Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - it's not only becoming an important element for end users, it's becoming a necessity for businesses. BYOD offers up a possible cost savings for companies and more mobility for users. But with the possibilities of BYOD, comes hurdles to leap. Some of those hurdles (such as security) fall into the hands of the company. Other hurdles, such as ease of transition, fall squarely on the shoulders of the end user. Although the inherent mobility of many devices make for easy transition, it is necessary to take advantage of applications to make switching between home and office easy.
Here are five possible applications that can aid in your transition. These application vary in platform, but all should help make BYOD a user-friendly task.
SpiderOak is yet another data syncing tool. But unlike Dropbox (or other syncing software), SpiderOak isn't just your average syncing software.
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I don't understand why LibreOffice is listed under BYOD, since it is Windows machines (Desktops/Laptop) only. How does this help with phones and tablets?
When I try to click to support either of the first two comments objecting to slideshows, and asking for proper blogs instead, I am directed to a "page not found" message: http://www.techrepublic.com/util/vote?tag=discussion-asset-thread Is this a way of suppressing criticism ?
We all know that "slide shows" are just a trick to artificially inflate the web site's click count. Aware sponsors will divide the so-called click count by whatever factor (10? / 20? ) is used on average to inflate the promoted viewership. Beyond that, it is annoying and and more than a little inconsiderate of the reader's time. From now on, slide shows mean "immediate exit" for me.
People keep telling you guys we can't stand the tidbit-at-a-time slideshows, but you insist on defaulting to them. Just the facts Jack!
I have used Spideroak in the past for their backup services but had to go with another service because their software wasn't ready for prime time. Updates to their software would break the software and then I would have to uninstall the new version and reinstall the older version. It would miss files in some folders, especially files that were added to a folder. It was also frustrating to do tech support via email with a long delay between submission of the email and a response. There was a lot to like about Spideroak but for my needs it just didn't work.
by linking FIRST to the blog article, and THEN inserting a link in the blog article to the gallery slideshow article. #1 Most users are likely to suffer the gallery slideshow because that where they are initially directed. #2 Posting a broken link to the blog article will definitely skew the tally results disportionally towards the "popular" gallery slideshow.
Like everyone else said...I didn't like the whole piece by piece. One page would have been sufficient, just like LifeHacker does for their information.
It is absolutely astounding to me how anyone would let a business use their own personal device for business purposes and not have the business pay for it! Astounding! Yet ZDnet writers are "paving the way" with articles like this to get you, Mr./Ms. employee, ready and willing to pay for some billionaire's business! Absolutely astounding!
Is anyone from Techrepublic reading these comments? If so, please let us know and tell us if you are going to STOP USING SLIDESHOWS WHICH NO-ONE WANTS!!!!!
Please don't put an article in gallery format. It's bad enough when one has to click and wait for a page reload when looking at a set of pictures. Amazing for a site on technology how the basics of web user interaction are ignored.
"A writer for over 12 years, Jack's primary focus is on creating annoying slideshows with poor formatting which make articles difficult to read and annoys the cr@p out of his audience..."
Bring Out Your Dead! Might be more appropriate than some people think for non-standard devices with non-authorized files mingled with work files and private files. Let the audit begin!
Slide shows are a nightmare especially on a mobile device or limited bandwidth. I hope you'll pack this practice in, if not then there's plenty of other sites where I can get my tech info. Awful...
WE ALL HATE SLIDE SHOWS - IF YOU WANT TO TELL US SOMETHING - WE DO KNOW HOW TO READ. (CAPS are on purpose to try to get it home to these THICK writers)
This is not the first article I've seen on how to "deal" with BYOD. If there are enough issues with BYOD that people need to have guides or apps to help them make BYOD "easier", then that's a pretty clear signal that BYOD is just a bad (and stupid) practice. We don't allow BYOD in my company and there's no problem with that.
Jack makes them because that is the way most people want to view it - the numbers show this every week.
When I realized the link to an article (not the gallery) was absent I almost set out to find it for myself but decided to read if anyone else was as ticked off as I was. Then I found your comment and the article link. Hats Off!
There are always two versions of the Five Apps pieces. And for the past few weeks, I have been linking to both versions in the newsletters.
Don't care how much fun you have creating these things, most of us hate 'em. About the only chance of making them acceptable would to do a striptease and we'd only click on the last one anyway...
Click Blogs at top of screen and select (for example) "Five apps for an easy BOYD transition" Articles are much more viewable.
but TR makes money on all those ads you see on the right hand side. Each time you reload the slideshow, new ads are exposed. I doubt they will be changing this feature.
Which is not fun for me at all. Despite what you like on a personal level, more people view the gallery than the blog post, so as long as they do, we have to produce two versions.
I wonder what factors drive that preference. I dislike them because of all the repeated clicking. But if you've got the numbers, I can't argue. I do wonder how many actually complete the articles.