Never too Old for Camp!

Welcome to our ED Camp Watertown BYOD Sessions blog.  We are a group of inquisitive educators experimenting with and exploring iDevices with the goal of improving our productivity and enhancing the learning of our students.  Check back for resources, feedback on exciting educational apps, advice, and more.  Stay tuned for our wiki with mini lessons and other resources you can utilize in your classroom.


The infographic highlights findings from the mobile learning report, Living & Learning with Mobile Devices, released today from Grunwald & Associates and the Learning First Alliance. According to the report more than 50 percent of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education.

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I’m really surprised by the data collected in this survey (2,392 parents) which isn’t unfortunately broken down into age categories. Two items of note:

  • 83% said their school does not require use of personal electronic devices and 72% said it was not allowed at all.
  • Parents are concerned about theft of personal devices (81%), but 45% still plan to buy or have a personal mobile device purchased for their student. 32% of parents surveyed think schools should require this.

"… digital innovation in-the-large has only continued to accelerate. The rate of change is increasing and companies response to it isn’t: On a daily basis, several thousand new mobile apps become available, while on a broader horizon the amount of data our businesses must respond to doubles at least every 1-2 years. So too are the methods through which we have to engage with and respond to our customers. The deltas on every front look similar."

(via Digital diaspora in the enterprise: Arrival of the CDO and CCO | ZDNet)

Junos Pulse 3.0 for Apple iOS adds support for mobile device management (MDM) and configuration capabilities found in the iOS platform – including enforcing and setting passcode policies, provisioning and removal of Microsoft Exchange profiles, provisioning of VPN and Wi-Fi settings, remote locate and track and remote lock and wipe of lost or stolen iPhones and iPads, and inventory and restriction of applications – allowing Apple iPhones and iPads to be configured and managed over the air (OTA) by the Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite 3.0.

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The new shnizzle in JUNOS Pulse 3.0. Combining mobile security and mobile device management

January 2 = BYOD’s Big Day: How Will IT And The Cloud Keep Up?  | ReadWrite

Many enterprise employees no doubt received new tablets this Holiday season. And many are likely to bring them to work on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - perhaps the biggest day ever for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.

Will corporate IT be prepared for the challenge?

Managing BYOD devices like tablets poses many security and compliance challenges. Forrester has predicted that that tablets would become the primary computing devices in 2013, so it will be instructive to watch how corporate IT policies evolve to support or discourage BYOD with tablets. (Of course, some lucky workers will end up with tablets provided to them by their employers!)

Recent research has noted that - not surprisingly - many tablet users use their devices for email. With traditional data-storage infrastructure, the added workload of all these new tablets connecting into corporate networks could create quite a strain on applications like Microsoft Exchange. If organizations are running virtualized infrastructure or virtual desktops (VDI), delivering consistent performance gets even more complicated.

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Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games, and runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops (iOS and Android).

Socrative is free, easy to setup, and works well with existing BYOD environments!

Oct. 12, 2011: The “i” Generation: Taking Your Company Data Mobile!

Look what’s walking in your door this morning with your employees: their ipads, ipods, iphones! Why? Because their on-the-go lifestyle requires continuous personal and work connectivity. But at the end of the day, they may walk out the door with your proprietary data on their devices.

This rapid consumerization of IT is already a reality around the globe.

Are you ready for this new fact of business life? Have you decided how to enable your workforce to optimize their productivity? Do you have a corporate mobility policy for monitoring data traffic?

Pour a cup of fresh java and join us for food for thought on Mobility: The Big Picture, Devices, Apps – and most important, IT’s role in securing your data as it goes mobile.

Click to listen on-demand at your convenience.

Our guest speakers:

Dan J. Mahowald, Vice President, Enterprise Mobility, SAP Americas, Inc., leads the North America Mobility Sales team and works with SAP’s Mobility Development Organization and Americas Executive Team to formulate mobility strategy. Prior to SAP, Dan held executive management positions at Siebel Systems, Inc. and Onyx Software Corporation. He founded the non-profit foundation to educate high school students on core business disciplines and leadership principles.  

Dan Ortega, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Mobility Products for Sybase, an SAP company. Dan’s 25 years of experience includes senior level marketing with Fortune 500 technologies for Wang Labs and Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible for product management/ marketing for secured communications and enterprise software systems. Previously, at Centigram Communications, he introduced mobile services to markets in Europe, Asia/Pac, Latin America, and the Middle East. For over a decade, Dan was a VP of Marketing for a series of successful start-ups in the mobile and analytics domains. 

Jack E. Gold is Founder and President at J.Gold Associates, LLC, a technology industry analyst firm. His 40-plus years in the computer and electronics industries include work in imaging, multimedia, technical computing, consumer electronics, software development and manufacturing systems. He is a leading authority on mobile, wireless and pervasive computing, advising clients on business analysis, strategic marketing and planning, architecture, product evaluation/selection and enterprise application strategies. Prior to J.Gold Associates, he held positions with META Group, Digital Equipment Corp. and Xerox.

The Future of BYOD

This post is the last in a series on industry insights gleaned from my conversation with MobileIron’s Ojas Rege, Vice President of Products and Marketing. In the first post we looked at the past of BYOD, the second examined how to implement BYOD today. We now turn our focus to the future of BYOD and the role IT.

For the last 20 to 30 years the enterprise productivity mind-set has been in a rut guided toward a fixed point; the desktop PC. That rut is slowly being washed away.  Yet in this, the twilight days of PCs era, the future is looking bright for mobile devices and IT professionals.  But, before we can shift away from the box under our desks to enterprise productivity via mobile devices and the cloud there are some gaps that need to be closed.

Specifically, there exist gaps in the current device capabilities that are holding back the future of enterprise mobility. Rege was emphatic that there are some must-haves, such as encryption, that are not uniformly supported on device platforms outside of iOS. For example, encryption on a Windows Phone is currently non-existent.  He was clear to point out that “this isn’t a knock against Windows Phone, they [Windows Phone] just aren’t there yet.” He went on to say that “both iOS and Android waited until version 3 to add encryption.” Android needs to mature in this area as well. While encryption exists in newer OS versions of Android it is still in the process of being rolled out to the entire device ecosystem. Rege mentioned that when it comes to the latest release of Android “it will take 6-9 months for all the devices to be upgraded.”  That doesn’t mean Android is out of the mix from an enterprise perspective though. Encryption can be handled by the MDM platform. As Rege noted, “MobileIron handles encryption for Android in the meantime.” Android would be greatly improved as an enterprise option when a unified security mechanism exists across all flavors of Android. The irony of the “Consumerization of IT” is that, though the consumer is the driving factor in introducing mobile devices in to the workplace, the consumer perspective will have to take a back seat to enterprise needs in order to make the evolution complete.

Key BYOD/MDM insight –To be relevant in the future of enterprise mobility, device OS’s must evolve beyond consumer requirements.

In a future dominated by a range of mobile devices as the primary means for enterprise productivity, where does IT fit in? IT personnel who want to stay on top of their game they will need to find their way in a mobile and app-centric world. “IT needs to provide a value add” and for Rege this means figuring out device specifications, enterprise apps, and how to manage them. “Those who figure it out will be the expert and will find it to have been a very good career move.” Rege also sees IT doing more with fewer resources.  He provided a great example of this with one of MobileIron’s customers who had 7 iPhones under management when they began using MobileIron 2 years ago. Now that same customer has 3000 devices being managed – and all by the same, single individual.  This individual is the point-person for the entire organization for all things mobile and has become an invaluable resource to that organization.

Key BYOD/MDM insight – Want to secure a future in IT? Make yourself a mobile ecosystem expert.

The future of BYOD is anything but completely defined. The boundaries are being tested every day – from corporate policy, to devices, to the app ecosystem, to security – there is an ever-changing environment to be navigated. There is a fantastic opportunity ahead for enterprising IT personnel who are not afraid to sail through these uncharted waters and become a key resource. To be successful, organizations will need to leverage a strong partner, like MobileIron, who has the depth and breadth to provide the platform and people to execute now and into the future of BYOD.

MobileIron, founded in 2007, simplifies the chaos of workplace smart devices and mobile apps. These devices and apps are today’s employee business computing solution of choice. More than 1,400 firms use MobileIron’s mobile device management software to reduce cost, risk, and usability challenges that traditional mobile device management strategies fail to address.

Benjamin Robbins is one of the founders of AdminBridge – providing IT Administration from mobile devices. For more information visit

By 2017, half of all employers will require workers to supply their own devices for work purposes. Also, Gartner says, enterprises that offer only corporately-owned smartphones or stipends to buy your own will soon become the exception to the rule. As enterprise BYOD programs proliferate, 38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016 and let them use their own, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.’s Executive Programs.

From the Article:

"In Prince William County, this school year marks the third for BYOD, and its use has been on the rise, said A.J. Phillips, supervisor of instructional technology services. The first year, high schools, for example, had an average of 45 active devices in use at any given time during the school day, and last year that average rose to 534.

“Every year I’ve seen an increase in the number of devices,” she said. Use varies by school and teacher, she said. “Like any tool in the classroom, some teachers are going to embrace it and some are not.”

If we are really wanting to help these kids that might be coming from poor situations, we need to rethink the practices that we already have in our schools to provide for them. For example, many schools have “computer labs” where we take kids once or twice a week, to do something with technology or allow them to type out an essay for us. This is not a good use of technology anymore and we should know better now. Technology should be at the point of instruction and be as accessible in learning as a pencil; it shouldn’t be an event. How many pencil labs do you have in your school?

6 Steps to Create an Effective BYOD Plan

With workplaces more mobile and interconnected than ever, many employees have the ability to work from home or on the go. While at first glance, having a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in your office can help with flexibility and cutting costs, it could also lead to security issues and major IT headaches if businesses aren’t too careful.

So what can managers and IT departments do to ensure the safety of company data and productivity of their employees?  Well, actually a lot.


BYOD – Fall In Love with IT All Over Again

I originally intended to have my discussion with Chris Perret, CEO of Nukona, only be a two part series. However, based upon the overwhelmingly positive feedback of Part I and Part II, it seemed almost criminal to move on to another topic without first getting his thoughts on the future. Fortunately, I was able to grab some more of Chris’ time for a follow-up discussion. I (and by your feedback many of you as well) was really interested to hear his take on what’s to come in a world of devices in the enterprise. I was anxious to skip the conversation ahead 10 years into the future but Chris first fittingly fashioned a starting point of ‘why’ as the beginning of our conversation of peering over the horizon.

“Why does mobility matter? Why does this notion of app-centric computing matter?” he started off. “The reason we love these devices, besides being elegant and beautiful pieces of engineering, is that it takes little to no effort to find an app to do what I want to do.” For Perret, mobility ultimately matters because of the efficiency and shared cost of services it can provide. He equates this “crowdsourcing of productivity” with mobility’s importance in the future of the enterprise. “Instead of starting from scratch to create an app that may only be useful to me and my organization I can now spend a few thousand for an entire ecosystem.” This, he also added, requires little to no training and allows for frictionless updates. Perret views this model as an irreversible trend. ‘Crowdsourcing for productivity’ will ultimately reduce the cost per user.  He believes there will still be app customization developed for line of business data and processes but it will be less than we see today in the enterprise.

BYOD Insight – Mobility matters in the long run because of the cost savings through ‘crowdsourcing productivity’.

Perret thinks that there is “an app for IT” (yes that is a play on words) that will emerge once the mobile ecosystem congeals and arrives at a point where people can find an app for anything they want to do. These enterprise apps will be delivered and managed through “an incredible app marketplace where further efficiencies will occur.” With apps that feature rich graphics, a new generation of workers will have apps they love and the ability to process data easier and faster.  As well, just as when the PC entered the workplace and it took some time to see the cost advantages, the same will be true in the mobile space. However, Perret says they are already seeing efficiencies with their “app for IT”. One of their larger enterprise customers leverages their enterprise marketplace for an intra-company competition, where the best apps compete for distribution. Development groups eagerly try to create the most efficient, best app for the company. Perret sees this as a win-win model for the future for business and IT. Perret states that “in the future, IT may not even be involved or responsible for app customization as different groups produce the apps required to do their job.”

BYOD Insight – The enterprise marketplace can be leveraged to bring continued incremental value.

When it comes to ITs future role in the company Perret has a very opportunistic outlook. “There was a period in time when IT was sexy, they had the coolest gadgets. However, in the last 10 years we have seen IT viewed as a cost-center and not critical to the line-of-business success.” Perret anticipates that a new golden age is approaching where IT has a chance to impact to the line-of-business by its willingness and ability. He envisions the problems to come as quite challenging. “IT is not going to be able to get by through performing simple checklists,” he stated. “The challenge is going to be figuring out how to make an app-centric world work for their respective communities.” Perret believes that IT is going to be an active partner again with line of business helping figure out ways to out-compete other organizations. “Dr. No (IT’s recent stereotype) isn’t going away, IT will still need to be thinking about security and compliance, but at the same time it is going to be fun – it’s going to be a blast!”

BYOD Insight – In the future, IT moves from being a cost-center to being a part of the critical-path to success!

Next we touched upon devices and what he sees in store for them. “I suspect there will be a new form of virtualization; virtualization of apps, platforms, and presence.” Perret thinks we need to get to where we have a virtual presence rather than a physical presence. This virtual presence will be “manifested on whatever ‘glass’ you are using at the moment.” Perret reasons that this presence, or persona, will be ubiquitous. “Picking up and putting down the ‘glass’ from one location to next - all the while maintaining your work persona, your personal persona, and perhaps other personals.” For Perret, it is critical that IT have the tools and services to manage these personas and the data they have access to. “It’s going to require more horsepower on the server-side, sophisticated information management, sophisticated security management, more data compression, and much better power management across the board for all devices.”

BYOD Insight – In the mobile future your ‘presence’ will proliferate from ‘glass’ to ‘glass’.

The future is never certain and Chris was careful to point out several times that his crystal ball is hazy for things further than 3 to 4 years out. Whatever hesitation he may have projecting the future, he more than overcomes with excitement and zeal that Nukona is “just starting to push the boundaries in mobility.” If the present vision is any indication, Nukona will surely help give enterprise a reason to love IT again!

About Nukona – Nukona has designed a unique enterprise-grade mobile management solution that delivers an outstanding, intuitive consumer-like app store user experience for employees, while also providing the level of management, control and security that IT requires to support data loss prevention and compliance on both personal and corporate devices. To learn more visit

Benjamin Robbins is one of the founders of AdminBridge – providing IT Administration from mobile devices. For more information visit