The Business Side to the Upcoming Wearables Market

Published by on Feb 18th, 2014, No Comments



Since the rumours many months ago that a certain consumer electronics company was going to introduce a smart watch, people have in equal parts been sceptical and excited about the potential of wearable technology. But despite the consumer appeal, is there a business case for using such things in the enterprise? Greg Vercellotti, executive director of Dariel Solutions, takes a closer look.

“If there was one thing that stood out from the Consumer Electronics Show held in Vegas last month, then it was how technology companies are looking at wearable technology as the next big thing. Whether this is going to be just a passing fad or is an accurate reflection of what the market wants will be hotly debated over the coming months,” he says.

Companies like Google, Samsung, and Sony, amongst others, have been promoting their products from glasses to wrist watches. (more…)

75% of companies in SA believe that BYOD is a Threat to Business Security

Published by on Jan 13th, 2014, No Comments

iStockphotoiDevicesMost companies see the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, where employees use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, as a growing threat to business. Yet, the percentage of companies taking measures to minimise this threat is relatively small, according to the results of the Global Corporate IT Security Risks 2013 survey, conducted by B2B International in collaboration withKaspersky Lab. This survey involved interviews with representatives of companies in 24 countries, including South Africa.

Respondents in Japan expressed the most concern about this growing trend and its associated threats: 93% agreed that BYOD is a threat to their businesses. Companies in North America (69%) also voiced a high level of concern, as did those in the Middle East (65%), South Africa (75%) and Western Europe (62%). Russian companies were the least concerned, with 57% of participants acknowledging any threat posed by a BYOD policy.

At the same time, most companies do not plan to introduce any prohibitive measures against the use of personal devices at the workplace. On the contrary, about 21% of respondents locally said they plan to encourage the use of personal smartphones and tablets at work, while another 34% said they did not believe that prohibitive measures would prevent employees from using their own devices. (more…)

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 now Available for Download

Published by on Jan 25th, 2013, No Comments

Research In Motion today announced that its new Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, is now available for download. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 re-invents RIM’s EMM by bringing together device management, industry leading security, and mobile applications management for BlackBerry smartphones (including the new BB10 models) in a consolidated solution. It also provides a single console for managing BlackBerry, Android and Apple iOS devices.

“BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 empowers employees to be more productive and better equipped to serve customers while it provides business and IT leaders with the confidence that corporate data is protected and manageable in the same way they have long enjoyed with BlackBerry,” said Peter Devenyi, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Software, Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 makes mobility easy for businesses to help keep them moving.”

Flexible Enterprise Mobility Management (more…)

SAP announces new Afaria MDM Solution

Published by on Jan 15th, 2013, No Comments

SAP has announced the latest version of Afaria, SAP’s mobile device management solution. Enhancements to the solution include deepening enterprise integration and distribution capabilities to effectively manage and secure the large number of users bringing their own devices into the workplace. To address the growing demand of enterprise mobile apps, SAP is including new app and self-service portal designs to provide a familiar, consumer-like app portal experience in the enterprise.

“The rise in smartphone and tablet adoption in Africa has meant that enterprises need to be able to effectively manage these devices. Many businesses are adopting the global trend of allowing employees to work on their tablets or smartphones,” comments Pfungwa Serima, CEO of SAP Africa.

“To address this trend, enterprises are developing ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) programmes in the workplace that require a highly scalable, mature EMM solution – either on-premises or in the cloud – to effectively manage and secure all the various mobile devices and apps entering the workplace.”

As recognised by IDC, SAP Afaria effectively meets the EMM (enterprise mobility mangement) needs of enterprises. These needs include traditional mobile device management (MDM), as well as managing and securing the entire mobile device, app and data life cycle across the enterprise. The latest release of SAP Afaria aims to remove complexity and support the growing mobile workforce by helping ensure that all data stored and transmitted via mobile devices is protected and secure. It will allow customers to gain greater control and insight into a wide range of devices and apps, remotely backup and delete data if a device is lost or stolen, and easily deliver fixes, upgrades and refreshes to mobile users. (more…)

Managing the risks of Bring Your Own Device

Published by on Oct 11th, 2012, No Comments

The ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend has taken root in South Africa, with workers increasingly relying on their personally-owned smartphones, tablets and computers in their day to day work rather than on  devices issued to them by their companies.

This trend – known as consumerisation of IT – has brought with it tremendous opportunities, but also massive risks for companies with mobile workforces, says Alexandra Zagury, Managing Director for South & Southern Africa at Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry® solution.

She says that many employees in the average enterprise are now relying on personally owned smartphones and tablet computers to carry out work tasks that range from authorising payments to signing off purchase orders and editing sensitive documents.

“Compared to the top-down nature of technology deployment in enterprises in the past, we are today seeing employees are bringing their own productivity-boosting devices and services to work with them,” says Zagury. “This trend towards consumerisation is being driven by the advent of devices such as smartphones that allow people to seamlessly access personal and work services wherever they are.”

This brings gains in productivity, efficiency and worker satisfaction, but also creates obvious compliance risks over sensitive data. Some companies might try to react to the threats and risks by locking the devices down to prevent use of unauthorised applications, websites and social networking capabilities. (more…)

Study shows “Bring Your Own Device” shift in Businesses

Published by on May 21st, 2012, No Comments

Cisco today announced findings from the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study of IT and business leaders that shows IT is accepting, and in some cases embracing, “bring your own device” (BYOD) as a reality in the enterprise. The study findings underscore that BYOD is here to stay, and managers are now acknowledging the need for a more holistic approach – one that is scalable and addresses mobility, security, virtualisation and network policy management, in order to keep management costs in line while simultaneously providing optimal experiences where savings can be realised.

“As the number of devices being brought into work increases, organisations need a comprehensive mobility strategy,” says Leon Wright, Country Lead, Systems Engineering at Cisco SA. “By leveraging the intelligent network, organisations can now provide their employees with the benefits of working anywhere, anytime: in other words, ‘work your way’. These research findings support Cisco’s assertion that mobility needs to extend well beyond BYOD to include the integration of service provider mobility, enterprise mobility, security, collaboration and desktop virtualisation solutions.”

The study shows some of the quantifiable benefits and complexities associated with allowing employees to use their own mobile devices on their employers’ networks. (more…)