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BYOD saves enterprise time & money, but there’s a catch…

May 27, 2013

Surveying 2,415 mobile workers across 18 industries and six countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, India and Brazil), Cisco found that BYOD helped employees save an average of 37 minutes of productive time each week. This figure did however vary by region with it standing at 81 minutes in the U.S. and just 4 minutes in Germany. 

When asked for the top three reasons for using their personally-owned devices in the workplace, employees cited the ability to get more work done and to combine personal and work activities, while the third reason was because their company didn’t provide them with smartphones or tablets.

There was good news too for [...]

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New Workshare app aims to improve document collaboration on Android tablets

April 10, 2013

The new app, which is called Workshare Mobile for Android, is free to download today from the Google Play store and allows users to participate in existing collaborations, create new workflows and share content while on the move.

Workshare’s patented comparison technology allows users to see multiple versions of documents, while location-tagged comments can be logged in each page of a document, potentially a useful tool for field workers away from the office.

As you would expect, Workshare Mobile for Android also supports automatic syncing with the latest comments and changes made by fellow collaborators.

The catch is that the app only truly benefits those [...]

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BYOD employees are working an extra 20 hours each week for free: study

August 22, 2012

Surveying a sample of 1,200 mobile enterprise workers across the globe, iPass found that a third of these workers never fully disconnect from their technology during their own personal time, with only 8% disconnecting completely while on holiday.

The Mobile Workforce Report also picked up that many workers are working an additional 20 hours for free, but this doesn't seem to faze employees. Indeed, 92% of these folk reported that they “content” with the longer hours and “enjoy the job flexibility”, while a dedicated 42% would like “even greater flexibility for their working practises”.

“BYOD is effectively turning [...]

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Cisco says businesses love BYOD, but stresses the need for IT control

May 18, 2012

Cisco’s IBSG Horizon Study was released earlier this week, and took in the opinions of 600 IT and business leaders in the US on the ascent of workers bringing their own smartphones and tablets into the workplace.

And as to be expected, there were some strong figures in support for BYOD, with 95% of organizations allowing employee-owned devices in some form in the workplace, and 76% admitting that BYOD was great for businesses, even if it remains slightly challenging for IT departments.

Additional claims indicated that the average number of connected devices per worker is due to increase from 2.8 in 2012, to 3.3 by 2014, and suggested that around 40% of respondents [...]

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Cisco to bring Jabber UC app to the iPad in Q2

March 28, 2012

The iPad app will let users communicate using voice, video, IM, presence and conferencing, and will comply with videoconferencing communication standards like H264, XMPP and SIP for interoperability with other room and mobile systems.

Announcing the news at the Enterprise Connect trade show, Cisco has also launched a new videoconferencing room system in the form of the TX9000 and revealed a handful of improvements to the Jabber service for Windows desktops and laptops.

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Cisco’s John Chambers: “There is no mobile cloud without the network”

February 28, 2012

“Cloud and mobile will change the service provider industry”, said Chambers, when opening his speech. “Mobile cloud is already here and any [operators] who don’t join with the trend will be left behind."

“We’re moving from a connected to a hyper-connected world. Two-fifths of cloud loads will be off a mobile environment, and video will be the killer app – the primary way to do mobile cloud, and not just how we communicate.”

Chambers puts the hyper-connected world as to being one that will further push the trend of connecting to the internet on any device, at any time, and on any network, and says that these [...]

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Cisco says tablets will help drive 18X increase in mobile data traffic

February 14, 2012

The network giant says that most of these connections will be for cell phones (8 billion), but stresses that tablets are on the rise, suggesting that 21% of five billion tablet owners will rely solely on mobile data (2G, 3G, 4G) for the internet by 2016. To further highlight the emergence of the tablet, the firm also claims that tablet internet traffic levels will grow by 62-fold in the forecast period – a faster growth than in any other device category.

Other findings from the study include Cisco’s belief that mobile users will consume around 130 exabytes of data each year by 2016. That’s around 33 billion DVDs, 4.3 quadrillion MP3 files and 813 [...]

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Cisco’s Cius tablet aids customers at futuristic Brazilian gas station

January 24, 2012

Cisco says that the 7-inch Cius is being used by the gas station so that customers can approach the tablet and talk to Petrobas Distribuidora specialists in real-time via TelePresence. The customers can also use this videoconferencing solution to gather information on maintenance activities (such as oil changes) offered through the station.

The tablet can also be used for voice access to customer service agents, for viewing product catalogs and for searching monthly promotions. Furthermore, the tablet can be used to search for specific addresses in the city. The home screen of the Cius has been customized for the gasoline station, and a picture of how it looks can be seen [...]

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