Go Mobile - Without Killing Your Data
What if you could tap into the top talent in your industry, no matter where in the world they are? With the power of the mobile web, your all-star team is now - literally - at your fingertips.
Consider this: 83% of workers report that they prefer using cloud apps over those deployed on premise. Millennials, who will make up almost 50% of the available workforce by 2020, are “digital natives”. And don't forget how much money remote workers allow you to save on real estate and office equipment.
Yet there are risks. Spreading your network around the world on a variety of devices you don't control can expose your data in more ways than ever before. The key is to find the right balance between protection and productivity. Here then are five ways to effectively “mobilize” your workforce - without endangering your data:
Collaborate in The Cloud - A plethora of online collaboration tools have sprung up that make it easy for a geographically dispersed team to access and share the same files in real time. These tools not only make sharing easy and instantaneous, they help your team communicate quickly and effectively. Tools like Slack, Hipchat, Asana, Podio and Trello - to mention just a few of the most popular options - are proving to make teams more productive. And that includes keeping critical data safe and secure.
Expand Elastically - In-house investments in IT hardware, software and staff can lock you into a rigid structure that can’t easily adapt to changes in demand. A cloud-based mobile workforce is able to contract and expand more easily as needs arise, and with very little loss of capital. Bottom Line: Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and cloud-based collaboration tools to remain agile, flexible and competitive.
Cut Costs Dramatically - Physical work areas, equipment, software and on-site security expenses can add up. Instead of spending money on office space, equipment and infrastructure, invest it in innovation and refinement. Combine the power of the cloud with a well-designed workflow to reduce the number of people needed to get things done. That will free up your key players to focus on more important tasks - the ones that boost productivity and ROI.
Deal With BYOD - Let's face it, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) can be your greatest IT security threat. Yet, like it or not, workers will use their own devices on the job. Foisting strict controls without buy-in will just backfire. Yet doing nothing simply makes you a sitting duck for a cyber-attack. Solution? First, audit how your employees use their devices. Note the data they access and apps they rely on. Group them by levels of security and compliance they need to be governed by. A CEO, for example, may need to abide by financial regulations. An HR manager must deal with employment laws. Armed with information from your audit, you can roll out new policies as well as technical and process controls. Train your team in safe practices. And be sure to contact us for help in getting all this done securely and effectively.
Go Remote Without Risk - Whether you want to cut commuting time for your team, tap into the talents of experts outside your locale, or simply accommodate a worker caring for family members, mobilizing your workforce can have big benefits. The trick is defending it at all points. Make sure remote workers only share files and communicate with other employees via a secured network. Make sure they use adequate virus protection. And, if they are using Wifi, either at home or on the road, make sure they do it safely. For instance, ensure that their tablet isn't set to automatically connect to the default wireless network. That's often an easy access point for hackers to gain access.
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E-mail me today at jeff@BENDIXTechnologyCenter.com or call me directly at 605.882.6900 to set yours up today. It’s your best bet for keeping ahead of the competition – while keeping your company’s data safe and secure.
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The Future is Yours
I just did a program for a large multinational manufacturing company, who has been in business for over 70 years. My client’s theme for the conference was … The Future is Yours. In preparing for the program, I decided to do some research on great quotes and statements that have to do with our future.
I ran across a statement made by the esteemed economist Dr. Lowell Catlett that really surprised me. He said they did a study in 1960 and again in 2010, which involved over 7,000 economists, that rated their accuracy for forecasting future economic trends; their accuracy rate was 47%. He elaborated on that statement, saying: “What I just told you is, you can flip a coin and beat 7,000 economists by 3%.“ He concluded his point by saying, “You can’t predict the future, but you sure can prepare for it.”
So, I thought I would share with you some thoughts/quotes on “Achieving Success in Your Future.” I think these quotes will help to give you a productive perspective on addressing your success in the future.
The future is unknown, but a somewhat predictable unknown. To look to the future we must first look upon the past. That is where the seeds of the future were planted. – Albert Einstein
Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to … doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you imagined. – Anon
I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.– George Burns
The more you take responsibility for your past and present, the more you are able to create the future you seek. – Anon
Your future is created by what you do today … Not tomorrow. – Anon
The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln
If I had to pick my favorite quote of all of them, it would be the second one: “Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you imagined.”
I don’t care where you are in life, how low you have gotten, or how bad it has been … tomorrow you can start fresh, creating a better future. All great achievement begins with deciding what you want and then dedicating yourself to achieving it. So, my perspective on having future success is learning from our past. If we would just pay close attention to our past it will…
Prepare us for the future.
Awaken us to wiser ways.
Strengthen us with new skills.
Teach us new lessons.
If you don’t apply the lessons you have learned from your past … you will never improve your future. There is no rule that says your past is your destiny. You possess the power to create a great future; we all do. Remember, your future success is dependent on your present efforts… So, do something today that you will be happy you did tomorrow.
Let your regrets fuel your future… so your future will have fewer regrets.
Robert Stevenson is a highly sought after, internationally known speaker. He is the author of the best-selling books How to Soar Like An Eagle in a World Full of Turkeys and 52 Essential Habits For Success. Robert is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and is a former All-American Athlete. He started his first business at 24 and has owned several companies. Robert has international sales experience dealing in over 20 countries, and his client list reads like a Who’s Who in Business. He has shared the podium with such renowned names as Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, Former President George H.W. Bush, Anthony Robbins and Steven Covey. www.robertstevenson.org/
Are you addicted to your work?
To find out, rate yourself 1-5 on the following statements. Give yourself a 5 for “often” and 1 for “rarely”: a) You think of how to free up more time to work. b) You spend more time working than initially intended. c) Your work helps you reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and depression. d) You get stressed when you can’t work. e) You set aside hobbies, leisure pursuits and exercise in favor of work. If you averaged 4-5, then you may be at least mildly addicted to your work. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. While your well-being requires a certain amount of balance, having the drive, enthusiasm and energy to achieve impossible goals marks many of the most successful entrepreneurs.
- Forbes, 06.27.16
We bet you’ve never even heard of these new technologies.
1) Perovskite solar cells promise to be cheap, easy to install and efficient enough to power entire buildings, large or small. Made with a compound called perovskite, they reach new areas of the light spectrum, thus producing far more energy than current solar technology. 2) Organs-on-chips allow scientists to test how drugs impact the body - without putting humans or animals at risk. These micro-sized chips emulate how human organs work. By injecting the chips with drugs, scientists can observe responses such as heart palpitations to predict human responses to drugs and diseases. 3) Super-smart nanosensors, tiny enough to fit inside the body could, for example, alert a doctor if a patient starts to show signs of heart failure.
- Inc.com, 06.27.16
Did you know your iPhone could do this?
Respond to texts without unlocking the phone. When you get a notification, swipe left on the message and a blue “Reply” button appears. Just tap it, and text away! Take a photo with the volume button. For that ultimate, one-handed selfie, open the camera app, and press the “+” button for volume on the side of your phone. Have Siri read your texts out loud. This is a great tool for when your hands aren’t free or you’re on the road. Press the volume button and hold it. When the beep sounds, tell Siri, “Read my texts.” When done reading, she’ll ask you what to do with the messages. You can have her reply, or read them again.
- Entrepreneur, 06.15.16
"And the winning productivity app is..."
Online collaboration tools lead to higher productivity in at least five ways: 1) They let remote teams communicate effectively. 2) Members can search and archive previous discussions. 3) Back-and-forth questions about work by email aren't needed. 4) Teams can talk about work within the context of the work itself. 5) Team members can express themselves, joke around with fellow workers and get to know each other on a personal basis, thus boosting productivity. These tools come in 3 types: Communication apps like Hipchat and Slack focus on messaging. Task management apps like Asana and Trello help keep projects on track. All-in-one collaboration tools like Igloo and Podio blend social networks with workflow. Bottom line? Online collaboration tools make teams stronger.
- PCmag.com, 05.18.16