BYOD

Acronis Files Cloud — the File Sync & Share You've Been Waiting For

If you are a Service Provider and have customers who use public cloud file sync & share services for business purposes, you need to read this. Acronis Files Cloud provides you with an opportunity to meet your customers’ needs and help them protect important business data.

If you’re supporting your company’s marketing and creative teams, you know that in order for them to keep up with the latest and greatest digital marketing techniques, they can no longer live without mobile applications and devices, which help improve productivity and real-time collaboration between employees and teams.   

The evolution of mobile devices - from smartphones to tablets to wearables – is one of the key factors rapidly pushing the marketing world to evolve in the way they do things.  Teams are dispersed and marketing & advertising agencies are virtually connected, with high levels of collaboration and ‘real-time’ versions of what’s being reviewed and worked on constantly moving between parties.

It’s a fact that Macs have gained a lot of traction in SMBs and enterprises over the past few years. You cannot deny it: Employees love their Macs. Why? Macs are especially good at certain tasks like design, creative services, and production. They are easy to use and reliable with more and more employees that use Apple devices in their personal lives asking to use them at work. And of course, they are cool.

 

As the survey below shows, employee preference is the top reason why companies support Macs. While employee satisfaction is no doubt a key driver, there are many other factors that need to be taken into account by IT to support the “Mac invasion” as some people refer to it.

 

 

In today’s business world, we need to justify every dollar that we spend, lowering costs, and delivering a return on investment on everything we do. Nowhere is this more true than in IT, where Big Data, Mobility and BYOD are changing the way we work across the globe, requiring companies to an IT depratments to invest and change to remain competitive.

Consider the following facts:

  1. More data is being generated, copied, moved, stored and kept for longer periods of time than ever before
     
  2. Demands for storage keep growing dramatically, but in general, budgets don’t follow the same curve, and don’t increase in the same proportion to keep up

Research shows that even during the recession of 2008-2009, businesses experienced an approximately 40-percent annual increase in storage demand. Now, as the economy is back on track, that growth rate is closer to 60%.

Whether you’re looking to put a mobility management solution in place for the first time, considering changing providers, or just looking for additional capabilities, there are many aspects to consider when choosing a mobility solution provider. As your usage of mobile technologies matures, you’ll likely move towards more specialized use cases and requirements that are topics for future discussion. Today we will review 5 general questions to ask when assessing the offerings of mobility solution providers.

Do you provide an MDM or EMM solution?

How Do You Measure Productivity?

Time is money.


There are many considerations to be taken into account when it comes to productivity, but the most important are measurement of individual activity (such as time spent selling to customers) and total cost of ownership (TCO).  But today, I’d like to focus on employee satisfaction that can derive from a simple but secure BYOD policy and how that affects your company’s productivity -- and ultimately your bottom line -- in a very positive manner.   

As a mother of four grown children, I’ve often wondered how I managed my full time job before I had a laptop and a smart phone; let alone a BYOD policy that I enjoy at Acronis! This policy enables me to securely access email and corporate files, as well as annotate, sync, and share them in a collaborative way with my colleagues and partners. 

Over the years, working with and listening to thousands of customers of all sizes,  we’ve learned a lot about what they need, their challenges, and the effect of what we do in what they do. We’ve also noticed that some concepts, or the words that simply represent them, are just scary to our IT friends. Scalability is one of them.

According to InfoWatch’s Global Data Leakage Report the first half of 2014 saw 32% more leaks than in the same period in 2013. An estimated 450 million records were compromised, including financial and personal data across multiple sectors, with approximately 89% of information leaks involving personal data. With the number of smartphones and tablets on the rise, and a decrease in traditional PC sales, attacks on mobile devices are maturing. By 2017, Gartner predicts that the focus of endpoint breaches will shift to tablets and smartphones from traditional PCs. 

How can you ensure data doesn’t leak from your organization?

Companies of all sizes are facing the demand of two popular employee trends – the want to use personal devices at work and the desire to work remotely. These trends are prompting many employers to implement mobility features that will embrace data across any and every device within their organizations. 
While mobility is a game changer regarding real-time collaboration and productivity for companies of all sizes, SMBs are at a disadvantage with budget limitations and often limited to no on-site IT departments. 

Not too long ago (even 5 or 10 years seems an eternity) life was easy. Most of us were tied to our desks. The ones that were not, like sales people, would carry boxes with printed materials and price lists in the trunks of their cars. Remote workers would dial in and connect via VPN to access their file servers.

Things are different now. Mobility is changing the way we do business. We work wherever we are, at the office, at home, on a plane, at a client’s site, out in the field. We are mobile. We use mobile devices. And all companies, large and small, benefit from this new scenario. Competitive organizations empower their users with mobility solutions maximizing their productivity to drive better service, improve customer satisfaction, and ultimately increase revenue and profitability.