The Bring Your Own Device movement is not new, however with small business now having equal access to the Cloud as its larger competitors, BYOD should now be considered alongside that cloud takeup.
What Is BYOD?
Quite simply the notion behind Bring Your Own Device is simple. Rather than our Gen Y and now Millenials being expected to perform on something that belongs in a museum, they may choose to bring to work their own iPad, Macbook Pro or other device of choice to work on.
Said Gen Y and Millenials argue they will be more content and more productive working on their pride and joy gadget, and also have the flexibility of working out of hours – bonus. Or is it?
Why, and Why Not To BYOD
The advantages of BYOD far outweigh the disadvantges.
Some things to consider are this: Security, Support and Insurance claims. Should said multi-thousand dollar device be damaged whilst at the workplace or being used for work purposes, who’s policy will cover the replacement? Your insurance broker should be able to tailer a BYOD package to suit.
Your IT department will need to broaden their knowledge outside of the simple PC / Server architecture, however for Gen Y and now Millenial Network Admins, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. You could always lock the choices down to a few devices to keep things manageable.
Access at its most crudest could be kept to a secure Remote Desktop Connection, only allowing connection to the device and user account in the allowed hours of operation. Best Practice Active Directory management would ensure User Access is also restricted.
As Public and Private cloud environments gain increasing traction, the argument of access and reliable provision of services becomes almost nul and void.
Cloud Vendors do need to be Brand Agnostic in their rollouts though for maximum market penetration.
Cashflow Positive Initiative
Another benefit to the small business owner is cashflow. Whether or not you choose to provide employees with an allowance, per Kraft in the USA (who gives their employees a Device Stipend), or not depends on your requirements and BYOD Policy.
There is a real advantage to work with your employee here and show you really are an avant-garde employer.
Why not come to a Salary Sacrifice arrangement with your employee (seek Tax Advice first!), then offer to rent the device back from your Employee?
Or simply pay your Employees a Technology Allowance so they can buy the latest tech of choice safe in the knowledge the Allowance will cover the costs. The Employee simply claims the cost of the gadget in their personal income tax return (again seek Tax Advice first!).
However, the Australian Taxation Office have declared that iPads have substantially the same functionality as laptops hence would be treated the same as laptops in tax claims.
So what are you waiting for, you’ve implemented some cloud technologies, you’re considering moving to Private Cloud, now take the final step and outsource your hardware to your Employees. They will love you for it.
If you enjoyed Red Dead Redemption and just can’t get enough of that gun totin’, horsey ridin’, Wild West open roaming fun, then you are in for a treat thanks to Gameloft today.
Gameloft, makers of the hugely successful Asphalt series amongst others, have released Six Guns for Android, and best of all it’s free.
Saldy though, it won’t install on our Asus Transformer, but looks fantastic on our Galaxy S II with Ice Cream Sandwich.
From the Developer:
“Discover a wilder West than you ever imagined. Play for free, make the enemy pay
Explore a truly enormous and open Wild West frontier full of cowboys, bandits and more…unnatural enemies in this third person shooter adventure game.
Play for free: Make your enemies pay!
Buck Crosshaw never shot a man who didn’t deserve it, but now he’s an outlaw who had to fake his own death and escape to Arizona. But in escaping one evil, Buck is about to face another, for an ancient and wicked force stirs in the hills of this mysterious region.
A WILD FRONTIER
Freely explore an open world set in Arizona and Oregon full of events, mystery and challenges for you to discover as you become completely immersed in the story and the action. But don’t be fooled by this land’s beauty – outlaws, vampires & many other unnatural foes lurk in every shadow.
ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE
Take on 40 missions with a great variety of tasks for you to overcome. You’ll race horses, take out robbers, fend off waves of enemies and more along the way!
In this kill-or-be-killed land, you’ll need to unlock all 8 different horses, 19 weapons and a wide selection of clothes, ammo and other items to help you on your adventure.
PLAY FOR FREE
Free games have never been this deep or fun! It costs you nothing to download and play the game to the end!
For fans of FPS, action games, shooting games, action games free Android games”
Here’s the link, go get it!
We are sharing this excellent information from Android Australia, as we felt it was just what the Doctor ordered and is right on the money!
So thanks to Josh Berg from Android Australia, here is the complete and concise list, right up to date!
Now without further to do, here it is:
Official statement has been made stating that certain phones will receive the much sought after update. This includes:
- Sensation - rollouts to begin in March 2012.
- Sensation XL
- Sensation XE - rollouts to begin in March 2012.
- Velocity 4G - Update received!
- EVO 3D
- Desire S
- Desire HD
- Incredible S
If you’re in America or have an American phone, HTC will also offer support for the
- Sensation 4G
- EVO Design 4G
- Amaze 4G
- DROID Incredible 2
- Incredible S
Let’s hope Telstra’s newly announced 4G phone, the HTC Velocity, will have an upgrade heading its way. For the first 4G phone in Australia it would be preposterous if it were to miss out on some Ice Cream Sandwich UPDATED: HTC Velocity 4G to be updated to Android 4.0 ICS.
Please read our article about the future of HTC Sense and Android 4.0
Sadly the Samsung Galaxy S and the original Galaxy Tab will not be receiving the update. However, Samsung has made up for the bad news with a long list of devices to be updated -
- Galaxy S II - Vodafone are in testing, while Optus and Telstra have stated an early April roll out. European countries and Korea have begun receiving the update!
- Galaxy S II 4G
- Galaxy S II HD
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy R
- Galaxy Tab 7.0
- Galaxy Tab 7.7
- Galaxy Tab 8.9 - said to receive the update shortly (as of March 15th)
- Galaxy Tab 10.1 - said to receive the update shortly (as of March 15th)
Samung’s updates are expected to be rolled out to phones at some point in Q1 2012, with rumours circulating that most upgrades will arrive around April.
Motorola have a relatively ‘quiet’ list, with only three devices expecting (one already receiving!) updates.
- RAZR - rollouts begin in Q2 2012.
- XOOM WiFi – rollouts begin in Q2 2012.
- XOOM WiFi + 3G
- XOOM 2 – rollouts begin in Q3 2012.
- XOOM 2 Media Edition – rollouts begin in Q3 2012.
- ATRIX 2 – rollouts begin in Q3 2012.
The newly released quad-core Transformer Prime has already been issued the upgrade. The original Transformer (TF101) has also now received the tasty goodness of Ice Cream Sandwich.
According to Tablet Online (in Polish), the A100, A101, A500 and A501 tablets will be upgraded in early 2012. UPDATE: The Australian sector of ACER have also confirmed that the A200 will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
The HP TouchPad has life again! Although ICS on HP’s abandoned device doesn’t do any more than boot up at this point, it is still something! For all of you who grabbed one for $99 in the famous fire sale, I envy you!
A more stable and refined ICS edition for the TouchPad is expected in the first half of 2012.
Sony have stated they will be rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the entire 2011 Xperia line.
This includes the:
- Xperia Arc
- Xperia Arc S
- Xperia PLAY
- Xperia Neo
- Xperia Neo V
- Xperia Mini
- Xperia Mini Pro
- Xperia Pro
- Xperia Active
Sony have also announced that the Sony Tablet S will be receiving the update in Q1 2012.
Source: Android Australia