Exciting news (for me anyway)! Last Friday, November 1 2013, the New Zealand Government Chief Information Officer (Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs) announced that the New Zealand government had negotiated contracts for the supply of Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
The big news, from my point of view, from VMworld in Barcelona was the announcement that VMware has acquired the Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) vendor Desktone. VMware is probably the leading vendor for enterprise virtual desktop technology (i.e. virtual desktop infrastructure or VDI – with their Horizon product line) – though Citrix might dispute this. Desktone are the leading provider of DaaS technology for service providers – that is virtual desktops delivered from the cloud on an as-a-Service basis.
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In case you haven’t heard Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in April of 2014. What this means is that Microsoft will no longer patch security vulnerabilities discovered in XP or Office 2003, and therefore there will be security holes discovered that can be exploited by hackers which will never be fixed. My personal opinion is that in practical terms within a few months users of XP will be wide open to exploits by hackers. Potentially, they will be able to steal your data or take control of your PC and there will be nothing you will be able to do about it! For most organisations this represents an unacceptable level of risk. If you haven’t already started your move off Windows XP, you should – immediately!
This is the fifteenth post in my series on BYOD. I have mostly avoided talking about technology, as in many ways that is the least important, and the most straightforward aspect of dealing with BYOD. Most people automatically think of Mobile Device Management (MDM) when they think of mobile or BYOD technology, but that is far from the only viable solution. Here I’ll outline the key technology solutions that are available to help you deliver usable and effective BYOD to your organisation.
This is the thirteenth posting in my series on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In a recent post I looked at 5 myths about BYOD that I had come across a lot. Kenneth quite rightly pointed out that I had looked at only technology related myths, and challenged me to look at more business related ones, as he believed that they were just as important. He is quite right, though because of my day job I wasn’t running into as many of that kind of myth. He helpfully got me started with some suggestions in a comment on my BYOD myths post.
This is my seventh post on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initatives. I have explored a number of issues about how you you can do it, and what you can do, but I haven’t yet talked about why you might be looking at BYOD. There are several reasons why an organisation might want to explore BYOD. Understanding the drivers behind your organisation’s BYOD initiative is the key to delivering a successful one.
This is my sixth post in my series on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) intiatives. Once you understand what BYOD is, and you understand some of the issues surrounding BYOD you need to start firming up what BYOD is going to look like at your enterprise. So, one of the first things to get sorted is what is the scope of your BYOD initative? There can be just as much confusion over the scope of BYOD initiatives as there can be over the types of BYOD initiatives. Is your BYOD initiative focussed on mobile devices, phones and tablets, alone? Is it perhaps more restricted and looking only at smartphones? Do you have a wider brief including laptops? Or can it even include desktops? (The last one is really more of a joke – surely no employee wants to being their desktop to work!?) If you don’t get very clear agreement about this key point you are setting yourself up for failure. Imagine delivering an awesome BYOD solution for tablets and smartphones only to find out that what the marketing team were really wanting was the ability to use their new Macbooks at work!
This is my fifth post on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In other posts I’ve considered support and managing employee expenses. Here, I want to change tack a bit, and ask: What are the ramifications of consumer law for BYOD? While this may seem like a strange question, it is something that you will need to consider for some types of BYOD.