYOD policy can spell doom for any organization’s technology plan. A proper BYOD plan should consider all relevant factors, including the most important X-factor in any corporate setting: the end user. A rock-solid BYOD strategy employs representatives from key areas within a company, here’s a brief overview

  • Legal– a move to BYOD can bring up a number of potential employment and contractual issues.
  • Accounting/Finance– members will need to perform costing projections to see if BYOD is the most cost effective solution
  • IT– the network team will need to consider remote access, security and most importantly the affect on software licensing
  • Sales Teams- I can all but guarantee somewhere, within any organization that has a sales team, someone has made a sale using their own cell phone, or iPad. These can be important users to have as allies, and their input can be incredibly important.

 

 

 

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Apple to Team up with Comcast, What Could Go Wrong?

Apple, makers of the iPod, iPad, iPhone and computer hardware and software are in talks with internet, television and telephony giant Comcast to bring internet-streaming based TV service to consumers.

These talks represent the first tangible action of note in the quest to revolutionize the way cable television is delivered to customers. As more and more consumers “cut the cord” of cable, and move towards internet streaming media such as Neftlix, Hulu and the like, cable companies are scrounging to fill the void in the their subscriber base.

Much like Netflix has done previously, these talks would center on the content being delivered through a “fastrack” on Comcast’s broadband network, allowing subscribers to have priority access to bandwidth necessary to deliver streaming TV.

This news comes at a time where both companies have much ground to gain. Apple hasn’t been as innovative as they were in the past in terms of delivering game-changing products to the marketplace. Comcast is losing cable television subscribers left and right due to a mixture of rising costs, limited demand and poor customer service and satisfaction.

These talks could also signal that Apple is pausing its quest to deliver their own television set, or programming. Apple is having difficulty with content owners, wary of Apple’s meteoric rise in the music industry with iTunes. Apple relies on these content owners, and infrastructure companies since they are not investing in infrastructure and content delivery like other techno-giants Verizon and Google, who are both expanding their fiberoptic service.

Time will  tell if this happens, and if it does happen whether or not it is a smart move for both companies. The only problem I see with streaming television delivery is as a Comcast customer I have less than 90% uptime on my home network, while maintaining 100% uptime on my cable television service.

Clearly both sides have some work to do before this will be a winner.

 

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