Each year, the Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards recognize female leaders whose accomplishments, mentorship, and contributions to the community align with the WIT mission of advancing women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom. BlueFletch has the privilege to celebrate the women on our staff, as well as all the other stellar women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM), at the 2018 Women in Technology Awards.
EMM. UEM. MAM. MDM. There is no shortage of acronyms or options when it comes to managing your enterprise mobile devices. As is usually true with options, sifting through them to find the right ones takes some work. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by comparing several (but not all) solution providers to help you make the best choice for your organization.
Enterprise Mobile Devices can be managed using methods other than traditional MDMs as long as device security is stout. That technique might not be considered an industry best practice but we’ve seen admins manage devices in their own way to meet business requirements while using familiar toolsets. Despite the negative perception of ‘skirting’ using an MDM, it can be easy and secure to manage devices without one.
Staying “old school” with device management is a practical option for certain organizations and scenarios. If your company is opposed to an MDM-based solution due to complexity or cost, this is how you would ensure devices still conform to your needs.
Delta Air Lines has a well planned and effective enterprise mobile strategy. Delta employs a healthy mix of devices based on the role, environment and required tasks. The employees in the terminals need business mobility devices as rugged as Thor’s Hammer and for everyone else, there are consumer devices. Their business mobility development team is focused on one hybrid platform, which supports their fleet of Android rugged devices and iOS devices.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in Zebra’s Developer podcast hosted by Dan Quagliana and Mark Jolley from Zebra. I spoke a bit about some of our experiences dealing with deploying Software and OS Patches on Android devices in the Enterprise. Here are some of the highlights and notes from the questions that I covered during the discussion.
BlueFletch CEO and Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, was announced the winner of the Small Business Person of the Year, Best Minority Entrepreneur Award. The annual Small Business Person of the Year Awards recognized Richard Makerson as metro Atlanta’s outstanding minority entrepreneur who has owned his or her business for at least one year.
I recently stopped by the Elliot Bay Book Store in Seattle and was impressed with the amount of personal reviews their team had hand-written for book titles. I ended up picking up a lot more books than I would have at a regular book store where I would browse covers or spines of books. In this era of fake internet product reviews, it was refreshing to see a handwritten review from someone who read the text… additionally some of the reviews got a good chuckle out of me (see below). Could this well executed strategy of telling stories about products be applied to more than just a bookstore?
As with all technology in the enterprise, uptime is critical for handheld devices. To ensure this, mobile software deployments for thousands of devices requires careful planning, testing and attention to detail. I’ve outlined some best practices and tips learned from assisting many companies with their rugged Android deployments via Mobile Device Management tools (MDMs). These are the key areas that I typically will provide guidance to companies on.
We are proud to announce BlueFletch CEO and Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, is a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle 2018 Small Business Person of the Year Award. Here is an excerpt of the Q&A with Richard that appeared in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
When rugged devices first were deployed into the wild, the modern MDM solutions we know today did not exist. The pioneers of enterprise mobility had to create solutions for the problems they faced. Early in my career at Accenture we essentially built a platform on top of Windows CE that allowed applications to shared common components in order for us to rapidly build mobile applications. However, so many of the legacy devices that have served in warehouses, grocery stores, airports, etc., need to be replaced and so should the old way of managing rugged devices.