5 tips to thrive in a BYOA world

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Love it or hate it, users are bringing cloud based apps on phones, tablets and laptops to their workplaces every day.

When internet banking took off many years ago, employees used to spend time paying bills, etc on their work PCs. Now they are doing a lot more than banking with a ton of apps on their devices.

These apps cover areas such as communications, task management, photo/content editing, news, social media, travel, games, sports, and so on. Cloud apps are utilised by corporate users at work time to be efficient with their transactions.

Most mobile device users have data plans and they can utilise whatever apps they like whenever and where ever, regardless of the network they are connected to. Even if they are on a company provided device and network, they will continue using their favourite apps.

BYOA is the new norm and is now part of the popular work style. CIOs need to embrace it to continue to provide an effective technology environment to enhance productivity of users.

Leaving things in the hands of users is not an effective corporate strategy, so, how do you thrive in this brave new world?

1. Accept the reality

Change is hard when you have to give up any level of control. This is the major concern for IT control towers. When it comes to users, applications cannot be absolutely controlled anymore. Those days are over.

Controlling users

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Will email be ever dead?

When I look back at the many years of working in IT, email has been the key communication tool for me. It was the defacto and default tool. Over the last 20 years I saw how portals, workspaces, chat apps, social media and other developments reducing the amount of emails being sent for work. Most of the incoming emails I get these days are marketing related (junk).

Email was the first killer app of the internet. The attraction of email is the ease of which we can send a message and not to worry about it afterwards. Compare this with most conference calls that start with “can you hear me ok?”. Email is simple and fast to send. It is also very convenient to receive, read or remove. It is passive and that is powerful.

The power of other collaboration tools

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Test Planning and Execution

Testing is a crucial activity to ensure quality delivery. Test planning is equally important for proper execution of testing.

Using PowerToolz, K2 customers can ensure high quality of their applications consistently.

PowerToolz provides the ability to create test plans conveniently from the same interface used for test scritpting.

Here’s a video from our PowerToolz feature demo series on Test planning and execution.

Demo Video

Holidays are coming….

December is the great month of the year in my opinion as the year is winding down we all look forward to our traditional annual breaks. It also has its own chaos and troubles but the overall sense of achievement at work, home, school and community is usually high during this month of the year.

At jEyLaBs, We tend to work on a lot of support, migration, upgrades, health checks, training and envisioning projects during this time. jEyLaBs is offering end of year incentives to customers and partners to help close the quarter on a high for all.

If you need extended support cover over the holiday period from December onwards please get in touch with sales@jeylabs.com.au as we have special offerings to assist you. We can look after tasks for your staff on extended leave even up to February 2015.

Best wishes!!

Local Business Networking in Bundoora

jEyLaBs is running an Local Business Networking event within the City of Whittlesea.

Come and join us to:

  • Network amongst local businesses
  • Learn the latest techniques & tips to increase revenue, save time and reduce costs
  • Check out brand new technology demo
  • Meet like-minded people and create lasting connection
  • Enjoy some snacks and drinks

    Topic : Local Business Networking Event

    When : 27th November 2014
    Time : 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

    Location : Level 1, University Hill Business Park
    240 Plenty Road, Bundoora
    Victoria 3083, Australia

    RSVP by : 21st November 2014 by emailing events@jeylabs.com.au

Cloud price cuts actually cut deeper ….

We all love a bargain. Free offerings and heavily discounted pricing of cloud storage is the trend in town. The pricing war between AWS, Azure, Google, Rackspace, Apple, Box, DropBox and numerous other current and emerging cloud players is very intense. I think it is getting to a point that soon you could be paid cash to store your files on their platforms.

The race to zero as its called could get there sooner than we think. It may even go further into negative territory in the form of consumers earning money to store data. I would love that. User generated content is definitely valuable and worth the money.

The real deal is

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Consolidating K2 databases is a MUST

Prior to K2 blackpearl 4.6, multiple databases on the same SQL instance were created during the installation of K2 blackpearl.

With clean installs of 4.6 and later, a single database is created. If previous versions are upgraded to 4.6 or later, the multiple databases are upgraded but not consolidated.

Maintaining a Single consolidated K2 database is much easy. We strongly recommend our clients to consolidate.

The K2 Database Consolidation Tool is used to consolidate multiple K2 databases into a single database.

Please contact K2 Support in order to receive the correct version of the K2 Database Consolidation Tool for your environment.

More information on the tool can be obtained here on this KB – http://help.k2.com/kb001628

More webinars announced

Join jEyLaBs on this short and sharp webinar to learn How to Accelerate K2 Project Success with PowerToolz.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5959588680316973314

Tue, Nov 11, 2014 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PDT
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM US/CA
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT/UK
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM Sydney
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM Wellington

More on PowerToolz at http://powertoolz.net.au

In-Person Event : Solving Information Challenges with SharePoint

Solving Information Challenges with SharePoint

Are you looking at SharePoint for digital imaging, workflow process automation and mobile enablement projects?

If you answer is YES to any of these topics, this luncheon will most definitely benefit you.

Join our SharePoint & Kodak experts. We will show you how to deliver tangible ROI with SharePoint. We will demonstrate our approach using the latest of Microsoft SharePoint and Kodak Scanning/Imaging technologies.

We will be covering how we solve some serious information challenges for enterprises around:

1. Paper forms

2. Mobile workforce

3. Data security/privacy

There are opportunities to network, ask questions and share your opinions, experience & knowledge with our teams and other attendees.

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Topic :             Solving Information Challenges with SharePoint

When :             29 October 2014

Time :               11:30am to 1:00pm (Lunch provided)

Location :         Melbourne – Rialto South Tower, Level 27, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

SOLD OUT, Registration is required : http://www.jeylabs.com/SharePoint-workflow-experts-exclusive-events/