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NetConnect comes standard with a host of security features, ensuring corporate data never leaves the office & is never stored on personal devices. Addressing a variety of applications, NetConnect offers a secure solution to BYOD, Mobility, Teleworking and many others, all catered for on the one platform.

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Kaseya Releases Version 7.0, Adds Support for SharePoint

Kaseya logoToday, Kaseya announced the release of Version 7.0, which offers enhancements to the company’s cloud, mobility management and core IT solutions. In particular, the 365 Command, Virtual System Administrator, Traverse, and Enterprise Mobility Management solutions were enhanced in today’s release. I was able to speak with Tom Hayes, Kaseya’s VP of Product Marketing, late last week, and he ran me through some of Version 7.0’s features.

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Interview with Kaseya’s CMO Loren Jarrett and a Strong Company Push in 2014

Loren Jarrett Headshot-1Good afternoon, SMB Nation Community! I was recently able to meet with Kaseya’s Chief Marketing Officer, Loren Jarrett (pictured). Loren took the time to discuss Kaseya’s strong 2013 growth, as well as plans for 2014 with me.

Loren started our call by introducing me to the “new Kaseya.” As many of you are aware, this company announced the appointment of Yogesh Gupta as CEO in June, 2013. With this appointment came an updating of the executive team; Loren herself was recently appointed as the company’s CMO. Additional appointments included: Prakash Khot as CTO (recently of Salesforce), Mark Combs as COO and Brian Murphy as CSO. All of these team members bring years of experience in the IT industry.

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WhichVoip.com Spokesperson, Tony Campbell, Releases Informative BYOD Article

whichvoipWhichVoIP.com recently hosted an article from Tony Campbell, a spokesman for the company, which covered the “10 Things you need to Know about Mobile Solutions for your Office Phones.” This list includes a specific distinction between Mobile Apps for business phones, Virtual Extensions and Mobile BYOD VoIP, as well as offering an answer to whether or not a company can (and should) go completely mobile.

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Kaseya Releases BYOD Suite with Military-Grade Encryption

Kaseya logoThis morning, Kaseya announced the availability of a new BYOD Suite. This particular suite features three applications designed to keep both personal and corporate data secure. The company utilized technology from recently-acquired Rover Apps to build this suite.

“More and more organizations are looking to implement BYOD policies to drive cost savings and employee satisfaction,” said Yogesh Gupta, President and CEO of Kaseya. “This raises major new challenges for both corporate security and the balance between employee data privacy and corporate data control. The Kaseya BYOD Suite elegantly solves both of these challenges, offering IT organizations an easy-to-administer solution that provides IT peace of mind that critical corporate data is secure, while keeping employees happy.”

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Lookout Releases Business Edition, Survey Results on BYOD

Malware-Dashboard-for-PRLookout recently announced the addition of Lookout for Business, a Mobile Device Management and Mobile Security solution for all sizes of organization. The company also released the results of a Fall 2013 survey on BYOD in the workplace.

“Lookout’s expansion into business comes at a critical time, and the security stakes are higher than ever,” says John Hering, CEO of Lookout. “Businesses approach us every day to find out how they can get Lookout for their employees, and we look forward to providing security that we know businesses require.”

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Recent Study Shows: Personal Mobile Devices are Overtaking Traditional Business Phones

CT-2205 -BYOD-FINAL 2 peekToday, RingCentral, Inc. released the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research in October 2013. The survey, titled “Workforce Mobility on the Rise,” is a collection of responses from 309 IT and Business Phone Buyers, 65% of whom were in IT/technology job roles. The most interesting finding of this survey was that 49% of employees are opting to use their mobile device over their office phone in the office, and they are using their mobile device more for work on personal time.

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BYOD Bandwidth Issues: How to Problem-Solve with Backups

Ron FaithBy Ron Faith, CEO, Datacastle

With BYOD driving transition in the enterprise, many IT pros are currently asking themselves, “How will this affect my ability to run an effective and secure network?” That is the obvious question, but another dilemma lurking in the background is how IT is going to backup and protect the data on these devices across already strained networks. And the situation only gets worse if those devices are used in a remote office where connection speeds can be slow or intermittent.

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BYOD: Who’s *Really* in Control?

Ari RabbanBy Ari Rabban, Co-Founder and CEO, Phone.com

“Bring your own device” (BYOD) isn’t a new trend, but that doesn’t mean SMBs–or large enterprises, for that matter–have worked out all of the kinks. Part of the challenge has to do with how the change in ownership affects control over apps and the device itself.

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How BYOD Increases Employee Productivity an Extra 37 Minutes Per Week (per Employee)

AER Color dark 0024By Ari Rabban, Co-Founder and CEO, Phone.com

BYOD has quickly become one of the biggest buzzwords in business today. It’s also an opportunity for SMBs to spend less time using some other four-letter words, such as when they’re scrambling to recover after a disaster.

Part of the reason why so many enterprises–including SMBs–now have “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policies is because they’re a way to leverage hardware that they otherwise couldn’t afford to buy for all employees. Another reason is increased productivity: an extra 37 minutes per week per employee, according to a recent Cisco study. For an employee making the median wage, that works out to an additional $350 in annual value – more than enough to cover a device subsidy for employers that choose to offer one.

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Tech Industry Convenes this week for CompTIA ChannelCon

340392879On its third and final day of its annual industry event, CompTIA’s ChannelCon (formerly Breakaway) featured meetings of several CompTIA member communities and advisory councils. These groups of industry thought leaders help shape the association’s initiatives, programs, education and research.

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Toshiba to Introduce Virtualization Offerings in Late 2013

Toshiba logoEarlier this week, the digital products division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. announced plans to add Toshiba Virtual Desktop Services to their offerings in Q4 2013.  At the time of this announcement, the service would allow small, medium and large organizations to quickly deploy virtual desktops to meet their mobile-worker, BYOD and budget needs.

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Survey Says: Mobility, BYOD, Social Media are Hot Topics for SMBs

Cbeyond has released the results of its Summer 2013 Cbeyond Business Leader Snapshot, a blind survey of 711 executives who run a business with 1-250 employees. The survey was released at a most fitting time, as this is National Small Business Week! Check out our related blog on this topic that we posted up earlier this week on this cool celebration.

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Spiceworks Survey: SMBs Like BYOD, but are Wary of Security Threats

Spiceworks logoSpiceworks revealed in a survey that while SMBs show strong support for BYOD initiatives, they still see the technology as a security threat due to employee loss, theft of misuse of mobile devices.

The Spiceworks study “As BYOD Becomes Mainstream, Complexity Increases for SMBs,” revealed that 61 percent of SMBs have implemented a BYOD policy. However, despite this shift toward greater support, only 37 percent are managing or plan to manage mobile devices using a mobile device management (MDM) offering. The independent study was sponsored by Fiberlink, a leading provider of mobility management solutions for businesses.

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Dell Announces New Mobility Solution Suite

Dell LogoYesterday, Dell released a series of new mobility solutions designed to help organizations better embrace the growing BYOD trend. In addition, the company announced a new series of technology competencies for their Partner Direct program.

The mobility suite announced yesterday includes solutions for endpoint security, migration security and transition to the cloud:

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NEC Leverages DaaS Platform to Deploy Affordable Virtual Desktops

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) said today that it has joined with DaaS provider Desktone to deliver cloud-hosted virtual desktops. By leveraging the Desktone Platform, NEC can now deliver cost-effective, full-featured Windows desktops to any device, thus meeting enterprises' demands for BYOD and distributed and remote workforce support. 

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AlgoSec Study: Insider Threats, Employee-Owned Devices ID’ed as Greatest Risks

AlgoSec recently announced the results of “The State of Network Security 2013: Attitudes and Opinions,” a survey of 179 information security and network operations professionals conducted during the RSA Conference in February 2013. Results from the survey reveal insider threats are the greatest concern and that permitting employees to connect their own devices to the network increases the risk of security breaches.

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Logicalis Releases Top Customer BYOD Concerns

Logicalis US yesterday released a list of the top BYOD concerns of enterprise IT Professionals, based on responses from their customers. The company cites the growing trend of BYOD, particularly through reports from MobileIron and Cisco, which found that 78% of white collar workers in the US use their mobile devices to work, while for 60%, the mobile device is the primary work tool.

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Aruba Networks Announces New Partner Program for Mobile App Developers

Aruba Networks newLogoToday, Aruba Networks, Inc. announced the launch of a new partner program network for their Aruba WorkSpace offering. The program, designed for Aruba-certified mobile application developers, will establish a community and add Aruba security easily to existing apps.

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ManageEngine Releases iPhone App for MSP Service Desk Solution

ManageEngine logoThis morning, ManageEngine announced the general availability of their new ServiceDesk-MSP app for the iPhone. This app, which is currently free to existing ServiceDesk-MSP customers, enables users to access and resolve tickets while away from their desktop.

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F5 Networks, Inc. Releases RSA Event Survey Results

F5 Networks LogoF5 Networks, Inc., yesterday announced the results of their 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey, conducted last week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA. The key finding of this survey is that many organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with the rapidly-changing security environment. In the report, F5 lists the respondents’ top security impacts, and how they feel about traditional safeguards.

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ADTRAN Releases Enhancements to Bluesocket WLAN Offering

ADTRAN LogoADTRAN, Inc. this morning announced a series of enhancements to their Bluesocket WLAN software offering. The new Bluesocket WLAN edition is designed with flexibility in mind, and allows MSPs to offer three deployment options to their SMB customers who are looking to meet the growing demand for BYOD.

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F5 BYOD 2.0 Encourages Workforces to Merge Productivity with Lifestyle

F5 Networks has developed F5 Mobile App Manager, a hybrid cloud solution for mobile application management that enables organizations to safely and cost-effectively support enterprise BYOD initiatives. With F5 Mobile App Manager, enterprises can extend corporate applications and data to employees’ personal mobile devices while leaving all personal content under the control of the device owner.

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Friday Afternoon Club with Tom Gall, Xerox’s Value Channel Marketing Director

Earlier this week, SMB Nation reported that Xerox released ConnectKey, its newest software system embedded in Xerox multifunction printers. According to the company, 16 ConnectKey MFPs– including the new WorkCentre 5800 and 7800 Series – will use the industry’s first embedded security protection from McAfee, giving IT managers more control and peace of mind in BYOD workplaces. ConnectKey MFPs also have an extra layer of security with Cisco’s TrustSec, which protects data paths to and from the devices.

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TechInsurance Notes Marked Rise in SMBs Looking for Cyber Liability Coverage

TechInsuranceYesterday, TechInsurance announced that they have seen a major increase in the amount of cyber liability insurance over the past year, particularly from small and “micro” businesses. The company explained that this is directly tied to the rise of BYOD in many workplaces, and they cited a report from CDW that found only about half of SMBs feel they have an effective strategy in place for this rising trend.

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Parallels Management Suite for Microsoft Now Delivers Support for Mac Devices

In gearing up for its annual partner conference in Las Vegas next week, Parallels today announced Parallels Management, a plug-in for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) that lets enterprises extend System Center capabilities to efficiently and cost-effectively manage the growing number of Macs on their network.

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Dell Survey Reveals: Embrace BYOD or Be Left Behind

In keeping in tune with our theme of Voice/Mobility Tuesday, we heard yesterday that Dell Quest Software announced the results of a global survey of IT executives to gauge the level of organizational maturity with existing BYOD strategies, along with realized and anticipated benefits and problems. The findings conclude that approximately 70% of companies believe BYOD can improve their work processes and help them work better in the future, while an estimated 59% believe they would be at a competitive disadvantage without BYOD.

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BlackBerry 10…an Expected Game-Changer for VARs, SMBs?

By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation; and Regina Ciardiello, Editor, SMB Nation

So what’s the buzz on BlackBerry 10? Is it a game-changer? The short answer is that I don’t know (YET). I’m a BlackBerry fan and, full with disclosure, they have been a huge supporter of SMB Nation for many years. I’ve used many of their products (and still do), so that’s why my hope is that the upcoming Jan. 30 launch of BlackBerry 10 will go down as one of the “Top 10 Tech Stories of 2013.” You might say that it’s too early to tell, with 2013 just beginning. However, we have been tracking outlets such as CNBC and others who recently revealed that Apple announced it was cutting its component orders for the iPhone 5 because of softer than expected sales. On the same day this was announced, interestingly enough, RIM (BlackBerry’s parent company) saw a rise in its stock price.

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EVault Releases Second Annual Cloud-Connected Backup Survey Results

EVault LogoThis morning, EVault released the results of their second annual Cloud-Connected Backup and Recovery survey of IT leaders. The key finding of this survey was that half of organizations surveyed in the US, UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands are managing more data than ever, and most are looking to migrate to a hybrid solution to keep this data secure.

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AirWatch Delivers Indie Mobile App Management for BYOD Flexibility

AirWatch said today that it is now delivering stand-alone Mobile Application Management (MAM) and administrative flexibility for the complete range of mobile device ownership models, including BYOD. The AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution delivers MDM, MAM, Mobile Content Management (MCM), Mobile Email Management (MEM) and BYOD management.

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