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Quiel replaces injured Dolor in PH men’s volleyball team

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Acaylar’s team lost in four sets against Hwasung City, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 25-14, at Songsan High School volleyball gym and that was where Quiel impressed Acaylar and his crew.Quiel said he is motivated by his inclusion as a member of the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.“This will be a challenge for me considering I’ve replaced Dolor,” said Quiel in Filipino. “I’ll do my best to help my team and to serve my country.”Only the Final 12 will fly to Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games and will look to take a podium spot for the first time since Acaylar steered the country to a bronze medal finish in 1991.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have two reserves, Peter Quiel and John Carascal, we coaches voted for Peter Quiel,” said Acaylar. “After our tuneup game against a club team, us coaches voted for Peter.” MOST READ Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal LATEST STORIES OUCH! Philippine team top spiker Greg Dolor suffered dislocated finger during a blocking drill in Korea training camp pic.twitter.com/sJ4J0xLJ8J— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) July 26, 2017Reserve hitter Peter John Quiel has replaced Greg Dolor in the the men’s national volleyball team line up after the coaches’ deliberation Thursday in Suwon City, South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Head coach Sammy Acaylar and his assistants voted unanimously to slate in Quiel after Dolor injured his pinky finger on a blocking drill Wednesday at Sungkyunkwan University.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentslast_img read more

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Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club says: ‘Join us in the water for 2017’

first_imgSheephaven SAC had the highlight of their social calendar last Friday night when they were the guests of Mulroy Woods Hotel, Milford.The evening started off with a lovely meal and this was followed with dancing to Trevor Loughery and his band, which allowed the Country and Irish divers to show off their jiving skills with varying degrees of ability.After the dancing the annual Divers’ Table Quiz took place with lots of spot prizes for the runners’ up, with the winners known only onto them. The evening continued after that into the wee small hours, with all the stories and reminisces that these events always unleash, not all of which were necessary accurate or even true.One of more pleasing parts of last Friday’s festivities was welcoming past members back for the evening and hopefully the memory of the social as well as the diving experience that Sheephaven SAC has to offer may attract them back into the club.The social side continued on Sunday morning with the weekly winter snorkel out from Portnablagh, under the very able leadership of Maureen Gallagher, who was the Diver Officer of the Day.For some of the 16 divers in the water there was the opportunity to conduct their annual Water Fitness Test, with strict instructions from the club Dive Officer Ryan Ward for the 400 metre snorkel to be conducted in less than 10 minutes and the free dive to no less than 5 metres, followed by a 50 metre casualty tow. In water conditions were near perfect for the week before Christmas, with near flat seas, no wind and clear water visibility, while water temperature around Potnablagh remains around 9 degrees Celsius up Mulroy Bay it has been reported by some club members to have dropped to a bracing 7 degrees.As always the morning’s activates finished up in Lizzies in Dunfanaghy, where the divers took full benefit of the Big Breakfast and other delicacies that have kept them sustained every Sunday morning during the winter.Finally as we prepare for the 2017 diving season and current club members conduct their annual Water Fitness Test and pay their club subscriptions of €410 it is time for past and lapsed divers to remember there is a place for them in Sheephaven SAC.With over 100 club dives conducted annually and a friendly social scene Sheephaven divers also fulfil a vital community obligation when they respond to requests from the Coastguard to provide Search and Recovery duties.So for anyone who wants to get into water as either a diver or a snorkeler they should check out the clubs Facebook page Sheephaven SAC for contact details and make a New Year’s resolution to join us in the water in 2017. Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club says: ‘Join us in the water for 2017’ was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DIVERSIONS IN PLACE AFTER TWO CAR CRASH IN BARNESMORE GAP

first_imgGardai are at the scene of a two car crash at Barnesmore Gap this evening.The crash happened just before 4pm close to the junction for the turn-off for Harvey’s Point on the N15.Diversions are in place but people can still travel through the Gap. There are believed to be two people injured in the crash but the extent of their injuries are not known.Crash scene investigators are at the scene of the crash.The diversions will remain in place until further notice.We will bring you more on this story as get it.  DIVERSIONS IN PLACE AFTER TWO CAR CRASH IN BARNESMORE GAP was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Home Affairs’ turnaround man

first_img6 September 2007The top technocrat in the Department of Home Affairs, Director-General Mavuso Msimang, has his eye on transforming the beleaguered organisation within 12 months.Briefing the media on his first 100 days in office, Msimang said Home Affairs had the reputation of “being one of South Africa’s most dysfunctional departments”. The department has a backlog of some 600 000 identity document (ID) applications and over 144 000 refugee applications.The former CEO of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) said he was on record as saying the department was “sick,” and pledged that it would be carrying out its job – as the country’s custodian of citizenship – efficiently in roughly 12 months.“The Department of Home Affairs’ objective is to transform the department into a modern, efficient, cost-effective service organisation responsive to the needs of South African citizens, residents and visitors to our country.”In line with this vision, the director-general had visited local and provincial offices, interacted with his counterparts in other departments, embarked on a technology fact-finding mission to Japan, and met with the United Nations Children’s Fund and UN High Commission for Refugees.“We have designed a comprehensive strategy for Home Affairs that analyses the root of our problems and identifies opportunites for immediate action,” Msimang said.This strategy will be rolled out over the next two years, with the first phase – running until December – involving understanding the problems facing the department, designing a vision for the future and implementing “quick wins”.These “quick wins” will include the launch of an ID track and trace system, streamlining the ID application process, dealing with refugee application backlogs, enhancing permit application processes and reviewing current IT systems and projects.“Our first major quick win will be to provide a streamlined, efficient, customer-centred ID process through a reliable new tracking system which will enable customers to query the status of their applications without having to queue at an office,” Msimang said.The system, launched in August, allows customers to trace the progress of their ID applications via their cellphones, laptops and PCs. Besides the obvious benefits, it cuts down on the opportunities for corruption.The system will be bolstered with staff and management training, the addition of new fingerprint scanning machines, and better use of existing image capturing machines.It currently takes over 100 days for an ID book to be processed, and by the time a customer receives it, it has been handled about 80 times, Msimang said. The department would be looking to remove a number of bottlenecks from this process.The director-general noted that while “a lot of people are supervisors, they do not quite know what that means”. Management training would instil a culture of accountability among Home Affairs’ staff.Before a recent operations management exercise, Msimang said, documents were “stored haphazardly and the environment was untidy … Today the environment has been cleaned up and basic document management processes have been put in place.”Regarding refugees in South Africa, he said the department had launched a project to clear the backlog of over 144 000 asylum applications.In tandem with this, the department had announced a two-month grace period for outstanding asylum applications, to run between September and October 2007.“Absolutely fundamental to the running of any organisation” was its IT services, Msimang said, noting that R700-million had been budgeted for a complete revamp of Home Affairs’ IT services.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Photo library: People 3

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Supporters of the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The first dayof school.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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SA in hospital spending spree

first_imgKing Edward VIII is one of the hospitals to be revamped. (Image: African View)As part of South Africa’s revamped approach to healthcare, the country is set to spend more on upgrading its five largest public hospitals than it did on building stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The national Department of Health is currently planning projects to improve infrastructure at King Edward VIII in Durban, Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in the Eastern Cape, Chris Hani Baragwanath and George Mukhari in Gauteng and Limpopo Academic Hospital.The total cost of the five projects is estimated to be “much more than that of building of stadia,” health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement after a meeting with those involved in the project at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital on 27 September.Describing the investment as “massive”, Motsoaledi said: “The situation in infrastructure budgeting is as if we have 10 countries in one.”Task teams have been set up to plan the revamping projects, with the department using lessons drawn from the construction and renovation of 10 stadiums for the World Cup. “We need to discard what has not worked and cherish what has worked,” Motsoaledi said.Funding for the projectsFinance minister Pravin Gordhan announced the renovation plans in the 2010/2011 national budget speech in May. Moussad Shaker, an engineer involved in the planning process, said R7.6-billion (US$1.1-billion) has been budgeted for public hospital upgrades this financial year alone. For the World Cup, the government invested R8.4 billion ($2-billion) in stadium projects.The Development Bank of South Africa is to help fund the projects.The billion-rand projects will fast-track infrastructure development in public health, the health department said.“To revitalise public hospitals would take us up to 10 years at the least,” said Shaker.All five hospitals are key to the poorer townships and rural areas, where they provide referral services; that is the main reason they are being prioritised.Part of the reason the upgrades were necessary was that no infrastructure maintenance had been done on the hospitals. Motsoaledi said that in the new project, engineers will be appointed for management, not just for construction work.Preparing for NHIThe projects are part of preparations for the National Health Insurance (NHI) that the government plans to introduce by 2012. The NHI will secure medical insurance for all South Africans, ensuring that even the poor have access to private healthcare facilities.“During the development of the 10-point programme we identified the acceleration of infrastructure development as one of the key pillars for health transformation as well as in preparation for the implementation of the National Health Insurance,” Motsoaledi said.last_img read more

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Should You Worry About PFOA in Your Water?

first_imgWater Risks Higher in Green Buildings, Report FindsStudy Finds EPA Lax in Protecting California WaterPiping as PoisonEPA Looks at Fracking Risks to Water Ongoing researchThe response from local officials about the safety of drinking water has been mixed. That is most likely because the EPA does not regulate PFOA levels under the Safe Drinking Water Act.EPA’s recommended health advisory level from 2009 for drinking water is 0.4 µg/L (400 parts per trillion). There has been concern that this level is not protective enough.In the aftermath of Hoosick Falls, the EPA in January recommended that the community not drink water with PFOA in excess of 0.1 µg/L.In the years since the original C8 studies, more health concerns related to PFOA have emerged. Recent epidemiologic studies showed low-level exposures have been also associated with decreased antibody levels among adults living near the DuPont Washington Works facility. This has been observed among children living in a fishing community as well.The EPA, which issued a health effects document on PFOA in 2014, is currently reviewing the existing body of PFOA data in response to the recent drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. Additional health studies are needed, especially in communities with known drinking water contamination. It is important to confirm results from prior studies and consider other health outcomes.While there is some uncertainty regarding what levels are considered safe, it is certain that more communities living near military bases and former PFOA industries will be affected. Although PFOA was phased out in 2015, the contamination will persist for years to come. The link between PFOA and healthThe C8 science panel worked with a team of researchers to analyze all the health data collected from the community participants. Their goal was to determine if there is a probable link between PFOA exposure and any human disease.Dozens of exposure and health studies were conducted. Researchers developed an environmental model to measure the geographic extent and magnitude of PFOA contamination from the DuPont facility over several decades. This model allowed researchers to investigate health impacts of past exposures.Information on PFOA production, groundwater flow, and well-pumping rates were used to determine PFOA levels in the drinking water systems. In addition, maps of water distribution pipes identified who had been exposed.After several years of epidemiologic analyses, the scientists issued their reports, identifying probable links to six health outcomes: pregnancy-induced hypertension; high cholesterol; ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease; thyroid disease; testicular cancer; and kidney cancer. Medical monitoring is now underway and residents have started filing personal injury lawsuits against DuPont. RELATED ARTICLES The case against DuPontPFOA has been produced in the U.S. since 1947. However, very little was known about the human health risks of the chemical until 2001. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) learned that DuPont had been hiding information about the environmental presence of PFOA near the Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. That began what would turn out to be a decade of PFOA-related research in this community.PFOA was used by DuPont to manufacture Teflon beginning in 1951. During the process, PFOA was released into the air and discharged into the Ohio River. The chemical then entered the groundwater that supplies the local drinking water through hydrologic interaction with the contaminated Ohio River and rainfall recharge of groundwater through the contaminated soil.Six public water districts in West Virginia and Ohio and hundreds of private wells were contaminated. Monitoring data show PFOA continued to increase even after a drastic reduction in emissions beginning in 2001. This is due to accumulation in the soil and slow transit time into the groundwater.As part of a settlement from a large class action lawsuit against DuPont, a C8 science panel was established to determine potential health effects resulting from PFOA exposure. A one-year cross-sectional survey (2005-2006), known as the C8 Health Project, was conducted among approximately 70,000 residents with contaminated drinking water. The health survey included serum samples, medical information, and residential histories.Measured mean PFOA public drinking water levels at the time of the survey ranged from 0.03 micrograms per liter (µg/L) in Mason, West Virginia, to 3.49 µg/L in Little Hocking, Ohio. Private drinking water was measured at levels as high as 22.1 µg/L.Residents in this community where PFOA was being used in manufacturing had much higher serum levels than the U.S. overall. The median measured serum PFOA level was 28.2 µg/L with a range of 0.2 to 22,412 µg/L. For comparison, PFOA levels in the serum of the general U.S. population was 3.92 µg/L in 2005-2006.center_img Over the past few months, several communities in upstate New York and New England have detected PFOA — perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8, a chemical linked to a range of health issues from cancer to thyroid disease — in their drinking water.PFOA is a fluorinated compound that is absorbed into our bodies through inhalation or ingestion. The chemical can then accumulate in our blood serum, kidneys, and liver.The stain-resistant and water-repellant properties of PFOA make it effective in products that act as coatings. Common consumer products with PFOA include Scotchgard, Gore-Tex, and Teflon.The qualities that make PFOA effective in consumer products also lead to its persistence in the environment. The chemical has been detected in the serum of the general U.S. population and throughout the home and workplace.A growing number of communities near industries or military bases that used PFOA have confirmed that their drinking water has been contaminated. What does the science say about the potential health effects of PFOA exposure? Widespread PFOA contaminationBut communities in West Virginia and Ohio are not the only ones that have been affected by PFOA contamination. Last summer, research and advocacy group the Environmental Working Group reported 94 water systems in 27 states had detectable levels of PFOA in their drinking water.In Hoosick Falls, New York, earlier this year, high PFOA levels led to community concern about drinking water safety. A federal class action lawsuit was later filed against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International for related PFOA contamination at their manufacturing site.Nearby towns of Petersburgh, New York, and North Bennington, Vermont, have also detected PFOA in their drinking water. Meanwhile, drinking water contamination in Decatur, Alabama, and Cottage Grove, Minnesota, has been blamed on 3M, the primary manufacturer of PFOA.But PFOA contamination is not just affecting communities near chemical plants. PFOA is also a component in firefighting materials used in military exercises.Communities in Buck and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware have detected PFOA in their drinking water, likely resulting from military activities. The Department of Defense plans to investigate 664 military sites to assess PFOA contamination from firefighting foam. Veronica Vieira is an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

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Should I Upgrade My Jailbroken iPhone to iOS 6?

first_imgSo much of this conundrum is a matter of digital lifestyle. Many people like tricking out their Notification Center with tweaks and widgets, and for that, tools like SBSettings and IntelliscreenX are invaluable. I’ve grown accustomed to using Sparrow as my default email client and Chrome as my default browser.  Other things, like the custom design theme I’m using and various minor visual tweaks, aren’t of dire importance to me.  Still, I like having more options than the average iPhone owner. Even if I’m not tricking out my jailbroken iPhone with every bell and whistle, it’s nice to know I have the freedom to do so. Tags:#Apple#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As months of frenzied iPhone rumors are put to rest, a nagging question remains. For iOS users like me who have jailbroken their devices, the debate begins: Should I upgrade to iOS 6? Would having an iPhone 5, which ships with the new iOS version, be worth giving up the advantages I now enjoy? For many jailbreakers, these answers are no-brainers, but for me they pose something of a dilemma.Jailbreakers enjoy a host of unauthorized apps and OS tweaks from the Cydia app store. For us, upgrading to a new version of iOS means losing our phones’ jailbroken status. That is, until developers come up with a new hack. After iOS 5 launched, we waited for two months for the first untethered jailbreak (that is, one that didn’t require connecting the phone to a computer for each reboot), and even that didn’t cover devices with the A5 processor like the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. A month later, the Absinthe A5 tool was released, liberating the newest Apple gadgets. Weighing the Pros and Cons of Losing the JailbreakThree months might not seem like a long time, but it can be a painful period of living without the features and tweaks that Cydia affords. Of course, the wait this time will depend on how aggressively Apple patches the exploits that allowed developers to crack open iOS 5 and whether the new A6 processor throws up another roadblock to jailbreak developers. The decision of whether or not to upgrade next week depends on how heavily you rely on Cydia’s apps and tweaks. I’m a casual jailbreaker myself, but I do like the freedom it enables. For me, upgrading is a tough call, but one that might be easier to make once I’ve had a chance to play around with iOS 6 on my iPad first. For some users, things like data tethering (without paying a carrier) will be hard for to live without, especially when they cost only a few bucks to install. Much of what’s available in Cydia, though, is relatively inconsequential. Can you live without the ability to add a fifth icon to the dock, rename apps and reskin the OS? That depends on how badly you want to try the new Maps app, redeem tickets and coupons with Passbook, and take the other 200 new features of iOS 6 for a spin. If you’re mulling over a hardware (rather than strictly OS) upgrade, the iPhone 5’s faster processor, taller screen and 4G LTE connectivity factor into the decision. Are those things more exciting than the ability to play Super Mario Bros 3 in an old-school NES emulator and customize your phone? If so, go ahead and preorder the iPhone 5. Apple has a tendency to borrow generously from jailbreak developers, so some jailbreak features won’t be lost at all. Using FaceTime over 3G, for example, is now a standard feature in iOS. last_img read more

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Why Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Is So Hot Right Now

first_imgReadWrite Sponsors 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Since the invention of the laptop, employees have been trying to bring their personal devices to work. And ever since that first employee-owned laptop crossed the corporate threshold, the IT department has almost always said “No way you’re bringing that un-supported, un-secure, un-productive consumer machine into my nice clean business network.”Until recently, the idea that you might Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work has filled IT folks with fears of:   Rootkits and other malwareNew operating systems to supportProprietary, insecure applicationsNo remote managementIncompatibility with enterprise security and encryptionFor the vast majority of businesses, securing, managing, and supporting user-sourced devices just wasn’t worth the potential upside. In some heavily regulated environments, it wasn’t even a possibility.BYOD Grows UpBut times have changed. As shifting cultural norms and new devices have increased employee pressure for BYOD, the industry has finally responded with the tools IT needs to safely open its doors to personal devices.Let’s not kid ourselves. BYOD is still a major undertaking. But over the past few years, companies like Intel have made huge improvements to consumer technologies that make BYOD a very real, manageable possibility. Low-level hardware enhancements have extended the reach of operating systems and device-management applications, making it possible for IT to maintain order while still letting users have the machines they want.With a bit of planning and work, IT can now allow employees to use many of the personal devices they actually enjoy – without sacrificing security or causing too much disruption. Here’s a look at some of the most important factors turning BYOD from an IT pain-in-the-neck into an opportunity.The Case for BYODBYOD isn’t just about “cool” anymore. For many workers, it’s a necessity.Many Gen X and Millennial workers and customers prefer video chat, social networks, and text messages to email. They expect near-constant availability and immediate responses, and even office-based employees are doing more remote work at off-hours. Businesses support this, expecting workers to be available at all times, yet most employers issue only a desktop or laptop PC. That disconnect is precisely why groups like Field Sales tend to bypass established procedures, and it’s dangerous for everyone involved.The mobile device landscape changes every day. Tablets, Ultrabooks, and an evolving line of hybrid devices fill the gap between laptops and smartphones. With constant media coverage of consumer technology rivaling or surpassing the capabilities of enterprise hardware and software, many employees are convinced that they, not IT, can identify the best tools for their jobs. Modern workers know exactly what they want, but traditional enterprise provisioning and purchasing systems often can’t keep up. Managing employee devices can bridge that gap and rein in rogue behavior before it starts.The Hardware Industry Responds Simply put, consumer mobile devices have gotten better during the last few years, and IT doesn’t have a good reason to dismiss them anymore.Consumer devices have long outperformed equally priced business machines, but they’ve usually sacrificed stability, reliability and security to do so. In the last few years, though, the hardware industry has made up a lot of that ground. Features that used to require specialized, custom hardware are now supported in off-the-shelf devices. Mobile device processors now offer low-level features that protect against malware and reduce the complexity of implementing a secure environment. For example, all current Intel Core processors support remote device locking through Intel Anti-Theft Technology. Newer Intel Core vPro processors (found in newer enterprise and small-business laptops, Ultrabooks and even some tablets) add two-factor PKI-based authentication with Intel Identity Protection Technology, and pre-boot system integrity verification through Intel Trusted Execution Technology. These features offload a large amount of the complexity needed to build and maintain a secure system. And since they’re embedded at the chipset – applications, malware and nosy users can’t alter them.Software Reduces ComplexityConsumer operating systems have matured, too. For example, we’ve moved beyond the days of the single enterprise smartphone or tablet operating system. There are now several viable options for each device class, allowing IT departments to base their choices on synergies across multiple platforms, the ease of integration with other devices and total cost of ownership (TCO) calculations. As the mobile device market has exploded with new manufacturers and form factors, operating system vendors have provided platform consistency. For example, it’s now completely plausible for an enterprise to run Windows across all of its servers, desktops, tablets, smartphones, and hybrid devices, while still retaining user choice. A common OS allows IT to share applications from desktops to smartphones, lower training and management costs, and extend the security and performance advantages of a shared infrastructure without having to sacrifice device variety. At the same time, its easier than ever to mix operating systems as needed.The BYOD PayoffOf course, writing a BYOD policy and building the systems and procedures to support it still takes work. Is it justified?If you’re willing to expand your thinking beyond this year’s balance sheet, the answer can be a definite “yes.”Quantifying return on investment for BYOD implementations can be tough. IT should not plan to recoup the costs of a BYOD project through immediate hardware or staff savings. On the other hand, BYOD can create happier, more productive workers and a more secure workplace. According to an internal review of Intel’s own BYOD program, BYOD creates a huge boost in employee productivity. In 2011, the 17,000 Intel employees bringing personal devices to work reported an average productivity increase of 57 minutes per day. That helps create a halo for IT, positioning the department as a productivity enabler instead of a roadblock, which can help smart CIOs collect political capital for other projects.While it may sound counterintuitive, a properly implemented BYOD program can actually increase enterprise security by locking down corporate assets and forcing overdue security updates. In the case study above, Intel assigned higher security scores to employee-owned mobile devices than to many of its internal PCs, since all of the mobile devices were subject to rigorous compliance monitoring.BYOD is here because it needs to be, and because IT finally has the tools to make it make sense.Hybrid image courtesy of Microsoft. Other images courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#BYOD#BYOD Grows Up#Intel#mobile technology Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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