Consumer technology in the enterprise

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  • Assess mobile devices before developing a management strategy

    Before an organization can formulate a bring your own device policy, it needs to know what workers are using to access corporate networks, applications and data. Mobile device management must account for who owns what and how it will be monitored and... 

  • Adopting enterprise mobility management

    The number and types of devices touching the enterprise continue to proliferate, so a mobility assessment is the first step in preparing a comprehensive plan for mobile device management. 

  • contextual computing

    Contextual computing, also called context-aware computing, is the use of software and hardware to automatically collect and analyze data about a device's surroundings in order to present relevant, actionable information to the end user. 

  • Bluetooth 4.0

    Bluetooth 4.0 is a version of the Bluetooth wireless networking standard that consumes less power than its predecessors. 

  • Google Voice

    Google Voice allows registered members to link their mobile phones, IP telephony applications and land line phones to a single Google Voice phone number.  

  • Samsung Tizen

    Samsung Tizen is Samsung's implementation of Tizen, an open source mobile operating system. 

  • sharing economy

    The sharing economy, also known as collaborative consumption, is a trending business concept that highlights the ability (and perhaps the preference) for individuals to rent or borrow goods rather than buy and own them. 

  • micro USB

    Micro USB is a miniaturized version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface developed for connecting compact and mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players and digital cameras. Micro USB connectors exist or have existed in three forms: micro... 

  • micro-HDMI

    Micro-HDMI (HDMI type D) is a miniaturized version of the High Definition Multimedia Interface specification. The format was designed to combine audio and video into a single digital interface small enough to connect to smartphones, tablets and other... 

  • Apple OS X Mavericks

    Apple OS X Mavericks is version 10.9 of the second-generation Macintosh computer operating system. 

  • bonephones

    Bonephones are headphones that are based on bone-conduction audio technology. A transducer in the device converts audio data to vibrations that travel through the bone structure around the ear to the cochlea. From there, the cochlea sends a signal t... 

  • bone-conducted audio

    Bone-conducted audio is a sound technology that relies upon vibrations resonating through bone surrounding the ear. A transducer converts sound to vibration, which travels along the user’s bone structure to the cochlea, which in turn transmits the in... 

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About Consumer technology in the enterprise

When you think of consumer technology in the enterprise, your mind probably turns to smartphones and iPads, or maybe cloud services such as Dropbox. But employees are increasingly finding new ways to use consumer technology at work, and vendors are always looking for ways to adapt consumer technology for enterprise use. Microsoft, for example, wants to develop business applications that use the popular Kinect motion-sensing technology from its Xbox 360 video game console. The news and tips in this section will keep IT administrators up to date on consumerization, emerging consumer technology and how to deal with it in the enterprise.