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The mobile workplace of the future: your Android device

by Kristen Nicole

We’re living in the BYOD era: Bring Your Own Device. In fact, I’m betting you have multiple devices you lug around town like a smartphone in your pocket and a tablet and/or laptop under your arm. And whether you’re using your smartphone to play games at work, or accessing office files from your tablet at home, businesses are being forced to deal with consumer gadgets tied to the workplace. Fortunately for the enterprise, there’s several services rising to meet the demands of the future.

The personal cloud gets professional

Wyse PocketCloud Pro is a personal cloud service that connects your PC and mobile device. Wyse treats your mobile device as a PC, providing a side-by-side view of both platforms for drag-n-drop file sharing between systems. It’s an effort to make file sharing a seamless process across devices, keeping your personal cloud (which now includes work documents) close at hand. The updated PocketCloud also lets you use software from your PC through your mobile device. The company provides this example:

”...users can shoot a video on their Android phone, connect securely over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi to their home PC, run it through their favorite video processor, and post the finished product online--all without touching their PC, connecting wires, or sending files!"

Mobile workplace in a post-PC era

The social enterprise is getting a boost, too. IBM launched its Connections social networking software for mobile devices this week, enabling users to connect with colleagues on various topics, share files, post blogs and view an activity stream. IBM Connections also lets you plan and track projects, share ideas and collaborate on tasks within the company’s existing intranet. Of course, it must first be deployed by the company as this keeps certain firewalls intact and promises network security for worrisome CTOs. But in the end, products like IBM Connections ultimately help businesses reach a balance between network integrity and consumer activity.

VMware knows all too well the importance of mobile access for files. At its biggest yearly event, VMworld, the company unveiled View 5.0, its virtual desktop infrastructure stack. It sounds long and complicated, but it boils down to cloud access for your files, including mobile access. It’s another tool for IT admin, but it’s indicative of where virtualization is headed in a post-PC era. VMware’s new View 5.0 can be used to run Windows-based applications on several Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy tablet, the Cisco Cius and LG’s tablets as well.