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Ruckus redefines the Wi-Fi price/performance paradigm

By admin, 30 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) have announced the immediate availability of the new Ruckus ZoneFlex R300, one of the industry’s highest performing and lowest cost dual-band, two-stream 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi indoor access points (APs) capable of delivering an aggregate data rate of up to 600 Mbps. Aimed at the price-sensitive small business market, the R300 is also ideally suited for small venues and enterprises with many branch locations.

With Cloud computing and the proliferation of embedded Wi-Fi in all types of devices, Wi-Fi has become a mission-critical utility for small businesses. As a result, they are now replacing SOHO-class, standalone access points with more robust, enterprise-grade wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions that are simple to deploy and operate while meeting their budget requirements. Developed to directly address these issues, the Ruckus R300 redefines Wi-Fi for the low end of the WLAN market by combining cost-effectiveness with a rich collection of enterprise functionality and enterprise-class service and support options.

“With the R300, we are enabling our channel partners and managed service providers to reach further into the ‘S’ part of the SMB market with a highly differentiated and compelling enterprise-grade solution at a disruptive price point,” said Selina Lo, President and CEO of Ruckus Wireless.

“Combined with SAMS, our Cloud controller service, the R300 provides a whole new economics model to customers and partners. They are the first in a comprehensive solution roadmap we’ve developed to expand our market reach,” Lo concluded.

U.S. Census data shows that there are more than 6 million businesses in operation today with less than 100 employees each in the U.S. alone, and according to the most recent report on the WLAN market from the Dell’Oro Group, WLAN revenues for the small business market in 2013 reached over $4.5 billion, with over 100 million APs shipped worldwide.

The Ideal Component for Cloud-Based Wi-Fi Access
The Ruckus ZoneFlex R300 is the only AP in its class to integrate patented adaptive antenna technology to extend the range, performance and reliability of Wi-Fi at one of the most attractive price points in the industry. Deployed as a standalone access point or part of a centrally managed Ruckus WLAN, the R300 is also an ideal access component for organisations looking to migrate to new Cloud-based Wi-Fi access services such as the recently announced Ruckus Smart Access Management Service (SAMS).

Supported across the entire range of Ruckus management platforms including the ZoneDirector and SmartCell Gateway (SCG), the ZoneFlex R300 gives organisations a wide range of flexible deployment options that best suit their specific requirements.

R300 Product Details
The ZoneFlex R300 is a dual-band, two-stream 802.11n access point capable of supporting up to 256 active connections. Each R300 uniquely integrates Ruckus-patented BeamFlex, a software-controlled, high gain directional antenna array system that continually forms and directs each packet over the best performing signal path, automatically adapting Wi-Fi signals to constant environmental changes to ensure the highest levels of range, reliability and client performance. Within a sleek, lightweight and low profile form factor that fits in the palm of your hand, the R300 is ideal for small business use. The R300 comes with a limited lifetime warranty and features a myriad of advanced capabilities not available in competitive alternatives, such as network address translation (NAT) and DHCP services, optimised video streaming, per-use rate limiting, band steering, client load balancing, standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) support and advanced quality of services support for automatic prioritisation of delay sensitive traffic.

Truteq Devices introduces an affordable next-generation wireless security system

By admin, 30 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

As house break-ins continue to increase, rising by 64.4% over the past 8 years, mobile solutions provider, TruTeq Devices, has launched an affordable wireless security system that is believed to be the next-generation of alarm system – and one that will arguably assist with the reduction of house break-ins.

Derick Roberts, CEO of TruTeq Devices, said there is a “massive market out there” for affordable security solutions.

“The vast majority of South Africa’s more than 40 million people cannot afford home security solutions. This is one of the reasons we have launched our wireless security solution. It is predominately aimed at those who just cannot afford to pay for, and install, a security system.”

The company has launched two products – one to be deployed as a CDMA-driven device, and the other as a GSM-driven device. The system comes with a DIY kit and can be installed by the user himself. It uses SMS alerts and can be remotely armed or disarmed via a cellular phone.

What makes the solution even more versatile is that, being completely wireless, it can accompany the home owner on holiday in the lodge, caravan, tent – or even 4 x 4.

It is a cost effective, supplementary alert; and can act as a temporary solution where break- ins have already left normal systems damaged – and where time is required to restore. It is also focused on temporary homes for sale or repossessed properties where normal subscriptions have been cancelled – or for student accommodation where they only have dorm rooms for a short period of time etc…

House robbery, nationally, has increased by as much as 64,4% over the last eight years – and appears to have stabilised at a very high rate. The crime statistics for 2011/12 reflect that there were a total of 16 766 home robberies. (Institute for Security Studies).

This is a slight reduction of 0.7% when compared to the previous year’s figure of 16 889. Gauteng is the worst hit of the provinces, accounting for 38% of the national total.

According to an analyses conducted by the SAPS (and published in its annual report) 75% of home robberies occur at night. The most vulnerable times are in the late evening, between 9pm-12pm and very early morning (up to 3am). A total of 55% of robberies occur in these timeframes.

The really scary point, said Roberts, is that in 99% of these cases firearms were used, pointing to the high level of danger. Murders occur in 2% of house robberies and a total of 4% sees rapes occur.

Lifestyles are becoming greener in South Africa, according to online traffic reports

By admin, 30 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

South Africans are becoming more aware of the environmental benefits of reusing and upcycling unwanted goods, says Claire Cobbledick of Gumtree South Africa.

“The motivation for selling and buying second hand goods aren’t purely driven by financial pressures,” she states. “Upcycling and reusing items have become trendier and more socially acceptable.”

Upcycling reuses or refurbishes old materials as opposed to manufacturing new ones, reducing emissions and preserving natural resources. For example, every ton of discarded textiles (such as clothing) that is reused prevents 20 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. According to Cobbledick, there is an active and creative subculture that enjoys turning unwanted goods into highly sought after furniture. “We’ve seen individuals buying old pallets and turning them into designer coffee tables or garden boxes that are resold,” she says. “The sellers are literally turning one man’s junk into another man’s treasure, and the buyers love owning unique, customised items.”

Moreover, the process is consider to be “greener” than recycling. “Of course we should all recycle, but that generates energy and resources to collect, sort and process these items. Upcycling and reusing items are the most environmentally friendly way of preserving resources.”

Cobbledick also says that South Africans are slowly embracing the concept of “freecycling” online. “We see people using our site as a means of donating unwanted items, not just selling or swopping them.”

She says that the online site (that receives visits equal to a quarter of the population of South Africa every day) has noted a remarked trend in “greener” transacting. The category devoted to carpool and rideshares. In the year 2013, this category saw over 19 000 ads posted across the country, a positive 5% increase on the previous year. Sharing transport not only reduces carbon emissions (great news for the environment) but also saves on fuel costs, ensuring commuters have extra rands in their pockets at month-end. Carpools and rideshares are especially popular in Kwa-Zulu Natal – the province accounts for over 50% of ads posted in this category – with Gauteng and the Western Cape accounting for 26% and 20% respectively.

Between January 2013 and November 2013, the number of hybrid cars advertised on the online classifieds site increased by a remarkable 721%, indicating that in a relatively short period, consumers’ automotive vehicle preferences shifted dramatically. The majority of the ads for these eco-friendly vehicles were listed in the Western Cape, closely followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal. Interestingly, the most popular brand listed in Gumtree’s hybrid car inventory was Honda, which produces eco-friendly editions of its popular Jazz and Civic models.

Over 1 000 ads for solar panels and geysers were listed throughout 2013 (interestingly, 22% less than the previous year) and although they are popular year-round, ads for these appliances saw a surge in popularity in January, possibly as a result of sunlight hours being at their highest and the opportunity to maximise this power. Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA, believes that data from the site reveals that consumers are becoming more and more environmentally-conscious.

“We’ve seen a continued increase in ads posted in this sector but also key searches for terms such as ‘eco-friendly’, ‘environmentally-friendly’ and ‘green’. Buyers and sellers are fully aware of the benefits of trading in second hand goods – both economically and environmentally.”

Leading SAP BI and GRC Consultancies enter African Market

By admin, 30 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

BI-Blue Consulting and Turnkey Consulting Africa Ltd announce a partnership, whereby SAP Gold partner BI-Blue Consulting appoints Turnkey Consulting Africa Ltd as its first SAP extended business partner for the African region.

BI-Blue Consulting Managing Director Jacques du Preez commented: “Today is another milestone for BI-Blue Consulting in expanding its reach into Africa in partnership with Turnkey Consulting. The partnership is one of strength in providing customers with a comprehensive solution offering in closing the loop between Business Analytics, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Performance Management and the GRC and Security technologies.”

“We believe that the strengths Turnkey Consulting brings to the table in the SAP GRC and Security market is a clear extension of BI-Blue’s services portfolio in the Business Intelligence arena and that collaborating through partnerships such as this, has tangible value to customers. The partnership is underpinned by our values and service commitment to customers in providing superior solutions, services and support. We are proud to have Turnkey Consulting on board as an SAP Extended Business Partner.”

Turnkey Consulting Africa Director Hans Hupje commented: “We are proud to be able to enter the African SAP GRC and Security market with an SAP Gold Partner of the calibre of BI-Blue Consulting. We share BI-Blue’s ambition to expand across Africa and believe their services portfolio is an ideal complementation to our services. Our partnership with BI-Blue is instrumental in our objective to also become the leading SAP GRC and Security Company on the African continent.”

“At Turnkey Consulting we combine extensive audit, deep technical and cross- industry business process experience to achieve true value and help maximise return on SAP investments for our clients. We are a company run by experts and we are proud that each of the more than hundred projects implemented over the last 10 years is referable.”

“We invite SAP customers to join our free SAP GRC morning seminars scheduled in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Nairobi. For information on these seminars, please visit: We aim to also visit Accra, Ivory Coast and Lagos after the summer. Those African SAP customers who are interested in assessing the return on investment (ROI) on their SAP GRC and Security projects can already benefit from our proprietary tools, which can be accessed via our global website”.

“For those professionals who wish to home their SAP GRC and Security knowledge we point to the Turnkey Consulting Africa Academy which is based on the beautiful African Island of Mauritius. Our first courses are launching in May 2014 and we have a 2 week SAP GRC and Security summer school planned for July 2014.”

PC sales to drop by 6% in 2014

By admin, 30 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is set to continue during 2014, both locally and overseas, said Christopher Riley, CEO of notebook and accessories retailer, The Notebook Company.

“We are seeing a constant decline – a decline that will not abate. Laptop sales are still losing ground to tablets, but, in the future, users won’t necessary simply replace their laptops with tablets. Instead they will chose their particular piece of equipment of choice- be it a laptop, tablet, smartphone or PC.”

Gartner has already forecasted a 6% drop in sales of laptops and desktops in 2014, compared to last year. The company also predicts another drop of nearly 5% in 2015.

Gartner expects 276.7 million PCs to ship to retailers in 2014, with this dropping further to 263 million units in 2015.

Over the past few years, two-thirds of laptop and desktop owners have replaced their hardware with updated models. Of the remaining third, most replaced their old machines with tablets and tablet hybrids, with a smaller number not buying replacements of any kind, commented Ranjit Atwal, a Gartner analyst.

Interestingly, the trend – of recent years – towards replacing laptops with tablets will also decline in 2014.

This is fundamentally because both consumers and businesses will become more discriminating as they sort out “the right device for the right usage pattern,” Atwal said.

Despite this shift, tablet sales are forecast to grow 38.6% in 2014 to 270.7 million units globally.

Commenting further, Riley said his company is still experiencing “robust sales “of tablets – especially iPads – adding that laptops sales are consistently on the wane.

“The Notebook Company’s sales graphs are more or less in synch with what we are seeing in the rest of the world. But, what is going to perhaps prove to be very interesting in the marketplace is the arrival of Apple’s 12-inch iPad hybrid – which market analysts believe might make major inroads into the notebook PC landscape. This could certainly throw out some statistics,” he said.

Thermal imaging for surveillance, threat detection

By admin, 25 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

By Ted Manly, Managing Director, Jasco Security Solutions

The use of thermal imaging cameras for surveillance has increased significantly over the last three to five years as pricing has dropped. The benefits are significant, whether used to augment or replace traditional CCTV systems. This is driving organisations’ across many industries including commercial facilities to residential housing estates, mining operations and utility and industrial sector companies, to invest in thermal imaging technologies for security and threat detection, maintenance and many other uses.

How does thermal imaging work?
Unlike standard CCTV cameras that rely on reflected visible light to produce images, thermal imaging cameras use infrared to create images based on heat emitted by natural or inanimate objects. Infrared cameras literally allow us to ‘see’ in the dark and through atmospheric obscurants such as smoke, dust or bad weather. Another advantage is the reach of these devices, with high-end solutions ranging up to 4km for un-cooled detector type cameras and up to 28km for cooled type cameras. Intelligent imaging analytics help eliminate false alarming, the maintenance and lifecycle costs of devices are low, and these solutions are built using open systems that allow integration into the majority of CCTV systems and security platforms. The detector Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) is guaranteed up to 10 years for un-cooled cameras, whereas MTBF for the cooled cameras is around 10 000 hours due to the cooler construction.

Who is using thermal imaging?
Thermal imaging is being applied commercially for surveillance and threat detection with an emphasis on preventative measures rather than recognition purposes. These cameras are especially useful for perimeter surveillance, but also for preventative maintenance on critical and high value machinery and equipment, and to improve safety.

At housing estates, where extensive perimeters may border on natural or built up areas, they are particularly useful for intrusion detection. They are most often used in conjunction with standard CCTV implementations to help eliminate false alarming and to bolster intrusion detection capabilities at night or in low visibility conditions. A recent implementation at a housing estate saw the client use 30 thermal imaging camera’s to secure a 13km perimeter, replacing approximately 150 standard CCTV cameras. Together with a fibre optic cable to ensure connectivity, the implementation cost approximately R3.5 million.

In industrial and mining applications, thermal imaging is used to bolster standard security (i.e., intrusion detection) but also to identify ‘hot spots’ on equipment that may indicate a need for maintenance, and to improve safety through, for example, identification of movement of people and equipment when there is low visibility. In a recent implementation at a mine, a single infrared camera placed every 600m replaces 13 standard CCTV cameras. These cameras are also being mounted on vehicles moving inside the mine.
Thermal imaging is even being used to prevent rhino poaching. Attached to airborne drones, infrared cameras help scan vast areas, identifying poachers.

Thermal imaging – return on investment
There are a number of benefits that offset the initial cost of thermal imaging equipment.

Unit for unit, thermal imaging equipment is about 30-50% higher than the cost of standard equipment. However, over the long term, the cost of ownership of thermal imaging systems is about 25 percent that of standard CCTV systems. Lenses are more durable and do not require constant cleaning. And with no requirement for additional lighting or infrared illumination, there are savings to be had in terms of implementation. There is the added eco-benefit of no light pollution.

As with any technological solution, however, to get the expected return on investment the devices need to have the correct features.

Use a reputable brand that offers a warrantee and pay attention to the details. The use of image analytics is a key area of failure – you don’t want alarms sounding every time a rabbit is sighted and you want to be able to distinguish between an antelope and a human threat. While some devices come with built-in analytics, others make use of third-party software. As many of the analytics solutions are weak, it is worthwhile ensuring a suitable solution is used.

For thermal imaging solutions that are used outdoors, a lens that can handle direct sunlight is essential. There is also the matter of image quality. Thermal imaging solutions offer 140, 320 and 640dpi ranges. Where image quality is important, a higher spec solution is appropriate. A distinction should be made between the capabilities of cooled and uncooled cameras. On applications that require analysis of close temperature spans, the cooled camera is the preferred instrument, while the uncooled camera with its long-wave operation is less affected by solar radiation and is therefore more suited to outside work.

An experienced service provider will able to guide you in your selection of solutions. Find a company with a proven track record that understands the challenges your facility or organisation may face. It is certainly worth the investment.

This is why eCommerce trends in South Africa show enormous potential

By admin, 25 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

“In the past few years, online transactions have grown substantially in South Africa, proving that consumers are becoming more familiar with online processes, and are feeling more comfortable to engage in an interactive online space,” says Brian Andrew, General Manager for RS Components.

Brian Andrew

Brian Andrew

RS Components is a market leader in the distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical and industrial products and tools, with a large percentage of customers purchasing online. “eCommerce is at the heart of our business strategy,” says Andrew, “with 57% of global revenues being generated online.”

The company has one of the most advanced B2B transactional websites, with advanced e-procurement features. Recently developed electronic design software is accessible to engineers through the company’s DesignSpark site and free to download. The combination of the easy-to- use site and tools for engineers makes customers’ online experiences far more effective and enjoyable.

Using eCommerce as a growth strategy enabled RS Components to increase new product introductions from 5,000 per year to 5,000 per month.

“We’ve also developed innovative ways to display our products in a digital catalogue. This remains a key element of our multi-channel business model that evolves in line with our customers’ needs,” explains Andrew.

Andrew believes eCommerce can provide more information to consumers than some traditional methods, boost access to a wider range of products, provide tailor-made services to customers’ needs, and can lead to efficiency gains.

According to the MasterCard Worldwide Online Shopping Survey, South Africa’s online shoppers grew by 58% in 2012, up from 53% in 2010 and 44% in 2009. According to their research in 2013, eCommerce makes up about 2% of the total retail market in South Africa.

A similar survey by the Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA) found people who are accustomed to the internet – already using it for a couple of years – were 59% more likely to shop online, which means, as internet browsers increase in future, so will online shoppers.

A report published in July 2013 by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) notes that Commerce is an efficient economic engine that boosts revenue and market reach.

“Our growth in recent years is inextricably linked to online shopping convenience, as our customers have all the information they need at their fingertips. They don’t have to look for parking, or stand in queues and jostling crowds. By buying online they have access to 500 000 products from 2500 leading brands, and can complete their transactions instantly and safely,” Andrew says.

For the online retailer, eCommerce benefits are wide-ranging. Online ordering frees time and resources that can be better used to improve other important strategic tasks within the business.

To find the right product at the right price is often one of procurement’s biggest challenges. Online ordering assists in this process, as the sourcing of products is improved through the wide availability of online information.

Andrew says: “More benefits for online retailers include better coordination with suppliers, reaching customers in tricky geographic areas, higher labour productivity, less time spent on admin tasks, reduced business and transactional costs, and finance departments accurately tracking processes at all times.”

An online ordering system that allows automated repeat ordering improves process efficiency even further. “With online ordering, approval and ordering is automated, saving a significant amount of time. One can also add additional value if such a system lists previously ordered items, and automatically suggests complementary products.”

Labour productivity is an important component of any profitable business,” stresses Andrew. “eCommerce executes tasks quicker and requires less human labour, therefore contributing to increased sales volume and higher profits. Time really is money”.

According to eCommerce experts, the online retail trend that will impact South African businesses and consumers the most is the integration of web retailing with mobile eCommerce, allowing impulse purchases anywhere, anytime.
Andrew’s advice to retailers is that “if you want to make the most of easy online ordering, information about all products or services must be quickly accessible and easy to search for. Technical information, catalogues, pictures, videos, articles and other product-related content should be available and accessible.”

South Africans only recently began harnessing the benefits of this platform in significant numbers, but from the outset one can see they are sophisticated consumers who have high expectations and insist on interacting and doing business efficiently.

“At the same time they want technical advancements and features that provide increased functionality and flexibility without hassles,” says Andrew.

“Lack of broadband penetration and lack of trust in online payments still hinder online shoppers in South Africa. However, if retailers have a unique product or service offering that draws attention over the clutter, which is critical for survival, then they can reap enormous benefits easily and frequently,” concludes Andrew.

Lexmark products receive Mopria certification for ease of mobile printing

By admin, 25 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

News Facts:

  • MopriaTM Alliance executive member Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) has received Mopria™ global certification across several product series for delivering simple wireless printing from Mopria-certified smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
  • The Mopria Alliance is a non-profit membership organisation of leading global technology companies focused on providing simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
  • Google® recently introduced print into its latest Android™ operating system version 4.4 (KitKat). The Mopria Alliance has innovated on top of this basic print framework with a print plug-in for handsets using the Android 4.4 OS. Coming soon, this plug-in will include print device compatibility to all Mopria-certified printers, connectivity for NFC tap-to-print and PDF support.
  • Lexmark received certification across a large portion of its product line including most models within the following product series: MS310 Series, MS410 Series, MS510 Series, MS610 Series, MS710 Series, MS810 Series, CS310 Series, CS410 Series, CS510 Series, CX310 Series, CX410 Series, CCX510 Series, MX310 Series, MX410 Series, MX510 Series, MS610 Series, MX710 Series, XC2100 Series, M1100 Series, M3100 Series, M5100 Series, XM1100 Series, XM3100 Series, XM5100 Series and XM7100 Series.

Supporting Quote:
“Lexmark is committed to remaining in a leadership position in mobile technology and compatibility adoption,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president of Imaging Solutions and Services. “We are pleased to receive Mopria certification across 17 product families, representing more than 100 Lexmark products.”

Check Point provides multiple protections against Heartbleed

By admin, 25 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

Check Point Software Technologies, a worldwide leader in securing the internet, have announced that its network security products offer multiple protections from the Heartbleed vulnerability, providing for the security of customers’ clients, servers and the integrity of their network data.

Check Point network security products are not susceptible to Heartbleed exploits as the company utilises a non-vulnerable version of OpenSSL. The company also provided multiple protections against attacks leveraging the Heartbleed bug that include:

  • Check Point’s implementation of HTTPS inspection that automatically prevents Heartbleed traffic. This was first introduced in 2011 with R75.20.
  • Check Point released IPS protections to detect and block exploits from Heartbleed, on April 9, 2014.
  • For more information, see:
  • sk100173 - Check Point response to OpenSSL vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)
  • sk100246 - Check Point IPS Protections for OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability (CVE 2014-0160)

“The Heartbleed vulnerability is a critical and far-reaching security threat that potentially exposes sensitive personal and business information to remote hackers. Check Point’s products provide multiple elements of protection against Heartbleed. First, our network security products are not vulnerable to this threat as Check Point uses a non-vulnerable version of OpenSSL. Second, our HTTPS inspection inherently prevents Heartbleed traffic. Finally, our timely IPS protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability,” said said Doros Hadjizenonos, sales manager for Check Point South Africa.

Additional Information on Heartbleed:

  • describes the vulnerability as: “The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library … The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.
  • The National Vulnerability Database (NVD) Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures entry describes CVE-2014-0160, aka “Heartbleed” as: “The (1) TLS and (2) DTLS implementations in OpenSSL 1.0.1 before 1.0.1g do not properly handle Heartbeat Extension packets, which allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information from process memory via crafted packets that trigger a buffer over-read, as demonstrated by reading private keys … aka the Heartbleed bug.”

“The Heartbleed vulnerability is so worrisome because of the pervasive use of OpenSSL and the fact that consumers often do not employ password best-practices, opening themselves to credential theft. Further, enterprises need to worry not only about the loss of customer account information, but also the compromise of employee credentials, as well as the exploitation of vulnerable network devices utilising OpenSSL,” said John Grady, research manager of security products and services at IDC.


BYOD is usurped by CYOD in 2014

By admin, 24 kwietnia, 2014, No Comment

Until very recently enterprise mobility has been considered one of the most disruptive trends. While it is exactly that, there is a misconception as to why it is so disruptive. Quinton Pienaar, CEO of Agilitude, the first African reseller, says that it goes way beyond the device: “Mobility if often only considered from a device perspective, when in fact, a total revamp of the technology landscape and organisations also have to consider the technology infrastructure in its entirety.”

He says that once the infrastructure challenges in the cloud have been addressed, the business applications and services can be adapted to address mobility. “This reengineering is initially disruptive, but the benefits and productivity gains derived will have far reaching, positive impact,” says Pienaar.

An example of the positive impact, says Pienaar, is being seen as an innovator. “If an enterprise mobility strategy is correctly implemented it takes the organisation to a level where it is seen as an innovator, shaping how customer service can be adapted and improved upon, and ultimately creating new service benchmarks within the specific vertical industry.”

It’s for these reasons that the mobile strategy of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been usurped by the next big trend of Choose Your Own Device (CYOD). According to in 2013, several large companies implemented BYOD policy, which enables employees to work on their own device using the company’s requisite software. But with increasing fragmentation of mobile device ecosystem (especially with advent of non-iOS devices other than Android), it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to maintain uniformity in device and apps usage.

So most enterprises are now thinking about following CYOD instead of BYOD, where companies will pre-select a mobile ecosystem. “It makes more sense for employees to choose from a controlled group of devices with pre-installed apps. This will be extremely useful in bringing down the amount of complications with device management and the successful rollout of an enterprise mobility strategy.

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