Enterprise Mobility Exchange Event Highlights the Complexity of Mobility

When we conduct research at ESG, we are always inquiring about the sources of information that are most useful in helping to learn about, research, and evaluate technology products and services. “Interaction with peers” constantly tops the list, and was well reflected in the caliber of attendees at the Enterprise Mobility Exchange event I recently attended in Las Vegas. The majority of the event is dedicated to peer interaction, but attendees also receive 1-on-1 time with participating vendors. It’s an ideal way to “speed date” over several days to learn about new market innovation, potential resolutions to top challenges, and even get a glimpse into some roadmap discussions. The event is a win-win scenario for me as well, as I slice time between IT conversations and listen to fascinating discussions regarding business challenges and mobility success stories.

The primary takeaway was that mobility remains complex, and incorporates multiple pieces of technology, internal organizational alignment, and flexible business processes. Here are a few of the highlights.

Topics: BYOD Bring Your Own Device Enterprise Mobility

Getting Over the Post-holiday BYOD Proliferation Blues

It’s no secret, BYOD and mobile devices are changing the way we work, play, and communicate with each other. As a result, the demand for wireless networks is very strong and ESG's IT spending intentions research survey data indicates that expanding wireless networks is one of the top-five most-cited network priorities for organizations. The timing is perfect to talk about expanding the WLAN as the volume of new mobile wireless devices entering the workplace always tend to spike after the holidays. Many of those in IT that I speak to have stated it is not uncommon to have over a thousand new devices hit the wireless network in January. IT then has to struggle to ensure there is adequate connectivity for all these new devices (especially in the executive wing), mitigate the risk, and spend a lot of time associated with managing the onboarding process. For those in higher education, this scenario plays out at the start of every school year as well.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking mobile BYOD Aerohive Bring Your Own Device

What's Driving the Growth of Online File Sharing Services?

The use of corporate file sharing services is growing, but what’s behind this growth? The BYOD trend has been a key driver for the online file sharing market. The preponderance of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has driven many companies to sign up for and deploy a corporate account with an online file sharing (OFS) service.

To investigate the relationship between BYOD and OFS, ESG surveyed nearly 500 IT professionals at organizations of all sizes. The survey found that 41% of organizations that are experiencing significant growth in smartpohne and tablet usage already have a corporate OFS account in place, and another 27% expect to set up a corporate OFS account in the next year. On the other end of the spectrum, more than half (52%) of organizations that are experiencing little or no growth in alternative endpoint devices have no interest in a corporate OFS account.

Topics: Storage End-User Computing IT Infrastructure mobile BYOD OFS Bring Your Own Device online file sharing and collaboration

Bring Your Own Unified Network – HP launches Unified Wired and Wireless Solution with SDN for campus and branch networks

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives are having a significant impact on organizations' campus and branch network environments. In fact, one could argue that BYOD is rapidly becoming BYO3 as employees bring smartphones and tablets to work along with a laptop and all these devices are most likely leveraging corporate or guest WiFi services. It is not uncommon for an enterprise to see wireless connections spike by thousands of devices after a major holiday or new product release. However, this can create significant issues for IT when trying to deal with a surge in connections and contain any security threats. Legacy networks that require separate management of wired and wireless environments only compound the problem.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking HP BYOD software-defined networking SDN wireless Bring Your Own Device

JBuff’s BYOD Experiment (part 1 of 4) Acquisition Challenges

A while back, I decided to do an experiment on BYOD -- here are my results:

Topics: End-User Computing Data Protection mobile BYOD Bring Your Own Device