CDW’s Mobile Expense Management solution enables organizations to view, integrate and manage mobile communications costs across the entire organization in order to make more informed strategic decisions.
A team approach and careful consideration of operational and security issues will pave the way for effective guidance. The drivers are many, but big draws include the potential for greater productivity — giving people anywhere, anytime access to information via devices they’re comfortable with.
The fundamentals of security and management of software have not changed. But the new computing environment – mobile devices, cloud computing and virtualization – requires new approaches to familiar challenges. What’s more, software publishers are bringing a new energy to their own vigilance. A capricious economy has many of them stepping up the number of customer audits. As organizations deal with these software licensing challenges, they also face increasingly sophisticated security threats that continuously morph, just a step ahead of remedies to stop them. Organizations need a comprehensive approach to security and software asset management. This white paper will examine the interconnection between SAM and security, offering practical advice on how enterprises can protect themselves and where to go for support.
CDW’s Technology Insights guides provide a high-level, informative take on today’s most pressing IT solution areas and related issues. Speaking to the interests and concerns of IT managers and their staff, as well as their enterprise counterparts, the guides provide up-to-date summaries, strategic guidance and best practice tips on the technologies driving IT operations forward.
Man Investments is one of the world’s largest independent alternative asset managers.
With a fast moving and diverse IT infrastructure, Man needed to be able to automate software license compliance reporting in conjunction with optimizing license usage and sourcing.
The real test of any SAM system goes beyond creating a one-time Effective Licensing Position (ELP) for a given software publisher. To be truly valuable, the SAM solution has to have the ability to manage change.
Being able to work from a dependable list of software that has been approved by, and which also serves the business, means that finite IT & SAM resources are not wasted through the support of legacy software that might be deemed redundant, and should keep a company on track technically by not becoming dependent on aging software.
This 10 –Minute Guide from SAM experts at Snow Software will show how to establish and maintain a Software Catalog for the purpose of ensuring that your software estate remains relevant and fit for its business purpose.
In a perfect world, managing the discovery of software assets, the capture of license entitlements and optimization of an organization’s software usage and compliance situation would be a single-click operation. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect and those charged with managing an organization’s software compliance, availability and expenditure face a number of challenges that can easily derail a Software Asset Management (SAM) program.
This paper from the SAM experts at Snow Software investigates some of the major challenges facing SAM managers and IT executives and highlights how to build a successful strategy to overcome them, ensuring the SAM program delivers true value to the business.
IT departments must contend with an array of devices, operating systems and cellular carriers as well as new security threats. Even if IT departments can get a handle on the complex mobility landscape, the technology is so fluid that the picture is constantly changing. That means the IT staff has to devote time to learning about, procuring, deploying and supporting an array of devices. Busy IT departments now have another option for addressing these challenges: a monthly subscription package that provides a customizable web-based portal to automate mobile device procurement, expense management and support.
Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have become embedded in enterprise processes, thanks to the consumerization of IT and a new generation of workers raised
on mobile technologies. Consumer devices and bring-yourown-device (BYOD) programs are driving a new wave of business process innovation, changing the way customers, employees and partners interact with organizations and with each other. In fact, mobile devices and applications are catching up with — and in many cases surpassing — PCs in the quality and functionality of their applications.
Many, if not most, organizations today are grappling with the challenge of a growing mobile technology environment. Mobility can deliver many key benefits: improved collaboration among workers, enhanced customer service, easier access to corporate information from many locations and increased productivity—to name a few.
But the proliferation of mobile devices and applications
also comes with its share of challenges, perhaps none more important than ensuring the security of the devices themselves as well as the data they contain and the enterprise networks they access.
Mobile devices are ubiquitous. The wide variety of functions
they provide on the go — everything from making phone
calls to checking email to literally millions of applications —
has created widespread demand around the globe for this
technology. With the right tools, an organization can extend
the workplace far beyond its own physical walls. And
employees can be active at any time within the 24-hour
cycle; whenever inspiration strikes, a smartphone or tablet
can quickly harness their productivity.
A wireless network is a platform for enabling enterprise-wide access to an organization's applications and data. Wireless infrastructure allows users to take the office with them wherever they go. The wireless network provides employees and guest workers with untethered access to voice, video, data and applications regardless of their physical location. With the influx of mobile devices and increase in Wi-Fi connections, organizations are already starting to see a paradigm shift to "wireless by default" and "wired by exception." Watch this video to see how our solution architects upgraded the Shawnee Mission School District's aging network infrastructure.
As mobile computing becomes an increasingly important technology, the need for robust, reliable wireless networks is growing. In addition to enterprise-issued devices, users are bringing their own tablets and smartphones and demanding access to IT resources. Organizations need a wireless infrastructure that can support these demands.
Our research shows that in addition to mobile demands, aging hardware is driving many organizations' wireless upgrade plans. Download this white paper to read more about the research.
It’s official — BYOD is here, and there’s no turning back. Mobile Device Management (MDM) gives employees the freedom to connect whenever, wherever for increased productivity and a better work-life balance. But every smartphone, tablet and notebook is a potential gateway for unauthorized applications, malware and other security threats.
Even with the latest devices, your mobile workforce may not have
what they need to get the job done. Without a strategy to provide them with data and applications, they’re forced to work without them or find workarounds that can compromise security.
Today’s workers are constantly on the move, and IT departments are scrambling to keep up. Access to email is not enough. You must address the legacy applications that your employees can’t easily access from their mobile devices, knowing that app development can be cost prohibitive and complex. And you have to have a strategy in place to secure and manage every application in use.
A growing number of organizations are realizing the benefits of mobile devices, including increased productivity, enhanced efficiency and speedier response times. Yet while the use of mobile devices typically leads to lower costs and additional revenue opportunities, it also brings challenges associated with device and application procurement, data connections, service costs, content management and — most important — security.
The number of mobile devices managed by enterprises
increased 72 percent from 2014 to 2015. This onslaught
of technology such as notebooks, smartphones, tablets,
watches and gadgets has transformed the way users work.
These devices provide users in just about every sector with
access to the information and tools they need to do their
jobs, wherever and whenever they need them. They’re free
to work at their desks, in conference rooms, while visiting
clients on the road or during a child’s baseball practice. They
can input data directly into a medical chart, an order form
or an inspection report, rather than doubling their work by
transcribing handwritten notes later in the day.