Monthly Archives October 2012

Mobile Phones and Businesses – Part 1

Posted by pnoc on October 13, 2012  /   Posted in Uncategorized

2012 has been a terrific year for the development of mobile computing. With the iPhone 5 being released, Android gaining market share, and Windows Phone 8 devices on the horizon, how is the business community to respond? The decision of which devices will best equip your staff is a tricky one. Here’s how we break it down.

Mail, Contacts, and Calendars

One of the most beneficial features of the modern smartphone for business is the seamless integration of work mail, contacts, and calendars onto the smartphone for easy browsing, creation, and modification on the fly.

iPhone 5- Pros: The iPhone 5 integrates quite well with Exchange and Google Apps mail environments, providing full synchronization of your data and setup. Push synchronization works well with this device, meaning you get new data as soon as it is received by your server.

iPhone 5- Cons: The iPhone 5 lacks a critical feature that sets it back in this category. There is no way to sync shared or public data such as calendars or contacts to your phone. The only data synced is your personal data.

Android OS- Pros: The Android OS stacks up about as well as the iPhone in this regard. Full synchronization is offered for mail, contacts, and calendar data. Push synchronization works as well. The main difference is that the Android OS browser (as well as Chrome which is offered on Android) allows for easy web access of public data, as well as Sharepoint, without the need for another app.

Android OS- Cons: The Android OS still is not able to sync public calendaring/contacts nicely. However, as stated above, the workaround of being able to access that data via web browser is workable, if a little bit tedious. As of 10/13/2012, Pinch to Zoom in the default mail app on most Android phones does not work. That said, an update has been released and should be available within the next two weeks to add this functionality.



Windows Phone 8- Pros: 
Windows Phone 8 promises full synchronization of this data, as well as SharePoint, natively. This includes public data such as calendar and contacts. Push synchronization works well.

Windows Phone 8- Cons: At this point the platform is in its infancy — the first Windows Phone 8 devices are scheduled for release shortly. There may be some issues during launch and as always early adopters may have to endure some small pains.

 

 

 

 

BlackBerry- Pros: The BlackBerry OS is a long time player in the mobile business industry. When paired with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, it allows BlackBerry devices to access mail, contacts, and calendars. This includes push sync and full  access to public calendars and contacts.

BlackBerry- Cons: There are a few downsides to the BlackBerry platform for E-Mail. The requirement for a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, though now free, can become a management headache, raising your support costs for these devices as the enterprise server must be administrated separately. Another primary downside to the BlackBerry is the lack of support for some HTML and stylized e-mail. Whereas other competing devices render images, and templates in E-Mail very well, the BlackBerry fails in this regard.

 

Stay tuned, in the next part of Mobile Phones and Business, we will discuss device usability and apps.

How protected is your business from power outage?

Posted by pnoc on October 10, 2012  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Battery backups, or UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) are multi-faceted devices that will protect your PC’s servers and networking equipment from power surges and outages.

How does it work?

UPS units contain batteries of varying sizes and loads, ranging from being able to sustain a single PC or a few network devices from a few minutes to being able to run dual power supply servers for hours.

UPS battery backups also offer valuable power filtering, this means that during the day while you are working on your equipment, the dips and surges that occur within the power grid are filtered, this prolongs the life of your power supplies and prevents interruptions, a surge in power can easily damage a PC or servers power supply causing downtime.

The true nature of a battery backup is that it’s designed as a temporary measure to assist you with the opportunity to finish the work you are currently busy with, to save that work and to perform a controlled shutdown on your PC in the event of a power outage. Advanced UPS systems will interact with your PC or server and this process can be automated in the event the outage occurs during the course of the night or over a weekend when staff are not present.

Recommendations

Presidium partners with a wide array of UPS providers to ensure the right battery size, and compatibility with existing network hardware. If you have questions or need advice on implementing battery backups for computer equipment in your business, contact Presidium today.

For more information, or to get help with your IT infrastructure, call us today! (888) 762 9644 (toll free)

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Garreth Mawdsley (778) 765-0019 garreth@pnoc.ca
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