The Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation, both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live, but also how we work. But what exactly is the “Internet of Things” and what impact is it going to have on you, if any?
Simply put, the IoT is a concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones to coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices, as well as almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example, a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.
The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion connected devices…that’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher at over 100 billion). The IoT is a giant network of connected people and things. The relationship can be between people to people, people to things and things to things.
Some feel the new rule for the future is going to be, “anything that can be connected, will be connected.” But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other?
(Continue reading at Forbes.com)
Mobile Device Management in the Workplace: Balancing Convenience & Security
The enormous popularity of mobile devices and the rich app ecosystems to which they give access has opened up tremendous opportunities for small businesses.
Merchants can now use their mobile phones to collect credit card payments. Customer service support can be streamlined using iPads, and owners can respond to email queries after hours. Field agents can be more efficient and responsive, using their mobile devices to connect back to the rest of the office and keep up to date.
However, these great abilities come with a corresponding great challenge for a small business to manage the security of the devices on which their data can live.
(Continue reading at PCMag.com)
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