One of the challenges of an environment where employees use multiple cloud services is how to manage those accounts. AppGuru, a new web-based service from LogMein,, aims to simplify that process by providing a centralised console where IT managers can track, deploy and remove users on different services.
If we’re to believe some of the coverage around mobility and BYOD, you’d think that IT departments have been fumbling about in the dark when it comes to what devices users get as part of their working kit. Often, there are accusations about how IT won’t relinquish control and claims of how individual productivity will soar if individuals can bring their own devices to work, but little hard data to back either position.
Good For Enterprise from Good Technologies has just become the first non-BlackBerry mobile collaboration and device management software to be certified by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) for use in Australian government environments that require high levels of data security. Will that development also prompt more companies to consider these kinds of solutions?
Bring your own device might be an unstoppable trend in the workplace, but accepting that still requires IT pros to work out a strategy for dealing with making those devices actually useful for something more than email and occasional browsing. Two distinct schools of thought have emerged here: desktop virtualisation and deploying native apps. Which is the better solution?
One of the challenges with any bring your own device (BYOD) plan is working out who pays for the device. It’s not fair to simply make the employee cough up (though that’s disturbingly frequent), but how you can you reasonably allocate costs for a phone or tablet that will also be used for personal tasks? One potential approach: pay two-thirds of the cost (whether that’s outright or a contract plan) and let the employee pick up the rest.
VMware has officially launched its Horizon Suite, which combines a virtualised workspace designed to offer access to applications and data on mobile devices with some of its existing software for managing virtual and physical systems. What’s the plan for the product that one enthusiastic Australian beta tester describes as ‘NotDropbox’?