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BYOD checklist for the SME

 There are lots of guides and polices on the web for larger businesses who want to adopt a Bring-Your-Own-Device policy – but I’ve found fewer resources for sharp thinking SMEs who are embracing the BYOD movement. WIth this in mind I’ve assembled some key pointers below that should help you ask yourself the right questions at the start of the  process – plan well and BYOD can enhance your business practice, improve your productivity and give your business the edge that mobility can bring.

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There are lots of guides and polices on the web for larger businesses who want to adopt a Bring-Your-Own-Device policy – but I’ve found fewer resources for sharp thinking SMEs who are embracing the BYOD movement. WIth this in mind I’ve assembled some key pointers below that should help you ask yourself the right questions at the start of the  process – plan well and BYOD can enhance your business practice, improve your productivity and give your business the edge that mobility can bring.

  • Which device platforms best support your mobile
    objectives?

    By platform I mean the operating systems Windows (Windows 8 & RT), iOS or Android – the choice of device platform comes down to these for now. If you have a platform in mind, are there devices or Operating Systems versions that lack features
    you require?
  • The best way to decide on a platform is check what devices are connecting to your network now and use that as your starting point.
  • You can discount devices that lack key features you need, unless you can
    compensate another way.
  • User agreement
    Be explicit from the start. and gain
    staff agreement 
    on your role in
    managing, securing,
    monitoring, and
    de-commissioning or retiring mobile
    devices.
  • Do you intend to remotely control the device at any point to give IT support? You may not do this yourself, but your IT company may be able to connect to mobile devices and ‘take control’ to install or update software and provide technical support. If this is the case, you need to tell you staff this is an element of the BYOD policy.
  • You may already have agreed that you will monitor email communication, but if your device is owned or part owned by an employee, they may be wary of monitoring of their email. Employees often have a greater expectation regarding privacy on both mobile and
    personally-owned technology, even if they’re using it for
    business purposes.
  • Be clear about how you will decommission or retire both
    company-issued and BYOD devices upon employee departure, and
    what that means for their personal data.
  • Encourage them not to
    store personal content on company-owned devices – if they were to lose their device they may expect you to be liable for consequential loss of their personal data.
  • Define a policy about which business data and apps you will
    remove if an leaves. For example, you may have paid for a licence for Office365 for their device, but when they leave that licence will be revoked and they will need to get one of their own. But they may have personal data stored on their Office365 SkyDrive – they will no longer have access to that – so be clear what will be removed

Who’s paying : company owned or personally owned?
You have a few options for how you buy or fund the devices:

  • Employee brings their own device to work
  • You buy a mobile device for them and you retain ownership
  • You give you employee a ‘digital allowance’; in some EU states this can be up to 250 Euros a year, free of tax. They can in turn add extra funds and buy a higher-end device of their choice, maybe from your approved list.
    Some businesses will ask for the device back when an employee leave,s some will sell it to them for a token sum. You should document the procedure as part of the BYOD policy.

A growing trend for small and medium businesses is to buy a device, accessories and support and maybe a mobile data contract ‘all-in’, via a monthly fee. A good IT services company will provide technical support, mobile-device-managment software and warranty support and access to trade-up. This managed tablet idea is a good one – it ensures you have the access to the latest technology with the least capital expenditure. 

Security & passcodes

  • Your policy should state that all devices, personal or company owned should be protected by a passcode. This should be ‘complex passcode’ and you should document how often it should be changed.
  • You should consider tagging your devices with a non-removable asset tag if the device is  company owned.
  • You should state in your policy what apps or programs are ‘black-listed’ – apps that the employee should not install, under any circumstances.

This sounds like quite a number of things to consider, but you can distill all of this down in to a one-page policy document which covers the key points of: who owns the device, what they can and can’t use it for, and what the happens if an employee leaves.

BYOD has gotten lots of focus recently, some of it not so positive, but it should be a good story, and with a litte planning, good for your business.

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The Mc Ginn sisters on Newstalk: Down To Business

Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: OPSH.COM then will make sense when you think about it. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: in that context OPSH.COM makes perfect sense. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Why I’ll miss Vizify

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Build a personal website in seconds, that’s what Vizify’s strap line used to say. It caused a stir when it launched and people started talking about it: Use Vizify to monitor and improve how you use Twitter wrote blogger Brian Thomas Humek, while Andrew Couts wrote about how it knows (well privacy is history) everything about you.

I forget how I found Vizify, but I’m glad I did. I’m really not sure how I used it or how often, but it’s a remarkably simple to use tool thats not so much a personal website like About.me, but a social business card. And when I used it, it honestly made me smile, sort of HootSuite meets WayBack Machine, but in 30 seconds. . The stand out feature is the micro-video it creates from your social posts, adding royalty free music, your top interactions and connections, and to prompt self-reflection if your fitness tracker has failed yet again to go in to sleep mode for a week, a useful little chart of when you Tweet the most.vizify_001

So as a result of the Yahoo! acquisition, Vizify will be ‘sunsetting’ the service, so now new sign-ups or paid plans and the service sill archive your profile until September. On their website, they don’t talk about the specifics of how they’ll bring Vizify to Yahoo!, but it’s fair to assume the service will be reappear at Yahoo! powering part of your Yahoo! account in an animated portrayal of the social elements of your profile encompassing your college details (a la Rivals.com), your blog posts (Tumblr) and your images (Flickr). It’s a good acquisition for Yahoo! giving them a a tool to combine images : aesthetics : social in to a catchy little box that is made for mobile. So no more grim avatar in your friends profile photo, instead a rich, animated informative overview of who they are and who they talk to.

It’s a good day for Yahoo!, more components for the revival of the web’s biggest sleeper, it’s a good day for founders, former Monsoon Commerce colleagues, Eli Tucker, Todd Silverstein <http://toddsilverstein.com/> and Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and investor Jonathan Sposato  but I’m not quite leaping with joy. I’ll miss Vizify; those videos, the quick interaction overview and the shock of seeing when I Tweet most; the sun’s setting one of the coolest, sharpest little tools the web’s served up in a while. Hurry up Yahoo!.

External links & references

  1. Read the announcement at Vizify.com
  2. The state of information visualisation, 2014: Robert Kosara
  3. Yahoo! acquires data visualisation star : InfoWorld

Yahoo timeline image by: Yahoo : Review CC Licence

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Vizify statement

As part of our transition to Yahoo, we will no longer be allowing new signups or purchases of paid plans. We will also be sunsetting the Vizify service.

What does this mean for me?

As an existing Vizify account holder, look for an email in the coming weeks with more details. But for now, to make the transition process easier on you, we’re taking a few extra steps:

  • For all bioholders, free and paid, we’ll be providing a way for you to opt-in to “archive” a snapshot of your current bio that will remain live at the same URL through September 4, 2014.
  • For those of you with a current paid plan, we’ll be issuing a full refund for everything you’ve paid Vizify.
  • For Premium customers who registered a domain through Vizify (like your-name .com), we’ll be providing instructions so you can assume ownership of your domain, free of charge.

What do I need to do?

You’ll be getting an additional email from us next week with steps you’ll need to take. In the meantime, see our FAQ.

– Team Vizify

For any bioholders who do not opt-in to archive their bio by April 7, 2014, the Terms of Service will terminate and all licenses granted to you will be revoked on April 7, 2014.

Vizify is a registered trademark. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. 812 Washington St. #800, Portland, OR 97205

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Building Information Modeling, this could be big. Honestly.

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Building Information Modeling is not a glamorous phrase that conjures up images of turbo-charged start-ups around the world, full of enthusiastic coders adding another million dollars of shareholder value with every keystroke. It is a sector though, that is attracting the interest of tech investors – and that’s generally a clue as to the importance of an emerging industry. Building Information Modeling isn’t a new sector, the concept has been around for almost forty years, but it was only a decade ago that BIM became an ‘industry’ following a publication by CAD company Autodesk. With BIM software you create models of buildings or facilities – but not just CAD images traditionally used by architects and builders, but models that display other characteristics of buildings, for example the functional characteristics of a site. So you add digital images or files that show the air-conditioning system due to be fitted but what if you could get the manufacturers of various air-con systems to give you digital files for various types and capacities of cooling system?

[funky_quote align=”left”]“Technology companies are becoming the bright spot in the economic outlook based on their increasing role within macro-economic environments, 2013 has demonstrated the sector’s vibrant activity and its contribution to the global economic recovery. ” — Alex Vieux, Chairman, Red Herring.[/funky_quote]The power consumption, physical and aesthetic impact of building facilities can be examined, or ‘modeled.  What if you could add images and accompanying technical information about the walls that will be erected inside the building, and on those walls you could digitally ‘paint’ the exact type of covering or paint to be used. With manufacturer information integrated into the design and modeling process you could end up knowing how a building will look, feel and sound when people are in it.  Data assisted decision making from concept, through design and construction right through the life of a building and how its eventual demolition will impact a landscape and community.

BIMobject®, a leading Swedish BIM software provider has announced it’s been selected as a candidate for Red Herring’s 2013 Top 100 Global award. which recognises the year’s most promising private technology companies and entrepreneurs, which will be awarded on November 20th.The inclusion of

External Links & References

  1. Examine products at BIMObject.com
  2. BIMObject : YouTube channel
  3. Red Herring Global 100 Awards
  4. National BIM Library : NBS
  5. BIM Working Groups : Saved Google Search
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