Top 5 Google I/O Announcements

Google’s Annual developer conference has yet again delivered a bevy of development excitement and supercharged the Google Android community with new tools to take the platform to a even wider reaching audience.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Google Apps took to the stage on June 25th and made a series of major announcements for Google and of course their acclaimed Android platform.

Here are a collection of the top 5 Announcements from Google I/O 2014 which are sure to make an impact on the way we interact with the platform.

1) Android L Developer

Although Google hasn’t yet given us a name for the new development platform (Could L mean Lollypop), its shaping up to be a stunning update to Android with a huge focus on design and usability.

Watch this short video to see the new interactions and navigation’s L Developer offers users.

safety-first2) Android Auto

Android Auto offers a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering wheel controls, and powerful new voice commands. Google’s designed Android Auto to minimize distraction and allow divers to stay focussed on the road ahead.




3) Android TV

Android for my TV? Yep, sure is. Android will be offered now on the small screen right in your living room delivering a mammoth amount of entertainment from popular TV Shows and movies, right through to the latest games. Google Voice, also adds a nice layer of usability and lets you and the family easily navigate through your favourite content. Just say the word, and it on.


4) Android Wear

Android Wear offers beautiful timepieces, totally digitised. Offering you information right on your wrist, Android Wear organises your information, suggests what you need, and shows it to you before you even ask. You can also get messages from your friends, appointment notifications, and weather updates at a glance.




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5) Chromecast Mirroring for Android

Chromecast can now Mirror your content on your Android device. Mirroring, once exclusive to Apples iOS, allows Android users not to ‘reflect’ their android device screen onto their HDTV via Chromecast so every one can enjoy.

All of Googles 2014 I/O Announcements are sure to shake up the competition and have Apple on the ropes as both tech giants battle it out for users attention across a network of integrated devices and environments.






Amazon Fire Phone


Amazon is set to release its very first entry into the smartphone arena on the 25th of July and has its sights set to challenge the likes of Samsung, Apple and even Google.

Welcome the Amazon Fire Phone.

Jam packed full of features uniquely complementing Amazons shopping network, the e-commerce giant has supervised the smartphone community with a few new features not yet seen in traditional mobile offerings.

Dynamic Perspective

Fire Phone gives users a visual experience unlike other smartphones. Fire Phone uses gesture based navigation including Tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to get around the interface and access shortcuts with one hand. Users can peek to see additional detailed views of clothing, shoes, and more in the new Amazon Shopping app for Fire phone, or take on a character’s viewpoint to see around corners and obstacles in games. This gesture based navigation gives the user a fluid and dynamic experience unlike any other smartphone.




Firefly technology

With Fire Phone’s firefly technology, users can quickly identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products by simply pressing and hold the dedicated Firefly button to discover useful information and take action in seconds.


Amongst all of the great features offered by Fire Phone, Mayday stands as a major draw card for the Amazon device. Mayday is a free, live, on-device video support connecting with an Amazon expert offered 24×7, 365 days a year. No appointments are necessary and with a touch of a button users are connected to support staff over cellular or WiFI networks when in need of assistance.

At this stage Fire Phone is set to launch on the 25th of July in US only for US$199 for 32GB Version (US$299 for 64GB) and is available exclusively through the AT&T network.

to receive updates and we’ll keep you updated with Australian release dates for the Fire Phone.

What you missed at Apple’s WWDC14

On June 2, developers around that globe began rejoicing. It had finally arrived, the big reveal of Apple’s latest operating systems for Mobile and Desktop entourage, iOS8 and OSX Yosemite.

The announcement of these new releases are generating some incredible excitement around the global development community as they stand as some of the most influential software releases Apple has made to its operating system in recent years.

Here we highlight some of the amazing features you may not yet know about, but clearly we thing will dramatically change the way you work with your devices.


Hand Off

Probably one of the most astounding user features announced in Yosemite and iOS8 is Handoff. hero

Handoff lets you take any file your working on from you Mac, or iOS device and literally hand it off to another. Say your typing a document on your iPad travelling home from work. As soon as you arrive home, you can ‘Handoff’ that document to you’re Mac at home and immediately pickup right where you left off. Beyond documents and files, Handoff also lets you take calls right through your Mac, just incase you’re away from your phone. 


iCloud Drive

hero_heroiCloud Drive enters the online cloud storage space as a juggernaut ready to challenge Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft’s recently rebranded One Drive. The advantage to iCloud Drive is that it comes fully integrated into iOS8 and OSX Yosemite ready to get to work as soon as you power up. Working on files and saving them to the cloud is now made simple and effortless sealing the deal for Apples closed computing eco-system.


Health Kit


One of the more developer orientated features released was seen in the announcement of HealthKit. With the proliferation of wearable tech, Apple have decided to open up their SDK to plugin to 3rd party health applications and have their data interact with iOS8. Beyond the obvious benefits of things such as pedometers, heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, Apple have also forged strategic partnerships with established practices such as the MAYO Clinic in Minnesota to cement their position as a health tech leader.


Swift Code

swift-screenshotA startling announcement was that of Apple’s very own proprietary coding language they’re calling Swift. Swift, based on Objective-C, is Apple’s new innovative programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch.

The Syntax is shorter while offering greater expression than it’s contemporaries, and allows apps to run faster, but beyond that Swift boasts an almost 4x Speed for complex object sorting.

Possibly one of the most impressive features, is that while it’s an entirely new and innovative language, it is still able to run seamlessly alongside Objective-C and fits right in alongside existing code without any workflow being compromised.

With Apples WWDC14 all wrapped up we once again see the tech giant showing that they are ahead of the curve and ready to take on their competitors both at home and abroad.

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Top 50 Apps for Business

Recently our management team worked with a group of professionals service companies to develop a list of the Top 50 Apps they would need and use to take their operation to the next level.

Here they are, 50 of the Top Business apps which we ourselves use daily here at divestIT.

We would like to offer you the chance to develop a customised list of apps for your specific business needs.

Simply enter your details below, click submit and one of our management team will get in touch with you about developing a custom list of apps to suit your specific needs and help your business grow.

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24option com è affidabile XeroXero

Accounting made easy (beautiful) money managing web app that allows you to carry out all your accounting needs in the cloud




conto demo trading opzioni binarie  WorkShare

Use the app to compare multiple versions of the same document and also includes an auto sync feature.  The solution to effortless collaboration




الخيارات الثنائية 100 الحرة لا إيداع  VIP Access

To help prevent your online data from getting into the wrong hands.  Protects your online accounts by providing a security code for safe and secure sign in access




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Free call and messaging app that also adds your computer as a communication device. Which means that you can transfer calls to your laptop or desktop that you have received on your phone.




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With Trello you can create boards to organize anything you’re working on.  Use them solo, or invite colleagues, friends and family to work together.  Write your ideas down on Trello cards and arrange them in lists on your boards.




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Not a lot to do with business productivity but a great way to quickly find inspiration for a healthy dinner at the end of a long day!




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Best way to quickly test your WiFi or cellular internet connection speed



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Link your Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud email accounts, along with your Twitter and Facebook networks. Once you’ve done that, Smartr Contacts gives you a “holistic” view of each contact, with email history, including when you sent that contact a message and a list of people you have in common.




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Lets you sign PDF, Word and RTF documents with a finger.  The documents can come via email or an iOS device camera, Dropbox or other sources.




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Create spreadsheets using the barcode scanner in your phone.  Use for inventory, cyclecount, marketing or other times where scanning to make a list is needed.




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Operates by taking a photo of text and translating it into a text file. Very useful where all you have is an image of some text.



OfficeDrop miglior broker opsioni binarie  Office Drop

Turns images taken by you devices camera into a PDF.




60 second binary options tips  Newsify

Get your daily dose of all your newspapers, RSS feeds etc in one easy to navigate place.




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Allows you to record, share and get advice from other professionals on your interview, business or networking pitches.




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Creates a vault where you can store all your other passwords.




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Facebook’s personal messenger in an App.




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Manage lists, add new subscribers, send campaigns and view your reports.  Monitor the growth of your list, find subscribers near your current location, filter by group, find out who is most engaged and more





By DropBox, this is a fast and fun way to sort through your email and put it in its place.





Secure your device from potential data theft with easy Backups, missing device search etc.





 LinkedIn Contacts

A smarter way to stay in touch with your most important relationships. Bring all your contacts together in one app, get alerted on job changes and birthdays in your network, and discover more about who you’re meeting with.





Lets you store and share business presentations from anywhere.  Once your presentation is uploaded, you can play it from your iPhone, or connect your handset to a bigger screen.You can even beam your presentation to another smartphone for a remote meeting.The app also features a whiteboard mode that lets you draw and share charts and graphs in real time.





Gives you access to the LinkedIn professional network.






SSO – Single Sign-On solution for users who are constantly battling to remember passwords and even more, those annoying and obscure URL’s.





Mindmapping allows you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information.





Allows you to provide quotes or estimates to your customers then save and invoice for easy review.





Records and saves web pages you visit in a nice, readable format for offline reading later.





Cheap but good CRM tool for growing businesses. Subscribe on a per user basis with month to month contracts





If This Then That – meaning that if one task is performed, then another task you designate should also happen.  Based on the Web service, IFTTT comes with lots of “recipes” created by the IFTTT user community and organized into topical “channels,” such as “Craigslist,” that can automate tasks you might perform manually





Allows you to upload large files to your phone and share them on any platform




 Google Search

Don’t just use the browser option on your device trust a fully functional search tool.






An app which compiles the latest articles from your favourite blogs and web publications–plus any podcasts and YouTube channels you subscribe to




AirWatch MDM Management

Provides complete mobility management for your fleet of iOs devices deployed across your enterprise. AirWatch provides your IT department with the ability to enroll devices in your environment, configure and update device settings, enforce security policies and remotely lock and wipe managed devices





Stay connected at all times with integrated push notifications and calendar. 






Manages business expenses (such as receipts & credit cards) without the fuss.





The best way to transfer your contacts to and from your iPhone without iTunes.





Using Evernote allows users to store notes, photos, to-do lists, ideas and voice reminders.





Scans your contacts for duplicates and merges them into one, access driving directions to upcoming appointments, get alerts when you receive an email containing certain words or phrases, track packages, automatically receive local weather updates and more





If you have a meeting or deadline reminders and notifications will continue to display on your screen until you mark them as a finished task.  You can also postpone certain tasks and remind co-workers of upcoming due dates



Dragon Dictation

An easy to use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.





Allows you to capture your signature and use it for online documents.




Contacts BackUp

Backup your contacts to Excel, Gmail, or Outlook.  Restore all your contacts when you lose or factory reset your phone.





Turns your business cards into LinkedIn connections






Integrates contact information into your phone contacts by taking photos of business cards.




Call Recording Pro

Record incoming or outgoing calls worldwide





Pulls from your various social profiles and your phone’s address book to compile a comprehensive list of everyone you know, then by using a priority ranking system based on your own interactions lets you know when you’ve maintained radio silence for too long.



Roster-Calendar Pro

 Roster Calendar Pro 

Create shifts on this easy to use roster app with free editable templates






What’s the best way to meet new people at conferences? Bizzabo is an alternative to the random meet-and-greet.  This nicely designed smartphone app (iOS and Android) displays real-time event information and allows you to search for attendees/Attendee categories.  Bizzabo’s algorithm also recommends the best contacts for you, based on your business profile.  It culls info from your social media accounts, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


3030 30/30

30/30 is a productivity app that allows you to create custom timers for certain activities and ensure that you never spend too long on one task.



Tempo AI Tempo AI


Links calendar events to relevant emails and attachments for pending appointments, queues up directions to your next meeting location, and pulls up email and phone info for last-minute coordination with your contacts












The BEGINNERS guide to choosing the right cloud provider

The Cloud can be a very unsettling topic for many businesses. You’ve heard the horror stories of lost data, security breaches and dodgy cloud providers who go under and take their clients with them. But is it all really doom and gloom? In some extreme cases these situations can arise but how can you as a business avoid them? How can a non-technical decision maker have the final say on what to do and who to work with in the cloud? We meet clients like this all the time, and it’s because of this we’ve decided to put together a Beginners Guide to choosing the right cloud provider.

Choosing a reliable, quality Cloud Service Provider (CSP) is very important to businesses receiving dependable cloud computing services.The CSP is the organisation that provides the Cloud to the your business as the end company and will typically facilitate the setup, delivery and management of the service. 

But how can you know what separates CSP ‘A’ from CSP ‘B’? How do you know which one will provide the correct solution that you needs? There is a way and there are certain questions you can ask regardless of your technical background, to ensure that you get the best understanding of how the CSP in question operates and what you can expect if you decide to work with them.

We’ve prepared a comprehensive beginners checklist below to assist you in selecting the right cloud provider that suits your business needs.

The Checklist

Download a Copy of the Checklist here

Many CSP’s offer different ‘Cloud’ services and products, but not always what is fit for purpose, and right for your business. Here are some crucial areas and questions you need to ask regarding their service:

1) Cost implications

Though cloud-based solutions can be economical, it is important that you’re aware of all the costs and there aren’t any hidden surprises. Below are questions that will help you to assess some of the potential hidden costs with a cloud provider:

  • Are you able to scale and add additional users within your current contract?
  • Is loading, hosting and maintaining your data included or an extra cost? If so, what is the pricing model?
  • Is there a cost for upgrades to newer product versions?
  • Is there a cost for customer support or any form of troubleshooting?
  • Is there a cost for technical advice on integrating bespoke applications with other enterprise systems?

2) Reliability and security

While cloud service providers try to produce reliable and secure solutions it’s important to be sure of their reliability and security. Below are questions that will help you assess the integrity of the solution you are considering.

  • Is there a technical overview of the technology and security for your IT department to review?
  • What sort of uptime guarantees does the provider offer? Some providers offer you a 95% uptime guarantee but that could mean over 8hrs per week of downtime!
  • Do they offer an SLA (Service Level Agreement) with financial penalties for non-compliance?

3) Performance, scale and reach

A proven track record is essential. Your chosen cloud service provides should be able to show you they can meet the performance, scale and reach criteria you need today and also be able to scale with your anticipated growth.

  • Are you able to scale your resources up quickly when you need more computing power?
  • Will the provider’s infrastructure grow as your company’s requirements grow?
  • Are the costs for increasing your plan transparent and fair?

4) Deployment and integration

It’s important to understand both your own deployment time-frame and integration requirements as well as the experience of the vendors and support from each of the vendors you are considering.

  • What is involved with implementing the vendor’s solution?
  • How much lead time is required to implement the solution?
  • What assistance is provided for implementation? And is there any charge for any of this assistance?
  • What automation/integration vendors, tools or specifications are supported?
  • When new product versions are released, will you receive lead time to assess how they may impact your business applications?

The areas and questions above are examples of service reliability that a potential CSP of nay worth should be able to answer immediately. You should be extremely cautious if there is hesitation or avoidance to answer these simple questions. 

If the potential CSP can answer these questions confidentially and provide the evidence to backup their claims then most likely you could be dealing with a proficient CSP worth further investigation leading to the provision of services.

If you need any assistance or advice don’t hesitate to call or email us. 

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11 Key Security Questions

Choosing the right Cloud Service Provider (CSP) is critical. But what’s equally important is to know that your (CSP) security is up to scratch.

But how can you know if a CSP have met an acceptable level of security before you do business with them? What questions do you need answered as a business owner?

We’ve detailed 11 key Security questions you should ask a CSP before you engage them. Here they are:

  1. What does your service history look like?
  2.  Can you provide references who can verify their positive experience with you?
  3. What are your policies around privacy, reliability and cost efficiencies.
  4. Do you contracts cover application and infrastructure security? If so take me through the terms and clauses.
  5. Can with check in with you and perform an audit to ensure that the correct controls are in place?
  6. Do you offer an extensible toolset including productivity applications that can extend utility of our workflow?
  7. What is your data recovery policy? What is your risk management policy? What happens to our data if we terminate the contract?
  8. What is your Service Level Agreement (SLA). Do you achieve the The Six Sigma levels of quality?
  9. Do you have extensive reporting capabilities?
  10. What are your physical levels of security around our data?
  11. How high are your encryption standards?

Top 10 Productivity Apps

Our smartphones are an essential business tool and they seem to travel with us wherever we go and as 4G Internet connectivity becomes more widely available, using our smartphones as our primary productivity aid is becoming increasingly common place. It’s true for tablets too, and with larger and higher resolution displays productivity is made even easier having that extra room to work with. There are a boat-load of productivity applications out there for iOS and Android – but we thought it may help to compile a Top 10 list of productivity apps that will help you get more out of your working day and stay better connected to your team. Here they are:



 1) Evernote

Evernote (Android, iOS) is one of the most widely known note-taking and personal organisation services. Evernote lets you take and upload notes, pictures, audio, and video snippets and organise them into cloud ‘notebooks’ that can be synced across different devices. Packed with powerful organisation, formatting, and sharing options, Evernote is still dominating the cloud note-taking space even with competitors such as OneNote and Google Keep. The free version lets users upload 60MB worth of content monthly, with paid accounts allowing more options.


2) Pocket

Do you stumble on great articles but forget to read them during a busy day? Why not pocket them?

Pocket for Android and iOS is a great offline reading tool that allows you to select and save articles, pictures, and videos for later viewing.


3) Dropbox

One of the easiest and most popular cloud storage platforms Dropbox is a completely cloud enabled, on-the-go storage and file sharing solution available on Android and iOS.

At its core, Dropbox is an online storage vault for your documents, photos, and other data that you can access anywhere (as well as download for offline access). Dropbox is one of the simplest ways to share files for collaboration amongst teams.

One Note

4) OneNote

OneNote for Android and iOS is a cloud-synching note taking app and uploading app derived from the Microsoft’s desktop application. OneNote includes powerful collaboration features, with the ability to have multiple users editing the same document plus integration with Microsoft OneDrive OneNote is a solid contender in the productivity space.

5) SwiftKey ($3.99)

One of the great Android features is the ability to change the default keyboard. SwiftKey is one of the best third-party keyboard options with silky-smooth responsiveness, swipe typing, and intelligent predictive typing system that rapidly learns your typing and vocabulary traits.

If you type on your Android phone or tablet at any great length then having the best on-screen keyboard will help your productivity immensely.

Google Drive

6) Google Drive

Google Drive is Google’s cloud storage platform available on Android and iOS and immediately integrates with the rest of the Google ecosystem making it must have productivity tool.

Easy-to-use file sharing and collaboration features let you and your colleagues easily work on shared projects and documents collaboratively, and as Google Docs is now incorporated into Drive you can view and edit documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and other files via your smartphone or tablet.


7) Fantastical 2 (A$6.99)

Fantastical 2 is a iOS 7 styled calendar which adds great features to your existing calendar requirements. Fantastical 2  gives you a clean presentation of events in daily, weekly, and monthly calendar views and has a easy-to-use reminder and event management. Users can create events the traditional way, or simply type in or speak a quick audio note that the app.

The Day Ticker is especially great, allowing users to view and manage their events and reminders.

8) Clear

Clear’s playful and clutter-free interface makes it really easy to stay organized. With a fantastically visual interface you can pull down to add a new item and swipe right to complete a task – it’s that simple. Clear allows you to separate lists and sync your to-dos via iCloud and be productive everywhere. Clear also lets you set reminders so you’ll never forget important tasks.

9) Pages, Numbers, Keynote (A$12.99 ea.)

Apple offers is fantastic office desktop applications: Pages, Numbers and Keynote on iPad and iPhone. Apart from being visually stunning, these apps are quite powerful incorporating most of the full desktop app features making mobile work easy and pleasurable. From stunning templates and editing features in Pages to Remote presentation and AirPlay features in Keynote all of these apps will be sure to help you stay productive on your iOS devices.

10) Microsoft Office Mobile (Free)

Microsoft has finally done it and released Office for free on iOS and Android platforms. Incorporating Word, Excel and Powerpoint applications you can be sure to get productive with familiar Microsoft Office features refined for iOS and Android. Possibly the only drawback to Office is that you’ll need an Office 365 Subscription to get working, which start at $12.00/month. Integrating powerfully with OneDrive cloud storage, Office is a must have as part of you productivity app suite.


Cloud has a silver lining

Increased efficiency and secure data storage have added up to a winning combination for two Brisbane accounting firms that have taken their IT needs to the cloud.

FSA Partners, Milton, and the Collins Financial Group, Toowong, have embraced cloud computing, and the businesses could not be happier in their shift to paperless offices using the expertise of local IT company divestIT.

Fasil AliFSA Partners partner Faisal Ali said the technology switch had resulted in better work practices.

Mr Ali said: “A lot of down time has been minimised. We don’t have to worry about maintenance and backing up of data; we can focus on our clients and leave the technology to divestIT.”

FSA, offering specialist business and taxation services, has a broad client base in Brisbane, around the rest of Australia, Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Mr Ali said there were 10 users connected to the cloud and this had resulted in the company increasing its efficiency by 25 per cent.

“The big benefit has been the ability to move around as we can log in to the cloud from any desktop. It is handy for part-time staff,” Mr Ali said.

“Our goal is to have multiple offices and we can definitely see the benefits.”

Mr Ali said one of the key selling points to engaging divestIT was the guarantee of secure data storage in Australia.

Based in Sylvan Rd, Toowong, divestIT offers small and medium-sized businesses a secure cloud-based desktop service allowing them to operate from any site without the costly IT set-up costs incurred for such mobility. Users enjoy the same experience as being at their office desktop PC, regardless of the application in use.

DivestIT cloudDesktops are hosted in a secure Australian data centre, with back-up available around the clock.

This access to specialised technical support also attracted the Collins Financial Group to divestIT in its quest to make the transition to the cloud two years ago.

Troy Collins

Group managing director Troy Collins said he had no reservations in moving data off-site as he trusted divestIT to provide the answers.

“All the pros and cons were discussed,” Mr Collins said. “DivestIT provides good back-up and has a strong and stable team.”

Collins Financial Group has a wide range of clients and its niche business is managing accumulators in the age range of 30-50, but it also services pre-retirees and retirees.

“We started to look at cloud computing as our server kept requiring servicing. Our primary concern was security of data with no threat of breakdown. We also have a satellite office on the Gold Coast and the cloud was more attractive than the servers,” Mr Collins said.

“The changeover was seamless when we moved from our onsite servers to the cloud.”

The company has nine users connected to the cloud, and Mr Collins said efficiency and security were the big gains. Other benefits were ease of access to information away from office, and one staff member even worked from home.

His views on cloud computing as an innovation for best practice are shared by Faisal Ali

Mr Ali said: “It’s the way to go. There is a huge push towards a paperless environment, and work boundaries are no longer nine to five.”


Do you have a Mobile Device Management Plan in place?

Mobile Devices may save workers an average of 88 minutes a day but it’s important to consider the security measures that need to be taken to control company data when it leaves the office. As more employees than ever before being their own personal devices to work (BYOD), companies need to devise how to balance safeguarding data and embracing mobile technology. That is why it is a critical time to consider what Mobile Device Management Plan you have in place in your business.

About 60% of workers today access company data on their smartphones and tablets, but only a third of businesses have implemented management tools and processes for those devices, reported Ovum’s 2013 Bring-Your-Own survey of 4,371 employees in businesses in 19 countries.

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