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.

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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.

Sales Productivity – Evolve with Mobile

Sales is a business discipline that is really a life skill as much as it drives revenue for businesses. Becoming effective at sales is crucial to both a business and in our role citizens. The art of selling evolves over time and is often supplemented with technology. Increased quotas and a fixed time to achieve them say you’ve got evolve to survive. Productivity is a key to sales success, especially when you are mobile. Technology has long contributed to effective marketing and sales via the web. It’s difficult to argue that now mobile sales and marketing prowess are a large part of that evolution and a contributing factor of sales success. Some would say that grasping mobile technology is paramount to becoming productive and therefore more effective as a salesperson. It’s also not just about the hardware like iPhones, Android smartphones or tablets like the iPad. The mobile apps available to you in sales can help to leverage the devices that you have invested in and sell more effectively.

Don’t just take it from me. In no particular order, here are a few experts in sales and marketing that I spend time following who have opinions on this topic of mobile sales and marketing.

Donal Daly, Dealmaker365 (@dealmaker365)

“Unless mobile is a core element of the strategic plan of any business, the business will face severe challenges over the next few short years. For business strategists, marketers, sellers and buyers alike, mobile is becoming the hub around which business revolves.”

Donal Daly’s blog is a wonderful collection of deeply insightful content that goes into the heart of developing global trends that could have a profound impact on how sales are done. The blog also focuses in on changes that can be made to the traditional sales model.

http://sales20network.com/blog/

Anthony Iannarino, The Sales Blog (@iannarino)

“A great salesperson won’t need your best leads; they’ll produce them. If you give them the best laptop, smartphone, sales force automation, mobile hotspot, and sales collateral, they’ll put it to good use, but these external accoutrements won’t be nearly as important to their results as to what is inside them.”

The Sales Blog is run by Anthony Iannarino, the President and Chief Sales Officer of SOLUTIONS Staffing, as well as Managing Director of B2B Sales Coach & Consultancy. The blog is Anthony’s tool to provide readers with advice and insight on the many different aspects of sales, such as cold calling and sales fundamentals.

http://thesalesblog.com/blog

Mark Hunter, The Sales Hunter (@TheSalesHunter)

“Just as we rely on technology to make things run smoother, we also rely on our sales processes to keep our profits coming in. When we run into a glitch in those processes, our natural tendency is to let our attitude tank. In every difficulty, though, there usually is an opportunity to learn and get better.”

Aptly nicknamed the Sales Hunter, Mark Hunter (along with occasional guest writers) provides keen tips and motivational words of wisdom on his blog. With over 18 years of experience in sales and 14 years as a sales consultant, Mark has plenty to offer for sales people of all levels.

http://thesaleshunter.com/category/blog/

Tibor Shanto, The Pipeline (@TiborShanto)

“One impact of technology on selling, are the increased number of ways of organizations and individual sellers can “connect with their clients”, even when they don’t have to.”

Tibor Shanto is the founder and President of Renbor Sales Solutions, Inc., as well as the main writer for The Pipeline sales blog. Through his blog, he offers great tips for sales people, drawn from his own longtime experience in sales.

http://www.sellbetter.ca/blog/

Ivana Taylor, DIY Marketers (@DIYMarketers)

“Technology of the 21st century has led most business owners to use only electronic means to market their products and services. Though these types of campaigns can be successful for your bottom line, direct mail is still an incredibly effective marketing tool.”

Ivana Taylor is the publisher of DIY Marketers, a blog with a great mix of innovative ways to utilize technology tools (did you know you can use a 404 error page for marketing purposes?) and fundamental sales advice.

http://diymarketers.com/blog/

Nancy Nardin, Smart Selling Tools (@sellingtools)

“In the dynamic and high-demand world of selling, the evolution of tools has had a significant impact on our ability to perform our jobs, present our ever-expanding array of solutions, service our customers, and generate revenue—the life-blood of our companies.”

One of our favorite features on author and sales consultant Nancy Nardin’s blog is the Sales ToolSkool, where she introduces technology tools that can help increase revenue and efficiency. The blog also has some great insight on sales tools, as well as sales tips in general.

http://www.smartsellingtools.com/blog/

Miles Austin, Fill the Funnel (@milesaustin)

“As a sales technologist, I am always looking for the next new thing…As a student of change, I look at it from the other side of the table. As a sales person, I see opportunities.”

A well known expert on using Web Tools for sales, speaker and trainer Miles Austin uses his blog to share his favorite Web Tools, as well as how to use them effectively for sales.

http://www.fillthefunnel.com

Alen Mayer, The Science and Art of Selling (@mayeralen)

“Technology is developing at a pace that rarely anyone can catch up, and especially the last two decades many trained sales people are not in the position to utilize the advantages of the technology. In this regard, the technology can be your friend or foe.”

Sale expert Alen’s blog has many informative articles spanning various segments of sales. Carefully categorized, the blog offers gruseful content for anyone who may want to brush up on their sales knowledge and skills.

http://www.alenmajer.com/

Dan Waldschmidt, Edgy Conversations (@DanWaldo)

“Websites structured data with imagering and videos, allowing persuasive conversations to be prepared ahead of time. Then came video messaging and Skype which made peer-to-peer communication fast and free. And then it all came to the mobile phone. The conversation got supercharged.”

“Business is always looking for ways to make the conversations more effective. Stop worrying about the latest tools used to manage and create new conversations. The tools aren’t that important. It’s the conversation that matters the most.”

A CEO by the time he was 25, according to his biography, Dan’s blog is straightforward and no-nonsense in getting to the root of the problems that plague sales today.

http://danwaldschmidt.com/blog

MobileDay on Android Now Supports One-Touch into WebEx, GoToMeeting and Skype Mobile Meetings

MobileDay Has Been Listening

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

One-Touch Online Meetings

You can now join GoToMeeting®, Google+ Hangouts, and WebEx® meetings with One-Touch via multimedia or audio-only. MobileDay interoperates with these services so you no longer need to toggle between apps to enjoy the multimedia experience. We’re just getting started with online meetings and would love your feedback.

One-Touch Skype Audio

With our new Skype audio feature, you can join a Skype voice call anywhere in the world. MobileDay auto-detects Skype audio meetings in your calendar. MobileDay recognizes the following URL format to give you One-Touch into Skype audio calls: skype:chris.smith?call

 

 

Calendar Selection

You can now select which of your calendars appear in the MobileDay app. Simply go to the menu and tap “Calendar Selection” to choose which calendars to display.
 
 
 
 
 
 

We’ve Been Listening: New iOS Features Include iPad, Skype and VoIP Support

MobileDay on Your iPad

We’re excited to launch MobileDay for iPad. With the ability to One-Touch join WebEx®, GoToMeeting®, Google+ Hangouts, FaceTime, Skype audio, and to connect via VoIP for any call, it is time for an iPad version of the MobileDay app. Give it a try and tell us what you think.

 

One-Touch Mobile Skype Calls

With our new Skype audio feature, you can join a Skype voice call anywhere in the world. MobileDay auto-detects Skype audio meetings in your calendar. MobileDay recognizes the following URL format to give you One-Touch into Skype audio calls: skype:chris.smith?call

 

One-Touch Mobile VoIP Calls

You now have the option to join your calls via VoIP directly from the MobileDay app. If this feature is right for you, go to Menu and select VoIP Settings. MobileDay interoperates with Talkatone and lets you decide when you’d like to use it.

 

 

Canadian Call Sequences

MobileDay now dials a ‘1’ for long-distance calls placed from within Canada. Utilizing the phone’s location, the app automatically determines if a call will be local or long-distance, and dials a ‘1’ when necessary.

 

 

 

Mobile Productivity and BYOD – 9 Experts Weigh In

 

As with any good argument there are usually at least two possible outcomes: The Good and The Bad. Such is the case with the Bring Your Own Device  (B.Y.O.D.) trend that has come to business mobile. That is, employees bringing the mobile device of their choice to use at work, such as smartphones and tablets. We won’t pass judgement or opinion in this post, but here is a list of experts we found whose opinion is well regarded on the topic of this consumerization of the enterprise. Does the increase in mobility that a corporate BYOD strategy offers increase or decrease ones personal productivity and therefore a company’s overall productivity? See what these experts have to say:

BYOD decreases productivity

  • Fabienne Faur (@fabiennefaur) of the AFP news service writes that checking email is beginning to cut into productivity: “Many employees are consumed by emails because they are driven by a need to feel part of an organization.” Many companies are finding that restricting access to email outside of work reduces stress, which in turn increases productivity.
  • Tom Kaneshige (@kaneshige) of CIO.com writes that BYOD can limit productivity when employees travel internationally. “Many BYOD smartphone-carrying knowledge workers often take international vacations” and don’t check in on work because their company won’t pay for international roaming. Before BYOD companies would automatically pay for global roaming because the phone was a corporate asset and employees would check-in on work during international vacations. He further predicts that BYOD will decline in 2013 because “support costs, compliance risks, and usage reimbursement typically lead to a higher total cost of ownership with no discernible return on investment or productivity gains,” citing a report from Nucleus Research.
  • Ndubuisi Ekekwe – On the Harvard Business Review Blog Ndubuisi writes that 24/7 connectivity eliminates predictable time off (a key part of a work/life balance) and this jeopardizes long-term productivity. At his company, “there was a perception that if a customer or a colleague needed something and couldn’t get it immediately, the firm would not be taken seriously,” so they implemented a 24/7 availability policy. “Six months later, we noticed that customer complaints were actually up, and team morale was down.”
  • Pedro Hernandez (@pedrohernandez), for Datamation, writes that privacy fears threaten gains in productivity from BYOD. He says 82% of enterprise workers were concerned or extremely concerned that their employer can track their web browsing, and 86% were concerned or extremely concerned that their personal data (photos, music, email) would be deleted without their authorization, citing a survey by Harris Interactive.

BYOD Increases Productivity

  • Peter Silva (@psilvas) in his series on BYOD policies for SYS-CON Media writes that using their preferred device makes employees happier. He goes on to say that “80% of Americans work an extra 30 hours a month on their own time with BYOD,” citing research from Good Technology.
  • Denise Deveau (@denisejdeveau), for the Financial Post, writes that telework has had no negative impact on productivity. “Productivity increases when people know they have the freedom to fit things in when they need to.”
  • Caroline Baldwin (@cl_baldwin) – On ComputerWeekly.com Caroline writes that, “nearly 60% of employees feel work would be more enjoyable if they had a say in the technologies they used, while 60% feel they would be more productive with better IT resources,” citing a report from Evolving Workforce Research.
  • Cesare Garlati (@CesareGarlati) write on the Trend Micro Consumerization Blog that BYOD boosts productivity because, “employees want to use their mobile devices, laptops and home PCs for work, and are also likely to get more out of the technology because they’ll be more familiar with it.” Further, “although productivity gains may offset many of the costs and risks associated with BYOD,” IT leaders should carefully evaluate the role BYOD would play in their organization before making a decision.
The Mobile-Only Experiment
  • Benjamin Robbins (@paladorbenjamin) – The true mobile productivity test is underway. Can one truly be productive on a mobile device? How productive? Benjamin is contributing columnist with The Enterprise Mobility Foundation spending a whole year working solely from a single mobile device. Each week he shares his thoughts and experience with us on what it means to be mobile-only. Will he remain mobile-only after 52 weeks? Benjamin is also  regular blogger on all things mobile in the enterprise.

As most anyone can attest, time is a valuable asset. In business, time is often a gating factor yet getting more done faster is the standard. The undeniable trend of mobile growth in business and personal productivity is both a variable and an opportunity when it comes to managing what little time we have.

Are you more productive in business when you are mobile?

Please share your comments.

MobileDay Now Available for Android Jelly Bean

We are proud to announce that MobileDay is now available for the Jelly Bean version of the Android Operating System. Current Jelly Bean enabled Android phones that are eligible for MobileDay’s latest version :

  • Samsung Galaxy S 3 (Galaxy S III)
  • Google Nexus 7
  • HTC Desire X

Upgradable devices such as the following are also ready to use the MobileDay app:

  • Nexus S
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Motorola Xoom
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S

 

 

 

Here is what you will find in this latest version of MobileDay, with a new look and great new features that will make your colleagues envious. There’s a brand new view of all your calls including awesome features like:

  • See what calls/events are going on right now
  • Easily scroll through events on current and future days to see what’s coming
  • Quickly send meeting reminders or notify others you will be late
  • Enhanced application performance
  • Support for both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean operating systems
  • Improved One-Touch dialing accuracy