BYOD-ready mobile SharePoint with Azurati SharePoint2Go

Video demonstration of Azurati SharePoint2Go, a secure HTML5 cross-platform mobile SharePoint solution.

Contact Azurati via http://www.azurati.com for more information about how you can deploy mobile SharePoint as part of your enterprise mobile or BYOD strategy.

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Navantis Joins Forces with Azurati to Elevate BYOD Offerings for SharePoint

Azurati announces a strategic partnership with Navantis Inc., a Canadian IT leader and 2012 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year (Canada).  Navantis will be offering Azurati’s SharePoint2Go® and enterprise mobile application platform to customers in Canada and North America.  The partnership will focus on offering customers SharePoint2Go®, a cloud-based service that represents a breakthrough in making Microsoft SharePoint simple, secure and accessible on any smartphone or tablet, while helping  businesses address the exponential growth of bring-your-own-device (BYOD).

Gartner has predicted that by 2014 “90% of organizations will support corporate applications on personal devices”.  Earlier this year, the Navantis Expert Series provided thought leadership around this trend when it hosted a series of BYOD events across Canada. The theme of the series was to educate IT and business professionals on the challenges raised by BYOD and to provide real solutions that are working today.  One of those solutions now includes SharePoint2Go®.

Built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, SharePoint2Go® is designed to specifically address the concerns that organizations operating Microsoft SharePoint will face with respect to BYOD. Mobile security features are the heart of the SharePoint2Go® solution, making it one of the most secure mobile SharePoint solutions on the market today, providing a range of features unmatched by its rivals. Designed from the ground-up to offer a secure mobile deployment, SharePoint2Go combines ease-of-use, simple user interface and single sign-on, coupled with strong security features.

“As the top Microsoft Partner in Canada, we pride ourselves on delivering solutions for clients that solve business problems,” said Randy Lenaghan, CEO Navantis. “Part of our strategy is to select quality partners in the Microsoft ecosystem to jointly deliver unique value driving global competitiveness for our customers.  Azurati was chosen by our team after a rigorous and thorough validation process. We are excited to be working with them on several initiatives.”

The Navantis strategy of selecting best-of-breed technology partners to deliver outstanding results to their client community has resulted in significant industry recognition in the past twelve months.  This included being named as a winner or finalist for technology collaboration with best-of-breed partners at both the CDN Elite Awards as well as the Microsoft Canada IMPACT Awards for work at Direct Energy, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and PHO.

“We are delighted to be working with Navantis, one of the world’s leading Microsoft partners,” said Ronan Lavelle, CEO, Azurati. “Organizations are focusing more on their enterprise mobility strategies and we believe that it is vital that the mobile experience is feature and function-rich, rather than being a compromise compared to desktop applications. Navantis has the experience and vision enabling our technology to deliver value to the enterprise.”

Providing education, roadmaps and proven solutions for corporate IT enabling any computing device, smartphone or tablet access to the business without the worries of IT setup, support and security is a priority for both Navantis and Azurati.

This partnership combines Navantis’ experience and successful track-record with Azurati’s innovative SharePoint2Go® offering. Developing today’s most advanced IT solutions takes great partnerships with thought-leaders who share the same vision of empowering clients to exceed their goals.

COPE – Corporately owned personally enabled: the new wave in enterprise mobility

This article has been reproduced from Mobile Enterprise:

COPE – Corporately Owned, Personally Enabled

As the BYOD conversation begins to dwindle, the discussion will turn to the next wave in mobile trends: COPE (corporate owned, personally enabled). COPE gives both employers and employees the freedom of BYOD, while also offering a slew of benefits to each party.

Corporate Owned
The corporate owned (CO) portion of the COPE policy helps companies keep their networks and information secure, which has become one of the biggest backlashes of the traditional BYOD program in the workplace. CO means that the company still owns the line of service and selects its preferred device and usage cost thresholds for employees to consider.

This kind of ownership grants the company the right to wipe or disconnect devices on the corporate network, and ultimately offers pre-established security, just like the pre-BYOD days.

Personally Enabled
While 77% of BYOD employees dislike the use of MDM on their device, the personally enabled (PE) aspect of COPE allows employees to choose the company-approved device they prefer from a predetermined list, while also enabling them to use it both personally and professionally like with BYOD.

The first step in instituting COPE is for the company to select preferred devices based on what its wireless environment is suited to support. With this approach, a company can select, for example, a Blackberry 9300 at no additional cost. and

If an employee wants an iPhone, then the company only pays a predetermined amount (e.g. “cost threshold”). Employees then pay the remaining amount as outlined in the policy. This can also be implemented in a way that the company doesn’t offer any preferred device, but instead sets only a cost threshold for all users, no matter the device.

Usage costs operate similarly to cost thresholds for devices. Companies choose a predetermined amount they will pay toward usage fees, such as voice minutes, texting, data, multimedia or international plans. Whatever the company does not cover in its cost threshold for usage is the responsibility of the employee. By setting these limits, the company is able to control the outcome of each monthly bill without limiting an employee to a single device or plan.

Coping with COPE

Transitioning to this kind of program might seem like a headache, but MDM outsourcing helps IT departments seamlessly roll out COPE and maintain its features. In addition to working directly on this kind of program, MDM companies, can assist in adding more advanced features, troubleshooting, optimizing bills and handling administration.

Employee and employer benefits are plentiful. COPE doesn’t just offer the feel of a BYOD policy; it truly gives employees the opportunity to customize both their device selection and data plan with the help of their company’s IT budget.

These kinds of plans typically come with discounted offers, but it doesn’t stop there. Employees will also have the support system and help they need from their IT departments and MDM representatives, if companies choose to contract one.

Employers reap benefits all the same. Costs can be controlled and cut by pooling minutes, lowering costs per device, having manageable budgets and offering continual optimization. In some cases, giving employees the ability to customize their plans can ultimately result in productivity outside the office. With COPE, the employer also has control over things like carrier, device preference and MDM capabilities.

Azurati’s take on COPE

It does not matter what device the user is using, the key issue will be about how the user is able to connect to enterprise systems securely on mobile devices; and whether the enterprise system itself is optimized for mobile use.

If an enterprise has deployed Microsoft SharePoint, then Azurati’s SharePoint2Go® solution will provide secure access to mobile optimized SharePoint on any mobile device and without requiring MDM investments.

If employees are looking to access other core enterprise systems that are not optimized for mobile use, then Azurati ASAP® will shorten the development time to deliver secure cross-platform mobile enterprise applications.

visit www.azurati.com for more information.

Deploying Microsoft SharePoint securely on multiple mobile devices

Gartner talks about Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) as being the ‘the most radical shift in client computing since the introduction of the PC’, which if they are right, will fundamentally affect almost every organization and how they provision IT services to employees.

Providing secure access to enterprise systems as part of an enterprise mobility or BYOD strategy may become a significant challenge to overcome for many organizations.  Rory Staunton at industry analysts Strategy Partners, declared during a keynote speech recently, that ‘every enterprise system, from CRM and ERP applications, through to intranets and custom line-of-business applications will be targets for mobile conversion’.

When you look at the most likely candidates for mobilization across the business, you would probably want to select those applications that reach and impact the most number of users and where the greatest return on mobile productivity would be.  Microsoft SharePoint would seem to be amongst the most obvious of candidates, since 69% of the 65,000 organizations who have deployed SharePoint, have deployed it enterprise-wide, according to Microsoft, and it typically is the place that employees go to collaborate with each other, access documents and content and to keep informed of company news and events.

So, what is stopping you from taking the plunge and providing access to SharePoint to your mobile users today?

Firstly, there may be the realization that employees who try to access corporate systems on mobile devices, are essentially the same as external users, as far as information security is concerned, and if you do not currently allow external access over your firewall to your internal systems, then this will probably be one of the key areas for you  to start your enterprise mobility and BYOD initiatives.

Secondly, for those who have examined the standard mobile templates that ship with SharePoint, you will come to understand that unless you undertake a significant amount of custom development work (which will need to be repeated for each mobile device), it is unlikely that your business users are going to find the standard mobile SharePoint templates an engaging and productive working experience.

There are a number of off-the-shelf mobile SharePoint solutions, like Azurati’s SharePoint2Go solution and others, and this will undoubtedly encourage you to start thinking about what kind of mobile experience you want to provide to your users.  On this issue, it is important to be clear about where you (the employer, rather than the employee) stand on the provision of mobile services that access enterprise systems.  It is one thing to allow personal devices, or corporately sanctioned devices to be used in the workplace, but this should not come at a cost to information security and control over user access and management.  This may dictate whether you decide to deploy Native Mobile Applications (that can be purchased by individual users from App Stores and market places) and Mobile Web Applications that can be purchased and deployed centrally and can be updated without having to rely on end users to do this manually from their mobile platform App Stores.

To many the perception is that Mobile Web Applications are not able to take advantage of value-adding mobile device functions or that they are not available in offline mode.  On this front, a new generation of Mobile Web Applications, of which SharePoint2Go is a good example, are showing that you can deploy lightweight web-based mobile solutions that behave like native applications and can be used in offline mode.

Azurati will be hosting a webinar on this topic on the 19th of September if you are interested in finding out more about what you should be looking out for before you consider trying to deploy SharePoint as part of your enterprise mobility or BYOD strategy.

Webinar:  Deploying Microsoft SharePoint securely on multiple mobile platforms

When:  19 September 2012 (16:00 London/ 11:00 NY/ 08:00 LA)

Register:  https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/682161175

 

Azurati Webinar: BYOD and SharePoint: How to provide secure, controlled access to SharePoint on any mobile device

Webinar: BYOD and SharePoint: How to provide secure, controlled access to SharePoint on any mobile device

  Join us for a Webinar on August 22
The rapid adoption of mobile devices for personal use that are increasingly being used in the workplace has hit IT teams like a steam train in the last year.  In this webinar presented by enterprise mobility experts Azurati and Kynetix, find out how to:- decide whether a nominated device, multi-device or BYOD approach is best for your business
– maintain corporate and IT control over mobile enterprise applications
– provide cross-platform and secure access to enterprise applications, like Microsoft SharePoint
– boost mobile professional’s productivity when working on a smartphone or tablet

The webinar will also provide an opportunity to see and request a 14 day free trial of Azurati SharePoint2Go.

Register today!

Title: BYOD and SharePoint: How to provide secure, controlled access to SharePoint on any mobile device
Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM BST
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