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Don’t Shy Away from Start-up Mobile App Development

I have to give Kudos yet again to our Chief Geek JJ Rosen for his weekly contribution to the Tennessean. In this week’s Mobile App Blog, he focuses on encouraging entrepreneurs to make their “killer mobile app” ideas a reality.

Virtualization, Storage Solutions and Unified Communications Joins Half Geek-Half Human Family

Atiba Network Services, LLC (www.atibanetworkservices.com) has announced the hiring of Sr. Network Engineer Brian Coulter. He joins the Atiba family from NFIB where he worked as a Sr. Systems Administrator on a variety of projects such as: server virtualization, datacenter optimization, Microsoft Exchange migrations and Cisco administration. Coulter joins Atiba’s strategic IT team that delivers customized managed services solutions to clients.

5 Tips To Keep Your Mobile Data Safe and Secure

Remember the classic old-school wallet chains? There are still a few around. The idea was to keep your wallet protected from would-be thieves with a chain attached between your wallet and belt loop.

Learn SEO Nashville: Google Geeking Event on 8/20

Cabedge Design, LLC, a subsidiary of Atiba Holdings, LLC announced the topic for the upcoming Atiba University event on August 20, 2013 at E|SPACES Belle Meade, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Cabedge Managing Director and chief marketing geek of the Atiba Holdings family, Paul Hickey, and Cabedge Director of Digital Marketing Services, Allen Willis, will cover how to fully optimize your business’ Google Presence. Hickey and Willis will be joined by friend of Cabedge, Chris Work, from Work Media.

Keeping Your Mobile Data Safe and Secure

Our chief geek JJ Rosen has posted another article for The Tennessean on keeping your mobile data safe and secure. His five tips are a must read.

Mobile Devices Present Challenges for Employers

Your phone is having an identity crisis.

Not unlike us humans, our smartphones (and for that matter, all of our mobile devices) are swamped juggling both our work and personal lives. This is presenting some interesting challenges for employers and employees alike.

Multiple research reports show that almost 70 percent of employees use their personal smartphones and tablets to access corporate data and applications. Despite resistance from IT departments, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is clearly what employees want, allowing them to manage work, home and fun on their personally owned mobile devices.

From the employer side, BYOD has both pros and cons. On the upside, employers can save tons of money on mobile hardware and services while enhancing productivity by giving employees the convenience to work more from anywhere at any time. However, this productivity boost and savings comes at the expense of security and control. Allowing personally owned devices on multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) to access corporate networks and data can be a security, operational and, in some cases, compliance nightmare.

So what is a CIO or any business owner to do?

One popular way to manage company mobile devices is to implement Mobile Device Management software (MDM). MDM allows a company to manage all aspects of an employee’s mobile device remotely. While this is a great option for company-owned devices, it can be a bit awkward and downright intrusive on employee-owned devices.

Fortunately, there is a new breed of tools coming out that support a hybrid approach, keeping both employees and employers happy with respect to the BYOD movement. This new approach focuses on managing and securing just the applications and data on your phone rather than the phone itself. So instead of your IT department managing your entire device, it is able to manage only the applications and data that the company really cares about.

There is little need for a company to manage your Words with Friends app in order to allow you to use corporate email or SharePoint or work on a spreadsheet on the company’s network. Look for these new Mobile Application Management solutions (MAMs) to make the BYOD approach increasingly popular over the next couple of years.

While there is no current market leader or industry standard in the BYOD market, major players like Symantec, AirWatch, Citrix and many other smaller companies are all vying to establish a foothold around BYOD. This competition will eventually create a win-win for employees and employers by solving the unique challenges of your phone’s identity crisis in the workplace.

Give us a call today to discuss MDM solutions for your business: 615-353-1921 ext 200