The Damage is Spreading: It’s Time to Rein in the NSA and Reform Surveillance Practices

Paula Musich
Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

  • The fallout continues to spread as a result of the disclosure of NSA surveillance activities involving cloud computing and other technology companies
  • It’s time IT professionals get involved and call for reform and better oversight

New and startling revelations on NSA data gathering activities continue to peel away like an onion skin from the Edward Snowden leak, and as they do, it becomes ever so much clearer that the NSA has gone way, way too far.   And indeed it is time to reform regulation and oversight of NSA and other intelligence agency surveillance activities.  Continue reading “The Damage is Spreading: It’s Time to Rein in the NSA and Reform Surveillance Practices”

Mainstream Enterprises Still Struggling to Catch Up with the MDM/MAM Hype Cycle

Paula Musich
Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

• Despite hype to the contrary, mobile device management and mobile application management is not mainstream

• Innovative vendors are out in front solving problems that most enterprises haven’t begun to even think about

The juxtaposition of this week’s strategic partnership announcement between Boxtone and Good Technology against our mid-October report on enterprise BYOD progress in 2012 serves as a great example of how big the disconnect is between the hype of MDM/MAM and reality of mainstream enterprise adoption of policies governing the use of employee-owned devices at work. The Boxtone/Good agreement calls for the integration of Good’s mobile application and data security functionality found in its Good Dynamics and Good for Enterprise products with BoxTone’s mobile device, analytics, and service management functions. The analytics piece, due in 2013, is especially intriguing. Planned instrumentation will allow enterprise IT to determine the frequency of use for mobile enterprise applications, monitor application performance and utilization, and monitor user behavior to learn whether enterprise mobile applications require end user training or ease of use enhancements. Such analytics will allow enterprises to get more bang for the development buck and insure desired productivity gains are achieved. Continue reading “Mainstream Enterprises Still Struggling to Catch Up with the MDM/MAM Hype Cycle”