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5 Elements of BYOD Training for Canadian Businesses

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Business Team with Canada Internet ButtonMobile devices are a boon to business production and a risk to company security. A Dimension Data study showed that 75 percent of Canadian business leadership supported the use of personal mobile devices in the workplace, but only 35 percent have an official BYOD policy to train employees and take advantage of the use of personal smartphones and tablets. Failure to create an official BYOD policy and train employees can put your business, data and customers at risk. If you do decide to implement a BYOD policy, here are five essential elements of BYOD training.

Communication

Make sure employees understand why the enterprise is launching a BYOD policy. Some employees could see the policy as just another way for the company to save money at the expense of workers. Explain the reasons behind a BYOD policy in a positive light, highlighting the convenience and benefits that BYOD will bring.

Include Detailed Parameters

One thing you may not consider is that all apps and programs will not be supported on all devices. Experts in mobile device use encourage employers to include parameters in any BYOD training. You’ll have to do testing on multiple devices and operating systems, and then you can provide employees with a list of all apps and programs related to the job and which devices those functions will work on. Make sure employees understand the limits of on-the-go and at-home work opportunities, if you offer those in conjunction with your BYOD policy.

Gather Information About Employee Devices

During training, gather information about available employee devices. A common issue for companies launching BYOD policies is that they get more traffic on their server than anticipated, and employees use devices that were not vetted for security risks, according to Maas360 by Fiberlink. Many times, employees who didn’t go through training end up using devices. Create a database of devices that will be used and an infrastructure for employees to report any new devices or changes to devices. Understanding the landscape of your enterprise’s BYOD universe allows you to better control risks. For more information about managing security and work with one popular BYOD device, click here.

Security and Privacy

The bulk of any BYOD training should be about protecting sensitive data. You should talk with employees about how they can protect company data on their devices through common sense approaches to safety, strong passwords and savvy Web use. Your training should also include information about how the company will protect employee information. Privacy is paramount for both the business and the employee — technical staff and others with possible access should be trained never to invade another’s privacy by accessing non-work information through personal devices.

Enhancing Productivity

The point of a BYOD policy is to enhance productivity for individuals and the entire business. One aspect of BYOD training should be information about obtaining the highest level of productivity when working on personal devices. Include tips about keeping work and personal items separate, accessing approved apps to increase performance and the best ways to access work via different devices.

Manage Your Mobile Team, On Diverse Devices

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Your new online business is up and running! You are excited to offer your products and services worldwide. Your team of sales associates is trained on your new e-commerce software, with dashboard options for managing inventory, sales, and productivity. The beauty if it—your new tools are completely mobile-compatible for your fleet of remote sales associates. Wait! Your team members are using a diverse mix of mobile devices. How will you manage your team? How will they interact with your new e-commerce application, while each team member is using a different type of mobile device?

MDM Solution

A strategic Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution offers you the option of managing your remote team—on diverse mobile platforms. With mobile management software for BlackBerry, you have your team in the palm of your hands, using a variety of different mobile devices including BlackBerry, Android, and iOS. With BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and Secure Work Space, you use an admin console to securely manage and control your mobile environment. You set up security parameters and user logins as you need them, as Blackberry’s website notes.

MDM Options

With MDM, you select from the management and security options you need based on the scope and size of your business and your team. With the BlackBerry corporate level device management solution for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS, you gain security and app management on both personal and corporate levels. Designed for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, it provides the control and security you need for any size organization.

How Does It Work?

If you are setting up your new business or looking for a mobile business opportunity, an MDM solution will streamline your process for communication, collaboration, and online team management. With the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 MDM solution, you use Work Space for iOS and Android to securely manage business applications and collaboration tools in a segregated workspace. You use the administration console to perform these tasks and establish user logins and authentication.

You select from various levels of security based on your enterprise needs. For synchronization of calendar, contacts, email, and tasks, ActiveSync is a suitable option for basic tasks that require standard security. For full device management, take advantage of BlackBerry Balance for segregated work and personal interfaces. Manage app deployment, installations, and publishing from BlackBerry World—Work. For highest security levels and administration opportunities, BlackBerry Regulated-level Enterprise Mobility Management may be the best solution for your business-critical needs. Blackberry’s site promises the ability to maintain complete control over your mobile environment.

Future With MDM

If you need cohesion and efficiency for your mobile business team, an MDM solution is essential to the success of your business. According to a Forbes article from January 2013, “For many companies, getting their mobility strategies off the ground and successful is the highest priority project they have in 2013.” The time is now for efficiency in mobile computing. An enterprise mobile business strategy is a certain step toward the success of your new business. Get off the ground running!

‘Utilite’ – The $99 Ubuntu ARM PC

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a1I recently came across a fascinating discovery: a $99 Ubuntu mini-computer called Utilite with all the bells and whistles: a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4 USB ports,  Linux/Android operating System, and more that can fit in your pocket. It’s supposed to come out in August. Who doesn’t want one of these bad boys?

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Comic: People Having it Worse Than You

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20110722Courtesy of: http://www.smbc-comics.com/

 

The 5 Minute Management Course

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Lesson 1

A man is getting into the shower, just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.

When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour. Before she says a word, Bob says, ‘I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.’ After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, ‘ Who was that?’ ‘It was Bob, the next door neighbour,’ she replies.

‘Great,’ the husband says, ‘did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?’

Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.
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Lesson 2

A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’ The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’ The priest apologized ‘Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.’ Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, ‘Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.’

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.
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Lesson 3

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’ ‘Me first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’ Poof! She’s gone. ‘Me next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas, and the love of my life.’ Poof! He’s gone.’OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, ‘I want those two back in the office after lunch.’

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.
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Lesson 4

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, ‘Can I also sit like you and do nothing?’ The eagle answered: ‘Sure, why not.’ So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
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Lesson 5

A turkey is chatting with a bull. ‘I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree’ sighed the turkey, ‘but I haven’t got the energy.’ ‘Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?’ replied the bull. It’s full of nutrients.’ The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bull S**t might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there..
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Lesson 6

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out!

He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:

(1) Not everyone who s**ts on you is your enemy.

(2) Not everyone who gets you out of s**t is your friend.

(3) And when you’re in deep s**t, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

THUS ENDS THE 5-MINUTE MANAGEMENT COURSE.

Atari Officially Declaring Bankruptcy

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A famed icon in the gaming industry, Atari, may be closing its doors due to having recently declaring bankruptcy.

Atari has been making video games for over 40 years, starting with Pong in 1971. They made breakthroughs in an age where most kids were playing Pinball.

Atari, you will be missed.

Below is an infographic, courtesy of Mashable, on Atari’s long and venerable history.

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Dreamweaver CS5 Takes Too Long, Even Forever to Load Large Website – Please Help!

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Have you ever had the problem of loading a large website from Adobe Dreamweaver and had it take forever to load? Well, here’s what to do.

Keep in mind that this is for Dreamweaver CS5, but I’m sure that there are a lot of similarities with other versions.

Unclick Synchronization Information

Unclick “Maintain Synchronization Information.” Under Servers, click the server, then Advanced tab. From there, unclick Maintain Synchronization Information.”

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Click “Use Passive FTP”

Unclick “Use Passive FTP” under the Servers tab, then on the specific server. Under the Basic tab, click “More Options,” then uncheck “Use Passive FTP.”

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Unclick Enable Cache

Unclick “Enable Cache” from Advanced Settings/Local Info after you click “Manage Site.”

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I hope this saves you a lot of time and headache from large sites loading. Enjoy!

Tell-Tale Signs Your Employee is Overworked [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are you stressed at work? You’re not alone: A recent poll indicates that on-the-job pressure is the top reason for employee dissatisfaction in the American workforce, and nearly half of American workers say their job is “very or extremely stressful.”

And whether you notice it or not, you’re broadcasting clear signs that should indicate to your employer that you are overworked and need a change of pace. The infographic below, developed by Column Five in conjunction with employee wellness company Keas, shows exactly how employees behave when they’ve been pushed to their limits. Workers tend to develop classic symptoms when their workload gets too much to bear, such as poor memory, fatigue and bad time management. They also exhibit odd behaviors, working too much or too little in response to the level of stress in the workplace. Employers should be watching for these key symptoms and redirecting overworked employees to a more manageable situation.

Of course, the consequences of ignoring these signs can be major — 66% of employees suffer from stress-induced health issues, including but not limited to high blood pressure, headaches, sleeplessness and more frequent periods of sickness. Overworked employees are also more likely to have drastically decreased productivity and play hooky than those who are satisfied with their workload. The overall result is clear: Overworked and stressed workers are never good for a company.

Check out the infographic below for an inside look into how overworked employees behave — and how it all can be fixed. Do you ever feel stressed at your job? Let us know in the comments.

Cast Drop Shadow in Photoshop

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This post is courtesy of: Photoshop Cafe.

Step 1

Open your image and remove it from the background.

Step 2

Duplicate the layer by dragging to the new layer icon in the layers palette.

Step 3

Make sure the foreground color is set to black

Now fill the new layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete Mac:Cmd+Shift+Del (The shift key will make it only fill where there are pixels aka preserve transparancy)

Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur, amount of 3-5

Step 4

Now to distort the shape. (If you are going to do this to text, you must render the type first)

Press Ctrl/Cmd+T, this will bring up the free transform tool. Right click on the selected object Mac:Cmd click. Select “Distort” from the pop-up menu.

You will see a bounding box with 8 little squares, click and drag the top left and top right squares (called handles) until it looks similar to the picture on the left. Press Enter/Return to apply the transformation.

Step 5

Duplicate the shadow layer . Drag to the icon again.

Apply the gausian blur again, this time add a larger setting 5-10

Step 6

We now want to make the shadow softer as it gets further away.

Go back to the top shadow layer and add a layer mask.

Using the gradient tool drag it from right to left to blend the 2 shadow layers.

Step 7

Finally Set the shadow to multiply mode and the opacity of the top shadow layer to about 50% and the bottom shadow to about 30%

Experiment and see what looks best for your image.

Free Info for Nothing – Time Docketing

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On many occasions people ask me to do work for free, as a courtesy to their monthly payments. Sometimes the work is quick, sometimes it can take hours.

When certain work takes a certain amount of hours, it’s important for one to docket ones time. Not doing so leads to many free favors which take up a lot of time that can better be spent making money.

“No” is also a good answer to certain “favors.”