Mobile Blog

Sep
26

1 week in business with iOS 11

The iOS 11 version of Apple is fundamentally changing things for business. We’ve written white papers for IT, security and the business, but in this post, I would like to share with you the top 3 features after just one week of business use.

Getting non-DEP devices into your DEP portal

The ease of use the Device Enrollment Program brings is just great. Unboxing the Apple products has always been a nice experience, now this continues with the automatic enrolment in the enterprise services. Mail, intranet, apps … all installed automatically on your device without any hassle.

With iOS 11 a company can now enter ‘old’ or non-DEP devices it owns in the DEP portal.

This brings unification to the fleet and eliminates the ‘exception’ policy that is sometimes applied.

It only takes a cable to connect to the device and some configuration work. Let us know if you’re interested so we can share our Tech Note on how to do that!

Apple TV becomes the meeting room standard

Even when wireless charging is one of the new features of iPhone 8 and X, we don’t like cables in general, and certainly not on our table.

The Apple TV creates the perfect meeting companion with specifically developed apps for signage, white boarding and screen mirroring via Airplay. But it’s not feasible to go into every single meeting room to configure all that.

With the new release of tvOS you will also find the Apple TV in the DEP portal, that means a zero-touch deployment!

Unbox, plug in, meet, as simple as that.

Why install additional management software when you’re existing EMM can now manage your meeting rooms?

Let us know if you would like to experience this in your meeting room!

Share your screen with the helpdesk

Our support guys like Teamviewer, they use it to assist their fellow IT colleagues by sharing the screen, check the issues and fix them. Only, it didn’t work that way on iOS.

Now, with ReplayKit, this feature comes to iOS 11 and provides our support people with a view of the iOS device’s screen of the person calling.

It works cross all networks, doesn’t require VPN, just works!

Our engineers love it and it provides a better experience for the employee!

If you want to learn more about any of these topics, please contact our mobile experts!

Sep
15

Jan De Nul and mobco

On air in September 2017 on Kanaal Z – an interview with our customer Jan De Nul on the roll-out of Apple iPhone.

An innovative project with a clear mission to get everything right, from the start. Using all available mobile technology we managed to automate completely the activation and configuration of the devices. The result was the smooth distribution of hundreds of new iPhones in a just a few days.

Contact us the learn more about this project >

 

Meer over Mobco – Kanaal Z – 16-09-2017 from ulrik van schepdael on Vimeo.

Sep
14

Press Release: mobco Achieves Apple Authorized Reseller status

Firm now provides a complete hardware, software and managed services portfolio geared to facilitating mobile business transformation for its clients.

Brussels, September 14 2017 – mobco, a leading Belgium-based provider of managed mobile technology since 2010, today reported it has become an Apple Authorized Reseller. This new status better positions mobco to help Enterprise (and Government) clients transform their businesses. mobco, through its dedicated IT consultants, now offers complete services with respect to Apple products, including support for the Apple Device Enrollment Program for its clients.

“We are excited to have achieved this important benchmark,” said Ulrik Van Schepdael, founder and CEO of mobco. “Our new status as an Apple Authorized Reseller paves the way for us to provide even greater value to our clients and prospects with a complete mobility portfolio that includes software, hardware and services. Clients can focus on their core businesses and benefit from our expertise in mobile IT and Apple products; they can take advantage of our managed services and strategic advisors for the best possible mobile implementations to facilitate their business transformation. Congratulations to mobco team members for their hard work and diligence in making this happen.”

Press images can be downloaded here >

Download the full press release >

Please find all our contact details here >

 
Aug
24

mob.co

When we were looking to refresh our looks, we thought “less is more” and found the shortest domain ever for our company: mob.co

Upside: it’s very short, extremely short, making even the URL shortening services a bit jealous. So, our email addresses are also one of the shortest in the business, ab@mob.co, where “ab” is the acronym of the person you would to reach.How easy can it be to get in touch with us!

Downside: .co is not a Belgian domain and sometimes blacklisted.

Therefore we decided to run a test period of a few months where we use both domains, our traditional mobco.be and mob.co together.

If you encounter issues with our new domain, please let us know >

Aug
24

Work mode: off!

It was all over the press mid June in Flanders, there are just too many people with a burn-out. We might agree mobile devices are quite addictive and are not helping in the fight against this burden.

For most of us the smartphone is glued to our hand, and the constant news flow in social media, email and other apps satisfies our curiosity all the time. Hence the problem, “all the time”.

At mobco we recognise we are partly responsible for creating this problem. We want to enable flexibility for your employees, so they can read email on the go, access documents etc.

But we need to help out those who feel they’re loosing control and just can’t resist reading business mail during the weekend. That’s why we have introduced the “Work Switch”. It’s simple and doesn’t need any training.

When you hit the switch on your smartphone, you will no longer receive business mail and you will not be able to access documents or intranet resources. Hitting the switch again will enable all connectivity, back to work! Contact us if you need more information on this feature! info@mobco.be

Jun
20

2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management

Congratulations, you have made the right choice!

Gartner traditionally publishes its Magic Quadrant report just before summer to name and shame the Enterprise Mobility Management vendors. The ranking indicates their ability to execute, deliver upon promises, and completeness of vision, their portfolio. The most important inclusion criteria are a broad OS support, MDM, MAM features with at least 8M USD in revenue and 5 production references. Only 13 vendors have made this year’s MQ, that is half of the number we saw 7 years ago, the first time this report was published!

At mobco we focus on the balance between three “powers” to make a mobile project successful; IT operational efficiency, security and user experience. We are very pleased to see these “powers” are also reflected in the Gartner evaluation and we clearly have selected the right partners to enable mobile IT.

Two companies with a remarkable stamina in the leaders quadrant are Airwatch, now VMware, and Mobileiron, the only standalone vendor in this part of the quadrant.

In our business, focussing on the enterprise and large organizations where security is top of mind, we are very pleased to see our partners on top of the stack! Aside VMware and MobileIron, the obvious leaders and forerunners in this market, we also see IBM and Blackberry. Blackberry, still present thanks to the successful integration of Good Technologies, means business for managing mobile apps and IoT. The big surprise is IBM with MaaS360, offering only a SaaS solution with an older feature set and lack of support for the latest iOS and Android version.

Companies in the “visionaries” quadrant include Microsoft and Citrix. Incomparable offerings, but still closely positioned to one another, where the vision of Microsoft is clearly Office 365 oriented. Citrix is for the first time in 5 years no longer present in the leaders quadrant.

In conclusion:
– the number of participants in the MQ is decreasing each year, illustrating this market is maturing
– focussed companies provide better and faster product support
– service quality in EU is offered through specialist partners, enabling more than the regular single vendor product stack

This last item is not reflected in the MQ of Gartner, but does represent a clear value for you, our customer. We bring you the best of breed EMM technology and we complete that with specific solution tailored to your needs!

We are delighted to see our partners in the top-right quadrant. It shows our commitment to bring you the best available software combined with our expert services!

Download the full report from our partners’ website:

The Gartner MQ from the airwatch web site >

The Gartner MQ from the MobileIron web site >

May
15

Take control over your mobile devices before ‘they’ do!

Mobile devices are potentially next on the hacker’s list – it’s time to act and secure the mobile devices! Join us on June 6th to get back in control.

In too many cases IT is seen as the ‘guys who restrict everything’, and in a lot of those cases that’s true – for a reason.

If IT wants to avoid bad things from happening, such as the ones we’re experiencing with the global ransomware attack, they need to close as much doors as possible. But how many ‘doors’ are that and how can we continue to ‘work’ while all ‘doors’ are closed?

An interesting comparison everyone can make in its company is between the security rules and measures on mobile and on PC. Knowing that only a fraction of the mobile devices being used for work are actually managed in some form, the results should be staggering… Where most PC’s are managed in a company, the mobile devices are ‘less’. At the same time we see global hacking campaigns targeting PC’s (including business PC’s) with ransomware.

The success on PC’s is due to two facts: – it’s easy due to the architecture of the platform – there are a lot of those around

We could say the same thing for mobile devices, but the first one is certainly NOT true.

On PC’s the restrictions imposed by IT are also experienced as very restrictive (a typical employee can not install a private application) but is not very secure. Content from ‘outside’ can still be downloaded and infect the entire system, because the platform is designed that way.

On mobile devices the restrictions imposed by IT only affect corporate apps and data, the employee is in full control over his device and can install any app he or she likes – without any impact on the security of the device or corporate information.

On June 6th we organized an event with subject matter experts to dive into security, the GDPR link with mobile, because it’s important, but also to illustrate it should not be the final goal – it’s only the beginning of a business transformation where the employee experience plays a central role.

Contact us to get the presentations and speaker notes >

Jan
10

Enrolling devices should take 0-effort

2017, a new year and new mobile aspirations!

In this first post of the year I would like to share some thoughts on the enrollment of devices. This is the first action your employees take when they sign up for the mobile IT program to get mail, intranet, apps … and most of the time it’s not the best experience – time to change that.

Our objective for 2017 is to make the enrollment or activation of the mobile devices a 0-effort, easy and fail-safe!

How are we going to do that? By taking a very close look how consumer smartphones are sold today… Think about how you installed a new PC a few years ago, after plugging in the hardware and figuring out what connector goes where, you booted the system and it asked for OS installation disks… It was a nightmare for most consumers and only the IT savvy few got their system to work – others called in help. Imagine if Apple or Samsung shipped their smartphones and tablets with the message “please assemble, boot, insert an OS and good luck!”. The user experience but fail all the way and the volumes these companies have set in their targets would never be met. So how do they achieve a better user experience ? The way they approach the device activation is to minimise the user intervention – what can be preloaded on the device will be preloaded and settings we already know (or can derive from others) will be set. It sounds all very simple, and the result is, the preparation is however a complex and labor intensive job.

When we take the next step and use these very same devices for our business, most of us aren’t performing all that well. We ask our users to enter URL’s, download apps, set their username/password in multiple fields, … and every action we ask from them opens a new opportunity for a failed registration. The further our users move in the registration process the more complex issues occur and the more expensive support becomes.

In the above schematic I have visualised 3 important phases in the device lifecycle, you would only expect the middle ‘run’ phase and final End-of-Life, but I have added a first one that comes BEFORE the unboxing of the device. That’s right, before the employee removes the thin foil and switches on the device for the first time.

The green line indicates the effort device manufacturers are putting in when delivering new devices, that’s a lot before they actually ship the devices – and reduces over time to 0. They don’t care too much about the EOL of your consumer device.

Typically in business, the trend is reverse, we don’t think about the device until the moment it contains our information, and we see support increasing over time – we do worry about the EOL and full wipe of all enterprise data before the device is traded on a second hand market. That’s the red line on the graph.

Our mission for 2017 is to put more effort in the configuration of the devices BEFORE these are unboxed. The reason is simple: efforts BEFORE the activation are valid for all, efforts AFTER the activation are device-per-device support – we need this economy of scale to win.

With the Apple and Samsung Device Enrollment Program we have now the tools to do just that! We can take control over the device during the activation and steer it towards our management server to ensure correct, easy and direct registration. Yes, it takes more brain power to define the activation process, to technically describe every step of the registration process, configuration, apps, … but it does put the user experience on the next level.

Interested to learn how we can guarantee 100% success in device registration with 0-support efforts? Curious how even the most non-tech people will be able to activate their smartphone for business without any assistance?

Contact us for more information on the Device Enrollment Program > Check our mobco academy schedule for workshops on the latest deployment practices >

Dec
21

Warm mobco Greetings

This time of the year is a good moment to look back at all the initiatives we took in 2016 that go beyond IT and mobile business!

Our Indian Summer running team at the Ekiden marathon.

We decided in 2016 to focus on the Kom Op Tegen Kanker event. We sponsored Callebaut’s team and participated ourselves to the 1000 km bike event to raise money for the research against cancer and the aid to the patients.

Aside this major budget share, we also supported smaller local initiatives. – To Walk Again foundation – Ekiden marathon … other smaller local initiatives

We believe in a quality and sustainable business, we focus on mobile technology and believe in organic growth, the better business we do, the harder we grow. But every year, we spend part of that budget to help others grow as well!

Season’s greetings, The mobco team

Dec
06

EnterpriseFiles syncs content offline

With the new release of EnterpriseFiles a new feature is available that was in high demand: offline documents!

Using standard configuration profiles pushed by the EMM server, the EnterpriseFiles app receives the instructions to download specific content locally. This new feature allows your employee to access that content at all times, even when there is no data connectivity or access to the file server.

“Customers ask us to distribute emergency plans, but also how to ensure their sales people have the latest powerpoint presentations with them, with this new feature we have a simple tool to do just that!” says Ulrik Van Schepdael. A simple yet powerful tool that allows the administrator to define what folders or files get synchronised to each device, the configuration can vary per user (using AD group membership or any other variable known by the EMM system).

Hint! Did you know you can create a webclip that links to a file or folder inside the EnterpriseFiles app? Create a small icon for “Sales Presentations”, upload the icon to the user’s device and link it to the sales presentation folder in EnterpriseFiles. The user can now access the folder by simply tapping the homescreen icon, just as any other app! You just created your own “Sales Presentations” app!

Let us know if you want to test-drive the app in combination with your per-app-VPN set-up >

Interested to learn how this app integrates in iOS, check our academy schedule >