We’ve Been Listening

Thanks for the fantastic feedback about how you use MobileDay. We’ve been listening and, as a result, have implemented a few new things to make your work days even easier.

 

Changing Dial-In # And Guest Codes

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We know that sometimes you want to dial the toll number instead of the toll-free number, or vice-versa. MobileDay now makes it easy to choose a different dial-in #, extension, and guest code from within the meeting invite on your iPhone. Just tap the Call Edit button and choose your preferred number and MobileDay will insert them into the call sequence.

Click here to watch a 30 second video

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Ever have someone on a call complain about dialing all those codes? It’s now easy to send meeting attendees a link to download the MobileDay app directly from the meeting invite. Tap the Recommend button and choose to TXT or email your colleagues the link. You’ll be the office hero!

Stop Staring at the Keyboard, Use Siri

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Tired of entering text and not focusing on what is in front of you? Whether you’re running late to a meeting or need to update the meeting notes in Salesforce, you can add text by simply tapping the microphone button on the keyboard and speaking your text. Just make sure Siri is turned ‘On’ under Settings.

Click here to watch a 30 second video

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Boulder Startup Week

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This week marks the fourth annual Startup Week here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. The event is a five-day celebration of the city’s thriving startup community, featuring networking events, coffee shop pow-wows, a huge Ignite event, and a variety of parties, presentations and activities.

From the Boulder Startup Week website:
“Founded in 2010, Boulder Startup Week is a five-day celebration of the startup community in Boulder, Colorado. There is no registration required – come as you are. While there is a titular focus on startups, many of the larger tech companies in the area contribute to the vitality of the event, much as they contribute to the vitality of the city. Over the course of five days in May, local startups open their doors to welcome any and all to the community by way of free events, meetups, sessions, parties and hootenannies.

The goal of Boulder Startup Week is to strengthen ties in the Boulder startup community, and foster Boulder’s startup growth by inviting new people and ideas to join.

We want entrepreneurs, investors, developers and the tech-addled to experience what it’s like to be here in the hope that they’ll decide to join us full-time one day. Boulder is full of tech transplants, people who caught the Boulder bug and settled here in the last few years. We never get tired of hearing that story, and we hope you’ll add yours to the pile.”

Primary sponsors of the event include SendGrid, Slice of Lime, and Metzger Associates with additional support from Gnip, Pivotal Labs, and many more. The event kicks off today, and a full schedule of events can be found here: Boulder Startup Week 2013 Schedule 

Tomorrow, May 16th, PivotDesk and supporting sponsor, Edgelink, will be hosting a Startup Crawl. Participants will get the opportunity to check out the offices of 20+ local startups including MobileDay! The event is free, and starts at 1:30pm at Shine restaurant. There will be free beer provided by Dry Dock, Ska Brewing, and Upslope, and there will be a variety food available along the way. More information and a complete list of participating companies can be found here: Boulder Startup Crawl

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What is One-Touch Conferencing?

When it comes to Mobile Conferencing, what does ‘One-Touch Access’ actually mean?

One-Touch Into Any Meeting, Hands Free Dialing, Conference Calling, Easy, Mobile Conferencing Call AppAlthough commonly used in the world of conference call services, the term ‘One-Touch Access’ lends itself to a broad range of possible definitions. In our opinion, it shouldn’t matter whether a conference service requires you to enter one code or three – joining should always be as simple as a single touch. In light of its rising popularity, we’d like to take a moment to touch upon our definition of one-touch conferencing and outline the key features of the MobileDay app that simplifies conference calling on iPhone and Android.

 

  1. Auto-detection of conference calls within calendar invites

  2. Custom dialing sequences for each conference number

  3. Auto-recognition and dialing when you’re the host

  4. Carrier and location specific dialing

  5. Dynamic Dialing based on location at time of call

Auto-detection of conference calls - As a guest to any meeting, you have litte control over the format that the host uses to provide the conference details. We know this, that’s why MobileDay’s call detection logic has been built to recognize a wide range of conference formats and terms so that you’re notified each time you have a call.
Custom Dialing Sequences - All conference phone numbers are not the same, and the use of generic dialing sequences often fails. The MobileDay App takes care of this for you by identifying and applying the sequence for each conference number. In addition, the app also accounts for the different device and OS dialing behaviors.
Hosting Calls - When joining a call that you host, it’s rare that you dial the same codes and extraneous characters as your guests. A truly One-Touch service recognizes when you are the host, and knows to dial you in using your custom host sequence. It may be easier to remember your own codes, but we prefer to remember and dial them for you so you can keep your eyes on the road and stay focused on what’s important.
Carrier-specific Rules - Depending on where you are and where you are calling, your carrier may require that you dial into the conference call a little differently. For example, certain Canadian mobile carriers require a ’1′ to be dialed first when making a long-distance call but do not require it when it’s a local call. For a one-touch experience, the MobileDay app handles this without your involvement.
Dynamic Dialing - Companies often have more than one phone number to join the same conference call. Even within the US, companies may have a combination of toll and toll-free numbers to get on the same call. In many cases, one of these numbers is cheaper to use than the other based on the location of the phone at the time of the call. By leveraging the phone’s location, the MobileDay app can recognize which phone number is the cheapest to use when the call is being placed and auto-insert the number in the sequence. This is done automatically so that the employee can still benefit from One-Touch access while the company saves money by ensuring that the lowest cost dial-in number is used for the call. A win-win situation all around!
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Top 10 Mobile Apps to Make Your Life Easier

MobileDay Favorites: 10 Mobile Apps Designed to Save you Time, Money, and Stress

MobileDay was created to make life easier for the busy professional. In the rapidly growing world of mobile apps, finding the right ones to save you time is essential. Here are ten time-saving apps we’ve found that are sure to increase your productivity:

 

TripIt

Price: Free (with ads) or Pro: $49/yr
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

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The TripIt mobile app organizes all of your travel documents into one easily-accessible itinerary. Now your confirmation numbers, boarding times, and terminal numbers are all just a click away. For $49 per year, you can upgrade to TripIt Pro, which enables features like mobile alerts (for gate changes, delays, and cancellations), refund information, alternate flight suggestions, and complimentary VIP memberships to business lounges and car rental clubs.

GateGuru

Price: Free
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

GateGuru Mobile App Save Time Travel App

GateGuru separates itself from other travel apps by focusing on the “day-of” experience. Think Yelp for airports – whether you’re looking for a good meal during your layover or the best place to grab a last minute souvenir, GateGuru has you covered. Pro-Tip: You can connect and sync your GateGuru account to TripIt or KAYAK for the ultimate personalized travel app experience.

Fancy Hands

Price: Various Monthly Plans
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS

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Fancy Hands caught our attention last month when it was featured on techcrunch. The concept is unique – its an app that acts as your personal assistant. Fancy Hands allows you to type or leave a voice message instructing a member of their team to tackle any number of life’s tedious tasks (such as scheduling an oil change, making dinner reservations, or finding a new doctor and setting up an appointment). The app is free, but the service is based on a flat monthly fee, ranging from $25 to $65 depending upon the number of requests.

Mint.com

Price: Free
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

Mint.com Mobile App Money Saving Save Time Saving iPhone Application

If Fancy Hands is your personal assistant, the Mint.com app is your personal accountant. It compiles balances, transaction history, and other financial information from all of your accounts and organizes it all into one place. It will also suggest ways for you to save money and send you automatic alerts (like bill reminders) via text or email. If security is a concern, fear not – Mint.com uses 128-bit SSL encryption and all data is protected and validated by VeriSign and TRUSTe.

Waze

Price: Free
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

Waze Mobile App GPS Navigation Social Time Saving App

Waze is revolutionizing the way people use GPS services. In addition to turn-by-turn navigation, Waze offers a social experience, where people can share real-time road and traffic updates. The app has a game-like appeal by incorporating a scoreboard system, enabling its users to level up from a “Waze baby” to “Waze royalty.” The company utilizes user input to update its servers daily – a development brought to light when a White House representative asked Waze to push notifications about gas stations to New Yorkers struggling to find gas during Hurricane Sandy. The company then asked its users for updates, prompting an enormous rate of responses. Whether your tired of your iPhone’s navigation or you just want a more exciting GPS experience, we highly suggest downloading this app.

Evernote

Price: Free
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

Evernote Mobile App Sticky Note Reminder Text Voice Snapshot Save Time Organize Productivity

Named a “Top 10 Must-Have App” by the New York Times, Evernote is a great tool for increasing productivity and personal organization.This app lets you take notes, snap photos, record voice memos, and create lists – it then saves all of this information into an organized, searchable database. Even cooler, the app uses cloud storage, allowing you to sync and access the data from any device.

TurboScan

Price: $1.99
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS

TurboScan Mobile App Time Saving Money Saving Scanner App

For $1.99, TurboScan turns your phone into a scanner, allowing you to avoid the cost, bulk, and hassle of a traditional machine. After taking a picture of the document and cropping the image frame, TurboScan uses a feature called “perspective adjustment” to generate a high quality digital image. The app also offers a feature called “SureScan 3x” which has you take three photos of the document to produce an even higher quality image.

WiFi Finder

Price: Free
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

WiFi Finder Mobile App Free Wireless Internet Save Time saving

The name is pretty self explanatory on this one. JiWire Inc developed a world-wide database for free and paid public WiFi hotspots. It is location-enabled, so you can find nearby hotspots, and it will differentiate between the free and paid locations using pins on a map. To make it more convenient, the app also lets you filter your search by provider or venue type.

Fast Customer

Price: Free
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

FastCustomer Mobile App Save time Customer Service Waiting time-saving

Rejoice! The wait is over! This app enables one-touch calling to direct support lines for more than 2,000 companies, but get this: it will wait on hold for you and call you back once the customer service rep is on the line. Even without the app, Easy Customer offers a number that you can text a company’s name to and the respective customer service rep will call you back. Download this app and never waste time on hold again.

MobileDay

Price: Free or Sales: $5.99/mo.
Download Mobile App: Apple iOS / Android

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Last but certainly not least, is our own MobileDay app. Putting all biases aside, MobileDay is a crucial time-saving tool for any business professional. The app allows for one-touch access into any conference call service and conveniently integrates your phone’s calendar, dialer, contacts, maps, and email. Mobileday works with any voice conference, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google+ Hangouts, FaceTime, Skype Audio, and even interoperates with Talkatone to enable unlimited VoIP dialing through Google Voice. For $5.99 a month, you can upgrade to MobileDay Sales, which auto-updates call and event data to Salesforce and enables customizable smart messaging and MyDay calendar view.

 

Salesforce.com Recognizes Latest MVPs

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Last week, via their blog, Salesforce.com released their Spring 2013 list of distinguished MVPs:

“It’s that time again to recognize a fresh crop of Salesforce MVPs. This marks our 7th class of MVPs, and the talent just keeps getting stronger and stronger. Not only do we have 24 brand new MVPs, we also have 22 that have been re-rewarded MVP status and will be serving another year with us!

The MVP Program has been around since December 2011, and recognizes exceptional individuals from within the Salesforce Community for their leadership, expertise and ongoing contributions. These individuals answer countless questions and tweets, write helpful blogs, lead user groups, submit top ideas, write and share complex formulas, share best practices and much, much more!” (click here to view the original article)

New Spring ’13 MVPs

Brent Downey (@brentdowney)

Peter Churchill (@britishboyindc)

Chris Zullo (@chriszullo)

Kevin Poorman (@codefriar)

Ryan Ozimek (@cozimek)

James Loghry (@dancinllama)

David Habib (@DavidJHabib)

Ehren Foss (@ehrenfoss)

Eric Dreshfield (@ericdresh)

Gorav Seth (@goravseth)

Jackie Travieso (@JackieForce)

Maria Belli (@JustAGirlyGeek)

Kevin O’Hara (@kevino80)

Launa Saunders (@LaunaSaunders)

Mary Pustejovsky (@mpusto)

Edward Schlicksup (@SchlicksupE)

Kayla Longe (@seriouslykyla)

Steven Herod (@sherod)

Thomas Taylor (@tet3)

James Garfield (@James__Garfield)

David Cheng

Kathy Lueckeman

Jonathan LaRosa

Andrew Fawcett (@andyinthecloud)

Re-rewarded Spring ’13 MVPs

Ankit Arora (@forceguru)

Cory Cowgill (@corycowgill)

Adam Bataran (@AdamBataran)

Aiden Martin (@amartin_nl)

Amber Neill (@amber9904)

Andrew Gross (@MrNeatHawk)

Andy Ognenoff (@aognenoff)

David Pier (@davidpier)

Deepa Patel (@HalakConsulting)

Elizabeth Davidson (@eliz_beth)

Geraldine Gray (@GeraldineGray)

Jared Miller (@jaredemiller)

Jason Atwood (@JasonMAtwood)

Jason Paquette (@PaquetteJason)

Jason Venable (@TehNrd)

Jennifer Phillips (@CRMjen)

Judi Sohn (@judis217)

Justin Edelstein (@JustEdelstein)

Marco Casalaina (@amrcn_werewolf)

Matt Lamb (@SFDCMatt)

Nik Panter (@nikpanter)

Scott Hemmeter (@arrowpointe)

We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the Spring 2013 MVPs, and encourage them to try MobileDay Sales - our newest version of the app that works with Salesforce to save its users valuable time.

Take a look at what Salesforce MVP Jeff Grosse (@CRMFYI) had to say about MobileDay’s new features in his latest blog post, or download the free MobileDay app in iTunes or Google Play.

 

Top 7 Reasons to Stop Dialing Your Smartphone

As telecommuting and globalization continue to change how we work, conference calls have become necessary to connect colleagues, partners and customers around the world. The point of teleconferencing is not to focus on the hardware and the tools, but focus on the actual collaboration with your team. There are many collaboration tools available for virtual meetings including voice, visuals and video.  Some examples are conference call bridges for audio; WebEx and GoToMeeting for visual; and Vidyo, Skype or Google+ Hangouts for video. Over the years some users found these services somewhat complicated and difficult to use. Today you can connect to your co-workers with just one touch. Here are six great reasons to do so with the free MobileDay smartphone app.

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  1. You might drop the call

We’ve all had dropped calls when mobile. When you cell phone disconnects you from the conference call you’ll have to dial in again. You’ll have to remember or look up the conference code, and you’ll have missed part of the discussion and depending on your importance to the dialogue, wasted other’s time. Reconnect to your meeting with just one touch and spend less time catching up.

  1. Keep yourself and those around you safe

For those on the road dialing into a conference call can be dangerous. Don’t endanger yourself by attempting to dial while driving in the name of productivity. Dialing in with MobileDay takes just one touch – so you can focus on keeping everyone around you safe.

  1. Don’t bring dialing frustration into the agenda

Have you ever dialed into a conference call late for the start of the call? Have you ever misdialed a long code and have had to start all over, making you late? Don’t let such frustrations create a rocky start for your meetings. Join your colleagues accurately, quickly and efficiently at the right time every time. 

  1. Looking for conference call details

Where’s the info for this conference call? Is it in your email? Your calendar? Did you tell Susan and Matt to join you on your line? Weekly conference call but you forgot the conference code? With the ability to connect to your conference lines with one touch at your fingertips you’ll never rummage for conference call details again!

  1. Lots of conference calls

How many conference calls do you join every week? Every day? How much time do you spend writing down the phone numbers and conference codes then carefully typing them in? Dialing in with just one touch can save you hours a month!

  1. Running late/Multitasking

When you don’t have a minute to spare, why waste any time dialing twenty digits to connect with your colleagues? Now you can fire off that last email while dialing into your conference call, or quickly review the agenda.

7. It’s just easier

Hitting a single button is far easier than remembering or writing down #’s and pass codes with up to 25 digits and prompts.

So use MobileDay.  You’ll love it.

Top 6 Blogs for Frequent Flyers

I am somewhat of a road warrior, where I am in my car a lot. Personally, I travel by airline a lot less for business now being in a startup with an eye on the budget. Technology is an equalizer here. Web applications, mobile apps and the internet on my smartphone and my iPad provide me with the business tools to get work done.  Frequent flyers for business have an equal need to remain productive when mobile.

In my own experience I found that life on a plane is not that difficult, rather, it’s the planning, scheduling and work in between that can get our of hand.  Here are a few notable resources for frequent flying business people to help become more efficient when not ‘wheel up’.

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The Middle Seat Terminal - @middleseat
The Wall St Journal’s frequent flyer blog provides industry news, booking strategies including this great guide to when it’s worth paying for flyer status.

The Points Guy@thepointsguy
All the latest miles and frequent flyer credit cards deals plus hotel and airline reviews to help you maximize the return from your frequent flyer miles, credit card points and hotel points.

UPGRD@upgrd
Two dozen travel bloggers review their experiences, top-tier travel amenities, and how to leverage your points to get the upgrade for cheaper.

FlyerTalk@flyertalk
The world’s most popular frequent flyer community provides blogs and forums to discuss the latest industry news and rewards programs

Road Warriorette @RoadWarriorette
Besides reviewing frequent flyer programs, this blog reviews luggage and other travel accessories, covers travel etiquette and questions about TSA security screenings from a woman’s perspective.

Frugal Travel Guy@frugaltravelguy
Rick Ingersoll, the Frugal Travel Guy, provides hints and tips on “seeing the world at prices you can afford” for both leisure and business. Which rewards credit card has no foreign transaction fee? How do you spend a week in Cape Town on rewards points alone? Read his blog to find out.

BYOD: Mobile Device Management (MDM) Matters

The use of personal devices in business continues to be a growing IT trend. Some call it the “Consumerization of IT”, where employees make a personal choice on what hardware they desire to use to do their job, be it a laptop, smartphone or other. Some experts view this as boon for IT hardware expense reduction while others see trouble ahead in the form of data security and unnecessary additional expense due to managing those initially rogue devices. The shared value is usually around employee productivity. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) leads to Bring Your Own App (BYOA) as a personal device choice leads to more personal choices on which apps make an employee more efficient. Giving the employee the choice on which device to use provides a level of satisfaction and freedom to work how, where and when they want, a clear indication of why this trend is so prominent.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is software that helps IT teams monitor, manage and secure any mobile devices a company, including those brought by the employees. Distribution and configuration of devices and apps are now centrally managed to control the security risk and ultimately the cost.

There are a lot of companies that develop and provide MDM software to manage the increasing number of mobile devices used by employees. Of them, here are 6 popular choices for a CIO or IT manager to choose from.

MDM company and analyst information via – Solutions Review

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  • Overview: Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software 2011, MobileIron is solving the problems CIOs face as business data and applications move to smartphones and tablets. The MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform and the MobileIron Connected Cloud are the first solutions to give IT and users real-time intelligence and control over mobile content, activity, and apps in order to secure the enterprise, reduce wireless cost, and improve the mobile user experience.
  • Gartner: “MobileIron launched its product in September 2009, and has seen very quick growth in sales, mind share and market share, outselling most MDM platforms in the past year. Built from the ground up, it is solely focused on mobility management, incorporating the Virtual Smartphone Platform (VSP) architecture to support security, data visibility, application management and access control. It does not provide encryption or VPN capabilities outside of what is provided on the device. MobileIron was one of the first vendors to combine MDM with network service management.”

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  • Overview: AirWatch is the global leader and innovator of enterprise-grade smartphone security and mobile device management solutions. Positioned in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software 2011, AirWatch helps to deploy, secure, track and manage an enterprise’s entire fleet of Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Windows 7 devices.
  • Gartner: “Has done a good job scaling its business during the past year…one of the more innovative companies, adding features before most of its competitors.”
  • Forrester: “AirWatch boasts both strong on-premises and hosted MDM and WLAN management solutions.”

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  • Overview: Good Technology combines award-winning enterprise-grade mobile security and control with an exceptional user experience, allowing enterprise and government employees to connect, communicate, and collaborate on iPads™, iPhones®, Android™, Windows Phone and other leading smartphone platforms. Good opens new possibilities for maximizing business and personal productivity by providing secure, easy-to-use, and instant mobile access to email, collaboration, application, document editing and device management capabilities on iOS and Android devices. Good also enables secure mobile application and secure, custom social media platform development.
  • Gartner: “Good for Enterprise is a mobility suite that supports mobile collaboration with strong support for security and management. The main components of the suite include: Good Mobile Control, for MDM; Good Mobile Access, for secure access to corporate data; Good Mobile Messaging, for secure wireless email. Good Technology’s MDM and security capabilities are sold as part of the entire mobility suite (i.e., not sold as individual products) and require the adoption of Good Mobile Messaging product for wireless email, including Good’s email client. It replaces the email server’s native mobile support. Through its native email client, it enforces separation between corporate and personal data; however, many MDM capabilities are available in the email client only. Good Technology provides the strongest implementation of containerization for the email client, on iOS, Android and Symbian devices. It also supports data leakage prevention (e.g., prohibiting the saving of email attachments outside the container).”

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  • Overview: Symantec Mobile Management provides strong and complete policy management across the widest range of mobile platforms. Functionality around centralized control, user enrollment, configuration management, application distribution and helpdesk management facilitate comprehensive lifecycle management of devices irrespective of the type and ownership. In addition to MDM, Symantec’s mobility portfolio helps secure remote access using strong authentication and helps to protect information using encryption, data loss prevention and anti-malware. As these capabilities are built on a scalable platform used to manage thousands of endpoints, enterprises can enable large mobile deployments confidently and efficiently.
  • Gartner: “Acquired Odyssey Software after the end of the evaluation period and will fully integrate its console and mobile DLP solution into the Symantec security solution, SMM. SMM provides Symantec’s first competitive entry in the MDM market.”

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  • Overview: Zenprise is the leader in secure mobile device management. Only Zenprise protects all layers of the mobile enterprise, keeping organizations secure and compliant. Zenprise MobileManger™ and Zencloud™ let IT say “yes” to mobile device choice while safeguarding sensitive corporate data, shielding the network from mobile threats, and maintaining compliance with regulatory and corporate policies. This gives IT peace of mind, lets executives take their businesses mobile, and makes employees productive while on the go. Whether delivered as an on-premise mobile device management server or cloud solution, Zenprise MobileManager lets you manage the device lifecycle across every major platform—iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. And do so with the industry’s easiest-to-use solution.
  • Gartner: “Zenprise has done a good job in increasing visibility among midsize and large companies during the past year, and continues to innovate and lead in vision for the MDM market.”

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  • Overview: Fiberlink is the recognized leader in software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure enterprise mobile device and application management. Its cloud-based MaaS360 platform provides IT organizations with mobility intelligence and control over mobile devices, applications and content to enhance the mobile user experience and keep corporate data secure across smartphones, tablets and laptops. MaaS360 helps companies monitor the expanding suite of mobile operating systems, including Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Named by Network World as the Clear Choice Test winner for mobile device management solutions and honored with the 2012 Global Mobile Award for “Best Enterprise Mobile Service” at Mobile World Congress, MaaS360 is used to manage and secure more than one million endpoints globally.
  • Forrester: “Despite being a relative newcomer to the MDM space, Fiberlink’s single pane of glass, web-based console and experience with and commitment to security and compliance in the cloud computing arena has earned the vendor traction with the US federal government and a place on customers’ shortlists.”
  • Gartner: “Fiberlink’s MaaS360 Platform is a pure MDM cloud services offering, for organizations aiming to support both corporate and personal devices. Existing embedded platforms (BES, EAS and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler) are included in MaaS360 management via a single “cloud extender” agent that is deployed in the LAN.”

10 Tips for Hosting a Productive Conference Call

conference_call_We’ve all had dreadful conference calls. You know the kind – the ones that drag on forever without accomplishing much at all, the ones where you get static, echoes and the sound of someone eating their lunch, the ones that get dominated by one speaker. Now that joining conference calls and online meetings from your mobile phone is easier than ever before, here are 10 tips on making them more productive.

1. Share the agenda with all participants

Would you call a meeting if you didn’t have an agenda? No! Why waste the time? Send the agenda early on so the participants will have time to prepare before the call. You will get more done when everyone is prepared. Agendas will also keep participants focused and allow for easy transitions.

2. Start on time

Waiting for everyone irritates those who were on time and rewards the laggards. Instead, reward those who were on time by starting the call when it was scheduled.

3. Have everyone introduce themselves

As a way of easing into the discussion, have everyone say their name, role and location. Participants will feel more comfortable when they know whom they’re addressing.

4. Gently remind everyone to mute their phone when not speaking

Odds are someone will be dialing in via their mobile phone, on speakerphone, or both! Eliminate the sounds of static, echoes and background noise by having everyone mute their lines. Remind landline callers not to place the call on hold and remind everyone to unmute themselves before speaking. Become familiar with how to mute with your conference call setup.

5. Address everyone by their name and role or location

If participants are unfamiliar with each other, refer to everyone by their name and location, i.e. “How do you see this, Nancy in New York?” This way everyone knows who’s talking and gives perspective to their comments.

6. If the call is scheduled for over an hour plan for breaks

Participants will need time to freshen up – get some water or coffee, use the restroom. Scheduling these breaks avoids a disruption during an important discussion.

7. Keep notes on who is and isn’t contributing

Encourage everyone to contribute. Quiet participants may need some persuading.

8. Summarize and review actions

At the end of the meeting, summarize the findings and ask each participant to go over their action items. This will bring everyone to the same page and let everyone know what to expect from each other.

9. Share meeting notes with all participants

Make sure everyone receives a summary of the meeting including the list of attendees, what was discussed, a brief summary and action steps. This will help everyone reference the meeting and keep track of their action items.

10. Dial into your conference with MobileDay

Don’t get worked up before the meeting digging around your email looking for the dial-in info and then trying to dial all those codes! Let MobileDay dial you in with just one touch and make it simple to set up conference calls! MobileDay is a free conference calling app for iPhone and Android.  http://mobileday.com for more info.

Thanks for reading. Have you got more great conference call tips?  Please leave a comment and add to the discussion.

The MobileDay JAMBOX Giveaway – Enter for FREE

Enter to win a JAMBOX™ by Jawbone, from MobileDay™ so you can CONFERENCE ON THE GO!

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JAMBOX by Jawbone

With a powerful, built-in microphone, JAMBOX, frees you to share crisp, clean-sounding conference calls anywhere – in the office, car, at home, alone or with a group. No more garbled, hard-to-hear chatter through your mobile phone or computer, no more being tied down by phone lines. Just crisp, clean wireless conference calls from your phone or computer. It’s also perfect for sharing video chats via iChat®, Skype®, Google Talk™ and more.

With MobileDay, you can now One-Touch into all the meetings on your smartphone calendar and use the JAMBOX in the conference room, your car or even in the park!  MobileDay operates with aall the conference calls in your calendar, including WebEx™, GoToMeeting™ and Google+ Hangouts™. Just a tap on the MobileDay app and you are in!

Participants may enter for free by:

1.)  Downloading the free MobileDay app at: http://mobileday.com/

2.)  Retweeting or sharing the MobileDay app message link to http://mobileday.com/ with others via: Twitter or Facebook.

3.)  Becoming a follower of MobileDay on Twitter (@MobileDayApp) and/or Facebook (http://facebook.com/MobileDayApp) to find out if you are a winner.

 

JAMBOX by Jawbone

MobileDay Inc. (“MobileDay”) Official Rules: MobileDay JAMBOX, Giveaway Terms & Conditions

No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win: MobileDay will give away one (1) ultra-portable JAMBOX by Jawbone (Retail value $199.99) that will be delivered to the winner via parcel post when winner is selected. The MobileDay Giveaway is open and offered only to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, 18 years of age and older.

How to Enter: Participants enter for free by:

1.)  Downloading the free MobileDay app at: http://mobileday.com/

2.)  Retweeting or sharing the MobileDay app message assigned using the http://mobileday.com/ link with others via: Twitter and/or Facebook.

3.)  Becoming a follower of MobileDay on Twitter (@MobileDayApp) and/or Facebook (http://facebook.com/MobileDayApp) to find out if you are a winner.

Participants may enter from December 14, 2012, until Midnight EST December 31, 2012. No purchase is necessary. LIMIT: ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON. Award date is December 28, 2012. Winners will be notified via private message on Twitter or available email and must respond within 5 business days or another winner will be selected.

Winner Selection and Notification: Winners will be determined via random selection of qualified entrants by MobileDay. Odds of winning are determined by number of qualified participants. Please ensure accurate name and contact information for verification and potential prize fulfillment purposes. Any attempt by an entrant to enter or participate contrary to these Official Rules will result in disqualification, at MobileDay’s discretion. Any attempt by an entrant to enter more than once will result in disqualification.

JAMBOX by Jawbone

JAMBOX by Jawbone

Eligibility: Eligible participants must be legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, at least 18 years of age, and not an employee or family member of MobileDay. Prizes cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash. Prizes will not be fulfilled outside the 50 United States or DC. Entries generated by robotic, programmed, script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process will be disqualified.

MobileDay is not responsible for any taxes generated by prize award. MobileDay is not liable for issues arising from the use of the Jawbone JAMBOX device, apps or associated services.

By accepting Giveaway, winner agrees to allow MobileDay to publish their name and release MobileDay from any and all liabilities that may arise from the use of the Jawbone JAMBOX.

MobileDay is not affiliated with nor partnered with Jawbone on this promotion.

Offer void where prohibited.